Saturday, July 26, 2008
Impeachment Hearings in LA
I left Orange County around noon, putting up signs in support of the Kucinich/Conyers hearings in Washington DC. The hearings centered on the Bush administration's abuses of power, including sanctioning torture, lying the country into an unnecessary and illegal war, ignoring the Constitution they were sworn to uphold and illegally spying on the nation at large. Since Bush and Cheney's list of crimes did not include lying about a blowjob, they've gone largely ignored by the media.
These first signs were placed along the 405 north and southbound on my way to LA, all of them were still up at the end of the day and were seen by about one hundred thousand people.
These two signs (above and below) were placed in a not-very-well-sealed overpass by LAX. Although I didn't have a chance to check back on them, if they lasted through the day that would add another hundred thousand or so viewers to the total.
Although technically not a freeway, I put the above sign up on La Cienega just for the hell of it.
Heading east on the Santa Monica freeway I saw this sign (above) still up after four days. I attribute its duration to the fact it's relatively unobtrusive and also placed in a (sort of) sealed overpass. Although not very large, it's placement (and anomaly) make it difficult to miss and after four days on the Santa Monica, it was probably read close to half a million times. It took me less than ten minutes to make and cost about a nickel.
To compliment it I put up this sign a quarter mile or so later. As it's on a working overpass I figured it'd come down within an hour or two, but it was still up four hours later. I put the sign below up on the Pasadena Freeway, along with a few more on the 5 and the 101.
I finished off the day by putting up "Peace" signs like the one below on my way back. By hitting five major freeways I figure I reached close to a million people yesterday. That's a million people who saw political protest on freeways where otherwise they would've seen none.
Imagine if there were more of us. Not a lot, just a few... dedicated to using the First Amendment for all it's worth and reaching out to as many people as they could. Imagine if we had that... It wouldn't even matter that we had a spineless congress and a lapdog press: the sheer power of free speech by the people would've ruled the day and this war would've been over before it began. The people who founded this country knew this and that's why they gave us the right to full and unfettered free political speech: the right to say pretty much whatever we want whenever we want to as many people as we can.
We need to start taking them up on it.