March on Tallahassee

Hundreds of Floridians made their voices heard Monday as they marched to the steps of the capital building. March on Tallahassee 2004 is the second of its kind in the Sunshine State.

Unlike the March of 2000 when almost 10,000 people converged on the capital city, Tuesday’s showing was drastically less. Police say about 800 to 1,000 people were here Tuesday, but their message and cries echoed loudly through the streets of downtown Tallahassee.

The chanting from the crowd is loud and clear. Hundreds are saying enough is enough and they're taking they're message to the state capital.

They've come from all over the state, almost 1,000 of them, a much smaller crowd than anticipated. They may not have the numbers as in 2000 but the message is very clear and very similar.

Education topped the list of complaints. Many say the FCAT is biased against those who are economically disadvantaged. Others called for an overhaul in leadership at the state capitol.

Gov. Bush did respond to Tuesday’s march saying minorities have made great gains during his two administrations in education, state contracting and even judicial appointments. He says the protests must be an election year stunt and he chuckled at the fact there were only about 1,000 people rather than the tens of thousands expected

There was plenty of law enforcement on hand to maintain order and it worked. There were major incidents to report and the streets are all back open and traffic is running smoothly.