- js reader version
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
Friday, May. 03, 2002 at 12:33 AM
A spirited crowd of youth, pacifists, anarchists, forced Loretta Sanchez to give her staff the afternoon off for May Day. Another victory for democracy!
maydayorange.jpg, image/jpeg, 709x409
Loretta's office staff were not available for comment, because they'd been let go for the afternoon. There were rumors circulating that it was for International Workers' Day, but I got the impression that it was because of all the cops. Who can work with such an intimidating police presence?
There were also those noisy demonstators. Their demand: to get rid of the INS office in Orange County.
They're putting the "international" into International Workers' Day.
The protest drew together folks from diverse groups ranging from the Unitarian Universalists and MEChA, all the way to black block'd anarchists, pacifist anarchists, and punks. It wasn't a huge crowd, perhaps 50 at any one time, but they made a big noise with their drums, and the drivers going by honked in support.
Also present were the Garden Grove PD, who were looking spiffy, yet intimidating, in their black uniforms and crystal clear, as yet unused, face shields. I counted 30, but some of them seemed to be hiding in the shadows.
I heard another rumor that cops were taking special measures to protect Starbucks and Krispy Kreme at the mall across the street. My suburban instincts took over, and I strolled to the mall, like a pigeon back to his roost. I was not let down. The cops were there in force, with perhaps fifteen cops on bicycles, cars, and motorbikes. No cops on horses, but, that mall is quite large, just like everything in Orange County. Maybe the horse properties were on the other side. I thought there was a jurisdictional conflict, because the city police were circling in the parking lot, while mall security were clamping down in the shopping zones.
I asked a mall cop what the story was with the demonstrations across the street. He said that all the cops there were just doing "exercises". That didn't sound sincere to me. I suspected that this mall security officer was invoking the notorious "code of silence".
At the Starbucks, there were no cops, just fire fighters, hanging out. They must have been waiting for the fires to get started.
At the Krispy Kreme, there were no police, which was a surprise. Even more surprising, the counter person gave me a free donut, right out of the assembly line contraption. Do they want to encourage shifty eyed amateur journalists to make KK part of their regular beats? I'm willing! Just give me a discount on that expensive coffee.
The mall situation, with all the cops orbiting it, was getting a little strange. So, I returned, having witnessed the typical suburban retail panopticon, intesified a little bit..
Back at the office, the demo was still in full effect. An "old timer" (in her 30's) and a new kid in high school both noted that there's an increasing number of progressive political events going on in OC. The 911 Peace Coalition are out demonstrating every week; the Greens are active; and there's the new Anahuac center that helped organize this demo.
Things were looking up. I would have stayed, but I had to go to another event.
On the way out of town, I got lost searching for a strawberry field I spied from the freeway. The fruit pickers were still working on May Day, but I imagined that they, too, would like to see La Migra cut back on its operations as well.
PS - the other highlight of the day, was spotting a "Fashion Bug" outlet. Was Jean Teasdale, columnist for The Onion, and Fashion Bug employee, inside? Sounds like another chance for investigative journalism, johnk style! Viva Zapata!
Report this post as:
LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 1 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
Change Links 2018 July posted
More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena
"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena
Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles
Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert!
Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California
Change Links June 2018 posted
The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years
Unity Archive Project
Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi
CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police
Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies
California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings)
Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico
Change Links May 2018
Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed
GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE
lausd whistle blower
Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images
UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light
Change Links April 2018
Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018
Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018!
Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert!
Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A.
Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released
Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups
More Local News...
14 Disturbing Facts About Scott Gottlieb, Trump's FDA Head
Behind the scenes at fbi National Academy
Treasury Takes Aim at Shell Companies
Paraphysique de l'intelligence
Oklahoma GOP Senator Jim Inhofe's Bloody Record
Globalization: hope on the horizon despite Fake Liberals.
Sorry President Trump,Ted Cruz Texas Judicial System,is Worse Than Many Shithole Countries
The Shortwave Report 07/20/18 Listen Globally!
The System Question as a Survival Question
Nation's Largest Voting Machine Co., ESS, Admits Lying Re Having Installed Remote Control
Du pain et des jeux
Paraphysique de martyrologie
Children Incorporated Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator
Democratic Socialists of America
Leonard Peltier Non Violent Native American Political Prisoner since 1970's
Paraphysique miscellanées de l'aggiornamento
FBI Investigated LA County Sheriff Baca,Why Not Hank Skinner's Persecution?
Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians
The Shortwave Report 07136/18 Listen Globally!
Social Policy as Social Infrastructure
Vol I: 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Fraud
Texas Can Call it An Execution,But It is A State Sponsored Murder of Hank Skinner..
June 2018 Honduras coup update
Maria Estrada doubles down on racist support
New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2018 NYWIFT Ha Phuong Scholarship Recipients
Trapps de la domination, trapps de l'aliénation
Please Work For The Defeat Of Brett Kavanaugh And Why
Transinhumanisme ( transe inhumanisme )
More Breaking News...