FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thursday, December 18, 2014
Portage County TEA Party Announces Effort
to Support our Local Safety Forces
Mogadore, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party announced today that it's members would be taking cookies, cakes and pies to local police and fire departments over the next week to thank them for their service to our communities. The effort is partially in reaction to the statements that have been made attacking police officers in particular after the events in Ferguson, MO and New York City.
Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party said, "In light of the attacks by the left on the integrity of our police officers across the nation, after the shooting in Ferguson and the choking death in New York, we felt we that we needed to speak out and take action. It is important that we as citizens, stand with our law enforcement and emergency services personnel against these over-reaching attacks because we all know that the vast majority of police and firefighters do an excellent job in protecting our families and our property. To degrade all police officers because of the actions of a few is just wrong. While there are clearly issues that these incidents, and the ones in Cleveland, have exposed and that need to be addressed, and we support any honest efforts to do so, the vast majority of public servants deserve our thanks and appreciation, not our scorn. We want them to know that they have our support and appreciation."
Zawistowski concluded by saying "Actions speak louder than words, so our members will be visiting their local police and fire departments over the next week to personally thank them for their service to our communities. It is a small gesture, but an important one, particularly at Christmas time and during Hanukkah, which should be a time of peace and love, not hate. We thank all of those who keep us safe for their service."
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement. The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful. Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individuals to vote, to run for office and to attend government meetings in their areas so that they can participate in their self-governance. The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.