GET READY TO RALLY!
you may have read in a recent Albuquerque
Journal article, seen on KOB Eyewitness
News 4, or heard on the radio on 1550 KIVA, or 770 KKOB, the Albuquerque Tea Party is
gearing up for our 2nd Annual Tax Day Rally. And you probably know by now that our rally is scheduled for this
Thursday, April 15th, 2010 starting at 4pm, on Menaul, between San Pedro &
What you may not know is that there have been some pranksters trying to divert our fine supporters
to a different location. The fake posters are trying to misdirect supporters to
the IRS building on Montgomery. In addition, there have been reports nationwide
about infiltrators trying to discredit the Tea Party movement. Some of their
tactics will be:
- Deliberately misspelling words in signs.
- Using racist slurs, either in their signs, or verbally.
- Using homophobic slurs in their signs, or verbally.
- Using exaggerated imagery, such as showing Obama as
- Generally behaving in a hostile and disreputable manner
that would reflect poorly on the demonstration, and the Tea Party supporters.
With that in mind, the Albuquerque Tea Party, with some
guidance from PJTV, have come up with a list
of Do's & Don'ts for the Tax Day Rally.
Things to do:
- Do download our Rights
& Responsibilities document from our website.
- DO bring a video
or still camera with fresh batteries.
- DO get photos
or video of any offensive signs or behavior - racist signs, signs
connecting O's administration to Nazis, anti-Semitic signs, signs calling
for violence - and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- DO inform them
calmly and civilly that the signs and behavior are unwelcome.
- DO get pictures
including the faces of people holding, the people standing with the
offensive signs, and context.
- DO have
"Infiltrator" and "Brought to you by...", or similar type signs, and stay
close to the offensive signs so it's hard for the legacy media to single
- DO capture
video of people shouting offensive words or slogans. Loudly - but
calmly and civilly - challenge them for the misbehavior, and get that on
video, so it's clear it was denounced at the time.
- DO assume
people with their faces covered, especially with a balaclava or ski mask,
are not your friend.
- DO report any
harassment or assaults to the police, and capture that report on video as
well, if possible.
- DO KEEP YOUR
Keep calm. Be nice. These people are agent provocateurs, and the worst thing you can do to them is
not be provoked.
Things not to do:
- DO NOT confront
offensive protesters any more strongly than to tell them they're
- DO NOT make any
attempt to force people to leave, or do anything they don't want to do.
- DO NOT make any
concerted attempt to figure out if someone is a "real" Tea Partier or a
plant. If they're being offensive, get their pictures, send them in.
No one with a racist sign is a friend of the Tea Party movement, no matter
how much they say they are on the Tea Party's side.
in Wednesday morning at 9am on 770 KKOB to a couple of our board members that
will be on the air with Bob
Clark, and again at 4pm on 1550 KIVA, when another board member will be on
with Phil Marquez, who will
be broadcasting from our rally on Thursday afternoon.
If there is anyone out there who will be attending the rally, and has crowd size estimation experience, please contact us at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing all of you fine patriots, your family & friends out there on Menaul!
Thank you for supporting the Albuquerque Tea Party!