Tax day rally in Washington, D.C.

By Margaret Lang

On tax day, April 15, thousands of Americans will surround the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall to protest the government and support lower taxes. Protests will also be held in Los Angeles, Chicago, and many other cities around the United States.

FreedomWorks will host the 2010 Tax Day Tea Party rally in Washington, D.C. FreedomWorks recruits, educates, trains and mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volunteer activists to fight for less government, lower taxes and more freedom.

The rally in Washington will start at 1 p.m. on Capitol Hill. At 6 p.m., a group will gather at the Washington Monument for music. Dick Armey, chairman of FreedomWorks, and Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, will speak at the rally.

Tabitha Hale, interactive media coordinator for FreedomWorks, will also attend the rally.

“Depending on what is relevant that day will be what I will fight for,” Hale said. “We’ve been fighting the health care fight for months now, and that’s the largest, most precious issue we have now, besides the issue of cap and trade.”

Founded in 1984, FreedomWorks’ headquarters are in Washington, and has hundreds of thousands of grassroots

volunteers nationwide.

Russell Dill, a veteran and former organizer for the Central Illinois Tea Party Patriots, will be attending the rally in Peoria, Ill., on April 15.

“The Central Illinois Tea Party Patriots is here to teach people about what’s going on in Washington, and about the bills and such that are being passed,” Dill said. “We’re trying to make Washington understand that we’re against what they’re doing.”

The rally will be held at the River Front Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Several speakers and bands are scheduled to play. There will also be marches around the county and federal courthouses rallying against issues of the health care bill, along with the cap and trade bill.

“The issues I want to see at the rally are the health bill, and the fact that our constitutional rights are being violated,” Dill said. “This is the government: ‘We the people’ not ‘We the politicians.’”

Both 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly and 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti’s secretaries  were unable to reach the aldermen in response to the tax day rallies.

After the last Tea Party Tax Day Rallies on April 15, groups like the American Liberty Alliance, 9/12 Coalition, Tea Party Coalition, Tea Party Patriots, Oath Keepers and many others received growth in membership. These groups work to disperse information about legislation and held town hall events where issues were debated. Last year’s rally recorded more than 800,000 people hitting the streets across 850-plus cities around the country to rally against certain issues in the government.

The 2010 event will be similar in that hundreds of local organizers will plan a series of rallies across the nation.

Organizers of the Tax Day Tea Party hope to draw more than one million people to Washington, D.C., and to send a message to the Obama Administration and Congress.