Weekly demonstration targets Boxer

Protesters march against Obama's health care reform plan

A couple hundred demonstrators gathered at the corner of Sycamore Valley Road and San Ramon Valley Boulevard in Danville late Friday afternoon to protest government spending and Obama's health care plan, then marched north to Rakestraw Books on Hartz Avenue where U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer was appearing.

These demonstrations have been taking place every Friday in the Danville area since January, said participants, at different main intersections including in Alamo and Blackhawk. They usually draw from 50 to 200, they said, although yesterday's was estimated at about 250.

"It started with the stimulus bill," said demonstrator Jane Boyer. "It's an offshoot of the Tea Parties."

Demonstrator Steve Russell said he saw the protesters recently and stopped to have his e-mail added to a contact sheet to be notified when the next one is taking place. Friday's organizer, who did not want her contact information to be reported, said she'd gathered four sheets of new e-mail contacts that day from people who wanted to join them.

An information sheet read: "We have been silently fuming for years over the expansion of our govt. We are angry about what our so called representatives are doing with our tax money … but the final straw that has sent us over the edge is Obama's Healthcare Plan. The fact that our govt., over our objections, is trying to ram a healthcare plan down our throats that they themselves will not take in insulting."

In front of Rakestraw, there were also supporters of Boxer, but they were outnumbered about three to one, according to

Some signs supporting Boxer read:

"We Support Boxer and We Live Here!"

"60% of bankruptcies in the U.S. are Due to Medical Costs."

"14,000 Americans Lose Their Health Insurance Every Day: Shame on You if That's Acceptable"

Some against health care reform said:

"Read the Bill!"

"Let Me Be Clear: No Obama Care"

"I am an 'Authentic Grass Roots' Protester Against Government Health Care"


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Posted by Karl
a resident of Danville
on Aug 17, 2009 at 8:04 am

Finding Boxer to protest her poor representation is one thing .... but one can't even fine Congressman McNerney.

He resorts to a "Town Hall" telephone hookup with Liberal elitist Congressman George Miller. Where is McNerney hiding today?

We thought voting for McNerney would bring some common sense and change ... we didn't know we would get a carbon copy of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's legislative record.

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Posted by Brian Cameron
a resident of Danville
on Aug 17, 2009 at 9:50 am

At the demonstration in front of Rakestraw Books the ratio of op posers to supporters was more like 8 or 10 to 1 rather than 3 to 1. The variety of signs were in the same ratio. Our Senator did not even have the courage to speak to those outside.I feel sorry for Rakestraw for hosting this event and incurring the wrath of the citizens of Danville

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Posted by member
a resident of John Baldwin Elementary School
on Aug 17, 2009 at 12:31 pm

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"We thought voting for McNerney would bring some common sense and change ... we didn't know we would get a carbon copy of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's legislative record."

The Democrats were very well organized, very committed, and deserved to win the last election. If we care about healthcare and we care about our liberty then it will take more organization and more committment. These bills are being rammed down our throats because there are 233 democrats and 202 republicans. 16 fewer democrats and it's 217 democrats and 218 republicans.

This is a seat where it is possible to change that. It will take more than complaining to make sure that change occurs.

Besides -- if McNerney gets elected to a third term he gets an annual pension of almost $200,000 + healthcare + inflation adjustments for the rest of his life. I think we should give him the opportunity to work for a living like the rest of us.

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Posted by Carole
a resident of Danville
on Aug 17, 2009 at 1:32 pm

It's too bad that Boxer has no clue about what those who were expressing their viewpoints were attempting to get across to her. I guess "change" to her is nothing more than ramming ruinous legislation and taxation down our throats.

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Posted by lee g
a resident of Danville
on Aug 17, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Boxer has always been and will always be nothing but a lap dog to the democratic party. At least Diane Feinstein every once in while shows she can think for herself by supporting bipartisan issues. Boxer is unable to do this. Why do people keep reelecting Boxer?

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Danville
on Aug 17, 2009 at 3:20 pm

I would like to be a part of the group protesting Obama's Health Care reform. He has stated that the ones protesting are only a few radicals. I don't consider myself a radical, have never protested anything, ever, but am just sick about what is happening in our country. It seems to me that Washington wants to rewrite the Declaration of Independence and our Bill of Rights to go along with their way of thinking. How can I find out where they will be protesting next?
As Margaret Thatcher said "The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of others people's money.

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Posted by Isabel
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 17, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I attended Sen. Boxer's book signing and appreciate the efforts of Rakestraw Books to make it happen. Why weren't there more Sen. Boxer supporters outside? Easy to answer - we walked through the crowd into the book store.

We live in a wonderful country that allows each of us to hold our opinions and express them civilly. News flash - mean spirited name calling doesn't get your point across it just turns people off.

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Posted by Marilyn Bradley
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 17, 2009 at 4:35 pm

The Tea Parties and the protest were meant to show a US Senator that we, the ordinary people, are upset! None of them seem to understand that, or they simply don't want to. For some reason it's inconceiveable to them that anyone could possibly oppose anything Obama or they support!

She wasn't there for any reason other than to promote this fictional book! that portrays herself as the main character (she denies that) bash Limbaugh - calls him Sam Slaughter. Her entire diatribe in reviewing the book was bashing Bush, Fox News and, of course, she eventually got to Sarah Palin!! She took questions on the book and then was going to answer any questions anyone had BUT once the questions that were vetted, suddenly it was time to start signing books! She was very calm, very much a polished politician, gracious, funny, very comfortable in that atmosphere - nothing like what is seen when she is on Capitol Hill. A completely different person!

She needs to go as does McNerney. Remember, elections have consequences, America, so be informed, pay attention, do your own research and make a completely informed decision before you go to the polls ALWAYS!

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Aug 17, 2009 at 8:32 pm

I showed up at the Tea Party to protest and just do something about the direction this country is going. I think health care is just the first step. I was surprised to find just ordinary folks, certainly no organization, willing to stand out there and support each other. Most of us said this is the first time we have ever done anything like this. If you feel like our country is letting us down, please attend a tea party. I know I'm concerned and will go again. Please vote these folks out! They're all out of touch with ordinary people.

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Posted by Jayne
a resident of Danville
on Aug 20, 2009 at 4:56 pm

This was a very good piece of reporting alhtough the ratio of pro Obamacare to against was not 3 to 1. And I'm not sure I said "it's an offshoot of the tea parties" I tried to explain that about 6 of us started these protests right after the stimulus bill out of frustration, and it grew from there. But that's a very minor point especially since we were talking and walking and the reporter was trying to write and walk and take pictures and talk to other people. But considering how a typical big news journalist would have slanted this, she did a great job. Thank you Danville Weekly.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Aug 21, 2009 at 11:16 am

I attended the Rakestraw book-signing with Barbara Boxer. She was there to promote her book and herself. No questions or discussions of the important issues facing us were allowed. She even admitted that she was afraid to face her constituents who were outside. So much for availability. Why voters keep sending her back to the Senate is a mystery to me. One interesting note: almost all the audience were women. When it comes to big government nanny-care are women more easily conned than men?

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Posted by Farmer Dave
a resident of Danville
on Aug 24, 2009 at 10:56 am

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If we have to generalize about women, I suspect that more of them are concerned about the health of their families. They seek not "nanny-care" as you put it, but insurance that won't be cancelled when a job is lost or a family member becomes seriously ill.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 24, 2009 at 4:02 pm

When is the next tea party "with" McNerney and where will it beheld?

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Posted by GetaClue
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Aug 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Well, if Republicans want to oust Boxer, running Carly is not the way to do it. Who would vote that idiot? She wrecked HP, single-handedly halved the stock price, and exported hundreds of jobs to foreign countries. Carly worries about Carly. She'll be worse than Boxer.

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Posted by GetaClue
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Aug 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm

To her credit, Boxer was one of ONLY eight US Senators who voted against repealing Glass-Steagall. Repeal of this act helped create the mess we find ourselves in today.

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