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4/15/09

Thousands attend Lubbock tea party protest

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Organizers say hundreds of thousands of people participated in the 2,000 tea parties scheduled across the country this tax day.

One of those parties was right here in Lubbock. This grassroots effort brought nearly 1,300 people from the South Plains to the lawn in front of the Lubbock County Courthouse and all of them wanted to be heard.  

Words spoken by our founding fathers were echoed again Wednesday. "People are the authority," read a sign held by one protestor.

It's been 235 years since the last tea party - and that was in Boston. "I'm here because I'm sick and tired of all of this spending," said Jerry Rogers from Shallowater.

They came by the bus load and filled the courthouse lawn. Tea, or 'taxed enough already', is the reason demonstrators voiced concern about big government spending and excessive taxes. Protestors brought handmade signs and waved flags. "We've taken it and taken it and it's time to draw a line in the sand," said Nancy Garrett.

Organizers say this event was a non-partisan event and some people left their politics at home. "It's not about democrats or republicans, this is about Americans," said Steve Oldham. But some in the crowd did bring politics to the protest, "(you) can't separate conservatism and liberalism and not get political," said Dan Gregory.

Americans for Integrity in Government is a local group that was started six weeks about and Wednesday's tea party was their debut event.

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