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Sheehan, Commies Flop In San Francisco

The much heralded "The World Can’t Wait: Drive Out The Bush Regime” rally didn’t quite come off as planned.

This brain child of the laughable Communist crackpot, C. Clark Kissinger, was supposed to trigger a massive student rebellion that would violently overthrow our elected government — all in the spirit of peace and democracy, of course.

Even with the unrivaled star-power of Mother Sheehan, the San Francisco rally managed to convince fewer than 2,000 kids to play hooky.

The Inside Bay Area was much disappointed:

11/03/2005 10:54 AM

Student turnout disappointing

Organizers feel anti-Bush cause is growing

By Catherine Cromelin

Inside Bay Area SAN FRANCISCO – Organizers of Wednesday’s "The World Can’t Wait: Drive Out The Bush Regime” protest intended for the crowd to be fueled by high school and college students. While some did attend, their numbers were far from what organizers had hoped for.

Only about 40 San Francisco State University students attended the march and rally at Civic Center Plaza, along with about 50 University of California, Berkeley golden bears, estimated student organizer Gavin Raders.

About 100 Berkeley High School students attended the event, by far the largest high school delegation.

In all, about 2,000 people marched and rallied Wednesday.

"People’s first reaction is to say you’re crazy,” says Raders about the grass-roots push to pressure Bush to resign. "Bush has to step down; there’s nothing less.”

Raders said despite the low student turnout, the "drive out the Bush regime” movement is growing.

Raders first heard about plans for the "drive out the regime" protest at a peace rally in September. He’s been working ever since to gather momentum for Wednesday’s demonstration, which coincided with other protests across the nation and the anniversary of Bush’s re-election.

The protest, planned by the group "The World Can’t Wait,” calls for nothing less than the resignation of Bush, organizers said. Students and workers were encouraged to call in sick and leave class mid-morning as a symbol of disagreement with the current administration.

Word of the walkout was spread at area high schools and college campuses and at other peace rallies.

While participants were stoic about the relatively small turnout, there was hope and optimism.

"The fall of the Bush regime has begun and I’d like to see it continue,” said David Rothschild, one of five students who came to the protest from Sonoma High School.

He stood with his friend, Nick Stober, a student at Santa Rosa Junior College, who said, "I can’t live another day without doing something.”

Alex Fu, a freshman sociology major at San Francisco State University, helped to organize the walkout on his campus and was disappointed with the low turnout.

"I know these kids don’t have perfect attendance records,” he said.

"How can you go on with business as usual when so much stuff is going on in your name?”

Cait Burns, also a freshman at SF State, walked out of class Wednesday, but said she had a hard time convincing other students to join her even though they supported the cause. "We tried — they didn’t think it’s worth missing class for.”

Federico Garcia, who was the student organizer for the Bay Area, was not disheartened. "We believe we speak for millions,” he said.

Garcia noted that the number of people wasn’t as important as taking a stand. He called to mind the solitary resistance of Civil Rights Movement icon Rosa Parks and "peace mom” Cindy Sheehan, who spoke at the demonstration.

"One more day without resistance is just intolerable,” Garcia said.

"This is the vehicle to do it — today is the launching of this vehicle.”

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