The folks up here in Alaska got together on Saturday for one more rally/demonstration. Organized by "Alaska Women for Obama", about 500 Alaskans braved 20-degree temperatures and came out to the Delaney Park Strip in Downtown Anchorage. What for, you ask?
Well, to do this::
I've been doing videos and diaries of all the Alaska rallies, but this one was different. We weren't waving signs at cars. There were no speeches demanding accountability from our Governor, or urging people to help get out the vote for Barack Obama. No, this time it was just hundreds Alaskans wearing brightly-colored coats and home-made ponchos of red, white, and blue plastic.
People brought their kids.
And their dogs
They lined up to make an American Flag before making the "O" logo
Photo by Carl Johnson Photography
People sang songs, waved at cars, and chanted "Yes, we can!" When you stop and think about this demonstration, it might seem a bit pointless. I mean, what difference could it possibly make if these people did (or didn't) gather together and do this? These Alaskans could have stayed home today. They could have sat around in the warmth of their houses and watched College Football or something. Maybe cleaned out their closets, perhaps.
But they didn't.
They all came out in the cold weather to be, much like the finished symbol, a part of something bigger than themselves.
And to me, that's what this whole campaign has been all about.
This diary isn't "BREAKING"; it isn't "URGENT"; and it's not an "ACTION ALERT!". But please recommend it anyway, and/or send the link and these pictures to your contact list. It would mean a lot to these Alaskans who showed up on Saturday. Thanks much.