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Dear LVTP members and event participants;

LVTP has noted that a recent fad amongst patriots is to display the flag of the United States of America upside down, or as US flag etiquette code describes, "union down". This display of the flag upside down is said to depict "nation in distress".

It is the position of LVTP that this display of our nation's flag is inappropriate for our events. The US flag etiquette is clear in section 8(a), "The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property."

As our nation is not in immediate peril, there is nobody to whom this display would beseech for assistance, and our events do not result in any participants being in immediate danger, we feel displaying the flag union down is not necessary, and highly inappropriate for the people involved, time and place. Additionally, we feel it is disrespectful to those veterans who fought for our freedoms, who never had occasion to display the flag upside down. We must also take into consideration that it is currently a common practice for enemies of the United States of America to display our flag upside down as a show of contempt. To the average person outside the political community witnessing this display, it is perceived as a disrespectful and hostile act towards the USA.

It is understood the many patriots feel our nation is in such dire straits that displaying the flag upside is warranted. LVTP must respectfully disagree.. Participants in our events are asked to refrain from displaying the flag in anything less than a proud, strong, and free manner that represents the American Spirit, or in any way that might be perceived as dishonorable. It is regrettable if this request is seen as suppression of freedom of speech, but out of respect for our beloved veterans, and our country, this will remain the position of LVTP.

Below are excerpts from the US flag etiquette code for reference.

Thank you, patriots, for all you do for our country.

Karen Steelmon
LVTP President

§ 5. Display and use of flag by civilians; codification of rules and customs; definition

The following codification of existing rules and customs pertaining to the display and use of the flag of the United States of America is established for the use of such civilians or civilian groups or organizations as may not be required to conform with regulations promulgated by one or more executive departments of the Government of the United States. The flag of the United States for the purpose of this chapter shall be defined according to sections 1 and 2 of this title and Executive Order 10834 issued pursuant thereto.

§ 8. Respect for flag

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

(j) ...The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.

LVTP has received reports that some local law enforcement officials have been inquiring as to whether LVTP has obtained "Temporary Occupancy" permits to demonstrate in certain State Rights of Way.  The I-15 overpass at Tropicana is the location most frequented by LVTP demonstrators, and is a State owned highway.  It being an overpass of I-15 makes it a federal issue as well.

For our law enforcement officials who might not be aware, local and federal laws relating to demonstrating, picketing, gathering, sign waving, or any other label that might be attached to the activities of LVTP are listed here for your convenience.

Members of LVTP are most respectful of all laws, and law enforcement officers.  That is, indeed, what drove the Tea Party into existence...adherance to the US Constitution, and laws.  All of our members strive to uphold all pertinent laws while expressing our opinions, and we deeply appreciate the protection our law enforcement officers bring to us during our activities.

While striving to act withing the bounds of the laws, we also insist on exercising our rights, the same rights that are afforded to other groups who also use public spaces to voice their views.  On May 5, 2013, over 2000 people marched north up Las Vegas Boulevard from I 215 to the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign, walking across the Boulevard to meet at the sign in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard. There were water stations and speaking areas set up at the sign location, and the #3 lane of Las Vegas Boulevard south bound was closed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department - all without ANY permits of any kind. On several occasions, but most specifically on May 1, 2013, Las Vegas Boulevard was again closed down, in the north bound lanes, by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, to accommodate an estimated 500 pro amnesty marchers. Again, without a permit of any kind. Lastly, it has become common to see "labor protests" on sidewalks all over Las Vegas, on State highways as well as City streets, often with large banners on poles, and people seated with umbrellas, for days or weeks, even months, all without a permit.

LVTP conducts relatively small demonstrations, and is always mindful of the laws and public convenience. That our group might be unfairly discriminated against and targeted for scrutiny only fuels our drive for justice. We ask only for our rights, and we are well versed on what those rights are.

Karen Steelmon

Rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America -
US Constitution

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
First Amendment Annotation

Thus, by the nature of the use to which the property is put or by tradition, some sites are simply not as open for expression as streets and parks are. 90 But if government does open non-traditional forums for expressive activities, it may not discriminate on the basis of content or viewpoint in according access. - See more at:

State requirements for occupancy of Right of Way -

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) grants permits for temporary use of State roadway. These temporary occupancy permits must be secured before using State roadway or adjoining State right-of-way for all organized activities and events, including:

  • Hazardous Clean-up
  • Parades
  • Vehicle rallies/races
  • Special Events
  • Photography/filming
  • Temporary construction access/traffic control
  • All other special, temporary uses

Nevada Revised Statues defining and regulating "temporary" and "events" -
NRS 484A.800  Sponsor of special event to provide for control of vehicular traffic.
      1.  Any person or governmental agency sponsoring a special event shall ensure that adequate provision is made for the control of vehicular traffic related to or affected by the event.
      2.  As used in this section, “special event” means any scheduled activity or event:
      (a) That is attended or observed by more than 500 persons; or
      (b) That substantially increases or disrupts the normal flow of traffic on any street or highway.
      (Added to NRS by 1989, 667)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.900)

Local, State, and Federal laws regulating the use of signs on Federal, State, and local streets and highways -
NRS 410.220 Declaration of legislative intent.

NRS 410.230
NRS 410.250
“Information centers”
NRS 410.270
“Outdoor advertising,”
NRS 410.320
Outdoor advertising adjacent to highway prohibited;
NRS 405.030 Unlawful placement of certain outdoor advertisements

NAC 410.220
  Off-premise advertising signs
NAC 410.200
  On-premise advertising signs. (NRS 410.400)

City of Las Vegas Municipal Code
17.12.010 Permit required

Clark County Code of Ordinances

Non-commercial speech is permitted in conjunction with any type of sign allowed under Title 30
30.72.010 Purpose
30.72.040 Requirements of General Applicability

The above information is abbreviated.  For a more comprehensive look at these codes, click here.

Las Vegas Tea Party is now combing banner/sign waving events with the local chapter. is an organization dedicated to encouraging public involvement in the removal of Barrack Hussein Obama from the office of the Presidency of the United States of America. They do this by using our Constitutional right to peaceably assemble, and take to the streets and overpasses to display signs bearing this message.

All events will be announced on this website,
the Las Vegas Tea Party Face book page (!/pages/Las-Vegas-Tea-Party/151093974970457) ,
the Overpasses Las Vegas Facebook page
and the Las Vegas Tea Party mailing list (to join the mailing list .

To find out more about, find a chapter, or volunteer, please visit their website at:

The blog below has been discontinued as use for tracking events, but has been left in place to record LVTP past events. 

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August 31, 2013

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Sunday, August 11, 2013, In : Rally 
Banner/Sign Waving and LVTP Open Meeting

Banner/Sign Waving

Regularly Scheduled Events

Las Vegas Tea Party is reaching out to the community on a regular basis to connect with Americans. We are still here, still active, and want to help YOU be involved.

DATE: August 31, 2013


LOCATION: Alexander Rd. Overpass at US 95

NOTES: Residential parking, short walk to overpass. Meeting to follow, at Chicago's Cactus Bar and Grill, 4061 N. Rancho Blvd.

This is NOT your grandpa's Tea Party!


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Aug. 10, 2013

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, August 9, 2013, In : Rally 
Banner/Sign Waving and LVTP Meeting

Sunset/Eastern 9AM
Meeting to immediately follow at
Bentley's Bar and Grill
2640 E Sunset Rd
Las Vegas, NV

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July 4, 2013

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : Rally 
2nd Amendment March

Start your Independence Day Celebration with a march to support your 2nd Amendment Rights!
2nd Amendment March
to support the 2nd Amendment
Thursday, July 4, 10Am
At the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign
on South Las Vegas Boulevard
Plan ahead for parking, there is limited space at the sign.
Bring your own sign, or one can be provided.

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July 6, 2013

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : Rally 
Banner/Sign Waving

LVTP Banner/Sign Waving
To promote the Tea Party and isnpire to get people involved
Saturday, July 6, 9AM
I-15/Tropicana Overpass
Plan ahead for parking.
Bring your own sign, or one can be provided.

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June 15, 2013

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : Rally 
Banner/Sign Waving
Harmon/US 95 Overpass
Signs will be made available

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June 8, 2013

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : Rally 

Banner/Sign Waving
Harmon/US 95 Overpass
Signs will be made available

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May 21

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Saturday, May 18, 2013, In : Rally 
IRS Protest

Spur of the moment protest!!!
On May 21, Tea Parties across the country will be taking part in public demonstrations in front of their local IRS offices to protest the unfair treatment by the IRS of conservative political groups, especially against Tea Parties.
Las Vegas Tea Party will be participating in this demonstration as follows:
At noon in front of our local IRS Office
110 City Parkway
Las Vegas NV, 89106.
See map below.
I know it's hard to get away on a weekd...

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May 11, 2013

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, In : Rally 
Banner/Sign Waving 
Saturday, May 11, 9AM - The exact location will be held confidential, and will only be disclosed via email to those who respond with a promise to participate.

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July 4, 2013

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, In : Rally 
2nd Amendment March
Thursday, July 4, 10:00 AM - "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign on South Las Vegas Boulevard. Parking is limited.
Several patriotic organizations will be participating in this rally to support the 2nd amendment.  It is being organized by Gregory Hughes, former NV State Senate candidate, District 1.  Come show these groups and our Constitution your support.

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May 1, 2013

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Saturday, April 27, 2013, In : Rally 
Message To Reid Rally

Join the rally to tell Harry Reid to SECURE THE US BORDER and READ THE BILL BEFORE YOU VOTE!
This rally will be held in front of the Lloyd D. George Building, where Harry Reid has his office in suite 8016.
It is scheduled to being at noon. I will be there to help kick off the rally, but will have to leave shortly after. However I will return at 4PM.
This rally is to coincide with a nationwide Tea Party rally being held across the country.

What: Las Vegas DCint...

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Sept 30, 2012

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, In : Rally 
Tea Party Rally

Hello Folks;
Tea Party Express is coming to Las Vegas and has invited us to join in their rally. We are in turn, of course, extending this invitation to every patriot within email distance. I know there are some of you who feel some of the national organizations like Tea Party Express, and others, are not conducting their organizations in an acceptable manner. I understand your concerns and feelings on the matter, but I can tell you, I have spoken to Amy Kremer personally,...

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April 15, 2012

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Monday, February 20, 2012, In : Rally 
Tax Day Rally

Fellow Nevadans:
Las Vegas Tea Party will be organizing a tax day rally on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at Noon. We will gather at Sunset Park on Sunset/Eastern.
The purpose to publicly demonstrate our disagreement with the policies of our government, from the City level all the way to the Federal level, and to protest continuing rises in taxes and government interference in our lives.
Periodic reminders and press releases will be sent out between now and then. Tell your n...

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Oct. 24

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Monday, October 24, 2011, In : Rally 
Jobs Rally Tomorrow
in Las Vegas to Tell President Obama How We Feel
President Obama has announced he will be in Las Vegas tomorrow to talk about his so-called “jobs plan” or “Stimulus 2.0., a rehash of his same old failed policies,” Too little too late Mr. President. Where have you been? Nevada has the highest unemployment and foreclosures in the Nation. Let’s tell President Obama how we feel about his failed economic policies.
Please join us for a rally tomorrow.

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Oct. 30

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Friday, October 21, 2011, In : Rally 
Nevada Day Celebration and Sign Rally

Las Vegas Tea Party will be convening on the corner of Sunset and Eastern, at Sunset Park, for a sign rally and Nevada Day Celebration, from Noon to 2pm.  This is an open event, all are welcome.

Join in the celebration and display your patriotism to our community!
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August 27 - AZ Oathkeepers

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, In : Rally 


August 27, 2011, Quartzsite, Arizona

Press Release:

Oath Keepers will muster, along with the Sons of Liberty Riders, the Sons of Liberty, the Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots, the Campaign For Liberty, and numerous other patriot/Constitutionalist groups, in support of the Quartzsite Ten – the ten officers of the Quartzsite, Arizona, Police Department who have blown the whistle and leveled allegations of corruption against the Chi...

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August 5

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Monday, August 1, 2011, In : Rally 

First Friday 2nd Anniversary Party

Friday, August 5, 2011   5:00 PM

Mundo Restaurant
495 South Grand Central Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89106

For those of you searching the summer Vegas heat for a sizzling conservative social event mixing politics, music, fun, food & drink specials.…Citizen Outreach Foundation cordially invites you to join us for this month’s First Friday Happy Hour!
This will be our Second Anniversary and our Hostesses with the Mostest Felecia Dorchuck and Irma Aguirre have ...

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September 17th, 9AM

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Saturday, July 30, 2011, In : Rally 
Pickett Across America

After being ignored by our government, and told we don't exist by the media, We The People are going to rally together in solidarity. Bring your sign telling the government how what you think. Stand with your community, and Pickett Across America!! The theme is "Can You Hear Us Now".

Sept. 17, 9am

Sunset Park, Eastern Ave. entrance

Hi Patriots. Please meet Tina Sims, a true patriot living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Tina wrote me the following note.

I started PI...

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July 28 & 30

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Thursday, July 28, 2011, In : Rally 

Walk for Mark Amodei

By Clark County Republican Party

Tim Williams, political director of the Clark County Republican Party, urges you to get out the vote by walking for Mark Amodei.

Thursday, July 28 @ 4PM

Meetup Location – Starbucks in Sun City Anthem
2810 Bicentennial Pkwy Ste 100
Henderson, NV 89044
Contact Tim Williams – 702-427-7807

Saturday, July 30 @ 9AM

Meetup Location – Starbucks in Sun City Anthem
2810 Bicentennial Pkw...

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Anti-Illegal Immigration Protest/Rally

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Monday, July 18, 2011, In : Rally 
Area citizens are mobilizing anti-illegal immigration rallies in approximately 2 weeks (July 30, tentatively)

Details will be given less than 24 hours in advance.

Stay alert.......
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June 3 First Friday

Posted by Karen Steelmon on Monday, May 30, 2011, In : Rally 
The next “star-studded, fun-filled, action-packed” First Friday Happy Hour will be on June 3, 2011 at Stoney’s (in Las Vegas from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

9151 Las Vegas Blvd S #300
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Phone: 702. 435.2855

Our special VIP guests will be UNLV’s new basketball coach, David Rice and former Nevada GOP Chairman Mark Amodei.

Free parking, no cover charge and 2-1 drinks.  First Friday is co-sponsored by conservative talk-show host Alan Stock and and KXNT 100.5 FM/840 AM.

The progr...

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