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I Went To #OccupySacto Today

5:48 pm in Politics, Uncategorized, Unions by marymccurnin

I went to #Occupy Sacramento today. There were several hundred people there. The atmosphere was calm and enthusiastic. They had just gotten the news that the last of the people arrested last night were freed. Originally, they were told that those folks would be banned from Cesar Chavez Park for life. I received this email later in the afternoon from #occupysacto.

It has been announced by the Police Department today that the permanent ban that was charged on our occupiers last night was a “mistake.” They have also issued notice that they will allow the protest tonight to go on until 12am. Afterwards, however, arrests MAY ensue.

We need as much support from all of you as we can possibly have. Bring yourself and all your friends and help us instill the changes that we all desire. We do not encourage the variety of civil disobedience that could you get arrested, however if that is something you choose, we will be holding a legal rights seminar to inform you of your civil liberties and how to deal with the police.

If you cannot make it, then please watch and share our livestreams, and keep us in your hearts and minds.

Thanks to everyone who has come, supported and/or donated to us. You are all amazing and helping to shape history.

With love and solidarity,
Occupy Sacramento.

I am planning to return tomorrow. Hope to see some of the local Firedogs out there!

The SacBee Is Irresponsible and They Can’t Count

12:30 pm in Uncategorized, Unions, Wisconsin Demonstrators by marymccurnin

I was at the Pro Wisconsin Union rally in Sacramento on Saturday. I couldn’t believe the story in the Sacramento Bee this morning. The Bee emphasized the five minutes of contention between the Anti-union people and the Pro-union people. There was no reporting of the call from the podium for calm and restraint and the fact that the Pro-union people listened. It was the Anti-union (Tea Party) that instigated the problems during the day. The capital police had to constantly maintain order in the Tea Party ranks.

The crowd count was way off, too. I did not see 150 Tea Partiers. I saw about forty or fifty.

I took photos but didn’t get any panoramic views of the two crowds. Here is a map I created showing the Tea Party group in red and the pro-union people in blue. Since I was in the crowd of union supporters (Go Wisconsin!) my shots of the Tea Party are not as robust.

Below you will find the photographs I took of the two groups. The ones outlined in red are the Tea Party. The ones outlined in blue are the union supporters. The images give an idea of the density of the two crowds. (after the jump) Read the rest of this entry →

CA Unions & Others Demonstrate In Support Of WI Protestors @ Capital

2:29 pm in Art, Economy, Politics, Uncategorized, Unions, Wisconsin Demonstrators by marymccurnin

Saturday I went to a demonstration at the capital in Sacramento in support of the Wisconsin Protestors. There were probably a couple of thousand people. Rather than tell you about it I have chosen to post photos.

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