Saturday, January 06, 2007

No Island Left Behind

I stopped by the HUGE 5000 person protest yesterday on my way to the Saipan Singing Superstar Finals.

Well, alright, maybe it wasn't so huge. Dekada says they had 2000 protesters, while the police estimated about 500. My best guess would be about 300.

Here's some constructive criticism from a tree hugging, liberal hippy (me):

Do any of my mainland liberal friends remember this mantra:

"Some is not a number, soon is not a time"

When Beautify CNMI! planned our first island wide cleanup, 1020 on 10/20, we recruited over 3,380 people to participate. I say more than 3,380 because there were people who participated that for one reason or another didn't register or sign in. They may have helped, but I gave them ZERO credit.

The reason?

If someone comes up to me and says PROVE to me beyond a doubt that you actually had 3,380 volunteers cleaning the island on 1020 on 10/20, I can reach into my files and pull out the sign up sheets from every single adopting group along with the names of every single participant.

Do you know what that gave us? Credibility.

Can Dekada tell us how many people from each of the supporting groups participated in yesterday's protest?

Some? Some is not a number. How can you make the argument that the minimum wage should be increased when you can't even accurately say how many people in Saipan want it increased? Additionally, the disparity in the reported numbers greatly weakens your argument.

As I see it, there are four ways to interpret the low turnout:

1. People wanted to be there, but were afraid
2. The organizers are terrible organizers
3. People don't support Dekada or the wage hike (for whatever reason)
4. Everyone was at the Saipan Singing Superstar Finals

I think it might be combination of #1 and #2...and maybe #4.

After all, there were more people inside Club V and out in the Saipan Grand Hotel Lobby watching the Finals than there were at the protest.

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