Once again, tumult in the outside world will come home to Walnut Creek Saturday in the form of a rally to protest U.S. military intervention in Syria. The rally is organized by the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, and will take place during prime shopping hours, 10 a.m. to noon, in the prime location of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Main Street.
It's possible that TV crews and reporters from the other side of the Caldecott Tunnel--if they deign to make an appearance--will shake their heads in amazement that an event over a controversial political issue is taking place in Walnut Creek.
But c'mon: Walnut Creek is protest central in the East Bay suburbs. For this blog and Walnut Creek Patch I covered pro-gay rights/anti-Proposition 8 rallies; a loud, crowded face-off over the verdict of Oscar Grant shooter Johannes Mehserle--with police in riot gear shutting down Ygnacio Valley Boulevard to keep the peace; the Occupy movement rallies of 2011; and an anti-gun candlelight vigil following the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords.
The other side of the political aisle has also held its own events, notably members of the Open Carry movement and people turning out to hear leaders from the Tea Party Express national bus tour.