|Mike Israel, second to last on the left. (Photo from Paul Burke)|
Two of the 19 activists arrested in the first hours of Friday were foothill residents involved in Mother Lode Progressives. Twenty-two year old Mike Israel, who cofounded the group with me, and Sac State professor Paul Burke, one of the chairs for the Progressive Alliance, a group based out of Sacramento with which we are affiliated.
Around a dozen other Mother Lode residents, myself included, attended Saturday. Unlike the seasoned activists arrested the a few nights earlier, the Saturday afternoon crowd seemed very new to political protests, once marching to the chant of “the people, united, will never be divided.” One older marcher in front of us mumbled, “It’s ‘will never be defeated.’ If they’re already united then of course they can’t be divided.” We must disregard these minor diversions from tradition; they are simply more evidence of the originality of this fledgling movement.
|Picture from Alan Willard|