Friday, September 26, 2008

Anti-Palin

I don't think it made national news, but this week in Anchorage some women got together to hold a Women against Palin Protest and it quickly became the Biggest Rally in Alaskan History.

Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was to be held outside on the lawn in front of the Loussac Library in midtown Anchorage . Home made signs were encouraged, and the idea was to make a statement that Sarah Palin does not speak for all Alaska women, or men. I had no idea what to expect.

"Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage. The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators). This was the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state. I was absolutely stunned. The second most amazing thing is how many people honked and gave the thumbs up as they drove by. And even those that didn't honk looked wide-eyed and awe-struck at the huge crowd that was growing by the minute. This just doesn't happen here."

The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee. It made me wonder what other things have started with small groups of women talking over coffee. It's probably an impressive list. These women hatched the plan, printed up flyers, posted them around town, and sent notices to local media outlets. One of those media outlets was KBYR radio, home of Eddie Burke, a long-time uber-conservative Anchorage talk show host. Turns out that Eddie Burke not only announced the rally, but called the people who planned to attend the rally "a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots," and read the home phone numbers of the organizers aloud over the air, urging listeners to call and tell them what they thought. The women, of course, received some nasty, harassing and threatening messages.

Then, the infamous Eddie Burke showed up. He tried to talk to the media, and was instantly surrounded by a group of 20 people who started shouting O-BA-MA so loud he couldn't be heard. Then passing cars started honking in a rhythmic pattern of 3, like the Obama chant, while the crowd cheered, hooted and waved their signs high.

So, if you've been doing the math Yes. The Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was significantly bigger than Palin's rally that got all the national media coverage! So take heart, sit back, and enjoy the photo gallery. Feel free to spread the pictures around to anyone who needs to know that Sarah Palin most definitely does not speak for all Alaskans. The citizens of Alaska , who know her best, have things to say.













and some videos from the event:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKiZ4it15Bs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xy7Jyfzt7iA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhRr7DSp2Hk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_4GfAsKvGU

Matt Damon on Palin:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?vrw_PWHYk

And some Sarah Palin interviews so you can decide for yourself:
First Interview with Charlie Gibson:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v:LsjhDDdaA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAlxUChYpj4
Second interview with charlie gibson:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTyaPxfoeFc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPmjhVg1YJ0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfH0IaWkdkQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQWCT--UOYY
another short interview with charlie gibson:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvB0lLnh74U




5 comments:

Maggie said...

Love it.

Elle said...

I love you just a little bit more today.

D said...

Love it. I'm a Baptist Minister...and I love it.

Sig said...

If she wasn't so sad, it would all be laughable.

Erin and Keith Sager said...

Thats crazy..... I love it too....