posted on Oct, 16 2011 @ 11:27 AM
reply to post by Misoir
I had a similar experience in the Midwest city I live in. I'm an Internet activist, and decided yesterday to do the street thing for a change, since
it was a global event. The ages ranged from high school to senior citizens, and the bulk of the crowd was made up of people who were new to the effort
due to the fact that they have full time jobs and can't engage in protests during the week, but are grateful for the people who are available to man
the protest site on their behalf, and on behalf of all of us who struggle to make ends meet in spite of the bizarrely obvious inequity that we see
around us every single day.
These weren't professional agitators, or hippies, or even college kids. In fact, the cars that drove by and flipped the group off were generally
packed with college kids coming from the Homecoming game that was letting out down at the stadium located a 1/4 mile from the park (if the banners and
school jackets were any indication). The people in the park, gearing up for the march, were adults, and from many walks of life. I stayed in the back
of the procession to make sure that the several wheelchaired folks never felt as if the march was leaving them behind, and to ensure their safety
crossing the streets. We didn't have a city permit to march, but the cops were like guardian angels for us, and their smiles let us know that they
were there to protect us and our right to peaceful demonstration - and we obeyed all traffic lights, with the front of the march waiting for the half
that was dealing with the fact that traffic lights generally change before such a long line of people can make it across the street intact.
The drivers of the cars were smiling at me, directly, as I stood in the center of the street and help up my "Corporations Are Not People" sign to
make the wheelchaired folks feel protected as they crossed in the crosswalks, and I thanked them for their graciousness if it took just a little bit
longer for any one of them to manage the crossing under their own power. I even had a man in a business suit personally thank me, and shake my hand,
for "marching for him", since he simply couldn't due to his own local profile and what marching would do to his own career.
It was an amazing experience, and I've never felt as appreciated by an entire city of traffic, and cops, before. And this was a 2nd tier city in the
Midwest. One that everyone would immediately recognize as being an important, and famously conservative, city. In my view, what I saw yesterday was
extremely telling, concerning the general opinion of this movement by the majority of people in this nation.