[UPDATE: With Irvine Protest] Occupy Santa Ana March Sees Large Turnout; Protest In Front of John Wayne Airport Tonight

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Brandon Ferguson
UPDATE NOVEMBER 17, 2011 8:30 P.M.: The most amusing part about this evening's Occupy protest in front of John Wayne Airport was the bewildered faces of cranky business travelers as they wheeled their suitcases through chanting crowds on the way back to their cars. But widespread support was demonstrated by the jubilant honking of passing cars. NBC Orange County Bureau Chief Vikki Vargas was even on hand to interview folks in the group of more than 50 people who had gathered at the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Michelson Drive. Comprised of activists from Occupy Irvine and moveon.org, the crowd had assembled as part of the national day of action marking the two month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. 
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Brandon Ferguson


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Brandon Ferguson
Original PostNovember 17, 2011 2:56 P.M.: The resounding question being asked since New York's Zuccotti Park was cleared of Occupiers Tuesday has been where does the movement go from that point. Santa Ana Occupy responded today with a long march north from the county Civic Center to the 5 Freeway. There, a group of more than 50 protesters, which included members of the Service Employees Industrial Union Local 1877, carried signs demanding justice for janitors while shouting common Occupy chants and the United Farm Workers-coined slogan, "Si Se Puede." 



The march crossed the overpass above the 5 Freeway, where the group split in half and lined sidewalks on both sides of Main Street north of the Discovery Science Center. Occupiers said they hoped to bring attention to the country's crumbling infrastructure, which could potentially be a source of jobs if the government decided to invest in repairs. 

While the march was peaceful, several Santa Ana Police officers constantly zipped alongside the procession on motorcycles. At one point, cops shouted through speakers at Occupiers who wandered onto Orange County High School of the Arts to distribute flyers to get off the campus.

This afternoon will see more protests in Irvine, where Occupiers, along with moveon.org, will march to the connector bridge near John Wayne Airport and MacArthur Boulevard.

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david jackson
david jackson

Hey 20ftJesus your comments indicate that you are prejudiced against the homeless and probably a typical crass OC capitalist who doesnt really relate to the Occupy movement anyway.Also as a Christian Im a little put off by your blasphemous screen name.

Effu
Effu

50?  I drove by and saw maybe 10.  And I honked my horn to flip them the bird, not in support.

DubV
DubV

Keep up that energy!!!

Punkndrublic911
Punkndrublic911

What a farking joke.  50 protesters?  I drove by that mini-circus and there were more people waiting in line for a pizza at Costco than there were at that corner.

Gimpdaddy
Gimpdaddy

do people really click in these?

they must, for the spammer to put out the effort.

people make me laugh.

S.A. Artist
S.A. Artist

I know.  Amber has good taste in tacos.

S.A. Artist
S.A. Artist

It was kind of like that.  I think I saw a 30 foot Jesus there.  He was enjoying his noon, actively sharing all his tacos of truth and fulfilling are hunger for compassionate change.   

Si se puede salir the US, vaya
Si se puede salir the US, vaya

All you would have to do to get these losers out of town is to get a food truck with bad burritos and tacos and they would follow you to the ends of the earth.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Sorry Brandon -- 50 marchers doesn't constitute "large" by any measurement...in fact, 50 doesn't even qualify as a march; perhaps "clown circus" is more apt.

Guest
Guest

Apparently the food truck laced its bad burritos with hallucinogens...

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

30ft?!  Now that is depressing.  You know that the King of Kings statue was 60ft?  I was really happy when god smote it with a lighting bolt.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

I've been there everyday since the beginning.  The first two weeks were fun, but now they've turned city hall into a homeless camp.  I'm not sure that was an appropriate goal. 

Plus, even with the help of MoveOn, they could only muster 50, which is being generous with the numbers, eh, Brandon.

I'm all for flipping the bird to the Feds, but generating homeless camps in Irvine isn't exactly progress. 

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