smart mobs

Writer's Block: Showing your pride

What do you so strongly believe in that you would march in the streets to support, and why?


srsly people what HAVENT i marched in the street to support. for those playing along at home, i covered the march 2003 antiwar protests for several media orgs, was arrested twice despite having a legit press pass, and irced from jail because back then cops didn't know what "smartphones" were and let us all keep our phones. jail was fun, we played red rover. here is my favorite story from jail (the whole 3hr total that i was there): they gave us balony and cheese sammiches for lunch. the vegetarians were making a big fuss about no veg option, so some of the cops passing out sammiches pulled balony off a few for the veggies. then the vegans were like WHAT ABOUT VEGAN OPTION? (and this is sf, during an antiwar protest. there were a LOT of vegans) and so the cops pulled the balony AND cheese off a couple (leaving the mayo) and tossed them at the vegans. a dick move, but the look on the vegan faces was priceless. (and to be clear, this was just temp holding at pier 27. once people were processed they were either cited and released or sent downtown to real jail where vegan options are available. (this is sf) so it wasn't like they were starving people for their food choices, just making them a bit hungry) anyway, later we sued the city for millions for false arrest of press and gave the money to the aclu and national lawyers guild (for providing free legal to bail us all out). below is a pic of me with my sidekick in front of sf city hall, which i used to direct the online reporting arm of several media outlets, from the streets, during all of the coverage. all of you using smart phones and twitter and whatnot to direct protests and social activism movements? i invented that game bitches. represent.

LOL! I think that is the go-to meal across the country! Every time I have been detained, in Pennsylvania, I have been served bologna, cheese and mayo on white bread.
fixed! i was a lot more interesting when i was younger and had more free time.
i love that even though you're covering your face i would be able to point you out anywhere.
All jails should have vegan options =)

And ewww, bologna. Who actually eats that shit?
LOL, vegan options. It's jail, dudes. Civil disobedience = you might miss a meal.

I'm too ashamed of the protests I've been a part of. I was not smart back then.
94 would have been when i was still heavily in and out of europe, so i am not really sure. i also don't remember much of the protests that i was going to in the us, i remember being at the iraq war protest where we took the bridge, but i was with my dad and he wouldn't let me go on it when they rushes it (which was good because they all ended up getting arrested and i was like 12. so i would have been detained by cps and a whole bad news situation would have probably developed hehe).
wow that is amazing! that would have been when the presidio was still open as a base too iirc!
I miss going to a lot of protests and rallies. I really need to take time to scan all my old negatives and slides into digital format from those days. Shooting street events like that is pretty much my favorite thing ever, the fast paced running about and capturing that much raw emotion is fantastic.

I've managed to never get arrested, just trampled, hit, gassed and pepper sprayed, all well worth it though for the experience and the right to state my mind.
Too far away. Now I just use use my geofitti AI bots to do the street work. Hit me up on IM for the latest progress.

Also, get a keffiyeh, your fashion sense is slipping :D
this pic is like 100yr old! sides i dont wear keffiyehs cuz im slav not middle eastern.