Greenville Tea Party Part Deux - Update

UPDATE: The Greenville County Democratic Party will also be holding a "Save our Schools" rally at the same time and same location as the tea party. Between the two events, speakers include gubernatorial candidate Congressman Gresham Barrett (who was for the bailout before he was against it), Congressman Jim Demint, SC Senator Ralph Anderson, SC Representative Karl Allen, SC Representative Chandra Dillard, SC Representative Jerry Govan, Former US Congresswoman Liz Patterson, 2008 Democratic Candidate for US Congress Paul Corden, Greenville County School Board Trustee Leola Robinson-Simpson, Greenville County School Board Trustee Glenda Morrison-Fair, Greenville County Councilwoman Judy Gilstrap, Greenville County Councilwoman Lottie Gibson, Greenville County Councilwoman Xanthene Norris, Greenville City Councilwoman Lillian Brock-Flemming, Greenville City Councilwoman Diane Smock, Greenville City Councilwoman Jil Littlejohn.

Greenville hasn't seen this much political activity since Jesse Jackson and Kwesi MFume lead a group of protesters down Church Street to protest Greenville County's lack of recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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On December 16th, 1773 colonists in Boston, MA dumped three shiploads of tea into the Boston harbor to protest taxation without representation helping to spark the American Revolution.

This past February a few locals gathered outside Starbucks on Main Street to dump a couple boxes of tea into the Reedy River in protest of tax cuts voted on by their representatives, sparking minor attention in the blogosphere.

In case you missed the first Greenville Tea Party, the sequel opens this weekend at the Bi-Lo Center.

From the Upstate Young Republican website:

The outdoor terrace at Greenville‘s Bilo Center will play host to the Upstate Young Republicans post-tax day Tea Party Protest on Friday night April 17th at 6:00 PM. The overwhelming success of February’s Tea Party that turned out nearly 2000 people made it necessary to move the event to private property. “Success sometimes breeds its own challenges,” said Carl Clegg, of the Upstate Young Republicans, “but these are the challenges that we like to face head-on and with the amazing support and financial contributions of Greenville’s conservatives, we will again unite the voices of thousands and say loudly ‘…government is the problem!’”

Apparently when less than 1% of the population attends an event in the Upstate it's considered an "overwhelming success."

Distance from downtown Greenville: 0 miles.

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