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Demonstrators protest Nancy Pelosi at Commencement

Demonstraters protest Nancy Pelosi at the entrance of Mills College. (Lauren Sliter)

Gathered outside the front gate of Mills College during Commencement were protesters who carried banners and an American flag to object House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s support of the recent health care bill.

All but one demonstrator said they believe the federal health care legislation is unconstitutional and they hold Pelosi partially responsible.

Jill Price holds a loudspeaker. (Lauren Sliter)

“It’s a slap in America’s face,” said Jill Price on the legislation, which passed the House in March of this year.

Price held a sign that read “Are you kidding? Are you kidding?”referring to Pelosi’s response of “Are you serious? Are you serious?” when asked last October by a reporter for, a conservative online news service, whether requiring all Americans to purchase health insurance was unconstitutional.

Price said the group of protesters were invited by a woman whose niece was graduating that day at Mills.

Protester Dana Carson, an Oakland resident, said he was not there in response to Pelosi’s connection to the health care bill, but in response to his belief that Pelosi and other government representatives are hiding important information about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“I like Nancy,” he said, but added that Pelosi was connected to a “botched intelligence operation” and was “misrepresenting what happened on 9/11.”

Carson held a sign that said on one side, “9/11 was an inside job,” and on the other, “The Boston tea party was not an anti-tax protest.”

The other protesters, though largely not in agreement with Carson’s political views, let him stand with them in protest of Pelosi.

Though there were only six demonstrators, many cars exiting the campus took note of their message, honking and waving, though not always in accordance with the protesters.

As cars drove by, Price yelled through her loud speaker, “Know your rights! Read the Constitution, because they don’t teach that in school anymore!”