The people who organized a downtown rally in April protesting government spending policies are holding true to their promise to hold another, similar event.
Carol Miller and Lavada Burke, who helped put together the April 15 “Taxed Enough Already” (TEA) Party rally on the courthouse square, said U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall is scheduled to appear at the next rally, slated for 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 3, again on the downtown square.
Hundreds of Hopkins County citizens, many holding signs condemning the first rally, organizers collected 386 signatures on petitions that were sent to Hall’s office in Washington, D.C., “protesting government’s misuse of our tax dollars.”
Miller said after the April 15 rally that the event allowed citizens to vent their frustrations, and she expected another rally would be held in the future.
“There were quite a lot of people who said they’d like to see a similar event at a different time of day,” Miller said of the rally, which began at noon Wednesday. “We are going to do something, perhaps in the evening.”
The second round of demonstrations — this time called “American Freedom Day TEA Parties” will be focused on protesting “bloated, wasteful, incompetent government in Washington,” according to a press release hand-delivered this week by Miller and Burke.
Local residents who spoke at the first rally included Chris Brown, a Sulphur Springs City Councilman and former Hopkins County Republican Party chairman; Precinct 1 County Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker; John Cooper, a local pastor and professional land surveyor who announced in April he would challenge Ralph Hall for his congressional seat; former City Councilman Garry Jordan; and others.
According to information provided by Miller and Burke, the April 15 rally was connected to a “national movement” hosted by the American Family Association.
The American Family Association was originally founded in 1977 as the National Federation for Decency by the Rev. Donald Wildmon, who still serves as chairman of the non-profit group.
The AFA describes itself as "a Christian organization promoting the biblical ethic of decency in American society with primary emphasis on TV and other media.”
The AFA has boycotted several U.S. companies over a number of issues, such as the “War on Christmas” (using the term “holidays” vs. “Christmas” in advertising, promotions and greetings), pornography, support of pro-choice and gay and lesbian issues including same-sex partner employee benefits, and others.
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