Dispatches from the front lines of winning hearts and minds. And, we’re the ones with a branding problem.
As the St. Louis Symphony returned from intermission Saturday night and readied to launch into Brahms’ ‘Ein deutsches Requiem’ (A German Requiem), two audience members stood up and began singing an old protest song — modified for a new cause.
“Justice for Mike Brown is justice for us all,
Which side are you on friend? Which side are you on?”
Then, others slowly joined in — in the balcony, on the floor, in various parts of the auditorium.
The protesters unfurled banners. “Mike Brown 1996-2014,” said one. “Racism lives here,” said another.
The reaction was mixed. There was applause among many in the audience. Other patrons remained unimpressed.
You tell ’em guys. The world is your Harper Valley PTA, and you are skewering all the coddled hypocrites in your midst.
In news that might actually make a difference in local policing tactics, a federal court decided today that requiring that protesters “move along” while protesting as a condition of remaining unarrested is unconstitutional:
In the first formal blow to the policing tactics being used in Ferguson, Mo., a federal judge ruled Monday that the “5 second rule” — a policy being enforced by some officers that required protesters to be moving at all times during demonstrations or be subject to arrest — was unconstitutional and violated the protesters’ First Amendment rights.
“The practice of requiring peaceful demonstrators and others to walk, rather than stand still, violates the constitution,” U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Perry wrote in the ruling — which clarifies that police are still free to use any number of other tactics to manage the crowds that have gathered to protest each night since the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. “This injunction prevents only the enforcement of an ad hoc rule developed for the Ferguson protests that directed police officers, if they felt like it, to order peaceful, law-abiding protesters to keep moving rather than standing still.”
You are sitting in a restaurant, enjoying your breakfast, when a very emotional woman enters the dining room and begins sharing the story of her “little girl named Snow.”
There is only one small problem with the accuracy in the woman’s story. “Snow” is not a little girl, she is a chicken.
The woman in the restaurant (and the video attached below) is Kelly Atlas. She is an Oakland, California-based activist, organizer and designer with Direct Action Everywhere. The group’s website says that it strives to “create a world where animal liberation is a reality.”
Atlas and other Direct Action followers are currently on a campaign to tell people who eat meat, fish, poultry, dairy or eggs that they need to change and stop eating animals.
When they target a business, several members assemble in a flash mob type protest. Typically, one person announces Direct Action’s message and other members will carry signs with the slogan, “It’s not food, it’s violence.”