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    about 100,000. Poor vilespeak for the wingers around here Vicki McKenna projected there wouldn't be more than "20,000," a number over which the becker would cream his jeans.

    I asked another security person closer to the end. He just shook his head and said, "It has to be at least 100,000."

    It is hard to count the numbers because people come and go. Folks came and strolled around the Square for a trip or two (at least a half hour, sometimes more depending on the speed of the crowd). Many have their babies in strollers and woozles, so they can't stay forever. We were there for over 4 hours and folks were still coming when we were leaving after 4:00 CST. Did anyone happen to mention that it was cold? Just in case: it was cold!!!

    As for what it was like: everyone was in good spirits, cooperative, engaging with the police, firefighters. I was up on the podium with a group of religious leaders for a few minutes, where one person, the Episcopal Bishop from Milwaukee was the spokesperson. After each person spoke, the crowd would yell "thank you!!!"

    In walking around the Square, by the big Fox truck -- and other media outlet trucks -- stood a handful -- I only saw one actually holding a sign but there could have been a couple more -- of baggers. The crowd marching around stopped to chant at them and wave their signs. They were surrounded by our own security, who stood between them and the crowd, smiling and holding up their hands, making peace signs. In essence, they were appropriately telling the crowd to back off (chanting ok, threatening not ok).

    Spirits were high, we're in it for the long haul. This will not stand, as we yelled. It won't be easy and we're not done.

    You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else. -- Sir Winston Churchill

    by bleeding heart on Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 04:41:43 PM PST

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