Tea Party Express

Oklahoma City, OK – More than 1,000 rally at OKC tea party event

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) More than 1,000 people took to the lawn outside the state Capitol for a tea party rally as speakers lashed out at a federal government they say is trampling on the individual liberties of citizens.

Waving flags that read "Don't Tread on Me" and holding signs criticizing federal spending, the group packed the north lawn Wednesday night.

Between speakers, organizers offered prayers and played patriotic music.

Conservative Oklahoma City radio host Mark Shannon urged the group to harness their energy into making a difference in November's elections.

More tea party rallies are scheduled for Thursday in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.