The reason that 100 protesters were there is because Southern California has a long legacy of organized protest against illegal immigration in the area that goes back to Barbara Coe’s California Coalition for Immigration Reform, the Minutemen, Save our State and other such groups.
There are a few dozen, unassuming, largely unsung, long-time protesters in Southern California, who belong to small organizations and have been protesting for years and years. They will come from miles around for such an event.
The local Temecula Tea Party called for a protest and many Murrieta residents came out, but these hard-core protesters came from surrounding counties to back them up and I would dare say formed the backbone of this protest.
The moral of the story is that small protests work and local organization counts a lot. Many conservatives seem to think they can produce a large protest out of nothing with no organization first. It just does not work that way, especially without broadcast media support.
Others are apathetic, constantly bemoaning that public protest does not work or is somehow undignified and not worthy of conservatives. The national Tea Party organizations have been taken over by these pessimists and naysayers.
If a few dozen protesters can produce a “Murrieta,” think what would be possible with even a few tens of thousands of locally-organized street protesters nationwide. People have to organize in their neighborhoods and home-towns beforehand in order to be prepared and ready to respond when something like Murrieta happens. A few in each neighborhood can add up to hundreds of thousands across the Nation. Southern California did it years ago. Now, it needs to spread across America.
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