Atlanta Tax Protest 2009

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An Atlanta Tea Party and Bailout Protest took place April 15, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia as part of the Chicago Tea Party.
  • Time: April 15, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Location: Georgia State Capitol Building ~ Downtown Atlanta,
  • Street: 206 Washington St SW
  • City/Town: Atlanta, GA

An Atlanta Tea Party and Tax Protest took place February 27.[1] The event was from 12:00pm - 1:00pm at the Georgia State Capitol Building in downtown Atlanta.


This event was part of a national movement referred to as the Chicago Tea Party. The series of protests began in Seattle, Washington on February 16, 2009, later gaining momentum on Thursday, February 19, when Rick Santelli in an on-air segment on CNBC Business Newslive called for a "Chicago Tea Party." Santelli's remarks became known as the "Rant Heard 'Round the World."[2]

Organizers sprang up in many different quarters of the fiscally conservative movement online and include Top Conservatives on Twitter, Smart Girl Politics, Don't Go, Americans for Tax Reform, the Heartland Institute, American Spectator Magazine, the New American Tea Party and many others.[3]


Approximately 300 protesters participated in the event, many prepared with tea bags.[4]

Opposed to the $6 billion Georgia stands to receive from federal funds, protesters handed out One Trillion dollar bills with the faces of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to express their distaste with the Democratic leaders' fiscal policy.[4]

Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, Rep. Austin Scott, and Majority Leader Chip Rogers spoke at the event. Rogers said of socialists "Let’s go after them."[4]

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