Tea Party gathers in Rockford; GLN calls for Chicago protest

Tue. April 6, 2010 12:00 AM by Brett Anthony

Rockford, IL - Hundreds of Tea Party activists gathered Tuesday afternoon in a Rockford, Illinois public park to denounce taxes and public funding of health care and education.

The rally of Illinois conservatives in David Park was part of the Tea Party Express, a national bus tour that originated in Nevada.

ChicagoBreakingNews.com reported that David Hale, leader of the Rockford Tea Party, asked people to leave their "Obama Hitler Signs" at home.

This request follows other Tea Party events that were peppered with bigotry. In March, people gathered at a Tea Party rally reportedly called Georgia Representative John Lewis a "n****r."

Lewis, a civil rights movement veteran, was viciously beaten by a white mob in 1961.

Members of the Tea Party have also called openly-gay Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) a f****t and taunted him with "lisping" chants.

Citing these instances, the Gay Liberation Network has called for "progressive minded people and organizations" to join their protest of a Tea Party gathering planned for April 15 in Chicago's Daley Plaza.

While republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady has received the support of tea party leaders, many express disappointment with U.S. Representative Mark Kirk, the Republican senate candidate.

Hale told the Chicago Tribune he would not vote for Kirk.