Tuesday, February 20, 2007
War With Iran?
I put the above sign up in Berkeley, next to the I-80 eastbound in between the "Impeach" below, which has been up for five days now...
And this "The War is a Lie." which has been up for three days.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: if you want to convey a simple message to an ENORMOUS number of people, this is how to do it: place signs near freeways. There is no cheaper, easier nor more effective method of protest in today's society. And it's a HELL of a lot of fun.
Simple Instructions Here Other tips can be found by typing the word "arsenal" into the search box of this blog.
I spent the rest of the day putting up these signs, (and lots of others,) next to the 80, 580 and 101. If you were driving around the Bay Area you'd think the populace was on the very brink of revolution. (They're not, but it only takes one person with a pickup truck and an overhead projector to make it look that way.)
Having done this steadily for the past few years, I can tell you that signs are staying up a lot longer now - months sometimes - particularly the ones that say "Impeach."
Of course, I also have my critics:
I know there's a lot of you out there who'd like to be doing this but are afraid it's illegal. I'd like to remind you that once all those flags started going up on overpasses after September 11th, that opened them up as legitimate forums for political expression. I'd also like to remind you that yes, if a cop sees you doing it he'll probably ask you to stop. Big Deal. I've put up close to 4,000 signs now and have been stopped by police seven times with little or no consequence.
When the men who founded this country gave us the right to free political speech, they meant for us to USE IT. Particularly during times like these. Granted, sticking up protest signs isn't going to get Bush impeached or stop this war or the next one no matter how many people see them. What it does do though, is make the country look better. If you're not seeing protest signs in your city but would like to, I strongly suggest you start putting them up yourself. It's not only our right as a citizens, I believe it's actually our duty and am more than willing to stand behind that belief in court, which is why I continue to put up signs without fear of legal reprisal.
And also, as I said before, it's a hell of a lot of fun.
FB - 287
USA - 81