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Aug 30, 2004

One of the Largest Protests Hardly Anybody Ever Saw

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Estimates of NYC march range up to 500k.

Photoblog jumping off points: gothamist; rnc moblog; New York Newsday (notice how corporate media plays up mayhem imagery when march was primarily peaceful); indymedia.

(image: matt law)

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What?

There wasn't a giant green burning dragon on a bicycle drinking Starbucks on every block?

Ah, Tilli, I see you've been reading the NY Post's coverage!

It was an amazing day. Matt, the sign you're showing is GREAT -- I didn't see that one. My favorite was a sign with a drawing of Reagan's head and the words "Not Dead Enough".

The turnout was staggering: NYPD says 120K, the organizers say 400K, the NY Times (astonishingly) says 500K and, as a friend notes, "If the Times is claiming 500,000 it must have been closer to 700,000."

All in all, a fabulous success. A shame that the dragon burners had to draw attention away from the rest of us. D'you think they were GOP plants?

Karen - yeah, hands down my favorite sign of the day. With an argument like that, how could anyone vote for Bush? ; )

Matt, man you're not kidding about the corporate spin of the photos. Not only do they have over half a dozen on the fire alone, but they have an unusually high number of photos depicting Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade or Communists for Kerry. I didn't notice a single Communist sign while I was marching, but I guess I wasn't in a newsworthy-enough part of the march. I can't hate Newsday completely though -- they quoted me in their online coverage of the march!

Matt, man you're not kidding about the corporate spin of the photos. Not only do they have over half a dozen on the fire alone, but they have an unusually high number of photos depicting Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade or Communists for Kerry. I didn't notice a single Communist sign while I was marching, but I guess I wasn't in a newsworthy-enough part of the march. I can't hate Newsday completely though -- they quoted me in their online coverage of the march!

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