"Zombie action for health care reform"
Bohemian.com in Northern CA:
With healthcare reform chopped up and slashed so many times that it hardly resembles the change we were promised, and with millions of people in the country staggering around, diseased, with no safety net of a single-payer system, it was only a matter of time before two cultural phenomena combined like viral strains of the undead. That's right: zombies and healthcare reform. This weekend, Santa Rosa's Courthouse Square will teem with the pale-faced and bloodied in a protest / dance party / concert called "Zombie Action for Healthcare Reform," and it may be the most unique and, let's face it, pretty dang funny way to make one's primordial grunt heard.
"I will admit that the connection is somewhat tenuous," says Michael Houghton, organizer of the zombie-healthcare gathering. "The joke that I've been making is that we're people who were denied healthcare and are coming back for revenge."
Recent zombie-healthcare protests in Los Angeles, Chicago and Minneapolis have made headlines, with the undercurrent that if the healthcare debate doesn't get resolved with a public option soon, we'll all turn into the living dead (one sign aimed at legislators read "Use Your Brains or I Will"). Though zombie flash-mobs have cropped up here and there—a bit of whiter-shade-of-pale foundation, an oozy mix of red food coloring and corn syrup, a bunch of dirt and twigs in the hair, and some ripped up old grubbies—this is the first recorded zombie protest in the North Bay.
Bring Grandma! Bring the kids! Zombie Action for Health Care Reform, with several local bands and a syncopated "Thriller" dance, takes place on Sunday, Oct. 25, at Courthouse Square in downtown Santa Rosa. 1–5:30pm. Free. For more info, see www.zombieaction.com.
What a concept! Genuine grass roots action. Should we tell the so-called public option advocates?