Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New York City Tax Day Tea Party

I went to the New York City Tax Day Tea Party downtown this evening. I knew that there was going to be a lot of people, but I never expected this many!
According to NYPD reports, there were 12,500 people! Go to Parcbench for details. 

I have never seen so many people turn out for an event like this before here in New York City.

It was a gorgeous evening. Lower Manhattan is quite beautiful.

It was completely peaceful and orderly. The mood was excited and positive. The NYPD said it was the most orderly they had ever seen with no incidents. The NY Sanitation Department didn't have to come in an clean up afterward. We left the place as we found it.

As far as I could see there were no 'right wing' extremists. There were a tiny faction of Paulians and a smattering of the sadly prerequisite 'troofers' milling about afterward but none of the 'infiltrations' that were warned about. Just regular people.

A woman drew this sign in her truck with her husband on the way from Texas. There were so many great handmade signs that I wanted to take pictures of but it was so crowded, moving around freely as I normally do was impossible.

"I HOPE things CHANGE in 2012"
Yes. Me too!
As the evening went along the place was even more packed!
Photos taken from my vantage point do no do justice to the tremendous turnout.

Most had never been to a demonstration of any kind before. It was astonishing to see. There were Tea Party-goers lined up from corner to corner across the street and the crowds filled up two blocks long and around the corner.


UPDATE! Great photos from the NYC Tea Party at Vigilant Squirrel Brigades!

& Finally GREAT MUST-SEE video of highlights from Tom!


Blogger Karridine said...

O My Friend!
This is SUCH a good photo essay, mini-record of Middle America shouting loudly (but courteously) "We're sick and tired!"

May it move from this to Effective Action to Desired Outcomes!

April 16, 2009 1:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, glad I am to get a report from the east coast......I've been collecting them all day long, from top to bottom of the country, and all the way to the west coast.....mostly from friends & acquaintances on Facebook.....and my question to each one has been, was A.C.O.R.N. there? And not one sign of them could I hear tell of, all day long!! :)

love ya,
Ma Sands

April 16, 2009 2:48 AM  
Anonymous Tennyson said...

Great photos. I could not believe how many people were there. The cops just had to give up on the "keep moving" attempt over on the other side of Broadway and on the side streets because the number of people was just overwhelming.

Saw a couple "audit the Fed" nuts but it was overwhelmingly regular people. Many more young people than I had expected.

I hope this is just the beginning.

April 16, 2009 5:13 AM  
Blogger Urban Infidel said...

Thanks everybody! And thanks to Michelle Malkin for including my report.

There were no counter demonstrators of any kind. Not ACORN, not Leftists, not anyone. At one point we heard chanting across the street, but they were with us. American flags, terrific signs and the overwhelming feeling of solidarity. The crowds went for blocks!

It was a well-organized, cohesive, wonderful gathering. The NYPD did an oustanding job, as usual.

April 16, 2009 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great photos. I often find myself seeing people I know in your photos, and yep -- again. LOL

Glad the event was awesome

April 16, 2009 7:11 AM  
Anonymous Bill H said...

This may be your best yet, UI! I can't get over the crowd, not only the size of it, but the cross-representation of people. In fact, I see a few there who I would have expected at an anti-war protest! It's amazing how the bankrupting of our country for those who do nothing to contribute to society is angering people across the board. Was there anyone there from Homeland Security taking names and arresting ex-military? ;-)

April 16, 2009 8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Despite Charles Johnson's claims of Paulian domination of the tea parties, I saw maybe 20 Paulians there, and they were relegated to the back of the crowd. Great night in NYC!

April 16, 2009 8:21 AM  
Anonymous newsjunkie_ky said...

Would love to have been there with you all. Now, the drivebys (and some so called conservative blogs) are spinning like crazy to paint good hard-working Americans as right-wing, racist thugs.
Going to email your link to all and upload link to FB.
Hi ma sands.

April 16, 2009 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

Looks like things went quite well there. Good job on the photos. They look great!

Sorry I could only make it to Harrisburg yesterday, where it was cold and rainy, but well attended.

April 16, 2009 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Mommynator said...

I am so proud and inspired by my fellow New Yorkers! And in NYC of all places!

Let's do it again 07/04!

April 16, 2009 2:54 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It was awesome - I attended NYC last night (I had the cartoon Obama saying "What's in YOUR wallet?" sign) and the crowd was unbelievable! I'm not surprised the MSM isn't reporting the tea parties correctly - NBC actually reported that there were 2000 people! Well... there were, plus another 10,000 or so...

April 16, 2009 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at City Hall. This may sound strange but in some ways the whole thing was depressing to me. For one, conservatives really don't DO protests and I felt out of place at one (other than the earlier NYC tea party and the occasional political rally, I cannot remember the last time I was at a demonstration).

For me, it is not the taxes as much as the spending. And not the spending as much as the uneasy feeling that the relationship between the people and the state has changed, possibly forever.

And I think that is why I was so depressed. I just feel that our relationship with the state has passed a point of no return.

April 16, 2009 6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great coverage of a great event! I attended a Tea Party across the river in Newark and turnout was a little disappointing but we made a lot of noise! Let's keep up the pressure!

April 16, 2009 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great photos and videos. I was there last night. Great turnout. It was wonderful to be with like-minded people. Loved all the speakers! Saw all kinds of people there and was happy to see many young adults. This movement is only going to grow. Today Obama said he hadn't heard of the tea parties. Huh? Lying or clueless? I say out of touch with the people.

April 16, 2009 7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great photo essay. What is with all the anti-Ron Paul comments? How is Auditing the Fed something that "nuts" believe in? Have you all forgotten the movement that Ron Paul and Campaign for Liberty began? The tea parties are his; I sincerely hope the mainstream Right keeps its grubby paws off of the honest, palpable anger at the government that was expressed at this event.

April 16, 2009 8:06 PM  
Blogger Urban Infidel said...

Z Caceres,

Thanks for coming by and for posting a comment. I don't think I was calling Ron Paul followers 'nuts' at all. I was referring to a particular blogger who was decrying these wonderful demonstrations as being 'infiltrated,' or being 'hijacked' by Paulians, Birchers, or far right groups.

These were ordinary people who came. Most had never been to any kind of public protest.

April 17, 2009 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recap of the NYC TEA Party! I attended one in Morehead City NC, a small town, and roughly 1000 people attended. We had an orthopedic surgeon, construction company owners, insurance agents, newspaper owners, and many other regular folks showing their support for this cause. Let's keep it going!

April 19, 2009 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12,500 people! Is that not about 1 per 750,000? A fart is more dense that that. In Boston, back in the day, they dressed up like indians, what happened? Nevermind. Guys like you make this country special. Keep up the good work, the party needs your kind.

May 28, 2009 5:22 PM  

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