Tea Parties to Kick Off 'Take the Town Halls to Washington' Tonight at 7:30 PM

Mar 09, 2010, 13:08 ET from Nationwide Tea Party Coalition

WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- Mark Skoda, Chairman of the Memphis Tea Party, and several other local tea party organizers are traveling to Washington, where they will kick off the "Take the Town Halls to Washington" project at a press conference on Capitol Hill this evening, March 9, at 7:30 PM.

"Take The Town Halls to Washington" is designed to bring tea party activists to Washington, DC during the month of March to meet, question and review the positions of approximately 50 Democrat members of the House of Representatives whose vote on the pending Health Care legislation has not yet been publicly announced. The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition and Tea Party Nation are kicking off the project, but additional grassroots organizations are expected to join.

Spokesman Skoda stated, "We are launching this project tonight, and will be pressing all 50 undecided members of Congress to meet with us. Our first goal is to stop this bill from passing by March 18, the most recent White House deadline. Towards that end, tea party activists will be meeting every day with members of Congress here on Capitol Hill."

Skoda continued, "We encourage tea party activists from around the country to come to Washington today, tomorrow, this week, and next week. We have a 'war room' set up on Capitol Hill, and every tea party activist in the country is welcome to use that location as a base of operations. Our efforts will culminate with a large rally at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 16, after which we encourage tea party activists to meet with wavering members of Congress in their offices."

Patti Weaver, a leader of the Pittsburgh Tea Party, will speak at the press conference, and will describe her group's scheduled meeting with Congressman Jason Altmire, who represents the Pittsburgh area, tomorrow morning.

Weaver stated, "We have a busload of people coming in to meet with Congressman Altmire. And we intend to respectfully express to him our view the reasons why his constituents oppose this proposed Health Care takeover legislation."

In addition to Ms. Weaver, local grassroots activists Lonnie Spivak of Nashville, Tennessee, and Tom Whitmore of Manassas, Virginia will speak about efforts to persuade members of Congress from their areas to meet in person with their constituents.

The press conference will be held at 7:30 Eastern Time this evening at Hunan Dynasty, located at 215 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE in Washington, D.C., which is located just blocks away from the office buildings of the 50 members of the House of Representatives who are the focus of this project.

The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition is an informal federation of thirty local tea parties from around the country who work collaboratively on important national projects.

For further information or to register and participate or assist others to come to Washington, DC, please check our site at www.takethetownhallstowashington.com.

To see press release go to http://myprgenie.com/4773

Contact: Mark A. Skoda, mark@memphisteaparty.com, 901-277-4968

SOURCE Nationwide Tea Party Coalition



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