Seattle Stimulus Bill Protest 2009

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Video from 2/27 Seattle event
A Stimulus Bill Protest, organized by Liberty Belle, took place in Seattle, Washington on February 16, 2009.

Liberty Belle's expressed her motivation for organizing the protest as, "Make no mistake, the President will be signing that bill tomorrow, I have no illusions that he will actually listen to us. BUT, maybe, just maybe we can start a movement that will snowball across the nation and get people out of their homes, meeting each other and working together to redirect this country towards its truly radical founding principles of individual liberty and freedom. Maybe people will wake up slowly at first, and then quickly when they realize the urgency needed."[1]

Three days after the Seattle protest, Rick Santelli made the remarks that have come to be known as the "Rant Heard 'Round the World", leading fiscally conservative bloggers and activists to organize a series of such events.[2]

February 27 event

A second protest and rally took place in Seattle on February 27, 2009.[3]

Organizer Liberty Belle said of the February 27 gathering, "...the Tea Party went down fabulously...we are building a real, solid, grassroots movement filled with passionate, caring, intelligent, and purposeful people."[4]

Dennis Mooney, who describes his political views as liberal, was asked by Top Conservatives on Twitter to write an account of the February 27 event, which they then published on their website.[5]


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."[6]

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.[7]

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