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The group that produced the “Tea Party” on the steps of the California State Capital building on both April 15, Federal Tax Day, of 2009 and 2010 is expanding that effort. Someone else can argue about the number of people in attendance, but don't be distracted. There were thousands of citizens at both work-day events.
Estimates are that there are currently 200+ separate Tea Party groups in California, and polls record that 30 percent of citizens relate to the grassroots movement. The organizers are not paid and volunteers do the setup and cleanup. Donations fund expenses such as portable toilets, PA systems, barriers, etc.
“NorCal Tea Party Patriot's function is to provide an umbrella of support, training, motivation and information to its members and other TPP groups in the Northern California area and beyond," according to the group's literature.
On this past Saturday, a vary professional three-hour training session, including a binder of text materials, was conducted by Ginny Rapini in a local conference room. Following her talk was a one-hour Q&A for the 50 people — young, old, female, male — in attendance. A video of the training session will be available.
General leadership principles were covered, as well as topics specific to the Tea Party movement and issues unique to peaceful political protest. Communications with strict independence from other organizations outside TPP was stressed. They summarily reject any notion of starting a third party.
The lecture was upbeat and positive. TPP's stated motive is not to take over but to influence votes. Their ambition is to affect legislative elections and therefore change the outcome of various bills on spending, debt, and taxes. Groups are autonomous and individuals are encouraged to maintain their personal core values above all.
Geographic diversity and no individual in a national central command is an intentional advantage for TPP. Routine efforts of character assassination by the opposition is made difficult if they cannot focus on one person to destroy. TPPs know who the suspects are, those who have lost the argument and typically resort to ad hominem attacks.