It's September 12th again this Sunday, and that means one thing: 9/12 rallies.
Last year, Glenn Beck launched a movement that, for months, organized and prepared for a big march on Washington, pulling off an event that drew a big crowd of Tea Partiers and disgruntled anti-spending crusaders to the National Mall. Media outlets estimated tens of thousands in attendance; supporters of the rally estimated closer to 1.5 or 2 million.
Dubbed "The 9.12 Project," Beck's stated goal for the rally was to "bring us all back to the place we were on September 12, 2001. The day after America was attacked we were not obsessed with Red States, Blue States, or political parties. We were united as Americans..." In the months leading up to September 12, 2009, local "9/12" groups sprung up across the nation; in the vast national network of small anti-Obama political groups, "9/12" groups pepper the broader Tea Party coalition.
This Sunday, the'll be at it again. FreedomWorks has been organizing, and The 9.12 Project has been promoting, another massive rally in Washington, DC. Permits for a 300,000-attendee event have reportedly been obtained, and a lineup of speakers--from Andrew Breitbart to Indiana Congressman Mike Pence--has been secured for Sunday afternoon outside the Capitol.
Other big rallies, which will likely draw thousands, are slated for St. Louis and Sacramento.
On top of that, countless smaller rallies are being planned elsewhere.
"These things are taking place all over the country," said Mark Meckler, a national co-coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, the largest Tea Party membership group in the country, which hosts a weekly conference call where local activists discuss and coordinate plans.