Monday, March 5, 2007

Monster Bash at CEO's Mansion in Hillsborough

Nearly 100 workers, community allies and musicians marched, protested, and sang songs outside the CEO's mansion in his wealthy neighborhood in Hillsborough, CA.
The private security officers hired by CEO Noel Lee did not faze protesters as they marched down the hill to his mansion, where members of the Penninsula Raging Grannies waited to greet them with lively songs about greedy CEO's. Chinese drum group Hei Gu rallied folks at the meeting spot and accompanied their protest at the Head Monster's front gate as they chanted "Beware, Beware, Monster Living There!" and "Boycott Monster Cable".

Joining laid-off workers were members of: UNITE HERE Local 2, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 3267, the San Mateo Labor Council, United Healthcare Workers, UFCW RISE UP, SEIU 790, the Harvey Milk Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Democratic Club, Young Workers United,The San Francisco Living Wage Coalition, San Francisco State University student groups, the Raging Grannies, San Francisco Board of Supervisor's Jake McGoldrick's office, Hei Gu, singer-songwriters Valerie Orth and Bob Sanders. Highlights include worker testimonies, Raging Grannies performing and leading songs, an acoustic performance by Valerie Orth and Bob Sanders, and street theater featuring Bill Sable as the Monster.

Around 12:30 pm workers and supporters took their Monster Bash on the road, heading into downtown Burlingame where they marched down the main drag to the Apple Store. Workers picketed the store for nearly an hour and sent a delegation in to speak with the manager, who said he would contact corporate HQ and Monster Cable.

For more photos taken by David Huang (Poetic Dream), see

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