This afternoon I was at the Coliseum taking pictures of the most serious youth movement of the DNC, Tent State. Towards the end of the show I am told by a participant that there is going to be a march. I see hundreds of people on the road, waiting. She told me that as soon as the Flobots show let out they’d start and that there would be thousands. Rage Against the Machine would be marching with the group. She wasn’t wrong.
I hopped on my motorcycle and made my way to where I thought the first corner they might with police might be, Brighton and Blake. Turns out I was right. In fact, I was so right that the cops weren’t there yet. And I had to wait about 35 to 45 minutes for the march to make its long way down the road. The cops showed on bikes and in riot gear. The media started to show and my anticipation was all for naught. There were tons of photographers there by the time we saw the first demonstrators.
What follows is a four part series: “People of the Tent State March” (3 posts) and “Signs and Art of the Tent State March”. We’ll start with the people. It’s going to be long but there were thousands of people. And hey, it’s the news…
Make sure you click through all three posts to see them all.
Editor’s Note: S&R’s Sam Smith captured some interesting interviews with marcher as the demonstration was happening. For the audio, click here.
Make sure to view the next two articles as well….