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|Protest rally set for tax day|
A Tea Party protest to be held in Winnsboro on Thursday — tax day — will give those upset about the direction the country is headed a chance to gather and make their voices heard.
The event is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the Franklin Parish Courthouse, 208 Main St., and is being billed as a non-partisan, grass-roots rally put together by concerned citizens.
"These people feel like they want to do something. Most of these are people who have never been involved in politics other than voting," said Glen Williams, an organizer of the event.
Williams, a Democrat who formerly served District 20 in the Louisiana House of Representatives, said the national media often gets it wrong when they try to label people who attend Tea Party protests.
Williams, who has attended other Tea Party rallies, said attendees are a diverse group who don't gather in support of political parties or big-money backers.
He expects that those who show up for the Winnsboro event — like those who will turn out for similar ones to be held across the country on April 15 — to be united by core principles, including less taxes and less government.
A recent national survey by the Winston Group shows the national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democrat. Two-thirds of the group call themselves conservative, 26 percent are moderate and eight percent say they are liberal.
"The left has tried to belie and denigrate this fine group of people and that's a shame. They ask who our leaders are and I tell them that it's Madison, Jefferson, Franklin and Washington—we really look to the founders as our leaders," said Christina Botteri, a spokesperson with the National Tea Party Federation.
The National Tea Party Federation is a coalition of national and regional Tea Party that acts as a clearing house for media-related matters and is not directly involved in the Winnsboro protest.
Several Tax Day Tea Parties are scheduled Thursday in Louisiana cities, including Metairie, Bossier City, Lake Charles and Ruston.
For more information about the Winnsboro protest, call Glen Williams at 372-8805, 772-3763 or 372-4713.