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Jacksonville, Florida Tea Party and Tax Protest 2009

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An Jacksonville, Florida Tea Party and Tax Protest took place at noon at Jacksonville Landing on February 27.


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."[1]

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.[2]


According to news reports, approximately 30 people attended the Jacksonville event. Organizers, some from a group called Freedom Works, said this was not a partisan rally, just people opposed to wasteful spending. They said the turnout was small because the event was thrown together quickly. The rally ended with the symbolic pouring of tea into the St. Johns River. "That's about a useless as the guys who are throwing our money away," said Charles Pracher, one of the organizers.[3]

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