By LORI A. CARTER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Several dozen demonstrators braved the rain and chill Tuesday night in Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square to protest the “Republican war on the middle class” in a rally sponsored by MoveOn.org.
The rally was one of about 270 throughout the country Tuesday, organizers said. It may have been the largest one in Northern California, with 180 people signed up. Nearly 100 attended despite the rain.
The group listened to speakers under the pergola in the square and held signs along Mendocino Avenue and Third Street. The rally was timed to coincide with Congressional debate on the budget.
“We’re all in this together,” said organizer Linda Hemenway.
“The message is to those who want to use the budget to undercut the fabric of our society: the working people are united,” Hemenway said.
Demonstrators held signs with slogans including: “Tax the rich,” “Take back the wealth” and “Unions are not the problem.”
In addition to MoveOn, the rally was sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Democratic Club, the Progressive Democrats of America and the Service Employees International Union.