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Author Topic: Protesting in Los Angeles  (Read 2021 times)

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Offline JohnOso

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Protesting in Los Angeles
« on: October 06, 2006, 04:36:53 PM »
So yesterday I got an invite from a friend to accompany him on a day trip to my favorite city in the world (NOT!), Los Angeles, for a union protest against a recent National Labor Relations Board decision that is essentially a union-busting move from the Bush-appointed cronies on said Board.

I won't bore you with details....Google "Kentucky River decision" or go to the California Nurses Association website to get the skinny.  www.calnurses.org

Flew down to LA early a.m. from Oakland and gathered in front of Good Samaritan Hospital in downtown LA for the rally and march to the NLRB offices a few blocks away.  There was a sea of nurses, some quite woofy (hey activism can be sexy too, right?). 

The march was great -- we did our little civil disobedience by causing chaos on the streets of downtown LA, and got a glimpse of Magic Johnson driving his 90K Mercedes vehicle past our march (he blew his horn and waved).  I wanted to ask him if he REALLY took Kaletra since he seems to be a spokesperson for them, but he drove onward....

Blasted some Aretha Franklin and Bob Marley reggae music from the loudspeakers that accompanied us, and shouted some great anti-Bush slogans along the way ("Gonna beat...back...the Bush attack...we're gonna beat, beat back...the Bush attack!").  Okay, it's not Kate Bush, it's George Bush we're talking about here.  Gotta dumb it down a bit!  :P

I was hoping to storm the building, but alas, no American Bastille today!   ;D  The Security Apparatus at the building did inform us that "chanting" in the building was "illegal" under new Department of Homeland Security rules and that we could be arrested if they so desired.   Bring it on, baby!  8)

Also had a chance to network with some really, um, "intense" activist nurses over (several) beers at the Gordon Biersch brewery @ Terminal 1/LAX. 

All in all, I had a helluva time yesterday, and I learned two things:

1)  Don't fuck with the nurses.

2)  See Rule No. 1

Yours in Solidarity,
John the Activist Oso

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Offline AlanBama

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Re: Protesting in Los Angeles
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2006, 04:48:21 PM »
(((Hugs))) to you John....

Alan (who LOVES nurses! they have great hands.......)  ;D
"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

Offline JohnOso

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Re: Protesting in Los Angeles
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2006, 05:27:02 PM »

From the looks of your picture, (as Granny Oso used to say) "Boy, looks like you need some tendin' to...."

Take care,

Offline anniebc

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Re: Protesting in Los Angeles
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2006, 07:48:46 PM »
Love the photo John, and was glad to hear you had a good time...and I agree with rule #1...we are a hard lot when put to the test.... ;)

Jan :-*
Never knock on deaths door..ring the bell and run..he really hates that.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Protesting in Los Angeles
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2006, 09:02:04 PM »
Hello John,

GOOD FOR YOU !! Glad you made it there, and became a voice !!

Nurses Rock!! ;D

All the best------Ray 8)
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg






Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/16/16,  t-cells are at 501,   Viral load remains <40

Current % is at 12%

 65 years young.

Offline aztecan

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Re: Protesting in Los Angeles
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2006, 09:15:46 PM »
Hey John,




(Who won't cross picket lines - period.)
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline JohnOso

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Re: Protesting in Los Angeles
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2006, 06:52:36 AM »
One more time, marching in front of the Belly of the Beast....

(re-energized after the free-range, no-antibiotics-please chicken pesto sandwich -- hey, you can take the boy outta Berkeley, but you just can't take Berkeley outta the boy 8))


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Offline Dachshund

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Re: Protesting in Los Angeles
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2006, 07:12:44 AM »
I salute you brother, and admire your activism. I like you was weaned on the teat of the free speech movement started in Berkeley by Mario Savio.

Power to the people, baby!


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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Protesting in Los Angeles
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2006, 09:04:26 AM »
Good for you for taking a stand. I'm seriously considering returning to school to become an RN because it would enhance my work as a mental health counselor. Eighty percent of my coworkers are nurses and I know not to screw with them!

Nice pics too. ;D

Offline ademas

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Re: Protesting in Los Angeles
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2006, 09:24:29 AM »
el pueblo unio
jamas sera vencido!!

Offline JohnOso

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Re: Protesting in Los Angeles
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2006, 02:49:09 PM »
Si, se puede!!!   8)

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