I’ve been holed up in the Tribune’s downtown `command center’ since before sunrise, taking information from reporters out in the field, but they tell me people of all ages have taken part in today’s demonstrations.
Here’s a report from Dana Hull, who lives in Oakland and writes for the Mercury News:
A crowd of more than 300 parents with babies, toddlers and children of all ages marched from the main branch of the Oakland Public Library to 13th and Broadway as part of a “Children’s Brigade.” Children led the march and chanted “Who are the 99? We are the 99!” while parents with wagons, strollers and infants in carriers marched behind them, toting snacks, crayons, chalk and bubbles.
“I’m only 6. I can’t afford a lobbyist,” read one sign.
Chris Specker, a Temescal resident who owns the “It’s Your Move” game store on Telegraph Ave., attended the march with her 5-year-old daughter Sarah, who is in kindergarten at Oakland Unified’s Peralta Elementary. Specker said she was one of several Peralta parents who signed her daughter out of school at lunchtimeWednesday.
“The concept is easy: Everyone needs to share,” said Specker, a single mom. “I closed my store to support the strike, and I want my daughter to learn that activism is important.”
Specker said she hoped that Oakland residents will support local businesses, and she planned to eat dinner with friends at a downtown restaurant before heading home. She said she was unlikely to join the massive march to the Port because her daughter was tired after a long day.
Did you bring your kids to the march? Why did you decide to take them? What did they have to say about it?