TAMPA PROTESTS BUSH-Andrew Stelzer07/16/04
Meanwhile, about 250 people gathered across the street from the Marriot, to protest President BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s visit to town, and many of his administrations policies.
The protestors lined Franklin Street and Channelside Avenue, waving signs at passing cars. On the north side of Channelside was a giant sign that readÃ¢â‚¬â€is Bush the Antichrist?
A giant pig represented the amount of money spent on war by the bush administration, trailing the big pig were two small ones, meant to represent the amount of money spent on healthcare and education.
ACT Ã¢â‚¬ËœNot the church, not the state, women must decide their fate.
The theme of the protest was womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rights; many protestors said BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s poor track record on issues related to women was in contrast to the image he was portraying by speaking at a conference having to do with fighting to end the sex trafficking industry.
Stephanie Grutman is with Florida Planned Parenthood
ACT Ã¢â‚¬Å“Most recently the Bush admin forced to the FDA to look at ideology. didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t approved selling stuff over the counterÃ¢â‚¬Â¦abortion banÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I would say listen to womenÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I think he has a core group of supportersÃ¢â‚¬?
Karen Perez is running for the state rep of district 60. ACT- Ã¢â‚¬Ëœas a healthcare professional, I see women being denied care every day..the bush administration has not only trampled on womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rights, but theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve trampled on the rights of their familiesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.the choices heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s making are against families, but he says heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s for itÃ¢â‚¬?
ACT Ã¢â‚¬?hey hey , ho ho, the war on women has got to goÃ¢â‚¬? Ã¢â‚¬Å“What do we want choice, when so we want it now.Ã¢â‚¬?
But womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rights were not the only reason people came to protest Bush.
ACT-Jenae MurphyÃ¢â‚¬â€chair of the local Democratic Party. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We all want both bushes out, they have turned their back on women, labor, environmentÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.decent cup of coffeeÃ¢â‚¬?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like bush..hes lied to us too many timesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Ã¢â‚¬Â¦heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d probably say thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s weapons of mass destruction Ã¢â‚¬Â¦IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m here to tell bush about IraqÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I know people that have lost their dads, I feel bad for emÃ¢â‚¬Â¦they cant make senseÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Ã¢â‚¬Å“My main issue is his foreign policy and the war on Iraq. I think he was wrongÃ¢â‚¬?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“My main problem wit him is heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s out to keep the poor poorer, keep the rich richerÃ¢â‚¬Â¦were out here showing support, besides the Kerry people who want o sell outÃ¢â‚¬Â¦maybe you can show one persons, open their eyesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“As an anarchist, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like him, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s trying to ban abortionÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.if Ã¢â‚¬Å“
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t I like him..list of reasons, reinstate the draft..womens reasonsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Unical..document W-1999
ACT Ã¢â‚¬Å“This protest is juts anti-bush in general. Kerry, anarchistÃ¢â‚¬Â¦heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably just gonna shrug it off.Ã¢â‚¬? ACT-Frank Dwyer, union rep for district council 78 local
88. IUPAT Ã¢â‚¬Å“Problems like health and welfare, outsourcing jobs, he does not help the middle class, being a union person, hes passed so many laws to make us collect dues. I would ask him why a senior citizen why donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t they let tem get cheap drugs, why heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s outsourcing, why they're not trying to get jobs in the US, not overseas.Ã¢â‚¬?
People came from throughout the state, and some from as far away as Atlanta top be part of the protest. Many of them found out about the protest through their participation in moveonpac.org. Moveonpac organized the conference call with Fahrenheit 9-11 director Michael Moore, following that, they organized house parties around the country, 50 of which took place in the Tampa Bay area. People made calls to unregistered and undecided voters, speaking to them about the upcoming election and the need to get involved. Susan Glickman is a local organizer of moveonpac.org. They have almost 100,000 members in Florida, and they sent out information to about 25,000 people about this event
ACT Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re gonna see between now and the election whenever bush or his people come to town, as opposed to letting them lay claim..President bush is here to talk about sex trafficking, yet he cut money out of his budget..we wanna keep them honestÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.Ã¢â‚¬?
There were also about 25 Bush supporters who rallied on the other side of Franklin Street.
ACT-Steve Doles Ã¢â‚¬ËœWere a foster family, and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve almost lost foster kids..does that issue rise above all others? I also believe thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s evil in the world, I know going to war is a tough decisionÃ¢â‚¬Â¦heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s made the right decision there..we're losing troopsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.there talking about a democracy, and ere a democratic republics, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure they understand what kind of country we have.Ã¢â‚¬?
ACTÃ¢â‚¬â€Armen Garcia Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are cheering for bush, how come, because we believe what heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s doing..we support our troops..they dont look very intelligent and were for America, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think they are. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t understand tem at all, theyre insulting, we are defending America.if they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want defenseÃ¢â‚¬?
ACT-Nia Garcia Ã¢â‚¬â„¢I think George bush is doing the right thing, I like that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s trying to help America, and sometimes he tries to help America as much as he canÃ¢â‚¬?
ACT Ã¢â‚¬ËœWere here to hopefully get a glimpse of our president..hes a family man and a godly man.Ã¢â‚¬?
ACT Ã¢â‚¬Å“We love bush, we love bushÃ¢â‚¬?
About 40 of the anti-bush protestors crossed the street to stand with, and sometimes argue with, the Bush supporters, before the Presidential motorcade passed through.
ACT Ã¢â‚¬Å“Down with bushÃ¢â‚¬â€we love bush!Ã¢â‚¬?
ACT Ã¢â‚¬ËœIs everyone here registered to voteÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.wooooÃ¢â‚¬? There were no arrests reported; very few police were present. The protestors marched around for a few minutes, but did not attempt to cross and streets or approach the hotel. Shortly before Bush arrived, they all gathered to hear speakers from some of the groups that organized the protest.
ACT Ã¢â‚¬Å“His record is something we will no longer tolerate, his attacks on reproductive health is something we will no longer tolerateÃ¢â‚¬Â¦he cut the justice departments budget..his promises were broken and we will not tolerate itÃ¢â‚¬Â¦he cut money to battered women shelters..that is just the beginning of his rhetoric.Ã¢â‚¬?
Stephanie Grubman, Planned Parenthood ACTÃ¢â‚¬â€ Ã¢â‚¬Ëœit is time for us to take a stand and let the people who run this country know that what they are doing is wrong. Darden rice is with the Sierra club
ACT- Ã¢â‚¬Å“There is a theme here today of broken promises, the bush admins broken promises to women, families, workers, but the sierra club cant talk about broken promises, bush hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even dared to make promises on clear water r air. The bush has by far by far the worst admin for our environment.Ã¢â‚¬?
ACT Ã¢â‚¬ËœFour more months!!..Ã¢â‚¬?
After the motorcade brought Bush into the hotel, most of the protestors left, but a group of about 15 protestors, some of them wearing bandanas around their faces, were followed around by police until they left the area.