Posted by: shannynmoore | September 13, 2008

RALLY REPORT: LIBERALS OFF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST

When it’s ten below, dark, and snowy, if you see a car stranded on the side of the road, it doesn’t matter to Alaskans what your bumper stickers say. You’re an Alaskan first. You stop and help. When traveling abroad, if asked “Americano?” most people from the 49th state answer “Alaskan.” We feel special about being from such a rugged land. After months of scraping ice off our windows, plugging in our cars, being more excited about a remote starter than a diamond ring, and the Vitamin D deficiency from months of light depravation, you’re damn right we feel special! An Alaskan Women Reject Palin rally took place at noon today and everything changed. I have never been more proud. Today I saw Alaskans put the pride in their state on the Altar of Democracy; Sacrificed to the Spirit of America.

This morning, Sarah Palin was in Anchorage. There was a campaign send off rally held for her downtown, and she was greeted by a throng of people given signs to hold. Home made signs weren’t welcome, just those provided by the campaign. Two men carrying a sign calling for peace were escorted out by secret service. “Drill, Baby, Drill” was the slogan. The message staged, the candidate processed, the free speech suppressed.

Someone suggested I wear a flack jacket today. I’ve been to every Anchorage peace rally and war protest over the last several years. When these gatherings began, it was just a handful of like minded people holding candles. I wasn’t sure how many Alaskan Women would really stand up and reject the archaic principles Sarah Palin holds dear. I felt like a suffragette. The cars were pouring into the overflow parking lot when I drove in 20 minutes before the rally was to start. I covered my face and cried. I am not alone. I am not alone.

Men and women of every age and ethnicity, children, strollers and dogs poured out of cars. Hatchbacks wide open, signs attached to hockey sticks and ski poles, each with a message to the world. Personal messages to the media: Sarah Palin doesn’t speak for me! A wolf/dog hybrid looked at me, a target painted on his side, a slack leash. He seemed depressed about the aerial wolf hunts Sarah Palin supports. Dangling coat hangers on sticks. A man in a polar bear suit, wanting more ice. Messages about the sanctity of Iraqi lives, soldier’s lives, foreign policy and environment. Pregnant women, obvious to the choice they made, wanting to protect the choice of others. A dad with a back pack full of snacks held his little girl’s hand; a poster the two of them had made attached to his back. Their family values measured by a morning of cheerios and crayons. I am not alone.

Sisters in not only geography, but ideals covered the grass in front of the Loussac Library. My own sister, with a cheeky sign, joined me. “Thanks, but no thanks on that platform to nowhere!” Disguised women wearing “Groucho” noses, with targets on their backs, held signs that read, “If my boss knew I was here, she’d fire me;” several brave state workers, afraid of losing their jobs, but more afraid of losing their country. A white woman stood with a pink bundle of cuteness attached to her chest. Her little girl has Downs Syndrome. She held an Obama ’08 sticker.

Vic Fischer stood at the side of the street waving. No one is more Alaskan than Vic, not that it’s a contest. He was one of the authors of our highly regarded Alaska State Constitution 50 years ago. He not only knows what we stand for, he wrote it down. Aged, beautiful smile, looking for more in Alaska’s future than Sarah Palin provides.

A collective relief washed our faces. Closeted Liberals. Free Range Alaskans. Endangered Species. Despite our differences, Alaskans raised their American ideals above those of Sarah Palin’s. We grew today. We are not alone.

I wondered where Texans were 8 years ago.


Responses

  1. Hooray on the success of highlighting the
    “platform to nowhere!”

  2. If you’d like more rally pics, check out my blog. Great synopsis, by the way!

  3. Ooh, I love your summary of today’s events. I only wish I could have gotten there at the beginning. I’m so proud that so many people showed up and showed off their Alaskan Liberal Pride!

    Oh, and Shannyn, we’re so not alone.🙂

  4. An official count of the rally today:

    1500 (1483) ani-Palin
    100 (93) pro Palin

    The women of Alaska yelled out today.

  5. I was worried last night, I am a great deal less so now.

    I met quite a few neat people, there was a good tenor? to the whole thing.

    Thank you to the organizers, lets do it again

  6. Heartfelt congratulations from this European household of a working mother and fighter!

  7. Im so proud to be an ALASKAN LIBERAL…….. lets keep it up! Did anyone make the Ed Schultz town hall meeting? Oh I wish I could have been there….

    Thank you all!

  8. THANK YOU thank you THANK YOU For this Rally!

    We visit Alaska AND Homer Frequently and I am frightened that McCain will right in on Palin’s skirt hem. No one in Alaska seems to be coming out and protesting, until today.

    Please keep the noise up, many misguided people in the lower 48 think that ALL of Alaska LOVES Sara Palin. This is a nasty campaign hosted by McCain’s lobbiest cronies who coach the ambitious Palan. This is truly pathetic.

    Thank you, if any city can pull this off, it’s Homer, my favorite place to come and visit.

  9. Read this for your daughters!

    Senator Clinton and Governor Palin are proof that women can and do diverge on important issues.

    Even on the question of whether women should vote!

    Most people are totally in the dark about HOW the suffragettes won votes for women, and what life was REALLY like for women before they did.

    Suffragettes were opposed by many women who were what was known as ‘anti.’

    The most influential ‘anti’ lived in the White House. First Lady Edith Wilson was a Washington widow who married President Wilson in 1915, after the death of his pro-suffrage wife.

    The First Lady’s role in Wilson’s decision to jail and torture Alice Paul and hundreds of other suffragettes will never be fully known, but she was outraged that these women picketed her husband’s White House.

    I’d like to share a women’s history learning opportunity…

    “The Privilege of Voting” is a new free e-mail series that follows eight great women from 1912 – 1920 to reveal ALL that happened to set the stage for women to win the vote.

    It’s a real-life soap opera about the suffragettes! And it’s ALL true!

    Powerful suffragettes Alice Paul and Emmeline Pankhurst are featured, along with TWO gorgeous presidential mistresses, First Lady Edith Wilson, Edith Wharton, Isadora Duncan and Alice Roosevelt.

    There are tons of heartache on the rocky road to the ballot box, but in the end, women WIN!

    Thanks to the success of the suffragettes, women have voices and choices!

    Exciting, sequential episodes are great to read on coffeebreaks, or anytime.

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  10. How you all can help.
    Wisconsin/Ohio is now considered a swing states. Please get on the Wisconsin and Ohio newspaper blogs and speak up about Palin. Alaska will go red but the lower 48 needs to find out about Palin.

    Right now some are blindly following her without even knowing much about her or her record and what she stands for.

    Thanks.

  11. What a phenomenal story! I’m in sunny FL…but would have given anything to have been with you all at the AK rally yesterday. Thank you for getting the word out that all Alaskans and other Americans have not consumed the Sarah Palin Kool-Aid!! There is still time to make a difference in this election. As women Palin would be a threat on “our” security. Go AK!!!!!!!

  12. What a ROCKIN’ DAY!!!!!! Between the phenomenal turnout and the amazing Ed Shultz show, my hope is restored!
    Didn’t get a chance to see you there-I so wanted to say hi and introduce myself.
    Thanks once again!
    ~Dana

  13. Congratulations on the success of your rally. I live in Arizona and, believe me, not everyone here likes John McCain.

  14. Yippy! Look at all these Alaskans saying “Enough already!” Thank you to all, I now have some hope. And thank you to Shannyn for posting about it.

  15. As an Alaskan woman living away from home I couldn’t be more proud of my fellow Alaskans. I wish I had been there to share in the rally. It was such a wonderful surprise to how many people came out. Thank you, Thank you!

  16. The (im)posters over at ADN are taking their marching orders from the McCain camp. Repeat a lie often enough it becomes the “truth”. Folks claiming to be there saying the pro Palin crowd had 1500 people there to counter only 100 or so protesters…

    Thanks for the coverage and the great blog!

  17. It’s so encouraging to see the great people from the great state of Alaska coming together.

    Everyone should be required to use “Thanks but no thanks for your platform to nowhere” as a sig line on every email they write.

    Brilliant, simply brilliant.

    Hmm, would make a great bumper sticker too!

  18. shannyn, i saw a little bit of that strange TV talk show you’re on [with dan fagan as the host].
    i must say i am seriously questioning the set designer’s taste!
    ‘super dave’ is blowing my mind, too.
    y’all ought to film that with a grainy, shaking camera and intersperse some music videos and walking around interviews.
    really, you oughta have your own program.

  19. Shannyn! I kept all you Alaskan women and others sick of the charrade in my thoughts this weekend.
    I just knew you would have a united turn out.
    Go Alaska! Please don’t stop with your hometown message that Sarah is not for Women!! We hear you in Kansas City, Missouri!!
    mb

  20. You can find even more pictures of the rally at mamadance.wordpress.com. I posted them on Saturday, so scroll down to find them.

  21. Shannon,

    You said you wondered where Texans were 8 years ago? We (those who don’t support Bush) moved to Austin years ago. While Austin has many problems (including it being the home of the governor) it is still a liberal oasis in this desert of hateful right-wing partisanship. There aren’t many of us, relatively speaking, but we’ve been here voting to the left of center for years. And we’re hemmed in. Just one county to the north it starts going downhill again.

    Obama’s about to open offices here and our household has been contributing, waiting for his campaign to show up. He shouldn’t spend much in Texas, though, it’s far too gone toward McCain. But we’re here & enjoying reading about progressives in Alaska. And we enjoy your appearances on Countdown. Keep up the good work.


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