On Monday, June 19th, TFT members in Nashville mobilized in a show of support
for real tax reform. About 25 members gathered from 1:30 to 2:30 on Charlotte
Ave. in front of the Capitol, holding signs and wearing... bandages? Yes, members
wore bandages wrapped around their heads, Band Aids, and stickers calling for
real tax reform, not another Band Aid.
The quickly organized event was very successful in changing the
media focus. Members were interviewed on several TV stations and the Tennessean.
As well, an Associated Press photo and caption ran in newspapers across the
state reading, "Demonstrators on both sides of the tax debate have been
rallying motorists while legislators try to pass a budget before July 1."
Members were energized by their ability to neutralize the opposition's
horn honking. Members carried signs, "honk YES for the income tax."
The afternoon, Gordon Fisher asked when we were doing it again, "I was
there at the Capital doors yesterday with two dozen other people and will be
glad to do that again today if needed because our future depends on it."
After the success of the first Band-Aid Brigade, members in Nashville
held another event the following Tuesday as Legislators passed what has become
known as the "Fudge-It Budget"