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Another Right Wing March and Rally for Water
by Mike Rhodes (editor [at] fresnoalliance.com)
Wednesday Jul 1st, 2009 8:21 PM
The Latino Water Coalition organized a march and rally for water at Fresno City Hall today. Fresno City officials estimated the crowd at between 3,500 -4,000. Farmers, farmworkers, and politicians rallied to turn on the pumps in the delta to irrigate the farms in the western Central Valley. Republican congressman George Radanovich (photo below) took the demand one step further, calling on eliminating at least one species of fish to get the water farmers say they need.
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§1:20 hour Rally at Fresno City Hall
by Mike Rhodes Wednesday Jul 1st, 2009 8:21 PM
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§Paul Rodriguez
by Mike Rhodes Wednesday Jul 1st, 2009 8:21 PM
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Comedian Paul Rodriguez, co-chair of the Latino Water Coalition, MC’d the event that took place outdoors on a day in 100 degree plus weather. Rodriguez has become the spokesperson for turning on the pumps and removing environmental protections aimed at saving the delta smelt, a small fish on the endangered species list.
§The City of Fresno estimated 3,500-4,000 people
by Mike Rhodes Wednesday Jul 1st, 2009 8:21 PM
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§It was a HOT day in Fresno
by Mike Rhodes Wednesday Jul 1st, 2009 8:21 PM
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§Victor Lopez
by Mike Rhodes Wednesday Jul 1st, 2009 8:21 PM
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Orange Cove mayor Victor Lopez gave a passionate speech, mostly in Spanish, about why the pumps must be turned on in this battle between “fish and people.”
§Alan Autry
by Mike Rhodes Wednesday Jul 1st, 2009 8:21 PM
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Former Fresno mayor Alan Autry said the efforts to protect endangered species were not helping the situation and called environmental activists domestic terrorists. Autry used Mendota, a small town in the Western Central Valley that has an unemployment rate of over 40% to make his point that those who would hold back the water are terrorists.
§Fish Don’t vote
by Mike Rhodes Wednesday Jul 1st, 2009 8:21 PM
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Following the rally, most of the participants, estimated at up to 4,000 by City of Fresno officials, marched through the downtown area. This march and rally follows the Town Hall that was held in Fresno on Sunday by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Salazar promised more attention to this issue, but proponents of turning on the pumps are demanding immediate action, including suspending the protection of the delta smelt. Environmentalists say the delta smelt are essential for a healthy river ecosystem.
§Fish vs. People?
by Mike Rhodes Wednesday Jul 1st, 2009 8:21 PM
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For a good analysis on this Fish vs. People myth, see THE PR FIRM FROM HELL: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/06/29/18604574.php
§This is George Radanovich calling for the “God Squad”
by Mike Rhodes Wednesday Jul 1st, 2009 8:21 PM
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§Audio Report on the rally
by Mike Rhodes (editor [at] fresnoalliance.com) Friday Jul 3rd, 2009 7:22 PM
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Weather Mitigation and Modification is the REAL issue!justonious1 Saturday Aug 29th, 2009 6:23 PM
salazar...kiWednesday Jul 29th, 2009 2:59 PM
Fuck SpeciesistsJasmine De La TorreFriday Jul 10th, 2009 5:49 AM
Why not Grow Reasonable Drought Tolerant Crops?Furthermore, Fish are Food too!!Tuesday Jul 7th, 2009 4:13 PM
F*&k Paul RodriguezreallyFriday Jul 3rd, 2009 2:03 PM
The real domestic terrorists are...fresno residentThursday Jul 2nd, 2009 10:45 AM

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