My Friday started with some exciting news. The Koch brothers are in town for the annual Americans For Prosperity conference. After working closely with activists and environmentalists, I’ve seen the dark side of the foundation. Aljazeera recently made a video of the Koch brothers. Activists and people from Occupy DC took onto the streets and projected a very catchy video. The song was definitely stuck in my head for the rest of the week.
One thing that I’ve learned about the people that attended this rallies – they’re very passionate. Also, I caught this rare moment, it made my day –
The group starting running towards the convention center’s entrance. They were chanting, I was afraid for a moment, that something bad might happened. I started to walk away to get a bigger picture of what was going on, and I saw all the people walking past me, moving, then BAM! I saw them.
Saturday, I went to a Mermaid Parade and they wanted to raise awareness about the unsustainable practices used by Chicken of the Sea.
Definitely got a lot of attention on a fine Saturday afternoon. At times, this put me into an uncomfortable situation. I’m used to being invisible, or not attracting attention when out shooting. But I managed to shrug it off and finish what I set out to do. It’s always interesting to see how these things are organized. I’ve had a better sense of what goes into all these little stunts.
Sunday was a big day. Around 10,000 people gathered around the White House to send a message to President Obama regarding the Keystone Pipeline. And again, a lot of chanting and singing. The organizing party really put a lot of effort into making this event successful. At this kind of events, there are times when the crowd would get riled up and start off another agenda. But the message was clear in this.
I joined in with the singers and sang songs. I stood on a bench and took pictures. I walked around and met some of my friends. Now I believe it when people tell me that DC is a really small place.
Last but not least, I really do like moments like this, when I found something out of the ordinary that happened during rallies.