The teabaggers will be out in force today to show off their personal arsenals, object to the Obama tax cuts on the middle class, and protest unconstitutional government handouts to people who aren't them. I'm sure there'll be plenty of coverage in all the media, including here on OS.
I just wanted to call attention to another movement for justice that's been going on here in my beloved home town of Sonoma, California.
For much of the last year, battle lines were drawn between the operators of the local Farmers' Market and a dissident group who felt that the market was being managed to the advantage of a privileged group of insiders. If you want to follow the whole sordid history, check the archives of the Sonoma Index-Tribune. To make a long story short, the market re-opened this month for the summer season under the same leadership, but with concessions to the dissidents, and everyone involved is feeling very sensitive to perceived slights and in-group politics.
At last week's market, a local clown named Peace Lady was given a police escort off the premises at the request of market officials because she hadn't jumped through the right hoops to be a properly licensed entertainer. Battle lines were redrawn, with the civil rights of clowns and eccentric dressers the burning issue. Again, the Sonoma I-T has full coverage, complete with terrific online comments.
This week, the clowns struck back:
F**k teabaggers, here in Sonoma we know how to do protest right. And we also do a kick-ass Fourth of July celebration.