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My adrenaline is pumping over tomorrow's Big Tea Party protest. I am so excited to be taking part in protests stretching from San Francisco all the way to San Jose.  I do know my way to San Jose. Highway 101, watch out for us tomorrow! Singer Diana Nagy is coming too - she's small, but mighty.

I was on KSFO radio this morning at 7:35 a.m. to promote our event, and I'll be reminding everyone again tomorrow morning at 6:35 and 7:35 so tune in if you have any questions or keep checking back on this site.

I love the fact that the grassroots are stepping up and organizing - from the bottom up. Yes, there are some conservative leaders involved, but mostly the energy is coming from ordinary folks who have never before been involved in a demonstration.

But the out-of-control spending is driving people to pick up a protest sign, get organized, and active in their communities.

We are the tea-drinkers of this century.

The Obamunists call us the radicalized right-wing and are trying to demonize us.

That is just silly.


Protesters speaks their minds during a demonstration rally against taxes, echoing the historic Boston Tea Party. – AP photo

We are regular folks. People like Sally Zelikovsky who wrote a letter to the editor at the Marin Independant Journal, here in California. She is a new friend whom I just recently met.

And she's fired up. Me too.

It's time for another tea party

By Sally Zelikovsky
What have you heard about tea parties," I recently asked a dozen people.

"Huh?"

"Like the one I had with my grandkids last week?"

"Is this a trick question?"

These are just a few of the responses my informal survey yielded. It hardly comprises a representative sample, but is instructive nonetheless: The media are depriving us of all the news that's fit to print.

Millions of Americans are exercising their right to dissent by staging tea parties across the land, yet millions have not read a word about, heard any mention of or seen a single image about it on TV.

The tea party story that's not being told has nothing to do with doilies and crumpets. It harkens back to 1773 when the Sons of Liberty emptied tea into Boston Harbor as a protest against the king - one of the earliest episodes of dissent in this country.

Over half the people who voted in November disagree with the economic policies of the administration and Congress. They have reached a tipping point and, in uncharacteristic fashion, are taking to the streets on April 15 in over 300 cities, with thousands expected to protest the profligate spending in Washington.

They will gather to protest the pork-laden "stimulus," the trillion-dollar budget and health-care proposals that are sure to bankrupt the U.S.

One can only conclude that while dissent was patriotic in 1773, it is patriotic in 2009 only when the left dissents against the right.

How else to explain that something big is brewing across the U.S. and you don't know it?

While I do not claim that the press is an extension of the government, I'm afraid it functions as a de facto arm of the government.

By failing to report newsworthy events, the press becomes complicit in the promotion of one ideology over another.

Most credible news outlets reported on the anti-war protesters, the anti-torture rallies and the ubiquitous anti-Bush demonstrations.

Yet, the same outlets have failed to inform us about tea parties that have already taken place and the hundreds scheduled for April 15.

We know the press is not allergic to this kind of reporting because local news recently covered the tepid protest in Berkeley on the sixth anniversary of the Iraq War - they didn't miss a beat.

But when it comes to dissent from the right, they've missed an entire concerto of beats. Blatantly shunning the news should worry us all: Once filtered through the lenses of the press, the news becomes tainted and individuals are at the mercy of those in control.

Whether you have actually lived in a society where political forces controlled the press or can envision this reality through the power of fiction, demand that the media report on dissent from all sides, in particular, the April 15th Tea Party at Civic Center Plaza Park in San Francisco from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sally Zelikovsky of San Rafael is an attorney turned stay-at-home mother of three. She is the coordinator of Wednesday's San Francisco Tea Party and founder of Bay Area Conservatives ROAR (Restoring Our American Republic).