Stopped by Wall St. yesterday. After a week full of texts from a friend who has been frequenting Liberty Park for the protests, Friday would be my day to go.
Apparently, they banned megaphones, so various people in the huge crowd would loudly repeat the words of others who would come forward to say whatever they wanted. Most of what was repeated spoke to the "solidarity" of the movement. I always feel weird about being elbow to elbow in crowds for anything. The anxiety of being so close to other people makes me pretty uncomfortable.
There were sections zoned off for organizers to coordinate live feeds through the internet. There was one guy with a fishing hat and cargo shorts that would yell at people to sit down or to not clap. He insisted people use jazz hands as an alternative to clapping. Never explaining why people couldn't clap, it soon became obvious he was a character that loved to boss people around for the control. Eventually when I left, which wasn't after very long, he pretty much scolded me to walk over people sitting down rather than gliding straight past him. He used a long, twisted scarf to instruct me where I couldn't cross, it was ridiculous.
Coupled with the fact that there was a college aged kid in an orange t shirt walking around with water bottles, complaining that "the people who showed up for Radiohead bug the shit out of him" and how "he was there for two weeks and all the newcomers annoyed him", further illustrate my fleeting experience at Liberty Park. Unfortunately, while the faithful gathering of protesters is ultimately very meaningful, I was so bummed that most of my experience was highlighted by two pompous dicks that were more into their individual roles than actually practicing "solidarity". Who gets pissed off at people motivated to go see Radiohead? Whatever happened to Free Tibet? Isn't the point that more people show up? If you have a job and can't be somewhere for two weeks straight does that mean you don't care as much about police brutality or Wall Street bailouts?
I like this photo because the kid's sign says " More for Rich" then it's crossed out and replaced by "Poor". New cardboard sign, too lazy. His Yoda shirt made him go to the protest.
Today on the Brooklyn Bridge, more than 500 people were reportedly arrested for marching through traffic. I'm pretty sure that being arrested isn't the way things get solved. It definitely sends a message, and I think it takes a lot of balls to go to jail for a protest. At the same time I'm not sure how many innocent, frustrated citizens should have to be arrested until something actually changes within the system. But then again, you can protest without getting arrested. It is possible. Upon leaving Liberty Park, a black guy was shouting at the cops , "If this was black people this shit would have been shut down in a day! This is some white people's protest!" I can't say that the guy wasn't speaking the truth. Obviously this issue isn't about race, but you kind of have to have a guy like that screaming that in New York City.
My friend Sam coming through with another Transworld series called " Skater Owned". Needless to say, the series covers companies in the industry that are "skater owned". This two piece episode covers Foundation with owner, Tod Swank. The initial "Skater Owned" covered DVS shoe co. I believe she has a couple lined up this season so I'm eager to see what else is in the works! With huge companies like Nike, Converse, Vans, and Adidas bankrolling unprecedented salaries in skateboarding, it's refreshing to see and be reminded of the companies that are run by skateboarders still.