The odds seemed to be against much of a turnout for the ‘Occupy the Courts’ demonstration at the U.S District Courthouse on State Street in Springfield on Jan 20.
It was after all, a protest marking the second anniversary of the controversial ‘Citizen’s United’ decision, the Supreme Court ruling that overturned federal limits on how much corporations, unions, and other big donors can give to outside political groups during an election; and it was scheduled for a Friday at noon in downtown Springfield, when tangled streets were sure to be clogged with lunch hour traffic.
At most, I thought, a dozen people would be there, the die-hard activists connected to local branches of the ‘Occupy’ movement and a constellation of other economic justice organizations.
But much to my surprise, about seventy Western Massachusetts residents showed up, armed with homemade signs, populist angst, and even a small marching band.
Could it be that voters are actually starting to care about the issue of campaign finance reform?