(UPDATED) Is The Tea Party Movement Dead In Chicago?

February 28, 2010

Today is the one year anniversary of the Tea Party Movement in Chicago. In some cities the one year mark is a cause for celebration, but in Chicago it’s just depressing, because there is no Tea Party movement to speak of here at Obamamania ground zero.

The internet is a pretty big place, so it’s possible that we have simply been unable to locate any info pertaining to the Chicago Tea Party, but so far, it looks as thought the movement in the Windy City is a defunct corpse.

Whoever organized the original set of Chicago Tea Parties has clearly abandoned the movement for other pursuits.

Is this the future of the Tea Party movement nationwide, or is this a failure specific to the Chicago organizer(s)?

For a flashback to the first Chicago Tea Party from one year ago today, please see the video below:

UPDATE:

Shortly after posting this we reached out to Eric Odom, who helped organize the original 2/27 protest in Chicago, as well as the follow-up 2009 Chicago tax day Tea Party protest, for his comment on the current state of the Chicago Tea Party. He responded with the following, which he also left in the comments section:

To my knowledge, a guy named Steve Stevlic is now organizing for the Chicago Tea Party. I think, however, their group is focused on April 15th and they didn’t have time to put something together for today.

Some of those involved in the 2009 event moved on to other parts of the movement. I myself am currently on the road and moving to Las Vegas to spend the year working to defeat Harry Reid in Nevada.

John OHara works full time with Heartland and probably doesn’t have the time to do what we did last year.

There have been a few others try to corral parts of the Chicago tea party movement, but some of them have caused terrible rifts because of ego and turf control issues.

I think the last month or two has seen some good people start working together to regroup for Chicago.

Another element to consider is that this time last year, we had people come from surrounding cities an states, and they’re all organizing their own events now.

What happened a year ago was very unique for us all, but it likely cannot be duplicated. The organizers in place now seem to understand there is a need for something new and different, and I think you’ll start seeing these plans unfold in the near future.

Steve Stevlic also left a comment on the matter. It looks as though they are gearing up for a 2010 Tax Day Tea Party. Let’s hope it’s a BIG one. Chicago is President Obama’s home city. Chicago is Saul Alinsky’s home city. Chicago is Bill Ayers’ home city. Chicago is the spiritual home city of the Democratic Socialists of America and their poltical wing, the Congressional Progressive Caucus (perhaps you have heard of them). Chicago is the birthplace of CRA, and the HCAN socialized “health-care” plan. There are no shortage of dramatic reasons for Chicago to be a hotbed of Tea Party activity.

As it is, the last significant Chicago Tea Party, to our knowledge, occurred on 4-15-09, also known as the day Susan Roesgen began to lose her job.

Sure, as Rick Sentelli cried out for, there was a 4th of July Tea Party, but it was a very strange one, indeed. It was organized by group of Naderite ballott access folks who were nice enough, but the event had a decidedly Progressive feeling to it. Check out our coverage of the event in the clip below:

The strange thing about this Tea Party is that many of the speakers were progressives from the Green Party and Nader campaign! It was all very odd. They are against the two party system, but support national healthcare. They are against Cap and Trade, but believe in man-made global warming. They claim to be “all partisan,” but boycotted the tax day tea parties because of Republican involvement.

It is our sincere hope that newly restarted Chicago Tea Party has a very successful 4-15 protest, but we also hope that they are organizing in ways that go beyond protests. Glenn Reynolds mentioned that other Tea Party groups are running people in every local precinct they operate in.  Is there anything resembling this is Chicago? Should there be?

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5 Responses to (UPDATED) Is The Tea Party Movement Dead In Chicago?

  1. dave on February 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    What is that guys name who took credit ? Is it Eric something ?

  2. Steve Stevlic on February 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    News of the death of the tea party in Chicago has been greatly exaggerated. We’re celebrating the one year anniversary of the first Chicago Tax Day Tea Party with a rally at noon on April 15 in Federal Plaza. Over the past month we’ve been working with like minded groups across the city and state to not only help organize the rally, but to build an organization that is sustainable after April 15 to help educate voters, walk precincts, make phone calls and get out the vote for candidates that pledge to support and defend the constitution.

    I attended that first tea party on February 27 and froze right along with you. Hope the good folks at Founding Bloggers can join us on April 15. We’re going to have a lot of speakers, local liberty activists and regular Americans who’ve made a difference over the past year take the stage – including people you already know.

    More information is available at http://www.teapartychicago.org or officialchicagoteaparty.com or on our Facebook page.

    People are also welcome to contact me directly at steve@teapartychicago.org

  3. Eric Odom on February 27, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Some of those involved in the 2009 event moved on to other parts of the movement. I myself am currently on the road and moving to Las Vegas to spend the year working to defeat Harry Reid in Nevada.

    John OHara works full time with Heartland and probably doesn’t have the time to do what we did last year.

    There have been a few others try to corral parts of the Chicago tea party movement, but some of them have caused terrible rifts because of ego and turf control issues. 

    I think the last month or two has seen some good people start working together to regroup for Chicago.

    Another element to consider is that this time last year, we had people come from surrounding cities an states, and they’re all organizing their own events now.

    What happened a year ago was very unique for us all, but it likely cannot be duplicated. The organizers in place now seem to understand there is a need for something new and different, and I think you’ll start seeing these plans unfold in the near future.

    Eric

  4. tatosian on March 2, 2010 at 2:13 am

    The Tea Party Palatine group is having a meeting in the Schaumburg Public Library,130 S. Roselle Road this coming Wednesday, March 3rd.
    ( http://clmijare.webs.com/apps/calendar/showEvent?calID=2951776&eventID=67329541 ).

    Another group, the West Suburban Patriots (an Independent Tea Party Group) is having a rally/protest against the government take over of health care in Batavia il on Saturday March 6, from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. ( http://westsuburbanpatriots.ning.com/events/protest-govt-takeover-of )

    Attending one or both of these events will certainly help the cause.

  5. jon on March 24, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Death to the Tea Party Klansman there is no place in this country for this misinformed racist thugs… what a disgrace. I would like
    to thank you all for despicable low class white trash conduct. What an embarrassment you are to the great USA. Please put you white hoods on
    and go back to burning crosses you ignorant violent sissy’s!

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