When the blogosphere doesn’t see Jane for a time, I’ve learned to wonder what she’s up to.
Once, it was the Firedoglake.com membership program. Great! FDL got me through the Bush administration. Now, members can help it stay independent, while nurturing its online community. Count me in.
Then, it was Occupy Supply. Could I help by meeting FDL’s Kevin Gosztola to reconnoiter needs at Occupy Albany, NY? So those two projects of Jane’s had me hurtling west for a couple of hours on Tuesday through the winter-bare Berkshires. Albany was the final stop on Kevin’s current Occupy tour. His bus would come in at 2:30.
From station to Occupy Albany was less than a mile. OA is in the shadow of the state house, in the section of Lafayette Park that the City of Albany owns. This was about Kevin’s 20th Occupy encampment. I’ve read Occupy news from the start and watched Occupy videos obsessively. But, in person, this was my first.
Approaching the tents, we saw signs. General Lafayette, on prancing horse and with American flag (so many stars already?), to tri-corn-hatted Continental militia: “Show me what democracy looks like!” Soldiers: “This is what democracy looks like!”
On a blowup of, I think, the Great Seal from a dollar bill: “E Pluribus Unum does not translate as every man for himself.” And, on a small piece of brown cardboard: “Where is this curfew posted?” Good question, as we later learned.