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Photos taken at tonight's Reclaim the Streets Dia De Los Muertos street party.

breaking circle
breaking circle

mask
mask

breaking and glitter throwing
breaking and glitter throwing

skull face
skull face

drummers
drummers

bullhorn to the sound system
bullhorn to the sound system

Tonight was, as far as we know, the first Reclaim the Streets in San Diego. With the sound system and the crazy beats, there was a ton of dancing and joyful ass shaking. I sure did my part in the ass shaking. I estimate there were about 500 people there at the height of it.

My favorite moment was at 5th and Market, totally surrounded by cops, holding the bullhorn to the sound system when the glitter started flying and someone threw a streamer over the traffic light and caught it perfectly. Right then, the music was pumping and people were just catching onto the street party vibe, their skull painted faces were lighting up and they started singing along.

Hopefully, we've begun expanding the dialogue in San Diego around direct action and creative forms of dissent. There is a lot more work to be done, and many, many more hearts to be warmed over a nice buzzing amplifier, but its going to be fun work, damnit.

And those break dancers were amazing. The girl in the purple who did the work rocked so hard. I hope someone got some good photos of it!



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21.01.2005 08:57


I didn't get downtown until about 7:30 and was unable to join the action due to the SDPD horse/mortorcycle/bicycle blockade. I asked if buying a ticket to the policeman's ball would get me in. That didn't work, so I just picked up a sign and stood outside the line until the march started moving again and the police line broke.

One person who really stood out at this point in the march was the young man in green with the shaved head and hand-painted 'bring them home' sign. The story I got was that he was a marine who had just gotten out of the service. A number of passers-by were nearly brought to tears to see this man standing ramrod straight at attention facing the line of police horses and refusing to move.

I've heard people talking about this kind of action for a while and it's GREAT to see it happen. The sound sytem and beats really make the difference. We need to do more of these!

Marc





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