…after nearly three weeks of protests and overnight stays in Kanawha Plaza, the Richmond Tea Party is about to send Jones a bill for about $8,000 on the basis that “Occupy Richmond” has been using the area illegally and for free.

Richmond Tea Party spokeswoman Colleen Owens told CBS Washington that the protesters have been given special treatment and free reign of the park and have not had to comply with the strict liability and security provisions that the city required of a Tea Party Tax Day in 2009.

As the person in charge of the 2009 event, Owens said Richmond officials dictated the number of police and emergency personnel they were required to have on site and required a $1 million liability policy to protect the city. Owens said that when a Tea Party member decided to call the mayor’s office to see if the protesters had required any of the necessary permits for the park, the city said that “Occupy Richmond” didn’t have any requirements for them to protest and stay overnight in Kanawha Plaza….


  1. LostLiberty
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:40 am |

    The City of Benson, at first, required a deposit from our 9-12 group. When they realized that we left the ramada and surrounding area cleaner than we found it, they stopped charging us.

  2. mojo
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:40 am |

    Key phrase to look for: “equal application of the laws”

    As in “Without fear or favor”

  3. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:16 am |

    *heh* The city should pass an ordinance requiring individuals to pay overnight camping fees, undergo morning barracks inspections and calisthenics, and do park-beautification chores or KP.
    Punishment for failure … stocks, stockade, or laps in full packs (i.e. everything they brought).

  4. geezerette
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:20 am |

    But but— they are 99% — and peaceful and and— they deserve to be there to protest– Ya know????

  5. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:20 am |

    Politicians have short memories. At their peril, they have *disremembered* the election held 11 months ago; November, 2010!

  6. geezerette
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:53 am |

    Well than it’s up to us to make them re-remember 12 months from now. Right? If we can wait that long.

  7. dick not quite dead white guy
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm |

    Unfortunately, the likes of Mayor MKLmanque Jones get a safe ride in the way majority black City of Richmond as long as they’re ‘down with the struggle’ and grab and give out all the freebies available. There are many gorgeous area in this city that I would love to live in, but as long as his ilk runs the political show, no way Jose. Jones is a step up from a long succession of Marion Barry and Jesse Jackson types who have served in city administrations for more than thirty years, but far from what the city deserves.

    Jones went down to the formerly beautiful and now trashed plaza to ‘dialogue’ with the protestors, telling them he would not enforce various laws they were all ready breaking out of respect for their First Amendment rights.
    I guess his oath of office means nothing. I hope this Tea Party request eats him alive politically.
    BTW, after the Tea Party left the plaza in 2009, even the local liberals noted it looked even better than before the Tea Party folks arrived.

  8. Spin
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 1:37 am |

    geezerette said:

    Well than it’s up to us to make them re-remember 12 months from now. Right? If we can wait that long.

    There are many important elections all over the country next month too. For stuff like governor, state reps and senators, mayors and city councilors.

    These are the races that absolutely have to be won before we can even begin to dismantle Washington DC.

    Here in Mississippi the dems are not happy being out of power. Locally we have some really ugly races going on now.