subject: Tea Party Infiltrators -
Many have asked about the news that there may be "infiltrators" at tea party rallies around the nation tomorrow. A website (crashtheteaparty.org) was recently set up. The creator is Jason Levin, a middle school teacher in Beaverton, Oregon. He's on record saying that you might see some of his team in Nazi uniforms at your event pretending to be racists and other offensive characters. You do need to know what the left is up to.
At our April 15 Tax Day Rally we should expect disruptors and be prepared for them....individuals and the media.
Here are some tips for dealing with this situation, should it arise.
1. Be prepared. Make sure your security team knows about the potential for disturbance, and your procedures for dealing with any issues. If you have law enforcement at your event, let them know about the potential threats in advance. Most are happy to remove people who intend to disturb your event.
2. Have a plan. We suggest that you handle every incident in a predetermined manner. Your preparation will allow you to handle any incident in a calm and reasoned manner.
3. No aggressive confrontation. Make sure all of your people know that they are in the media spotlight. Our behavior will be watched. So if you encounter these miscreants, be polite, and ask them to leave your event. If you have police there, ask them to help you.
4. Video, video, video. Make sure you have teams of people with Flip cams or other easy format video, and make sure every single encounter of this nature is captured on videotape. Create the record. We'll use it later to publicly humiliate the bad actors, and also to allow you to prove your version of the incidents if challenged.
5. Partner up. If you are going to deal with one of these situations, always have at least one other person with you. It's imperative that any situation not be your word against someone else's. Have a witness and a helper with you at all times.
6. Make signs that say "Infiltrator. This person is not with us." Put a big arrow on it so that you can stand next to infiltrators and point at them. Usually this will embarrass them, ruin their prank, and they will leave.
7. Talk about the issue of behavior and signs at the beginning of your event. Set the guidelines.
a. No signs or behavior evidencing bigotry or racism of any kind will be tolerated, and people will be asked to get rid of them or leave.
b. We are polite, law abiding people, and that's how we run our events.
c. Ask attendees to immediately report any suspicious people to event security or the police.
8. Don't worry...be happy. If you weren't so good at what you are doing, and so successful at influencing the debate in this country, people wouldn't feel compelled to try to shoot you down using sleazy tactics. You are dominating the political playing field, and doing so by being honest, operating with integrity and staying within the law. Be proud of what you are accomplishing, and enjoy your day.
Here is a sample of what a disruptive tactic might be:
(from the Daily Cos - a leftie website)
Tea Parties all across America are being organized - all about getting less funding for government. Let’s show up with a better message: STOP funding wars and Wall Street, and start funding the needs of the people– health care, education, and a green economy. Join us as we crash their party.
Disguised as a news crew we (Tea Party Opponents) will do some in person interviewers with teabaggers. We’re going to ask open ended questions that seem to have a slight conservative bent to (hopefully) get them to open up and just start ranting. Then, we take any examples of racism, hatred, ignorance, and stupidity that we catch on camera and make a little movie out of it. Probably a YouTube special.
Here’s the list of questions we (Tea Party Opponents) have so far - please send more.
* What are you celebrating (The Boston Tea Party), and can you explain its historical relevance?
* Do you approve of Michael Steele’s plan to expand the GOP through a “hip-hop urban-suburban marketing strategy”?
* Presuming that someone complains about wasteful government spending) “So you disapprove of your tax dollars going to the Iraq War?” [should elicit some confusion]