Example: [Collected via e-mail, September 2008]
The Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was to be held outside on the lawn in front of the Loussac Library in midtown Anchorage. Home made signs were encouraged, and the idea was to make a statement that Sarah Palin does not speak for all Alaska women, or men. I had no idea what to expect.
The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee. It made me wonder what other things have started with small groups of women talking over coffee. It's probably an impressive list. These women hatched the plan, printed up flyers, posted them around town, and sent notices to local media outlets. One of those media outlets was KBYR radio, home of Eddie Burke, a long-time uber-conservative Anchorage talk show host. Turns out that Eddie Burke not only
I felt a bit apprehensive. I'd been disappointed before by the turnout at other rallies. Basically, in Anchorage, if you can get
It's a good thing I wasn't tailgating when I saw the crowd in front of the library or I would have ended up in somebody's trunk. When I got there, about
Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage. The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the
Then, the infamous Eddie Burke showed up. He tried to talk to the media, and was instantly surrounded by a group of
So, if you've been doing the math ... Yes. The Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was significantly bigger than Palin's rally that got all the national media coverage! So take heart, sit back, and enjoy the photo gallery. Feel free to spread the pictures around to anyone who needs to know that Sarah Palin most definitely does not speak for all Alaskans. The citizens of Alaska, who know her best, have things to say.
Origins: The above-displayed photographs were taken at an "anti-Palin" rally held in Anchorage, Alaska, on
The protest came about two hours after Palin delivered a rousing speech at Anchorage's new convention center before leaving the state to return to the campaign trail. Palin was named John McCain's running mate on
The protesters, including supporters of presidential candidate Barack Obama and those who don't agree with Palin's positions on abortion, polar bears, Iraq and other issues, lined one side of the street near Anchorage's main library building.
A much smaller number of mostly pro-Palin supporters were on the other side of the street, chanting "Sarah! Sarah!"
It was a clash of Alaskan Pride and Alaskan Pique, with much of the continent and the world looking northward in fascination.
The voters who know Palin best put their passions on display in Alaska's largest city, at one point chanting competing slogans across
At the downtown Dena'ina Civic and Convention Centre as many as 1,500 supporters swarmed the brand new building, holding signs reading "Read My Lipstick" and wearing
Almost as many stood on a library lawn at lunch time, holding signs that read: "Sarah Palin, Bush in a Skirt," "End Palin's
Those who saw their gun-toting, moose-hunting hockey mom governor as a gift to the nation waxed poetic.
Those who saw their governor as an untested cliché of a candidate were equally adamant.
They railed against her pro-life abortion position, her decision to force rape victims to pay for medical tests while she was mayor of Wasilla, her flirtation with banning certain books in the city.
They protested her support of the war, her backing of teaching creationism in schools and the way her lifestyle is turning their state into a caricature.
Most of all, the anti-Palin crowd, many of them professional women, wanted the world to know that they, too, know how to field dress a moose, haul a caribou carcass out of the Alaskan bush or catch wild salmon. That's what women do in Alaska, they say.
Last updated: 20 September 2008
Harper, Tim. "Sarah Palin's Northern Exposure." Toronto Star. 14 September 2008. Kizzia, Tom, et al. "4,000 Rally for Rights of Natives." Anchorage Daily News. 8 May 1998 (p. A1). Associated Press. "Anti-Palin Rally Draws Hundreds in Alaska." USA Today. 13 September 2008.