Thousands expected at Lubbock tea party - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/14/09

Thousands expected at Lubbock tea party

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock is just one of thousands of cities across the country hosting tea parties, and organizers say they just want their voices heard.

Brad Bentley started the grassroots group Americans for Integrity in Government six weeks ago. On Wednesday they will host a tea party, kicking off their new organization. "Our goal is to bring people out that want to vocalize, we are a visualize vocalization. We are aggravated, we are frustrated with our elected officials that are not listening to the common people out here we all want to have a say, but we don't know how to voice our say," said Bentley.   

The tea party in Lubbock is just one of 2,000 that are going on nationwide. In Texas alone, 18 cities will host tea parties on Wednesday. "We can make a change, but it's going to take the grassroots people across this country coming together focused on one central theme and that's taking back the country that our forefathers put in place we have an incredible constitution it's lasted 230 years - we need to make sure its honored," said Bentley. 

At the Lubbock County Courthouse, protestors plan to demonstrate their opposition to excessive taxes and government spending. "We are not against taxes, we understand that taxes are a necessary evil to help fund projects, but again there is only so much money out there available and you can't break the back of the producers just to get to the consumers," said Bentley.   

It's a message they hope will resonate in the minds of political leaders in Washington. "We hope to have enough people joined with the other tea parties going on across the nation that they will start paying attention and they realize that they are working for the people we're not working for them, they're working for us and we want to get our voices heard," said tea party organizer Lois Damron. 

The tea party starts at 5 p.m. and will continue until 7 p.m. There will be live music and food at the courthouse gazebo on Wednesday. Also former Secretary of State Roger Williams will be speaking, and there will be a shuttle service going back and forth from the east parking lot of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

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