by Peter Freyne
Scads of folks on Burlington's Church Street Marketplace today, but by our count, only about 60-70 were there specifically to attend the noon Impeachment Rally on the City Hall steps.
Afterward I interviewed two of the rally organizers Nanny Liza Earle of Richmond [pictured below, standing], and Attorney Jimmy Leas of South Burlington [seated on bench behind her].
LIZA EARLE: We've been busy focused on Montpelier and haven’t done much to spread word about the rally. It’s one of the first gorgeous days we’ve had so people are out. They want to do something active. I think it’s great for everything else that’s going on on this beautiful Saturday.
JIM LEAS : We only really started trying to get publicity out after Tuesday. cause we were so focused on Tuesday. We did have a flier, but we never went out to do plastering the town.
FREYNE: Prospects for moving in the House?
LEAS: Well, I think it depends on how many people we can get there on Wednesday. If we can duplicate what we did last Tuesday or even do more, then I think they’ll pay attention to us.
We had a wonderful, respectful, passionate and articulate group of people.
FREYNE: Don’t you think House Speaker Symington has made it perfectly clear to you where she stands?
LEAS: She’s made it perfectly clear, but, you know, we do have a democracy and we do expect the legislators to listen to the voice of the people.
...The Senate has spoken. We’ve gotten a lot of momentum from the Town Meetings, from the mobilization of the grassroots, I would think that Gaye and members of the leadership of the House should really think through why they would want to suppress this. Why they wouldn’t want to encourage it?