It is rare enough for Fitchburg to have protests, It is even rarer for a group to have two protests in one day, but it is totally unheard of for Two different groups to be protesting two separate issues within a block of each other at the same time here.

The first of the two was the daily protest against Planned Parenthood’s attempt to open a clinic in Fitchburg. Ted Turner and his hearty band were once again standing tall. Every time I come down I see new faces but the message remains the same:

I’ve known Lorraine and her sister and her son for decades. I was surprised to see her.

Therese Cross comes down weekly to protest. she has no intention of giving up.

Ted spoke about the regular protests that have gone on since Feb 8th. He said it was a good experience and allowed him to meet a lot of good people. A new zoning resolution is going up before the city counsel tonight and he is hoping that regular order will be followed allowing the petition to pass to the zoning board without being blocked by the city counsel.

As for the tea party protesters down the block Turner and the rest of the regular group of protesters to a person expressed their support for their goals. When they left they expressed that support with a symphony of car horns.

Down the block I saw some familiar faces from the morning. Anne Andrews was there as was Michael Wertz. A local reporter showed up and asked a few questions, unfortunately for the group he left before the crowd reached its height.

I started my interviews with Kate Wirtz:

I never thought to ask if they were related. Joyce Jacobs talked to me as well.

Clark Straight had a perspective that most of the other people I talked to did not. Unlike everyone else I had met he was a long time activist who was active in Republican Political circles.

The big question is why now? We had smaller movements like Porkbusters during the Bush years but what has made the difference is? Ted Turner had one interesting thing to say. He suggested that the policies of President Obama lit a fire among the electorate. It motivated folks to get involved and an involved electorate is an informed one. You can’t have a healthy republic without one.

From what I’ve seen today, the republic is healthy indeed.

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  1. On a side note, the protests are related, on a certain level. PP is moving in because the federal government gave a grant to the organisation, so your peaceful town with an enviably low teenage pregnancy rate is now the subject of this controversy.

    Should Health Care pass, we’ll see more, not less, of this.

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  4. I hear the same stuff from these protesters on your blog that is the same I hear from the TV pundits.
    When you hear the answer that they protest because they don’t like the bill, ask that ‘What don’t you like about it?”, “What would you change in it?”,”Have you actually read the bill?”, “What do you say to over 250 conservative and republicans amendments that were added to the bill and received zero votes from republicans for its passage?”
    Ask those questions because they can’t blame Pelosi or Reid or say start over or kill the bill to those questions.

  5. let Joyce know that the majority of people who voted for Olver (again) are pleased with his job and that he is supporting their views and interests.
    And to Kate, Obama ran on a health care refrom platform, democrats won the super majorty in the senate and increased their majority in Congress…so if she wants to say the people didn’t want this…well they voted for it, what else did they expect?

  6. I do like the Obamacare so good for Congress sign. That one at least makes sense.

  7. skierbrian says:

    Way to go! I am so pleased to see the citizens of Fitchburg standing up for themselves and taking to the streets. We are so close to becoming an elected dictatorship where the elected officials dictate rather than represent. It is nice to see people fighting while they still can.

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