BUSH IN PHILADEPHIA, JULY 4TH
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I was there, a little disappointed that our group was not larger. We were about 70, but again as Mike said, for one of us being there, it is the voice of one thousand!

We met at Washington square at 3PM, and a few people asked for protest signs and joined us! On the square, people were descending toward the site of King Bush's throne, and we got some "get over it already!" or "Poor losers! get a life, Bush won!",etc.. We wrapped an orange banner "First Amendment Zone" across our chest and stayed until close to 4PM, chanting "we'll move on when Bush is gone", and all the many protests chants that you may know so well.

Many people walking through the park were looking at us, not knowing what to say and many others gave us the thumb up. Then we marched to the King's site, but were not allowed to cross the street by the side of his throne. We were escorted by the "peace police" to the other side were we were able to protest. Across us, there was a bunch of repukes trying (sic) to intimidate us. Each of them had the exact sign saying..???? but they looked stupid and their number was way below ours. Our group had great voices, LOUD, and everyone of us had a different sign voicing our proclamation of independence. When the King arrived, we were allowed to go to the other side, still across the street, but never allowed to go to the same side of the repugs. We asked why, and were told that THEY got a permit, and we did not. ( thing to remember to get next time, IF they give it to us!) there, BOY were we LOUD!....every time we saw the pigs raise their little flags, meaning that the King must have said something they liked, we BOOHOOED again and again...YES they knew we were there! Chants after chants we did not stop!

Mike was interviewed by WHYY radio ( I believe I recognized Julie Barton??) and across the street some TV station, CNN and channel 3 and a camera man was filming facing us ! Will we see something?? I doubt it! after the king's speech we marched back to the corner of 6th street and GREAT! we arrived in time for the King's limo. somehow, WE WERE ON THE STREET, and no one stopped us, and we were able to be very close to the limo.

IT WAS A SUCCESS! THANK YOU MIKE!...and I am sure he will have his own report..... WE WONT MOVE ON UNTIL BUSH IS GONE!

Monique



I was there today. There were about 75 or so of us protesting. We met at Washington Square and marched around Independence Hall. We had to stay on the opposite side of the street from Independence Hall. During the speech, we were on 6th Street, as close as they would let us get to the stage. Some of our chants should have been heard though. After the speech, some of us did get up close to protest the motorcade as it was leaving. I saw NPR interviewing Mike at one point, and there was an Inquirer/Daily News photographer taking pictures. I listened to the news on my way home, and didn't hear anything about us.

- Donna



One of the benefits of these protests is being in sight of passers-by, etc.

I was in Philadelphia yesterday and on the way home with my signs I had several people come up to me and ask me if we had protested. One woman said she was so happy and relieved to see that people felt the same as she did and were trying to do something. From the news, she thought everyone had "gotten over it" but her. She wanted to get connected to hear about future actions she could attend and I gave her the website address.

Another person questioned me extensively about this protest and others that have gone on throughout the country and said he couldn't wait to get home to tell his friends. They had been complaining together but thought there was no one doing anything.

At the many demonstrations I have been to since January I have met many people who, although they might not be ready to jump in, have been encouraged to believe in their own take on the reality of the stolen election rather than what they've been fed by the media. There have also been people who saw us, asked for some signs and joined in.

I have also heard comments of "I wonder why I didn't see that on TV?" People who have questioned the spin because they saw with their own eyes that what was on the news wasn't true.

Some people cheer and are open about it, some very quietly come up and say "Thank you!" but each of these people are witnesses. These are the people I do this for. It almost doesn't matter to me if Bush hears us - I don't expect to change his mind. The media is the icing on the cake if do we get it. But it does not discourage me if we get no press or bad press as long as we have reached some of the people on the street.

- Susan Johanesen


Bush was there at Independence Hall at 4 PM as expected and he would have to have turned his head or closed his eyes to not see us!

We were kept about a block away and got in some good chants and interactions...but of course, there was no way to tell how well we were heard in the 'official' festivities...As the event ended, by sheer luck we were in great position to jeer the motorcade. It turned right in front of us!

-Robert

4th of July protest Philadelphia

 


Four of us drove to Philly on the 4th to scream, yell, and make life miserable for the thief. Lois and I are very vocal while our spouses are shy. My wife Beth makes the signs and walks with me but you can tell that she's embarrassed

We arrived around 2 P.M., an hour early just to find a parking spot. As it turned out we had no problem finding parking and all parking was free on the streets. We walked into Washington Square Park just as Ambassador Alan L. Keyes gave an address to the public. He is the Chairman of the Declaration Foundation. He talked of civil liberties, inclusion (the opposite of disenfranchising which wasn’t lost on me), the Declaration, and the meaning of the Constitution (as it applies to voting). In other words, he was speaking of us. His speech could have been read at Voter March on the Capitol steps. He looked our way a few times because we where the ones applauding so loud.

3 O'clock came so we looked around for a large crowd of people, we found people. Out of the bunch one guy stood out, loud and running around. I said Michael is that you, the man yes, I'm Michael (ledgitgov.com). We only had a few minutes to talk before we marched to Independence Hall and the Liberty Mall in front of it. I spent that time handing out Fringe Folk material and talking about "Rose" and "Diva", my two favorite people.

Off we go, yelling and chanting all the usual stuff for two blocks. (Long walk huh) We arrived at the Liberty bell where we were greeting by Philly's finest, non-uniformed police. Michael gave them all the information on who we were and why we were there. At this point you're all waiting for me to give you horror stories about police brutality and hostility but sorry, I can’t. This is Philadelphia, a democratic town, on a day that celebrated the Declaration and Liberty for all and much to Bushes chagrin, that included us. This is a day for honoring Patriots and we, as Patriots, were the only game in town.

The policemen and women all of who were minorities helped us, smiled a lot, and in my opinion were glad we were there.

For the first few minutes we stayed in the back yelling across the street at the repugs with their shiny new signs. Neither could hear each other for all the busses driving by. This got me antsy and bored so I reconnoitered the area. A Veteran, in construction of 30 years, and living in the area I have no fear, after all, this is my town. I walked along the side of the Mall toward the front of Independence Hall carrying my sign and smiling. The crowd was starting to get larger but there was still a lot of room for more. Much to my surprise on my walk not one heckler, some frowns of disapproval yes but mostly thumbs up and smiles. A lot of people want to read the signs and start to say something but I would just say "you can't come to Philly on the 4th without running into at least one Patriot". They were about to meet a lot more.

 

Back at the gang again I reported in with an "all clear" so just when the police thought they had us contained, we move on, chanting all the way. Now picture this, we go thru the crowd with no problem to a dead end (secret service barricade), problem right-----wrong, the police let us stay there and made room for us. Now if it weren't for a truck in front of us blocking our view we would have been in the thief's face. No more than a couple hundred feet away we matched every yea, with a boo, every applause with a chant and I know we were louder, we screamed. Later when I ran into people who were in front of the stage and asked if we were heard, they replied hell yes, through his whole speech you could hear us.

On a personal note, remember how a said "by embarrassed wife" well, from time to time I'd step back or look over at her and there she was screaming so loud her voice went hoarse. Talk about the mouse the roared.

Speech over and from what I've heard, no standing ovation or much spontaneous anything from the people most of which where there by invitation only, we left.

We walked back to the Liberty bell and as luck or providence smiling on us would have it there in front of us was the motorcade. So, like it or not the selected president drove right into us. His last view of Philadelphia was (to quote the Inquire) "70 protesters" in his face.

Seventy, I don't think so but loud, yes, committed, yes. After the protest a few hung around, took in the sights, and went over to the Art Museum for the reading of the Declaration of Independence (from an original copy), a stage show, and fire works. They say a million people showed up for that. I was there, and that number I believe.

It was a long day for us but well worth it I just wish that more friends and resistance fighters could have come. To be a Patriot on a day that celebrates Patriots is something you can tell your kids about not to mention the pride of standing up to injustice.

Respectfully Submitted,

Peter W. Brunner (A proud member of the Majority Fringe page 3)






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