Liberal activists plan rally this Saturday in front of St. Pete bridge

The event, sponsored by Awake Pinellas along with, is about calling for more U.S. jobs by investing in rebuilding infrastructure, and will take place 4-5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 22 at Booker Creek Bridge, 9th Street and 7th Avenue South in St. Pete.

Democrats on a national level (like Ed Rendell and Rahm Emanuel) have been calling for such infrastructure spending, and it was a part of the president's $447 billion jobs bill that was rejected by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday night.

Kofi Hunt with Awake Pinellas says Booker Creek Bridge has been labeled as structurally deficient and in need of repairs, thus was an ideal choice when convening a call for more infrastructure spending. He said he'd been in contact with officials at the AFL-CIO about what bridges in the area are in such need.

On NBC's Meet The Press last Sunday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that such infrastructure spending is a stimulus for the economy, saying, "everybody has roads and bridges and stuff in their neighborhood and their community."

But can liberals rally behind building roads and bridges? Kofi Hunt calls it a good start.

And he says one thing that he finds unacceptable is Republicans who refuse to meet with the president at least halfway to jump-start the economy, though some senators who voted against the jobs bill say they do support individual pieces of it.

Hunt said he heard Pinellas GOP Congressman Bill Young speak at a rally for the U.S. Postal Service a few weeks ago, where he said that, 'After the election he hopes people get down to doing what's right for this country.'

But Hunt says, "I don't think the American people can afford to wait until after the election. We need economic security and we need it now."


The Occupy Wall Street rallies continue in Tampa and throughout the country (and Occupy St. Petersburg kicks off this Saturday at 2nd Avenue North and Beach Drive). So far there have been no reported incidents with the Tampa Police Department, which is not the case up in Boston, for example.

Though many of those in the crowd are of the liberal persuasion, they're hardly uniformly fans of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

So where are the Obama enthusiasts now, a little over a year away from the general election? (Some of them are obviously contributing to the President's re-election campaign coffers, based on the latest numbers).

Well, one such group will be out in the streets this weekend in St. Petersburg, protesting the lack of infrastructure spending in the country.


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