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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 06:38 PM

Anti-abortion and abortion rights demonstrators clash in Portland

Source: Bangor (Maine) Daily News

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland business owner rallied an abortion rights demonstration on Friday to counter the regular appearance on his street of anti-abortion protesters he called “obnoxious.”

The dueling demonstrations set the stage for chanting, arguing and sometimes yelling, as dozens of Planned Parenthood supporters turned out in opposition to what have become weekly protests outside organization’s Congress Street location in Portland.

The rally was organized by Mike Fink, owner of the pawn shop Guitar Grave and Mike’s Rock Deli, which provided coffee and free sandwiches Friday to anyone with an abortion rights sign or T-shirt.

Fink, whose businesses share the same block as the building housing Planned Parenthood, said he organized the rally after watching for months as the anti-abortion protesters gathered every Friday to demonstrate against the clinic.

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Reply Anti-abortion and abortion rights demonstrators clash in Portland (Original post)
jpak Jan 2013 OP
knitter4democracy Jan 2013 #1
ReRe Jan 2013 #2
calimary Jan 2013 #5
ReRe Jan 2013 #7
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #8
ReRe Jan 2013 #9
calimary Jan 2013 #11
shenmue Jan 2013 #3
HockeyMom Jan 2013 #4
mountain grammy Jan 2013 #6
duhneece Jan 2013 #10
calimary Jan 2013 #12
duhneece Jan 2013 #13
calimary Jan 2013 #14

Response to jpak (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 07:35 PM

1. That is awesome, and I would totally give that guy my business.

I'm so tired of the pro-fetus crowd.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 07:36 PM

2. Thanks jpak...

... I seem to be seeing allot of activism coming to life around our country, and I love seeing it. The Police Chief up in Waterbury, Ct banning all gun shows until further notice, and now this Pawn shop guy organizing a protest to counter the wingers by the local Planned Parenthood clinic and his business. This is what has to happen all across our land. People have to make a stand once and for all. No more sitting back and watching our society be ripped up by ignorant Foxed up maniac wingers.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:24 PM

5. Hey, ReRe - I REALLY like that "Foxed up" meme you just wrote there!

May we steal it? It's a good one!



And you're spot-on - this is the kind of progressive-response activism that's needed ACROSS THE COUNTRY. If all people see are the anti choicers or the anti-taxers or the teabagger crowd, that's all they know as far as any movement with momentum. Because they're only seeing a small sliver of it. These assholes are noisy and loutish and they're camera-hogs and mic-whores and that's all you see. They suck all the oxygen out of the room. They flood in and fill up the vacuum that's created by the absence of ANY presence on OUR side.

Well, IT'S PUSHBACK TIME!!! It's about time the public, the media, the voters - ALL start seeing OUR side represented out there. Because WE are the actual majority here. Anybody who still claims otherwise should study the results of the last election.

I'm VERY glad to see this. We need MORE of it!!!

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Response to calimary (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 09:59 PM

7. You and I are...

...birds of a feather. Of course you can use "Foxed Up". I made it up too. I was trying to curb my dirty mouth, or otherwise I would have said "Fucked Up".

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Response to ReRe (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 10:07 PM

8. Love it! Your a genius! Especially after you explain it's origin.

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:22 PM

9. Poet, maybe...

...but not a genius, honey.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 04:51 PM

11. Well, they're KIND OF one-and-the-same. };)

And yeah, you and I DO seem to be birds of a feather!

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:21 PM

3. Go go go!

Hurrah for some good old free speech!

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:23 PM

4. My daughter went to USM

I loved Portland and was pleasantly surprised at how progressive the majority of the people were.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 09:02 PM

6. Gun show in Denver last weekend, one woman with a BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS sign.

Next gun show, I plan to be there too.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 05:39 PM

10. Jan 22 1973 Roe v Wade

We decided to have a 'We Trust Women Commemoration of 40 anniversary of Roe v Wade' or something along those lines.
I just turned into our small town a special permit application and we WILL commemorate this day when the decision of Roe v Wade said the US trusts women.

I'd like you, in your town, in your community to consider letting the world know that we appreciate R v W, when women quit dying from illegal & unsafe abortions.

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Response to duhneece (Reply #10)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 04:53 PM

12. Man, I REALLY like this framing you're suggesting, duhneece!

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That's how it should be worded and presented whenever ANYBODY starts talking about taking away OUR right as women to have the LAST WORD over what happens to OUR bodies. Not their bodies. Not men's bodies. Not even other women's bodies. OUR bodies.

"We decided to have a 'We Trust Women Commemoration of 40 anniversary of Roe v Wade' or something along those lines."

Okay, CONservatives - you think everybody in America should be on the "you're on your own" standard? Well, hereya go! Game ON.

Trusting women. Gee, what a concept.

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Response to calimary (Reply #12)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 05:51 PM

13. That feels really good to hear that from you

This is really important to me, so I've thought about it alot and want my actions to be effective. Thank you again.

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Response to duhneece (Reply #13)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:12 AM

14. Well, it's GOOD! It's a really good one!

It should be said, read, and spread!

We've got at least three decades of wrong-winger GOP CONservative, ayn-randian, selfish, pennywise/pound-foolish counter-programming and flat-out deprogramming to do - to take our country ... NOT back, but FORWARD.

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