Tuesday, January 03, 2012

People’s State of State Rally Tuesday 12 Noon @Occupy_Albany

Mary Nell Morgan sings Kumbaya ( with some new lyrics) at People's State of the State rally Tuesday [Snapshot via Karen DeWitt's iPhone]

Back to work reporting - first assignment of the New Year: The 22nd Annual People's State of the State rally, which took place at the former Occupy Albany site in Academy Park across from the State Capitol. The rally began with a few time-tested labor-friendly folk songs. The group probably didn't know the Carillon at Albany City Hall just down the street would be belting out a few tunes of its own. The resulting cacaphony resulted in the songstress losing her way through the selected tunes. [NY People's SOS: Cuomo Needs to Stop Ignoring Poverty and Hunger].

Mark Dunlea told me that the Hunger Action Network decided to shift the location of the rally to show support for the efforts of Occupy Albany and Wall Street to challenge the power and wealthy of the 1%. Occupy Albany has endorsed the rally and spoke at the gathering.

I talked with one of the Occupiers about the "mic check" phenom that has become one of the group's trademarks. My full report will be available online during the day Wednesday - I'll be covering Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address.

Local TV newsgals prepping for LIVE reports!

There's January Wfxl Keaton aka January Wten Keaton and in her trademark red coat, Alexandra Field, who reminds me of a young Hillary Rodham...

No sign of Occupy Poster Boy Bradley Russell at Tuesday's event.

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