Today was my second Tea Party and once again I found the crowd diverse, respectful and genuinely concerned about the state of the nation.
First of all, I FINALLY met another Philly Blogger: Grizzly Momma and her hubby The City Troll. Now, what you may not know is that Grizzly Momma and I "met" way before any of us had blogs...I think it was back in 2002 in the Philadelphia Protest Warrior forums (What ever happened to Protest Warrior?!). It's about time we finally met. We were hoping Skye could have been there too, but she's going Saturday.
There was a huge bus wrapped in the Constitution for everyone to sign:
It was a modest turn out...but it is Philadelphia on a work day. I am assuming that Saturday's rally with some local celebs will be a lot bigger. If I had to guess the turnout I'd say a few hundred at the peak. There was a lone journalist from KYW News Radio and a photographer from the AP.
Here is a shot of the Constitution bus with City Hall in the background and yes, I even talked the Anarchist (aka The Man and also my littlest man) into going...
There were a few good speeches (I was a homeless person magnet today so it was hard to listen at times), but my favorite was given by Jamal Greene who talked about Why he's a Conservative. It was also cool to meet the national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, Diana Reimer.
When you're there, you really feel annoyed with the media for the gross misrepresentation the Tea party movement has had to deal with...then you remember the instructions of Saul Alinsky and it all makes total sense. Let's keep using their tactics against them...it's working.