Tomorrow, Tea Party groups are holding events all over the state protesting higher taxes, bigger government and rising debt. There are at least 25 known rallies occurring, in every corner of Michigan.

“This will be a peaceful protest,” said William Gupton of the Lapeer County Tea Party Patriots. “We pay special tribute to our veterans who fought for our right to do this.”

Gupton’s group is leading an event in downtown Lapeer at 2 p.m., which features speakers discussing economic issues, as well as a World War II veteran. Many events also showcase live music and an assortment of food and drinks.

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A variety of Tea Party and smaller-government groups have joined forces to plan events in Lapeer, Sterling Heights, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Midland and Sault Ste. Marie. However, meet-ups aren’t just relegated to larger communities: Smaller cities like Brighton, Caro, St. Joseph and Northville are also joining in.

“I think that this year’s rallies will be bigger than last year,” said Gupton. “I was in Lansing [last year], but we’re hoping that being better organized will make this year even better.” He added that his group expects up to 1,000 people to show up.

Depending on where you live, events are taking place all throughout the day. A great resource for those looking for a nearby protest is the “Michigan Activists Calendar,” found at www.michiganactivists.com.

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