Local Tea Party Group Meets

MeridianTeaParty.com is currently organizing its Freedom in the Plaza event, which is set for July 2 at Dumont Plaza.

It's a barbecue fundraiser, with the goal of raising enough money to keep the group's billboard up along I-20/59 through election day in November. The group met Tuesday night.

"We called this meeting to plan for November, frankly," said founding member Paul Tarver. "We are having a fundraiser on July 2 to help us fund our billboard campaign, to get our message out, to get people out to vote, to get them energized about the campaign."

Tickets to the barbecue are $7.00.

Independent, grassroots Tea Party groups have sprung up all across the country in the past 14-15 months.

Members say that protecting the U.S. Constitution is the primary goal of the Tea Party movement, as well as guarding liberty, and reigning in out-of-control spending.

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