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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2009, 11:37 A.M.

April 15: It’s party time

Tax protesters in Spokane will hold their own "tea party" this month as they try to mobilize and create a new citizens' movement.

The Spokane Tea Party, described on its Web site as "a peaceful protest to the massive spending of dollars we do not have",  will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Convention Center.

The tea party movement is an outgrowth of a Chicago protest in which people gathered on the shores of Lake Michigan to protest federal deficit spending, and borrowed from the noted protest in 1773 in Boston Harbor. (What, you were sleeping in American History class your freshman year and have no idea what we're talking about? Click here.)

Anyway, given the fact that the Convention Center is near a body of water, it's a safe bet that someone will be tossing tea into the Spokane River. Which is probably OK, as long as there's no phosphorous in it.

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