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Alaskans rally against Sarah Palin

September 16, 2008

Hundreds turn out for anti-Palin protest

Hundreds of people protesting the policies of Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin lined a busy street on Saturday, waving signs and chanting, “Obama!”

The protest came about two hours after Palin delivered a rousing speech at Anchorage’s new convention center before leaving the state to return to the campaign trail.

The protesters, including supporters of presidential candidate Barack Obama and those who don’t agree with Palin’s positions on abortion, polar bears, Iraq and other issues, lined one side of the street near the Loussac Library.

A much smaller number of mostly pro-Palin supporters were on the other side of the street, chanting, “Sarah! Sarah!”

Police were at the scene, but there were no immediate reports of clashes.

Angie Doroff, 46, helped organize the rally. The wildlife biologist, yoga teacher and artist said she was pleased and surprised at how many people showed up.

“We’re not alone. A lot of people are worried about the nomination of Sarah Palin,” Doroff said as cars drove by, drivers honking their horns in support.

Barbara Norton, a 56-year-old midwife, stood near a sign that read, “Alaskan Women for Choice.”


“I think America does not understand how absolutely extreme her positions are – even to the right of George Bush and John McCain,” Norton said. “She is frightening.”

Anne Applegate-Scott, a 44-year-old attorney and stay-at-home mom, held a sign that said, “I don’t vote for liars.” Applegate-Scott said she actually voted for Palin for governor but won’t vote for the McCain-Palin ticket. Palin, she thinks, has become a “product” of McCain handlers and they won’t let her talk to the media.

When Palin does talk, Applegate-Scott accused her of lying about her record.

“She lied about her position on earmarks and building the bridge,” Applegate-Scott said, referring to the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. “She talks about her being a feminist but it is convenient feminism; it doesn’t cost her anything.”

One woman held a sign that read, “I’m Bail’in on Palin!” Another read, “Pro Woman, Anti-Palin.” Another read, “What About Healthcare?”

One person strolled through the crowd in a polar bear suit. The bear was holding a sign that said, “Polar bear moms say No to Palin,” a reference to Palin’s opposition to placing the polar bear on the threatened species list because that could interfere with drilling for oil off Alaska’s coast.

As more people gathered, the rally took on the look of a large family gathering, with protesters hugging each other and exclaiming their surprise that so many people had gathered.

On the lawn outside the library two men held up a large banner that said, “Iraq War is Fraud. Palin is a puppet.” One of the men waved an Alaska state flag.

Some of the signs spoke out against Palin’s anti-abortion position. Laura Kimmel, a 40-year-old Anchorage woman expecting her second baby in April, wore a clothes hanger with a sign attached that read, “This is not a surgical instrument. Keep abortions safe and legal.”

Susan Soule, 65, a part-time health consultant, said she is old enough to remember when abortion wasn’t legal and what women went through who wanted to terminate their pregnancies.

“I know the terror of unwanted pregnancy and back-room abortions. I know what that did to women,” said Soule.

Hilary Seitz, 39, attended the rally with her two girls, 8-year-old Abbigale and 11-year-old Taylor. If McCain becomes president and Palin is the VP, Seitz said, she fears what will happen on the Supreme Court and keeping abortion legal.

“It really scares me that if we lose that option, what are women going to do,” Seitz said. She said that she was at the rally for her girls and their futures.