DNC – Tent State, the people (1 of 3)

by mentalswitch

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….

8 replies »

  1. I was at Chicago with the Yippies and in the middle of those protest, I’ve been to many others, some that turned violent, so that did not, so that were effective statements and some that were not, but looking at photos and seeing protests today they mostly just leave me flat. Getting out there in your colored hair and ripped jeans and painted faces just sends the message to most ordinary people that the peace movement is a joke, full of unstable types that can’t grow up. The trouble is that the protest movement has degenerated into a party, a cynical joke. What is needed now is more of what the Civil Rights movement had – nobility, solemnity and respect for what is decent and good in men. OK, paint your face and have your fun, but know that what you create is little more than an ad for the opposition.

  2. Maybe ‘they’ just want you to believe that. I see a lot of normal middle class people who are just plain mad!!! Or perhaps the agent provocateurs are just busy this year with so many protests as they were in Canada at Monticello Que. They like to wear masks for obvious reasons. Maybe these people love what freedom really means even if you think Freedom must be a “look” you wear. If you’re not angry that BUSH has torn the constitution to shreds, maybe you need to grow up!

  3. First of all, I am a veteran, I am a peacemaker, a liberal, a progressive and a proud socialist-democrat. Second, where are the pictures of Obama’s and Pelosi’s staff members coming out to the protest and demanding that the Police stand back? If you are going to report the events, then show all the event and not just one side. If all those outside the DNC were inside the DNC and supporting Kucinich, Barbara Lee, and other progressives, then we would not have the mess we have. Get real! Running away from a Party (instead of standing firm and making it progressive) does nothing but allow the conservaturds to march in and take it over. Learn from history! I support my veteran buddies and the troops by encouraging them to get behind Obama and MAKE PROGRESSIVE CHANGES in our Government! Unless you have watched C-SPAN, none of you saw the progressive speeches made on the DNC floor, and that is pathetic!

  4. j-m… we’re doing our best here. I’m one photographer trying to work with eight writers, we’re not getting paid and I had to be across town before the (unplanned) march concluded. I would have loved to have been able to shoot those images that you mentioned, that would have been a fantastic conclusion to this segment!

  5. Jack, you are kickin ass. Seriously. Like I said, I wish I was there with ya helpin out. I’d have filled up about 20 4GB flash cards by now. Keep it up. And thanks. As one out here in southern cal, this stuff goes a long way towards giving me a real feel of what’s going on out there.

  6. This is RSandford, to my critic I offer my thanks for your anger at Bush, but if anger at Bush and the multi-administration war machine of this country is a sign of being grown up, then I’ve been grown for decades, thank you. My point was not that we shouldn’t protest, but that we shouldn’t look and act like morons doing it. A protest is to get people’s attention and to change their views. Because of the nature of protest what people see when you get their attention is critical. It has to be something positive, dignified and, from the stand point of leadership, more credible than a circus if you want citizens to take you seriously.