Between cloud bursts, sixty San Diego progressives sang songs during the counter rally to the Tea Party gathering today near the Star of India.
Activists with the OB Rag and other local groups had tried to mobilize one hundred progressives to stand witness to the rally of Tea Party factions. But Mother Nature decided to drench the county and undoubtedly many stayed away due to the rain. Still, many stubborn people showed up today between 10:30 and noon just west of the County Administration building to show opposition.
Meanwhile, approximately 320 Tea partiers gathered across Harbor Drive. A half dozen canopies sheltered their display tables from the elements. They had expected one thousand, with right-wing radio personality Roger Hedgecock as their principal speaker.
From the progressive side, lyrics from “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie, “We Shall Overcome”, “Imagine”, and “America the Beautiful” rang out, at times drawing the attention of the Tea Party activists away from their own thing.
A few progressives crossed the street and talked to some of their counter parts. And at one point, a woman organizer from the Tea Party side came over to the progressive side to explain her own particular orientation. She added that she had been attempting to get rid of some of their more offensive signs. “Most of us are really into smaller government,” she said, “and want to be able to work together with people like you for the good of us all.”
While we were talking a woman standing in the median was screaming at us to “Love it or leave it, get out out of the United States now!” Patty turned to the woman who was talking to us and said, “so you don’t feel like the woman in the street who wants us to get out?” “No,” she answered.
Patty replied, “It’s too bad the screamers are drowning out the people who really want to talk.”
Organizers of the counter rally felt pleased with the turn-out, as their efforts had been accomplished all by emails and internet and word of mouth. A network has been established that hopefully will meet again and display its strength once more, at least. And who knows? Next time these progressives get together they may very well be the San Diego Coffee Party movement.
Video by shizzyfinn! Thank you!