Friday, February 26, 2010

[SDCPJ] Update on Saturday Demo: It's a go!

From: Frank Gormlie <frankgormlie@yahoo.com>
Subject: Friday morning update on Progressives to Witness Tea party rally
To: "Frank Gormlie" <frankgormlie@yahoo.com>
Date: Friday, February 26, 2010, 8:21 AM

Hi all.

I'm so proud of my San Diego friends. By my latest count, we now have 92 San Diego progressives who have committed to attend our counter-demo against the Tea Party rally, with 19 "maybes".  This is great, and it's all been done by email, the internet, and word of mouth.

Here's the latest:

We are planning to meet at the corner of Grape Street and Harbor Drive, at the northwest corner of the huge County Admin parking lot. 11am to 1pm. Some of us are planning to get there a little early to stake out that area. If you can come early, great.

The Tea Party rally is in and around the Star of India or the greens just west of the County Admin building. The parking area along Harbor Drive in that area will be blocked off.

Rain is still forecast for tomorrow, Saturday. We plan to be there with our umbrellas - unless the storm is so strong that it would make it impossible to be there.

We're encouraging people to take the trolley, to park at Old Town and ride south. Parking and traffic promise to be a challenge, even though we heard parking in the County Admin parking lot is free.

A sister counter-demonstrator who lives in UTC needs a ride. Can anyone help her out? Let me know and I'll put her in touch with you.

Some additional comments: some folks have become upset that we discussed singing the Star Spangled Banner - we don't have to sing that, so be prepared to sing other songs. If you don't want to carry an American flag, bring one that is upside down. American flags have been present at every anti-war rally in this city for the last 7 years during the Bush years. For some to now get upset about this is a little. ... uh ... misplaced I think.

We need those who can sing, to be prepared to lead the rest of us in a number of songs: America the Beautiful, This Land Is Your land, Imagine, and other songs, like We Shall Overcome. So, singers make yourself known.

Here is the most recent article from the OB Rag:

Standing Witness to the Tea Party Rally – San Diego Style

Please bring a friend. And continue to let me know via email if anyone new will be attending.

Thanks to the following groups or individuals who have sent out emails: ActivistSan Diego, Progressive Democrats of San Diego, SEIU folks, Tanja Winter, San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice, Barb Cummings,  Walter, Carol B, Monty, Shane, Anna, and others ....

Thanks so much everyone for making this happen - and if mother nature is willing - it will happen.

Frank Gormlie, editor and publisher OB Rag
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