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Rally, march to keep rights

Posted: September 18, 2009 10:24 p.m.
Updated: September 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.
On Sept. 4, when the temperature was 104 degrees, a group held a rally and marched to Buck McKeon's Santa Clarita office.

Yes, we were unannounced, but I think the element of surprise was essential. We were small in size, but effective.

Four adults and two children stood on the corner, with many people stopping by to thank us for our effort. (Reporter Brian Charles of The Signal newspaper was also there on assignment to observe and write a story about the rally).

Too often, we as a people jump on board only when we see huge support. It takes a lot of courage to be the first to step forward.

I applaud those who did: Dennis Bartash, a veteran and senior; Patti Sulpizio, an activist/former delegate and our calm voice of reason; Sarah Reader and Jasmine Romero, both single mothers, one a current student at COC, the other aspiring toward furthering her education; myself, an OFA organizing lead in Santa Clarita and mother of six, representing the uninsured; and finally, Jordan Lima-Kuderer and Kai Romero, representing the future.

We told our stories and encouraged Buck McKeon to take this moment to step up and do the right thing for his constituents. To represent us when he goes back to Washington, D.C. To tell the truth with no more misleading statements. To work in a bipartisan way with the president for the common goal of affordable health care for all.

Did he hear us? That still remains to be seen.

I am not going to let up. What is small today will surely be larger tomorrow. We as a people will continue to step up and speak out.
Dennis is right: We are a government run "by the people for the people."

I for one, take that right seriously.


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