Protesting In Madison

There were so many people at the capital. It was really incredible to see how many people were there. There were also tons of signs.

Some made movie references.

Some made literary allusions (or just directly quoted from a book).

There were punny signs and funny signs, inappropriate signs and angry signs. There were people in Guy Fawkes masks.

Some signs were simple; some signs were long. We made our own (queer representation and all).

Our specially customized signs

Many of the signs were clever. A problem with signs, however, is that they’re a little like bumper stickers — they’re designed to catch people’s attention, and there’s not much space. That means that they’re often not very nuanced. Additionally, in some cases, they’re crude or even promote violence. And so, I have a rather complicated relationship with signs. I admire the witty, and I empathize with everyone’s outrage, but I can’t be condone rape allusions or depictions of people (even Scott Walker) hanging from a noose (and did not photograph them).

A photo of the rally from ThinkProgress

Still, it was pretty amazing to see so many people gathering together. It’s estimated that there were somewhere between 85,000 and 100,000 people there at the capital in Madison. That’s an enormous turn out, especially when you consider that it was just a Saturday — it wasn’t being organized by the Democratic party or being advertised as a particular rally. It wasn’t like the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, which was hosted by both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and still only had two to three times as many people. I think that’s really something special.

Edited on March 15, 2011

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