Madison, Wisconsin Tax Day Tea Party
With April 15th - Tax Day - hitting America right in the chops, Tax Day Tea Parties were planned for across the nation.
This Tea Party, held on the Capital grounds in Wisconsin's capital was probably very similar to one held in your own, or a nearby, town.
I'm no news writer and am only arguably a news or event photographer. So I won't chance a story here. Frankly, I was there to get images to add in the incredible number either at or headed towards NowPublic.
However, I would like to attest to a couple of facts noticed while there -
- Speakers claimed there were between 10,000 and 12,000 people in attendance. While I cannot speak for the numbers the capital grounds were packed thick with people through the center and off to both sides.
- Everyone was incredibly polite, which is noteworthy because at many events this size such is not the case
- Everyone was incredibly neat. The grounds were virtually litter free when everyone left
- Everyone was white. Well, not everyone. One speaker was a black minister. For the record, one of the protesters may have been either Indian or Pakistani.
- There were approximately 30 counter protesters (my estimate). They were all white.
- This protest was covered by several main stream media outlets. Certain organizers noted that in their speeches.
- Finally, as expected by some pundits, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson made public his intention NOT to run against liberal Senator Russ Feingold.