Mesa Tax Protest 2009
The rally was spearheaded by Bruce Jacobs, a talk show host at KFYI-AM in Mesa.
More than 500 people participated in the event, which was held to protest an appearance by President Barack Obama in Mesa the day after he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Bill) in Denver, Colorado.
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."
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.
- Michelle Malkin, "Gimme, gimme, gimme: More scenes from the anti-Obama entitlement backlash," February 18, 2009
- Photos from the Sticker Patch
- Mesa, Arizona: Anti-porkulus protesters raise their voices, February 18, 2009
- East Valley Tribune, "More than 500 protest Obama's arrival," February 18, 2009
- Street Insider, "Rick Santelli - The Rant Heard 'Round the World,'" February 19, 2009
- TCOT and online Conservatives Launch Nationwide Chicago Tea Party Friday February 27 at noon
Chicago Tea Party and Tax Day Tea Party
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