Today at noon, there were protest marches against the IRS slated in several cities around the county. The effort to speak out against the IRS intimidation was being promoted by the Tea Party Patriots with hopes of hitting 100 cities with IRS offices around the country.
As the day was coming to a close, reports rolled in with news of some that appeared to be quite successful.
- WTSP in Tampa reported that 300+ showed up at noon today
- Sidewalks in front of the Cincinnati offices of the IRS were jammed today. (Cincinnati was said to be where the rogue agents came from.)
- Myrtle Beach, SC saw 100+ marching against the IRS intimidation of conservative groups
- The Boston Herald counted "nearly two dozen" protesters marching outside the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in downtown Boston.
- And a number of protesters came to Washington DC to voice their displeasure.
And what about NYC?
TheBlaze offices in midtown Manhattan happen to be in the same building as the Internal Revenue Service on Sixth Avenue. Three different times I wandered out of our offices to see what was happening. Before noon there was not a single soul marching in front of the building.
Around 1pm, I again strolled out to see how big of a protest New York had managed to put together. After all, New York and the surrounding metropolitan area is home to 20+ million people. As I turned the corner on 45th Street and Sixth Avenue, I was shocked to see just one protester. One. This guy.
Image: Mike Opelka
The man in the photo is Keith Keary, a New Yorker - born and raised in the city. Keith is an artist -- a sculptor who makes his living creating art from metal. His work includes delicate small pieces of jewelry like these sea horses.
He also created several large installations seen around the country, like this one on display in El Paso, Texas.
Mr. Keary agreed to give TheBlaze an exclusive interview:
If you attended or participated in one of the protests not covered here, please send your photos and facts to mopelka@TheBlaze.com.
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