Our Art Director Travis Gray photographed the Pro-and-Anti-Health-Care-Reform-Protest that occurred on Saturday in front of the Federal Building downtown. Here are his observations:
All in all, a generous turnout for both sides. Maybe a few more folks on the anti-reform side, but they lose points for about 20% of them arriving late. (Start time was noon).
There weren't any fights breaking out, despite the yelling and finger-pointing, which is a plus.
See more photos after the jump...
For the most part, the Pro-Reform crowd were exceedingly courteous, even when shouted at directly. The anti-reformers were generally older and angrier.
And who had the most signs featuring scripture and religious messages? The Pro-reformers! Whaaat??? (Not pictured is "Jesus said heal the sick.")
This poor man had a lot to say, and enjoyed shouting it. Unfortunately, his poor sign was misspelled which doesn't exactly lend credence to a well-educated argument.
Double yikes! An unpatriotic T-shirt mocks the president, and a little girl holds up a sign promoting eugenics!
The pro-reform crowd then marched into Market Square's farmer's market. The general reception was resoundingly positive, which is hardly a surprise - though I was shocked at one older woman who walked right up to them shouting, "LOSERS! LOOOOOSERRRRSSS!!!!"