Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Recently, a group of women had an idea over coffee. This is how a lot of things begin. The idea was to hold an Anti- Sarah Palin rally in Alaska. So they got to organising.
One of the things they did was to send out a press release. A conservative talk radio host known as Eddie Burke chose to call them some very nasty names on air – and then gave out their home telephone numbers which had been included on the release in case the press wished to get in touch for interviews – and encouraged his listeners to call and harass these women. And they did get harassed, in a big way.
For some, this would be the point at which you maybe think of giving up – or perhaps not showing up at your own rally. Not these women. They did show up – and so did 1400 other people. They did not expect that kind of turn out.
Congratulations, brave Alaskan women (and men, and teenagers) for standing up for what you believe in peacefully and with grace.
You can read more about this at Mudflats – ‘Alaska Women Reject Palin’ Rally is HUGE!
Eddie has been suspended for a week, by the way. He is just lucky that nobody took things too far – anything could have happened to these ladies, it isn’t hard to find out an address from a phone number in the USA.
Have you ever protested? I did once, against Pauline Hanson. I have to be honest, I find Sarah Palin just as scary as I found Pauline, back in the day..