Michigan — March 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Liveblogging of the protest rally at the Michigan Capitol in Lansing


Liveblogging from the Michigan Capitol protest rally in Lansing today…

1:15pm – This guy is a teabagger. I overheard him tell the guy next to him, “Well, I’m going to try to get some recognition for this sign and get it plastered all over the fucking place.” He stopped to pose for me no fewer than three times and he posed for anyone with a camera.

Notice that his buddy in the white shirt next to him has the Swastika/Snyderkamph image literally taped to his shirt. That shirt is an SEIU shirt. Shades of Mark Williams???

At least 3,000 people here and growing.

Some friends of mine at the activist’s tent:

2:15 – Got to be 5,000 people here now with more flowing in.

2:50 – Speaker from the NAACP: “If we are honest, we will admit that some of us here today voted for the WRONG people last year. If we want change, we have got to vote for the RIGHT people and throw the bums out! … We have to go back to our neighborhoods and ORGANIZE!”

Amen, brother.

The Michigan Nurses have a HUGE presence here. Clipboard from the OFA table where they are collecting info from rally antendees for Working Michigan, a coalition of Michigan unions.

Live video from inside the Capitol building taken at 3:40. Sorry for the crappy iPhone quality.

They are chanting, “What’s disgusting? UNION BUSTING!”

It is LOUD in here right now!

4:30 – Former MI-07 Congressman Mark Schauer: “We need a HIRING plan, not a FIRING plan!”

Next at the podium, president of the Michigan Education Association.

Round three of speakers on the Capitol steps. Still several thousand people here.

5:15 – The man who should be Governor, Lansing Mayor Virgil Bernero at the podium.

5:33 – The Capitol building is now officially closed and I am actually inside. there is a HUGE throng of people in the Rotunda chanting and a LOT of cops running around looking very concerned.

5:52 – Approximately 100 people have taken up residence in the Capitol Rotunda. Lots of chanting and discussion about how to let in the hundreds of people outside trying to get in. Cops are saying we three minutes before we have to leave.

6:00 – As fun as it might be to be arrested, I have left the building. Others are actually being arrested.

Here’s the scene outside the back of the Capitol:

Reports are that some people were maced trying to enter the Capitol.

Phone dying. More tomorrow.

9:00 – Home now. The Michigan State Police were in VERY large numbers inside the Capitol. They ended up arresting 11 kids regaining control of the building and locking it up. I say “kids” because most of the “occupiers” were in their 20s.

That last picture was literally the last photo I took and uploaded before my iPhone died. It was the perfect capstone photo for the day. Oh, and can I give a big shout out to my iPhone? All the live blogging except the last entry was done using it. Magic to me.

I AM just sayin’…