Saturday, August 8, 2009

Danville California Tea Party Organized by Nick Contompasis

This is a partial background story on the author of this blog from The Danville Weekly. He is a local coordinator for the National Tea Party.
Crowds line Hartz Ave. in Tax Day Protest Danville Tea Party one of hundreds around the U.S.
Geoff Gillette
April 15 is normally a pretty busy day at the post office, but Wednesday it also brought crowds to downtown Danville as more than 250 area residents converged on the intersection of Hartz Avenue and Diablo Road to take part in the nationwide Tea Party event.A grass roots movement organized almost entirely online, the Tea (which stands for Taxed Enough Already) Parties were held to protest government spending and issues like the massive bailouts of AIG and Wall Street. The Danville Tea Party was broken up into two events, one from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and the second from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with residents from all throughout Contra Costa County taking part. Former Congressman Bill Baker manned a corner during the afternoon, holding a sign reading, "Change is all you'll have left". He said he felt it was necessary for residents to send a message to their representatives in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. "I think it's time the people stood up to congress," he said.Baker said the Fed has been working to stabilize the situation, but Congress just keeps on spending, which makes the situation worse. He also said he felt the stimulus package was not going to solve the problem. "Only 12 percent goes to infrastructure and the rest is going to more government. And that doesn't put people back to work."Baker's wife Joanne also attended the gathering. "The budget's way out of control," she stated, "and they have no intention to bring it under control."
Nick Contompasis is the organizer of the Danville Tea Party and he said it really required very little in the way of "organizing." "It took very little effort on my part," he said. "There's a real need here. People want to let the government know that they've had enough."Contompasis is no stranger to organized protest. In the 1960s, he was a part of Students for Democratic Society (SDS), a movement protesting the Vietnam War that grew to 100,000 strong at it's peak. "
I've basically switched sides," he said, adding, "I'm using the tools I learned in the streets of Washington, D.C. here on the quiet streets of Danville."While the SDS protests were at-times raucous affairs, the event in Danville was festive, with little or no conflict. "
I was a little worried," said Contompasis. "I was concerned that there might be an element of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) out here today but so far it's been nice and peaceful."Wednesday's protest is not the last to be seen of the Tea Party activists.
Contompasis said they may be putting on another demonstration in the next few weeks, and they are already working on an application for the group to walk in this year's 4th of July Parade in Danville.


Bob DiSabatino said...

Great job of Community Organizing Nick. I have seen other Danville events on the news. Any plans for September 12?

Nick Contompasis said...

Hi Bob,
Thanks for visiting my blob. Yes, we have some nice things for Sep. 12th. We are also looking for any op to sandblast Boxer. She's out in 2010 for sure. A massive amount of people want her gone.
California is turning hard right. The are over taxed over lied too and just about done with the dem's. Obama and the two senators we have are fleecing the taxpayers and we're gone.
Have a nice day down there. 110 here right now but it's dry heat you know, lol.

Darrell Olling said...

With interest, I noticed you're organizing an Apr 15 TEA rally in Danville. If appropriate, I'd like to offer my Mobile DJ service for that or any other/future event. In my collection of thousands of songs, I've got 5+ hours of patriotic stuff. As long as I've got an elec.outlet and about 25 sq.ft., I'm ready to pump up any crowd! I'm registered GOP, but should be in Conservative Party...LinkedIn friends with Tom DelBacarro...visit my blog: Thanks!