Skip to comments.S.F. PROTEST: Raucous Union Square rally [Anti-Bush & State of Union address]
Posted on 01/31/2006 11:07:38 PM PST by TFFKAMM
Demonstrators gathered in San Francisco at Union Square on Tuesday to rally noisily against President Bush and his State of the Union address.
Organizers estimated the crowd at about 4,000 people, many of whom beat makeshift drums, clanged pots and pans, blew whistles or just screamed as Bush's speech was broadcast live -- without sound -- on a giant video screen.
The World Can't Wait, a national protest group calling for Bush to step down, organized the demonstration to urge the protesters to march in an anti-Bush rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
"Through this political action and this mobilization of people, we want to peacefully drive this regime from power," said Marc TerBeek, a spokesman for the organizers.
The protest began at about 5 p.m. with speakers ranging from former San Francisco poet laureate Devorah Major, UC Berkeley biology Professor Kevin Padian and Rev. Charles Tigard pumping up the partisan crowd an hour before Bush took the podium.
"We know that we stand at a pivotal time for our country, for our planet," said Tigard of the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco in the Castro neighborhood. "We cannot, and we will not be silent."
Protesters echoed the sentiments of many of the speakers, who attacked Bush's stance on a range of issues -- from the Iraq war to domestic spying to abortion rights.
"I can't count all the reasons why I'm here," said Anna Asevedo, 43, of San Francisco, who was accompanied by her 3-year-old son, Brom McCullough.
"I'm here because I need to stand up and be accountable," said Nica Ross, 22, of San Francisco. The chants, drumbeats and other noise during Bush's speech bounced off the walls from commercial buildings surrounding Union Square.
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What hot babes, wouldn't you say?
This is what passes for intelligent debate on the left.
Meanwhile...Alito is confirmed today and Bush delivers a stellar SOTU speech.
Let the libs scream, yell, burn the flag and make fools out of themselves. They are helping to drive moderates away from their party.
"We know that we stand at a pivotal time for our country, for our planet," said Tigard of the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco in the Castro."
... And that is why thankfully we have Bush and not Kerry as President.
Of course, Kerry did tell Tim Russert on Meet the Press that he would have done the exact same thing as George Bush. The protesters seem to have forgotten that :)
You have to win elections in order to do that.
I can't count all the reasons why I'm here
Smoking crack will do that to you.
OK, I give up. Who the hell cares?
So the organizers estimated 4000 people.
I guess that means about 100 showed up and they just counted heads 40 times.
I was supposed to go to SF for a seminar in June, but I turned it down. I have NO desire to give one red cent of mine to those whackos.
really, who the hell cares, i sure dont. do you notice the pic that is posted? it appears being ugly and homely are a requirement to be in "alternative san francisco" just plain nasty is what these types look like.
Not without taking your shoes off at least. And please, dumpling, please don't do that.
Somebody is still reading their Superman comics I see.
"Let the libs scream, yell, burn the flag and make fools out of themselves. They are helping to drive moderates away from their party."
In the 60s and 70s the democrats in elected office behaved with the expected decorum for such positions, with few exceptions.
Now the elected representatives are much closer to the street demonstrators, as far as the words they use in public speech.
This results in Dr. Howard Dean as their party's administrative spokesman.
And it is my fervent hope their words and behavior drive moderate democrats and indpendents away. They are still around, and Nixon dubbed them "the Silent Majority."
Ya...Bush, step down while you're WINNING. Hahahahah, I love hippies! :) They're like little retarded basset hounds trying to work a flashlight by banging into their heads.
"Meanwhile...Alito is confirmed today and Bush delivers a stellar SOTU speech. "
You forgot the amazingly perfect Dem response by Captain Eyebrow. Its just too much good in one day man...
So hot they could cripple the worldwide market for saltpeter.
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