Saturday, September 13, 2008

Pride

From the Alaska Women Reject Palin Rally today:






















99 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm thrilled to see how many people attended!

Now I wish I would have driven in from Wasilla.

3:58 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay!!! Go Alaska! You've vindicated your state, after hearing the "80% approval rating as Governor" repeated by the media, ad nauseam.

4:05 PM

 
Blogger laura said...

Yeah, it was a great gathering. I missed the sign that said, "Bristol had a choice." And the Obama supporters drowning out the Palin supporters. But these pics give you a good idea of the vibe and crowd.

4:13 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laura, Thank you for the pictures. They show a good-sized, positive crowd. (Loved the MLK=community organizer, George Wallace=governor sign.)

Cool to see that the first real protest happened on the home turf.

From Wired Differently of the Mudflats community.

4:33 PM

 
Anonymous kate on the east coast said...

Yay! Those of here in the lower 48 had a feeling she was not the "beloved" governor she's being painted to be- thanks for the pics!

4:40 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your pictures with those of us in the lower 48! You go girl! I am so proud of Alaskan women for taking a stand.

From AnneinWA at the Mudflats Community!

4:47 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From TN in the Lower 48:
Thanks for the pics! And, like the previous comment, I really loved the MLK/Wallace sign. I think I'm gonna have to borrow that one -- I'll be sure to give credit to the AWRP.

4:52 PM

 
Blogger Nyes said...

you guys rock! the signs are hilarious-hope this rally gets some national coverage.

5:19 PM

 
Blogger Randy said...

Wonderful to see

Your signs are terrific

I hope the hype will continue to be exposed in the lower 48 because Palin REALLY scares me!

She's the kind of mean girl I remember from junior high!

Yikes the nightmares are coming back.

5:21 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Laura! Great pics!!!! Go you and all the brave AK women, children and men!

5:22 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YEA!!!!!!

5:30 PM

 
Anonymous Amy said...

Thanks so much for your photos, they made me smile and they gave me hope.

5:31 PM

 
Blogger tangobaby said...

I can't wait to share this post with everyone I know.

Since Palin obviously has quite an opinion on where I live (San Francisco), I can tell you that people here are going to be smiling all day from your photos.

Thank YOU for making a difference!

All the best from SF.

5:56 PM

 
Blogger OceanDog said...

You all BaRACK!! We all stand with you as you GOTV *against* the governor! With HOPE from Iowa!

6:01 PM

 
Blogger laura said...

great vid here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNlcYaEOLRM

6:23 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see Alaska having an oposing view..from the main stream media coverage you wouldn't have a clue.

Its nuts! Nice to see not all Alaskans are oppressed and afraid to talk.

I hope you wont lose your business or get in trouble now, if you do we will know why.

Beautiful dogs and amazing scenery! thankyou for sharing!

6:37 PM

 
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6:38 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good work ladies! I am a male in Iowa who has been called a sexist becasue I do not support Palin. It is not my fault she is a Bush in a skirt.

6:38 PM

 
Blogger PJ McIlvaine said...

Wonderful photos, you make all us women proud!!

6:54 PM

 
Blogger denise said...

Keep fighting! Women here in South Texas (and the rest of the lower 48) admire your courage.

Election season in Texas is always kind of depressing, because even though my region is heavily Democratic, the state always votes RED. People like you encourage us to keep fighting.

Stay warm,

Denise F.
Linn, TX (pop. 958)
Current Temp: 97

6:58 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That cute little girl for Obama who will need her reproductive rights...and the other cute one in pink...how many abortions will they have before they're 25? Abortions for 'social reasons' (i.e. birth control) are so common now.UNITED STATES. 1,35O,000 A YEAR.
THERE ARE 46,000,000 A YEAR WORLDWIDE.
1% BECAUSE OF RAPE OR INCEST
6% BECAUSE OF POTENTIAL HEALTH PROBLEMS WITH THE MOTHER OR CHILD
93% ARE FOR 'SOCIAL REASONS'
GOD HELP US.

7:07 PM

 
Blogger Liberal Cowgirl said...

Great blog, thanks for the photos!

(I'm going to visit your beautiful state someday - I swear it)

7:22 PM

 
Blogger akfnp said...

yea laura!!! im so glad you were there. i too wish i had attended! thanks for posting pics.

7:32 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the posting of pictures. I was at the event and it was fantastic .

7:36 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These photos and a short write-up should be sent to the Obama/Biden website for posting. Everyone is so down (polls) right now that this is very uplifting to us all.
Thanks and keep the faith....we will win.....Yes We Can.

7:37 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GO ALASKA!!!!
NO WAY! NO HOW! NO MCCAIN! NO PALIN!

Cleveland, Ohio

7:39 PM

 
Blogger Jen said...

GO ALASKA GO!!!!

Thank you!!! The truth will get out and I am proud of you all. It's not easy to stand up when others are pushing you down and pretending like you don't exist.

Thank you!

7:41 PM

 
Anonymous Pinetrekker in MN said...

Thank you Laura for sharing the wonderful pictures. Wish we could of been there but we definitely are in spirit!
Hugs to your pups & continued pride and best wishes.
Sasha & her alaskan husky in MN

7:43 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Laura .. Thanks for the pictures.
It's great to see the heart of Alaska !

7:53 PM

 
Blogger RiPPa said...

Awww man...

a friend of mine sent me this link, and I'm so glad I saw this. This was hilarious, and uplifting at the same time.

If only people knew the truth.

8:25 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This will all mean nothing if you do not get out and vote.

8:25 PM

 
Anonymous Kimberly G. said...

This is amazing!!!! I am so proud of all of you for making your voice be heard! Go Alaska!

8:55 PM

 
Blogger Aim said...

That is really scary to see so many people so disoriented. Yikes. Just goes to show, Alaska isn't any different that the lower 48.

10:16 PM

 
Blogger CindyPDX said...

Thank you for these pictures! And thank you to the brave Alaskans to say the TRUTH! Each picture says more than 1,000 words! And that one woman holding a sign up showing a wire hanger brings back child hood memories for me. I found a book of my mothers.. I can't remember the name of the book, but the images are with me for the rest of my life. The photos were in black and white, showing women that had died from trying to give themselves abortions with the wire hanger.

All the best to AK,

a tree hugger from the NW in Oregon.

11:06 PM

 
Blogger Leigh said...

thank you thank you thank you for posting these!!! i am so happy to see these signs and hear that you all drowned out the palin supporters.
go alaska!

11:19 PM

 
Blogger Buzzramjet said...

Strange how the MSM COMPLETELY left this out in their reports about Caribou Barbie's return to Alaska.

Would have been interesting to see those on the nightly news but then again, the MSM is pretty much in the bag for McBush.

11:27 PM

 
Anonymous JulieINseattle said...

Thank you so much for sharing these pictures. I am so happy that Alaska has a voice.

11:43 PM

 
Blogger Garioch said...

Curiously uplifting

11:53 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laura, these are wonderful photos full of hope and determination. I agree with whoever suggested that you send these to the Obama/Biden website. Thank you so much for sharing this.
Lynne

11:58 PM

 
Blogger Tokyo Rosa said...

Bravo, Alaskan Women! I haven't seen such an inspiring display in a long time.

Great photos!

1:04 AM

 
Blogger Politblogger said...

I was at the rally and was happy to see so many Alaskans peacefully expressing themselves. I only heard about the rally the morning of the event and it didn't dawn on me to make a sign. I'm a guy, but it seemed important to me to at least add my presence, because this isn't a gender issue to me. It's an issue of character and experience and stands on the policy challenges facing this country. It would be great to see another rally closer to the election. Perhaps many Alaskans who have supported Palin for no better reason than "I like her" will see that there are a lot of people who are proud to stand outside and make their views known. The group today was only a small fraction of those who see Palin and McCain as merely a continuation of failed policies.
Thanks so much for posting photos. I only took about 10 and yours are so much cooler!

1:15 AM

 
Blogger storyknife said...

Followed the link here from Halcro's blog--thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm vacationing overseas and reading the media reports from here is so disheartening, it's like everyone is so madly in love with Governor Palin she can do no wrong. And then these photos, and from Alaska itself, Palin's own home ground no less! You go, girls! I only hope I'll be home in time for the next rally!

1:41 AM

 
Blogger Angeleno said...

Wow! A friend just sent me this link, and it made my day! Thank you so much for taking a stand and for posting the great pictures. You all are positively inspiring.

Sending you solidarity and support from here in Los Angeles!

PS Sending support to Denise in Texas too. I was raised in Kansas, and I know how disheartening it can be to be a Democrat surrounded by a sea of red. Hang in there Denise!

2:16 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello from Los Angeles, California.

Yay Alaska! It's awesome to see what's really going on up there, to watch the MSM down here, a person would think everyone up there was in love with Ms. Palin. Nice to see an alternate point of view expressed so strongly. I am sending links to this to all the media outlets in the Los Angeles area as well as the national cable channels. You guys rock!

2:17 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there and quite pleased with the 15:1 (AKWRP 15: Eddie Burkites1) show up.
essentially all were well mannered, except for a few.

It would be nice to see this happen many more times before the election.

I heard a different take on one of the signs on Hartman

Jesus was a community organizer.
Pontius Pilate was a governor

3:38 AM

 
Blogger Ruth said...

I'd have been out there with you. I'm glad to see such a big turnout!

4:04 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Alaskan women should be proud of this turnout ! I certainly hope this inspires some of us in the lower 48 to rally at Palin gatherings here. Thanks so much for posting pics of all the creative signs, loved the "Hockey Mama for Obama" !
Julie in California

4:21 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so proud of everyone who attended that rally! GO Alaska! I'm sending your link to everyone in my Nebraska Women for Obama group. I live in a VERY conservative state and those of us that are PRO Obama know what it feels like to go up against the uber conservatives. We will not be silenced! We just keep canvassing, registering voters, phone banking,sending out postcards, setting up booths at festivals and functions.

We may not be with you physically, but we are with you in spirit.

Obama/Biden

4:38 AM

 
Blogger ali1265 said...

YOU LADIES: YOUNG AND OLD ROCK!!!!
Now I pose a question to everyone on this blog? HOW Do We Make This type of ANTI-PALIN rally go viral in every state in America between now and November 4th? I say let's take this message all the way to the Capital in Washington, D.C. and get C-SPAN to cover it!!!! Any takers?

4:59 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful pics! I especially loved the MLK/Gov. Wallace sign.

Thank you so much for letting the world know that not everyone in Alaska is down with Gov. Palin as VP. Keep it up!

From Iowa City, IA

5:13 AM

 
Blogger HILLBLOGGER said...

Heartfelt congratulations!

Alaskans should lead a march in Washington -- you people know how to do it (says a commenter at Daily Kos

5:53 AM

 
Anonymous Mel Francis said...

Rock on! I knew I couldn't be the only woman in the world that was freaked out by Palin. Thanks for posting!

6:17 AM

 
Blogger OmoIbadan Tuntun said...

My girlfriend is a Democrat from Florida, she has made me become so interested in this election. I haven't for one day believed all the tossed up hype that Ms Sarah Palin is so well loved with 80% approval...for someone who was almost unknown until Pa McCain made his panicky pick (no pun intended. And what's with her attempt to make women look stupid, for her own political gains, by trying to whip up sexist sentiments....imagine claiming Obama refered to her as a pig. We will all do well to keep this hypocrite and pathological liar away from Washington....trust me, immediately she gets into office she will begin to scheme to do away with Jay Mc and come back and make women pay to keep their pregnancies.

6:25 AM

 
Blogger Beth K. said...

Thanks for the on the scene reporting...keep it up!

8:08 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so great to see! Thank you Alaska from Tennessee. Going to put a link on www.eyesonobama.com

Being one that lost a good friend to a 'coat hanger', I appreciated the inclusion of that poster in your march.

8:18 AM

 
Blogger ~~ chris said...

I'm glad to see that there is some form of protest going on in this state of ours. Palin was up here too, but she was only on a military base. You know what kind of reception she got there, right? Whoops and hollers and cheers, OH MY!

And for any Alaskans that are reading this, something to keep in mind...
When she runs for a second term for governor, remember, she bailed out on us once, leaving us high and dry w/the Lt. Gov. What will stop her from doing it again? Don't vote Palin in 2010!

9:02 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Obama supporter from a RED state, so I know the courage it took to take this stand. You all ROCK!!!

It was sad to hear of the threats the organizers of the rally received and it does not surprise me that an unethical conservative talk radio host released their names.

I am distressed at the level of bullying from the conservatives in this country. It is like living with a bunch of Nazis.

9:22 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you. Those rally photos made my day! Keep up the good work in that beautiful state you live in!

9:23 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Laura,
thanks for the photos, definitely inspiring. As an ex-Alaskan woman (lived there from 1980-1996) I share in the thrill of the energy and turnout.
BTW: love your blog! your pics of animals are lovely and whimsical; you are an artist.

9:38 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for posting these awesome photos! Those of us in the lower 48need to see this since the media keeps dredging up redisdents who think she's good choice! FRIGHTENING! Hang in there Alaska, we can overcome this craziness!

10:08 AM

 
Anonymous baja said...

Thanks for putting these up! The homemade messages from Alaskans is what the rest of the nation needs to see. Awesome!

11:57 AM

 
Anonymous Kathie said...

So nice to see the reality from someone on the scene.

Loved the preggo lady with the 'choice' sign. Loved the King / Wallace sign. Heck, loved the whole thing...and the 'homey' nature. Hope this gets more play Outside.

12:45 PM

 
Blogger RebelGirl said...

Every time I pass a Pro-McCain sign I think two things:
1. You are idiots who didn't even finish Kindergarten.
2. It should be 'McCain-Bush' not 'McCain-Palin'

12:54 PM

 
Blogger HILLBLOGGER said...

Alaska Women Reject Palin" Rally: UPDATED 3x w/ MUSIC VIDEO! in Daily Kos

2:24 PM

 
Anonymous Valerie said...

Wow, huuuuuge support for the ladies and gents who showed up to the rally! Awesome! I would love to have been there, but I'm in Massachusetts.
This post made my day... even week!

2:25 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah...thank you SO MUCH for this! The people in Alaska made some of the most creative protest signs I've ever seen! EXCELLENT WORK, LADIES!!

4:13 PM

 
Blogger Doug said...

Say Hi and thanks to those who attended. From the other side of the world we are watching and hoping Palin McCain do not get elected.

What happens in America effects us and the whole world.

We all have a stake in how you vote !

10:14 PM

 
Anonymous kathy o said...

This is not a time for the faint of heart. Tears rolled down my cheeks and i felt inspired and hopeful as i looked at these images. The signs were great! Thank you for speaking up from your hearts to this theatrical Palin puppet show.

11:37 PM

 
Blogger Barbara said...

My favorite - "Don't insult my pit bull!"

11:54 PM

 
Blogger RunninL8 said...

Hey! Glad you were there! great pics and thanks for spreading the word!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

7:01 AM

 
Blogger Chelle said...

woot! woot!! terrific photos. and stay strong from Phoenix, AZ!!

8:29 AM

 
Blogger Cany said...

You guys just rock up there!

I snagged a photo for my blog page (the pink poster... King v. Wallace.

I reported it on my blog last night, as well.

You go!

We're proud of you down in the lower.

10:12 AM

 
Blogger laura said...

I'm surprised by how many say they didn't know there were any anti Palin peeps in AK! I want to get the word out more...any suggestions?

10:39 AM

 
Blogger Lee said...

this is the best thing i've seen since the tina fey clip the other night! LOLOL. awesome. keep it up alaskans! now if the rest of the country would wake up. i'd love for a woman to take office, but not palin.

11:20 AM

 
Blogger java diva said...

I LOVE THIS! To see so many people in her own state protesting her.. I am eager for her to come to San Francisco you can imagine that we will give her a welcome she will never forget!

12:12 PM

 
Blogger tangobaby said...

Comment for Java Diva,

I, like you, live in SF and would relish a Palin visit...but of course she won't come here.

However, she IS scheduled to be at a benefit dinner ($1,000 gets you in the door, $2,500 gets you a McCain lapel pin, and $50,000 gets you 3 pictures with the Alaskan Governor) in Woodside next week and I know that Code Pink and some other people plan to protest, so here is some info:

http://calitics.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=6893

12:39 PM

 
Blogger FinnyKnits said...

Thanks for posting these photos, Laura. I've heard that there are folks in AK that aren't for Palin, but haven't seen proof of it until you posted these photos.

I'd like to mass produce some of those signs for wider use.

1:28 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh thank god...

2:34 PM

 
Blogger Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

This is so inspiring!! In fact, this rally was so inspiring I'm helping to plan one in my neighborhood.

I registered for Women for Obama and contacted my local organizer. She is helping us plan a rally in VA.

STARTING PLANNING ONE IN YOUR TOWN!!

I think ours will be in the 3rd week of October...

7:01 PM

 
Blogger laura said...

I wish I knew where those Hype signs came from! Sorry!

11:21 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These pictures are AWESOME!! Thank you! I hope people keep forwarding your blog pics to others... It is relieving to see that there are lots of smart women out there in AK!

11:38 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a weird campaign season...

No pro- and anti-Biden rallies...wonder why?

I wish we could focus on supporting our candidates, rather than hating on the other side.

I'm no Palin fan, but the negativity at this event leaves me cold.

1:03 AM

 
Blogger Beatrice M said...

That's quite a turnout. I read about the shock-jock's horrible behavior and I am *so* very glad to see the great turnout. What a wonderful job. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Let's get a Pro-Obama rally going up there too!!

3:34 AM

 
Anonymous I will take your infant! said...

Wow, a coat hangar...dead women who 'resorted' to it...do you really hate babies and life so much that you would die before "enduring" 7 more months of pregnancy? Will the pregnant woman in the pic be scraped "clean" at the next rally? Check out this link, and look really close at how many women regret thier abortions, and how many say it ruined, not improved their life.
http://www.abortionfacts.com/reardon/after_abortion_psychological_rea.asp

2:39 PM

 
Blogger cocovm said...

I'm so proud of all the real Alaska women who vote policy and not gender.

8:15 PM

 
Anonymous Kami said...

SHE WILL TAKE YOUR BABY!

Please.

Save a fetus, starve a low income baby. That's what they do.

Excellent job, ladies.

Best, from way down here in Dallas.

9:10 PM

 
OpenID cjw666 said...

Great! I especially like the one that calls her "Bush in a Skirt". It's a good description, although I personally think she could be a lot more dangerous than him - and that's REALLY dangerous!

2:26 AM

 
Blogger Carol said...

Right on, Alaskan ladies! Great photos.

Kudos from a supporter in Michigan.

3:05 AM

 
Blogger Lola said...

Nice Job Laura! I'm so proud of te Alaskans that showed up to speak out! As a former resident of Alaska (32 years), with 20 of those spent in Wasilla, including all of the Palin administration,
We need to be very vocal against the "Alaska Disasta".

Please Join us at www.sarahpalindont.ning.com

Sarah Palin The Ultimate Fashion Dont

Lori

7:07 AM

 
Blogger Mo MoDo said...

Those were great pictures. I was hoping to see the "Barbies For War" poster that inspired Maureen Dowd's column about the protest.

9:56 AM

 
Anonymous californiagirl said...

Thanks so much for your beautiful and meaningful pix. I am forwarding your blog's URL to friends.

9:57 AM

 
Anonymous Erica said...

Thanks for posting more pictures. I can't tell you how happy it makes me to know that not everyone in my old home state is in love with their pit bull governor.

10:43 AM

 
Blogger Pop Feminist said...

Yay!

1:55 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I for one like her....

9:41 PM

 
Blogger It's Me It's Me It's Cherylt said...

Thanks for these terrific pictures from the rally. I'm using them for an article -- with a source link, of course.

10:01 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are GREAT!!!!!!!!!
Glad to see that people are taking a stand against all this nonsense!

10:47 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so great to see there are actually people up there that arent in lock step with this choice/non choice of mcbushes. palin is an insult to all feminists and people that think for themselves. the fools that are dumb enough to vote for a token like her just because she is female shouldnt be allowed to vote.its amazing to me that anyone could think living across a body of water from another country gives you ANY experience in foriegn policy. we are in so much more trouble than we have seen so far if these two morons are allowed to purchase a supreme court justice decision like bush did and we are stuck with them for 4 to 8 more years. oh hey just dont get me started!

12:05 PM

 
Blogger Susan Bernofsky said...

Hooray for Alaska, and kudos to you for posting this. My local media did *not* cover this event!

5:04 PM

 
Blogger etoilee8 said...

These photos made me so happy. I am volunteering on the Obama campaign in Virginia and it's good to see people all around standing up and doing something. Let's all continue to talk to our friends, encourage everyone we know of to vote and get the word out there. I can't take four more years of this crap we've had to put up with.

PS- I might post some of your pictures on my blog with a link back, if that's okay.

10:35 PM

 

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