This Saturday, October 11th saw over 300 demonstrators protesting Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in downtown Juneau, Alaska on the steps of the Capitol building!! Although 300 people may not seem to be a huge number of protesters, that was a great turnout considering the pouring rain and the remote Juneau location. Media is finally covering the Alaskan protests, with reporters and news camer present for the event.
There were a number of speakers, including the former Alaska Public Health Department Peter Nakamura, a former Alaska State Game Board representative, Alaska Native veterans and Alaskan singer Vicki Van Fleet. Another speaker read a letter of support from Juneau state representative Beth Kertulla. Organizers encouraged Alaska state employees who were concerned of reprisals by Gov. Palin’s administration to come protest in disguise.
Commerical fisherman Paula Terrel described Gov. Palin’s record of protecting Alaskan fisheries as “dismal” and attorney Tony Strong, a Tlingit Indian, said that Palin was no friend to Alaska Natives. Peter Nakamura addressing the crowd stated that Gov. Palin had done little to insure quality healthcare for Alaskans.