MARQUETTE -- The newly formed Upper Peninsula Coalition for Clean Water will be hosting a Rally in support of President Obama and his visit to Marquette on Thursday, Feb. 10. He will be in town for only three hours -- honoring the Wireless initiatives at Northern Michigan University (NMU), town businesses and two public schools -- one in Big Bay and one in Negaunee.
The Rally will begin at noon outside the Vandament Arena in Marquette next to the Superior Dome on Fair Avenue.
The President will be giving a talk at 1:20 p.m. inside the Vandament Arena at NMU praising them for their initiative (audience by invitation). In the morning he will be video conferencing to the schools and their children and may be strolling downtown Marquette to visit the Midwest's biggest Carhartt distributor (Getz's) and the U.P.'s own candy maker and distributor (Donkers). He is expected to depart by 3 p.m.
Parking is available in the Lakeview/YMCA lot. Parking lots located north of the Dome are also open; however, other lots around the Dome are restricted. The Rally will take place along Fair Ave. in front of the Berry Events Center. Look for the BLUE WATER FLAGS and spirited people!
Bring signs and flags. Suggestions for signs: "WELCOME OBAMA!" -- "Protect our Water," "Clean Water Forever," "Water is Life," "Five Great! One Superior!" and more. Extra signs will be available.
The U.P. Clean Water Coalition was formed quickly and without fan fare. Coalition members are preparing letters to Washington, D.C., on-line petitions, running newspaper and radio ads and working with other Great Lakes states in getting the word out.