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  • mechashiva

    Yeah, turn-out wasn’t very high. The event was not very well-organized, in my opinion. I mean, yay grassroots and stuff, but why didn’t the rallies try to get permits (maybe some did, but not any of the ones that I was looking at)? That’s really shooting yourself in the foot. Our event got shut-down because of it.

     

    Additionally, there was the Save The American Dream rally in solidarity with the Wisconsin workers held at the same time in most of the cities where the Walk For Choice was being held… often in the same general area. That certainly drew away from attendence. Here in the bay area, BART was FILLED with people heading over to SF for that rally. There were so few people at the Walk For Choice in Oakland (maybe 200-250) there weren’t even any counter-protesters. Only people who cared more about abortion than attending a big, loud, angr, Dems vs Reps protest showed up.

  • therealistmom

    For a very rushed-togther event primarily put together on social networks though, I think it was impressive. One estimate I saw said 300 people attended but honestly I think there were more, based on looking back behind me seeing the stream of people up Capitol Hill. We had a permit to gather in downtown and police escort to walk in the streets, though the rally broke a bit earlier than originally planned, mostly because of the cold- it doesn’t usually spit snow in Seattle, especially at the end of February. A lot of us shared our stories, I even got up with the bullhorn to speak and I am an incredibly, horribly shy person. Thankfully the snow outside of town didn’t get a really good start until I was leaving our I would have been in trouble over the passes for the 150 mile drive home.

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/walkforchoiceseattle/pool/ Flickr stream of the event.  I’m the goofy-looking one with the short hair and the “Trust Women, Mother of 3 for Choice” sign.

  • rachel-larris

    I attended the DC “Walk” for Choice and I have mixed feelings about it. There was no media coverage at all. Not even Amanda Hess at TBD (who did the only pre-rally coverage). Part of the goal of such rallies is to raise national attention.

    As much as I personally liked all of the speakers, to be honest they were all speaking off-the-cuff. The NYC rally had musicians and big names speaking.

    On the other hand, part of the purpose of rallies is get supporters together and energized. It was great for me to see all my pro-choice friends together in one place, making signs and *doing* something. While I enjoyed the “homemade” feel of the rally, I do wish it could’ve been put to a more productive use.

  • saltyc

    Let’s hear it for the big apple!

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