Monday, June 10, 2019

Some Pictures From My Cross-Country Trip

"No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up." - Lily Tomlin
First Amendment protected signs placed over or beside US freeways, May/June 2019

"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." - Steve Biko

"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
 -Theodore Roosevelt

 "What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do." — John Ruskin
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”  -Robin Williams

Signs posted since 2003 - 7,926
Arrests - 0

Monday, June 03, 2019

Changing The Political Landscape Around DC

“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” - Lily Tomlin
Some of the signs placed during the month of May on the Beltway and Interstates 66, 95, 295 and 395 around Washington DC. Signs are handmade using cardboard, paint and a projector and affixed using bungee cords and duct tape to be secure but easily removable without a trace. As such, all signs are in compliance with local ordinances and fully protected under the First Amendment.

Larger signs would stay up for a day or two, with some lasting up to four days. Smaller "Impeach" signs would stay up anywhere from two to nine days with the average being between four and five.

Traffic averages between 55,000 and 135,000 cars per day with a mean of about 80,000, including night-time. While it's impossible to determine how many people actually see or read these signs, given that they were made and posted by one person for a total of less than $100, flags included, the answer is "More than enough."

In one month driving the freeways almost every day, I only saw one sign that wasn't mine. These signs are the legal and patriotic equivalent of the flags that went up on overpasses after September 11th and should be the rule and not the exception everywhere, but particularly around Washington DC.

"Things do not happen. Things are made to happen." - John F. Kennedy

"Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech." - Benjamin Franklin

"So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today." - Donald Trump

When you put a sign on a freeway people will read it until someone takes it down.

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”  - Alice Walker

"Don't hate the media. Be the media." - Jello Biafra

"We are not born for ourselves alone." - Cicero

"Lying is done with words and also with silence." - Adrienne Rich

"There is a crack in everything... that's how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen

Signs Posted (since 2003) - 7,904
Arrests - 0