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team cascadia vs. the Repugs in NYC - 3 of 3

This conclusion follows Team Cascadia through the evening of the final evening of the RNC convention.

For more info come to Saturday September 18th's RNC in NYC Report Back at 7pm at the IWW hall at 617 E. Burnside.
14. Waiting for a Team
14. Waiting for a Team
15. Vehicular protest
15. Vehicular protest
16. Hitting on a Dummy
16. Hitting on a Dummy
17. No Dick either
17. No Dick either
18. Performance protests
18. Performance protests
19. Candle lit vigil
19. Candle lit vigil
20. Final thoughts
20. Final thoughts
14. Waiting for a Team

Hang out with Team Cascadia for the evening of the final day of the convention -- the day George W. Bush accepted the nomination of his party. All the members of our group who were arrested during the protests, got arrested when they chose not to protest with the Team Cascadia affinity group. An affinity group has a lot of eyes and when you're traveling with the group you become a kind of virtual bug that can see in all directions.

While we waited at the rendezvous point for the everyone to arrive Brian P. showed the CNN fan he had just re-designed.

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15. Vehicular protest

Up at the front lines outside the convention site the police continually move their barricades. The thought of walking into all those dead-ends and having to retrace our steps while thinking about Amelia and Chris's experience set us all on edge. We decided to walk to Union Square where United for Peace and Justice had called for a candle light vigil. As we left the convention we saw this vehicle cruise by to encourage the protesters.

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16. Hitting on a Dummy

From the over-flowing dumpster visible down the street behind Abby's shoulder the women picked up a dummy.

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17. No Dick either

By the time we arrived in Union Square the dummy had seen the light.

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18. Performance protests

My final collage shows two performance protests and a close up of NYPD's orange netting. Like many of the photos here they were taken with a slow shutter speed and a camera sitting six inches off the ground on a tiny plastic tripod.

The minute I arrived back home in Portland my next door neighbor asked how the protest had gone.

"We marched against the convention with half a million people."

"And, you got half a minute of coverage on TV."

What then did we accomplish?

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19. Candle lit vigil

First of all we didn't go there to be on the network news, but to create our own coverage to share with you as I have done. Second, I think that "accomplish" is the wrong word to use here. The mass media allows the Bush administration to hide the real problems of global warming, homelessness, poverty and a terrorist enemy with carefully timed security alerts and a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Our nation is living a lie. What is much worse is that we fear that the greed and contempt that rules America will become its truth, if we cease from standing up at every opportunity for honesty and common decency.

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20. Final thoughts

Finally, two questions that reverberated through my head on the way to NYC and as I worked on this photo essay. The first is from Sci-Fi author Philip K. Dick whose novella "Lies, Inc." I read on the plane:

"How do you tell the truth in an empire of lies?"


How do you stand up for something other than your own isolation?

For the last two years I have worked closely with citizens much younger and more radical than me. I don't pretend that my aged eyes can see right and wrong as clearly as theirs. I wish I could also find a place to stand with citizens much more conservative than me, a place to stand against the lie that greed is good.

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For more photo essays visit my site:

 http://rivertext.com/stuff.html


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Thanks to everyone in Team Cascadia for making this report possible and our deep gratitude to the two the churches, St. Peter's in the Bronx and St. Mark's in the Village that sheltered us. A special nod to Abby for sharing her reporter's notes with me and Amelia & Chris for sitting down to an interview when they had better things to do.

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copyright, Brian Thomas, 2004
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go team Cascadia 17.Sep.2004 20:12

cheerleader

Go, team, go!