Protesters disrupt Steele meeting at Fells Point tavern

April 12, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's meeting with Republican supporters at a Baltimore tavern was disrupted last night by a group of day care workers and supporters who used bullhorns to protest cuts to day care subsidies and education.

A few dozen protesters, some with children, from the American Home Day Care Workers Association crashed a meeting of a Young Republicans group at the Ropewalk Tavern in Federal Hill about 8 p.m. Protesters shouted and held up signs protesting state budget cuts.

Chanel Jenkins, the group's chairwoman, said they tried to confront Steele because they were denied meetings with him earlier.

Steele's supporters and bar employees confronted the protesters, who left without meeting with Steele. Police also responded, but no arrests were made.

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