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Wed May 22, 2019, 09:53 PM

A pro-choice rally in my little red town

I attended a pro-choice rally in my little, ruby red part of Florida this evening. It was organized by a young woman, whom I was proud to meet.

As the president of our local Democratic Women's Club, I felt obligated to attend - and wanted to attend. 2 things: 1. it was near 100 degrees at 5 p.m. (in May in Central Florida, for sweet Jesus' sake!) and I do not handle heat well, to say the least (think near heatstroke); 2. I truly was afraid we'd get shot.

We gathered in the center of town and walked a short bit to the main street, to hold signs and chant as "rush hour" traffic came by. The organizer had made loads of great signs on bright poster paper - and beautiful handwriting! Her SO brought a cooler of cold water and had a speaker, from which he played great 60s era protest songs. Their 2 young children were there as well.

Really good turnout for a last-minute event - I got the word last night and spread it to my membership. About 50 people, including 6-8 men, some young people and several children. This is a retirement community so that was heartening to me. We had a small counter-protest of forced birthers, who set up on the street on either side of us.

The vast majority of the response from drivers was positive - to my surprise. We got a few middle fingers, and a few shouts of "baby killers," but way more thumbs up.

Hope.

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Reply A pro-choice rally in my little red town (Original post)
mcar May 22 OP
elleng May 22 #1
kairos12 May 22 #2
mcar May 22 #7
TimeToGo May 22 #15
backtoblue May 22 #3
smirkymonkey May 22 #4
mcar May 22 #11
TommyCelt May 23 #28
mcar May 23 #29
UniteFightBack May 22 #5
mcar May 22 #12
calimary May 23 #35
gratuitous May 22 #6
mcar May 22 #9
sheshe2 May 22 #8
mcar May 22 #10
sheshe2 May 22 #14
50 Shades Of Blue May 22 #13
Maru Kitteh May 22 #16
mcar May 22 #17
FakeNoose May 22 #18
calimary May 23 #36
ismnotwasm May 22 #19
Turin_C3PO May 22 #20
mcar May 23 #26
radical noodle May 22 #21
proud patriot May 22 #22
Gumboot May 23 #23
Rhiannon12866 May 23 #24
herding cats May 23 #25
badhair77 May 23 #27
Mosby May 23 #30
skydive forever May 23 #31
mcar May 23 #39
BigmanPigman May 23 #32
mcar May 23 #40
BigmanPigman May 23 #43
llmart May 23 #33
Lifelong Protester May 23 #34
Hortensis May 23 #37
mcar May 23 #41
CDerekGo May 23 #38
mcar May 23 #42
Kurt V. May 23 #44
KY_EnviroGuy May 26 #45
mcar May 26 #46

Response to mcar (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:58 PM

1. Great to hear!

THANKS!

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 09:58 PM

2. Way to go! Not easy to be pro-choice in a Red State.

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Response to kairos12 (Reply #2)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:24 PM

7. Sure isn't

I was surprised at the positive response.

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Response to kairos12 (Reply #2)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:38 PM

15. FL is only kind of a red state

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:06 PM

3. K&R!



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Response to mcar (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:07 PM

4. Great news!

Happy to hear about it and especially the support of the men. Resistance everywhere is meaningful!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #4)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:27 PM

11. Yes, I appreciated that

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Response to mcar (Reply #11)

Thu May 23, 2019, 12:05 PM

28. Thanks for being brave! nt

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Response to TommyCelt (Reply #28)

Thu May 23, 2019, 01:07 PM

29. It was worth it

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:16 PM

5. I am really proud of your town! I think protesting takes courage!! I always blow big wet kisses

at the middle fingers. I will engage with the opposition. And I always like to bring a Honk sign..I like to own the honk.

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Response to UniteFightBack (Reply #5)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:27 PM

12. A honk sign is a great idea

Filing away...

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Response to UniteFightBack (Reply #5)

Thu May 23, 2019, 07:56 PM

35. That's a GREAT idea!

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:18 PM

6. Excellent report

Even a few dozen people gathered lets other folks in the community know they're not alone. Good job!

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #6)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:26 PM

9. That's what I was thinking with all the thumbs up

For so many years, I feared getting involved. That ended in 2016. And I found so many like-minded people who felt the same way.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:25 PM

8. You are my shero!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #8)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:26 PM

10. Aww, thank you she!

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Response to mcar (Reply #10)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:38 PM

14. I love you back.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:31 PM

13. K & R!!!

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:50 PM

16. Thanks for the good news and shot of hope there!

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Response to Maru Kitteh (Reply #16)

Wed May 22, 2019, 11:02 PM

17. It lifted my spirits

I've been feeling down about everything lately. I needed the sisterhood!

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 11:26 PM

18. Ideas for protest signs - these were posted on DU in the last week









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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #18)

Thu May 23, 2019, 07:57 PM

36. Keepers!

Last edited Fri May 24, 2019, 10:22 AM - Edit history (1)

Iím a nut for graphics. These are terrific!

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 11:27 PM

19. K&R

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 11:29 PM

20. Nice!

It doesnít surprise me that you got mostly positive responses. I believe (correct me if Iím wrong) that polls show that the majority of people even in the reddest of red states are pro-choice. Republicans are really overreaching with these forced birth laws.

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Response to Turin_C3PO (Reply #20)

Thu May 23, 2019, 08:13 AM

26. That is true

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 11:46 PM

21. That's great news!

And yes... it was very hot today!

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 11:48 PM

22. Thank You

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

23. Thank you for being brave enough...

... to go out and take a stand for this. Especially in Central Florida's red hellscape.

Raising a glass to you, and everyone who joined you tonight.



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Response to mcar (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2019, 12:05 AM

24. K&R and kudos to you and your equally courageous and determined group!

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2019, 12:45 AM

25. Hope. That's exactly what this gives me.

Thank you for sharing, mcar. It's good to know we're represented out there everywhere.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2019, 09:37 AM

27. A reminder that we're in this together.

Thanks for your leadership and thanks also to the young woman who organized the march. Hope indeed.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2019, 05:59 PM

30. K and R.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2019, 06:24 PM

31. Where in central Florida

I live near Cocoa Beach

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Response to skydive forever (Reply #31)

Thu May 23, 2019, 09:01 PM

39. Citrus County

West Central Florida.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2019, 06:34 PM

32. What did the signs say?

My protest is on Sat and I still have to make my sign. I need a strong visual statement besides a wire hanger or a uterus.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #32)

Thu May 23, 2019, 09:06 PM

40. Forced pregnancy is a crime against humanity

Stop the war on women

Don't tread on me (pic of a uterus)

Leave our women alone (held by man)

If you're against abortion, don't have one

(Coat hanger) Never again

My body, my choice

Every mother a willing mother

Pro-women Pro-choice (man)

Mother by choice thanks to Roe v Wade

Lots of others but those are what I can see looking at the photos.

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Response to mcar (Reply #40)

Thu May 23, 2019, 09:11 PM

43. Thanks!

I wondered if any tRump "baby ballons" were somehow used.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2019, 06:34 PM

33. Thank you for protesting.

Women everywhere, of all ages thank you. Yes, the majority of women support legal abortion.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2019, 07:55 PM

34. Thank you

For being willing to put yourself "out there" in Florida.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2019, 07:59 PM

37. How nice to hear, Mcar. Congrats.

And I so know what you mean about the heat and am impressed. We're back up in Georgia now, but by 9:30-10 I'm done with any work or walking outside, even in the shade for long.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #37)

Thu May 23, 2019, 09:07 PM

41. It's only May

We usually still have cool mornings and evenings. I shudder to think of July.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2019, 08:54 PM

38. Wish I knew

what part of Central Florida you were located, I would've come and sweated along with you both!

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Response to CDerekGo (Reply #38)

Thu May 23, 2019, 09:08 PM

42. Thanks

We're in West Central FL, Citrus Cty. It got planned at the last minute so I was pleased with the response.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2019, 09:29 PM

44. K&R

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 09:03 PM

45. K&R with highest respect and regards!

Thanks for your hard work and love of democracy.......

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #45)

Sun May 26, 2019, 10:09 PM

46. Aww, thank you!

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