by Pete Talbot

It was one of the broadest coalitions I’ve seen in years.

But it was hard to get crowd estimates in the rolling front yard of the Capitol — over a thousand for sure.  Folks kept pouring in from around Montana, connecting with friends and sharing the wrath.

The rally literally took off at the end: a march around the Capitol grounds with all the signs and fired-up people, just as the sun was breaking through the clouds, and to the PA playing “We’re Not Going to Take It” by Twisted Sister.

This followed the speeches which were many, but short and to the point: a Billings firefighter, a Bozeman pastor, a Missoula small business owner, a veteran, a Blackfeet Indian, to name a few.

The themes were “Courage, Not Cuts,” “These Cuts Hurt,”  “We Have the Money, Reverse the Cuts,” and “Work That Matters.”

It was an eclectic mix: ironworkers and teachers, environmentalists and health care activists, Crow and Blackfeet, emergency service workers and the disabled … and kids.

(More photos and copy below the fold.)

Our colorful governor spoke, brandishing three veto branding irons — a big one for the big, bad bills; a middle-sized one for middle-sized, bad bills; and a little, baby one for “pocket vetos.”

State Sen. Dave Wanzenreid and Superintendent of Public education Denise Juneau also spoke.

Some other catchy phrases and signs: “If you can read this thank a teacher,” “Montanans need to turn to each other, not on each other,” and, of course, “Do the right thing.”

I was juggling a sign that read ‘Missoula’ and another ‘Planned Parenthood’ sign and my cheap little digital camera, so my note taking was weak.  I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

(Update: John Adams at the GF Trib has more photos and video at http://www.mtlowdown.com/)

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  1. akismet-72473829c8ac575165fb598db916fb3e

    i have a few pix to send for this wrap up if you would like?
    Will in Billings

  2. petetalbot

    Yeah, Will, send them along and thanks.

  3. akismet-72473829c8ac575165fb598db916fb3e

    C:\Documents and Settings\William\My Documents\My Pictures\2011-04-02, HelenaRallyJays04.02.11

    C:\Documents and Settings\William\My Documents\My Pictures\2011-04-02, HelenaRallyJays04.02.11

    C:\Documents and Settings\William\My Documents\My Pictures\2011-04-02, HelenaRallyJays04.02.11

    C:\Documents and Settings\William\My Documents\My Pictures\2011-04-02, HelenaRallyJays04.02.11

    not sure how to post pix? maybe this will work ??

  4. akismet-72473829c8ac575165fb598db916fb3e

    http://mssrbooks.com/apmt2011.htm

    ok clik on this link or copy ‘n paste

    This is the Rally Round the Capitol by the 2000 ppl who represented the Will and Demand of Montana Citizens – no cuts of any kind to Public Employees, Health and Human Services and sister programs, for the less fortunate and Education.

    i’m pretty sure this will cover my uploading pix challenge/d

    E N J O Y !

  5. petetalbot

    Thanks for the video link, Will in Billings. Pogo (above) has a great suggestion for your still photos: flickr. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful but as anyone who knows me can tell you, I have my own technical shortcomings.

  6. Senator Dave Wanzenried (D, Missoula) will be having a fundraiser in Butte to help raise funds for his race to be Governor! He has been on our side against HB161, http://tinyurl.com/3jehnes , He also addressed the Garden City Cannabis Expo, supporting access to MMJ in Montana, http://tinyurl.com/3jehnes .

    He will also be on The Growing Green Show Friday, June, 3rd 5:30-6:30PM on http://Mcat.org Channel 7 LIVE STREAMING VIDEO!
    http://tinyurl.com/3vlwjok




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