Washington, DC - Taxpayers from around the country are gathering Friday at noon outside the White House to protest the bailouts and debt coming out of Washington. The protest is being organized by a coalition of free market groups concerned about the direction of our country's fiscal policy. The Washington, DC protest is part of a national movement of "tea parties" around the country on Friday on main streets across the country. The protesters are gathering in the spirit of the Sons of Liberty in Boston, who in 1773 protested the British government by dumping tons of tea into the harbor. This modern "tea party" movement began on February 10, 2009 in Fort Myers, Florida when FreedomWorks members were joined by concerned taxpayers outside President Barack Obama's town hall meeting. Soon after, protests were held in Kansas, Seattle, Phoenix and Indianapolis. Hundreds showed up, and now events are being planned in dozens of cities across the country, including Sacramento, Saint Louis, Tulsa, San Diego, Atlanta, Tampa, Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. The "Washington, DC Taxpayer Tea Party" will include citizens from across the country who made the trip this week to send a message to all elected officials of both parties: It's time to end the wasteful spending, pork projects, and bailouts. FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey added, "This taxpayer revolt has sprouted up from the grassroots and is just getting started. The taxpayers are angry at what they see in Washington, and they have decided to turn up the volume. This is just the beginning." The New American Tea Party (www.NewAmericanTeaParty.com) is a self-organized coalition helping to coordinate the activities of tea party protesters across the nation. Sponsors for the DC event are FreedomWorks, The American Spectator, Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, Young Conservatives Coalition, the Heartland Institute, National Taxpayers Union, and the Institute for Liberty.