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Oklahoma City group plans protest of federal spending

MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: July 2, 2009 at 4:16 am •  Published: July 2, 2009
An Independence Day rally at the state Capitol to protest federal spending practices is back on after being scratched earlier.

Patty McAlister said she and a couple of others formed the Sooner Tea Party organization to hold the rally, set to start at 10 a.m. Saturday.

McAlister said it’s important for citizens to express their views on the day set aside to recognize America’s independence from Great Britain.

The Oklahoma City Tea Party organization, involved in holding a similar rally April 15 outside the Capitol that attracted about 5,000, had planned to hold a Fourth of July rally at the Capitol. But the group recently allied with another organization, the OKC 912 Project, and is working to hold a rally and march Sept. 12 to coincide with activities that also take place in Washington, said Dan Ward, a member of the Oklahoma City Tea Party.

McAlister, of Norman, said the rally will be on the south steps outside the Capitol. It’s scheduled to conclude at noon.

The event will feature patriotic music and comments from four speakers, she said.

Many attending have joined so-called "tea party” groups, which refer to the 18th-century Boston Tea Party in which American colonists protested Britain’s tea tax.

The intent of the rallies is to send a message to Washington to stop excessive spending, McAlister said.