So we had these pictures ready to go about a week ago, but we thought
nobody was interested!! The KPFA staff site wouldn't link to our coverage
-- even though we were the first Web site to cover the story.
Look! This obscure sign causes
lots of honking!
(We had coverage Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m., long before the
local media picked up the story.)
Of course, we had a photographer on scene IMMEDIATELY the day following
the initial strife, but we shelved the photos because of lack of interest.
And you know, this kind of thing happens pretty often in Berkeley, so
we figured maybe everyone is just sick of bad hippies, rallies, and riots.
Anyway, a few people finally wrote in to say, where is the TOTAL COVERAGE
that they had grown to love and respect???! So we're back on the story,
at least temporarily. If you are REAAAAL nice to us, we might send our
photo crew down there for updates and whatnot.
The HIGHLIGHT of this brewhaha is definitely SIGNS! This KPFA protest
must have some the THE BEST FREAKOUT SIGNS that we've ever seen around
here. They have bigtime artists working on these. It's really colorful.
CHECK OUT THE SIGNS!!!!!!
People were fantastically excited. This is the first time since
the big Telegraph lootings/riots several years ago, that the Berkeley
"activists" had something to do besides creating new sister
cities, which must number in the dozens!!
There was the speakers, on the back of a pickup truck...
Streets were blocked off...including Martin Luther King, a major Berkeley
All the cops were standing behind barriers, and seemed to be in good
humor, flirting with our camera specialist, and generally taking it easy.
Pacifica had boarded up the KPFA building. So there was a bunch of plywood
with some nice posters on it below the SUPER FANCY KPFA entrance...
The crowd was mostly made up of retired hippies, Berkeley politicos,
homeless people with K9 assistants, college hipsters, and a few concerned
There were several news vans, with really bored news crews. One of the
reporters was heard to mumble, "Damn hippies."
This is a lot more back-to-the-sixites than "Woodstock '99,"
which may have had better riots and fire, as well attendance, but they
don't have real expert hippies and they don't have COOL ASS SIGNS!! It's
all about the SIGNS, man!