In solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement and worldwide protests, hundreds of people met near Irvine City Hall yesterday morning--on the corner of Alton Parkway and Harvard Avenue--in Orange County, California. This local event was part of a "Global Day of Protest" against economic and social injustice. The OC Register estimated that more than 600 people joined the Occupy Orange County rally, while OC Weekly--a more liberal news source--revealed that the number was as high as 1,000.
No counter-protesters showed up and the Tea Party was nowhere to be seen. Attendees came to support a variety of causes and ideologies. Ron Paul libertarians, anarchists, leftists, and others held up posters and chanted slogans such as, "We are the 99%" and "This is what democracy looks like." Some of the posters read: "No Rich, No Poor, No War!," "Tax the Rich," and "End the Fed."
Several police officers observed the entirely peaceful rally and march through Irvine. People began marching just before noon and eventually stopped for around an hour at the cross streets of Jamboree and Barranca Parkway. While members of the protest began to leave at the end of their march, a few hundred stayed behind. A few tents were put up at City Hall as well.
Overall the rally was a promising step forward for political activists and concerned citizens in a city and county widely held to be affluent and conservative. The Occupy Orange County California organizers did a tremendous job setting up the event, providing information, directing the march, and keeping everyone comfortable. For more information, see: occupyorangecounty.com