In Sacramento on Saturday, March 15, two busloads of "fractivists" from Fresno and Merced joined many other groups from around the state for a huge, well-organized anti-fracking rally. Young people as well as raging grannies and everyone in between were there with a great outpouring of creative signs and props. Unfortunately, my camera battery ran low before I could get a picture of a woman dressed as a shower with flames pouring down on her. But I did manage to get a few pictures.
At the beginning of the program, members of the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Northern California emphasized the need to protect water resources and to oppose raising the Shasta Dam even higher. I recognized some of the people from the documentary Dancing Salmon Home and was able to congratulate them on that extraordinary film.
Idle No More was present. This is a protest movement which began in December 2012, "originating among the Aboriginal peoples in Canada comprising the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and their non-Aboriginal supporters in Canada, and to a lesser extent, internationally."
Fracking uses vast amounts of water and poisons it. Hence, the many signs concerned with water:
Somewhat representative of the messages for Governor Brown was this sign held by a child:
A pre-schooler proclaimed this:
Many of the participants carried this message:
This was unique:
Finally, since energy is the issue, several people had signs supporting wind and solar. One was simply a picture of the sun with the words USE ME in the middle. And there was this:
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