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Local people in DC for Tea Party Rally

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Updated: 9/10/2009 11:29 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- This weekend the steps of the US Capitol will be packed with protesters. Tea Party protesters that is, and many are from right here in northeast Florida.

Members of the First Coast Tea Party are in Washington now, ready to take on what they call unfair taxation.

They're mother's, father's, and business owners that all want the same thing, a voice in our government. They sent us video from the First Coast Tea Party in Virginia. They were on their way to the nations capitol for this weekend's first ever march on Washington.

Diane Leone is a volunteer with the local group now in DC. "We need to be seen. We want them to see us and know we're here and be counted," said Leone.

They're one of the many groups from around the country traveling to Washington to take a stand against high taxes and too much government control.
"We don't want them to control spending, we want it to stop," said Leone.

They also sent us pictures of their trip. They traveled with what they call the Dartmouth. It's a boat modeled after the one used in the Boston Tea Party.
"In 1776 our forefathers decided it was worth taking a stand and now in 2009 we're saying it's worth taking a stand," said Leone.

Leone says they don't know whether local representatives will say much to them, but they're hoping to at least send a message to them.
"We want them to know we elected them to do our work," said Leone.

There are several local people leaving very early Friday from Brunswick to go up there. There's also a local rally going on Saturday afternoon in Nassau County and a Taxpayer Rally at Woody's Bar-B-Q 474323 State Route 200 (A1A) and will run from noon to four. The live coverage of the March on Washington will be from 1-3.
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juniesgurl - 9/11/2009 9:19 AM
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I think this march WAS needed~ we have stood by for too long now and allowed a *few to dictate to the *many! When someone is elected in *good faith* they should be made to stand by what they ran on to get elected! If it takes MORE of these *appearences* to get things headed where they should've been all along I say *GO FOR BROKE!*

rckmom - 9/11/2009 6:38 AM
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Washington better be paying attention! If they ignore 'We The People' again...they should be ready for a fight!! They seem to have forgotten that 'THEY' work for US not the other way around!

GaLady2 - 9/10/2009 11:54 PM
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Hopefully the polititians in DC will take notice. Government must stop spending!!! We must get our financial crisis under control with some expert money management. People need jobs not more taxes. We should all be vigilant in 2010 and vote these money machines out. Congress is supposed to work for the people, not tax them to death. I find the tone of our president and our congress to be very offensive at the moment. What I hear from Washington is, "We're going to do what we want to do whether you like it or not." This is still America and is supposed to be a democratic republic.
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