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In the mood for a protest?

Many of my fellow NY'ers may already be aware of the 3 PM protests that will be occurring today in Manhattan. Rev. Al Sharpton and company have arranged for "pray-ins" at 6 different locations throughout the city (and in Atlanta and Chicago as well). The concept here is to foul up traffic at key NYC choke points during the rush hour to protest the not guilty verdicts in the infamous Sean Bell trial.

Excitingly, one of the those locations is directly in front of my office building. Just going downstairs during lunch revealed a heavy police presence already, including an ominous Paddy Wagon, and two television networks. I'm sure there will be more shortly.

Some people might feel grumpy over being inconvenienced by the protest. Me? I'm excited. I'm going to go downstairs to check it out with my own eyes. I want to see the commotion, see if Rev. Al makes an appearance, and feel the energy in the air.

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noble_knave
May. 7th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
i've always said i wish people would protest more like in the good old days.
avahdi
May. 7th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Son of a bitch! I wish I'd known that before driving in this afternoon.

I'm currently sitting at 11th and 44th needing to back home to do my photo potfolio.

Head meet steering wheel.
femmetron1
May. 7th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
I love protesting! I find I get all blocked up if I don't protest at least a couple times a year. Instead of protesting I'll have to just feel good about getting my work to start recycling!
coyotegoth
May. 7th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
It happened about a block from where I work, too; however, I was late to work, and missed it.
lolitasir
May. 7th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
They were also over by Bloomingdale's. They walked and chanted. Otherwise uneventful. The police kept them on the sidewalk.
dhydra
May. 8th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
I was in town w/ family, heading for Herald Square during the holidays a couple of seasons ago to find ourselves smack dab in the middle of Sharpton's first march on the matter. The energy was pretty amazing that day too.
drukwerk
May. 8th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. I love a good protest! I love any civil disobedience.
ar1o_arlo60
May. 10th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
I'll check that out!
t_rex
May. 17th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
Off topic...

Do you mind popping in here and giving some advice to my friend about where to go in NYC?
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