Protesting Protest Signage in Petworth

No matter your stance on the Iraq War, or the effectiveness of protests, I am sure we all can agree that too many signs about anything ain’t good.

And in my hood we’re all kinds of pissed off with Answer Coalition’s “End the War Now” sign posters as they’ve covered every lamppost in around Grant Circle with their garish yellow fliers.

A few people have suggested that Answer devote as much energy cleaning up their mess on September 16th as they are preparing for the 15th. But I think my neighbour Joe has the best idea:

One concept: We’ll have city-wide clean-ups after the September 15th march, tabulate the time it took to clean up their mess, and send the bill to A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition. Their return check to the District government could be equally divided among wards for neighborhood beautification projects.

I know I’d be happy to bill them for my time scraping off their signs August 15th.

5 Comments so far

  1. Anon (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

    Don’t you get it, MAAAAN? There [sic] fighting the power, maaaaaan. Their [sic] standing up for the little maaaaaaan, maaaaaaan. Your [sic] just trying to stifle the TRUTH and trying to create some sort of a Disney-fied clean city, where public surfaces aren’t covered in visual pollution.

    Maaaaaaaan….

    The only thing that matters to these people is the cathartic rush of confrontation. They don’t care about the city around them. It is only a stage for their virtue.


  2. poo pook (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 9:10 pm

    i did this crap when i was in college ten years ago. it’s pretty youthful and vain. the folks that actually vote don’t pay ANY attention to the waste that they stick on walls, lights, etc.

    american youth have no clue.

    you actually have to get out and change minds, not pollute the environment with what some dorks from iowa or ohio think is “visually interesting”.

    get a life.

    and really!… actually DO SOMETHING.

    i can put up stickers, graffitti, etc.

    doesn’t mean i’m doing shit…


  3. Wayan (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 10:43 am

    It seems DC government has the same feelings about ANSWER as we do. Fox 5 has a video of work crews taking down the signs.


  4. Tantor (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

    The real story here is that ANSWER is running out of money. They’re ditching the two hours of rants before the march so they don’t have to pay for the stage, speakers, porta-potties, etc. They’re just going straight to their march. They’re economizing on this Protest March Lite.

    The poster campaign is part of their shoestring PR campaign. Usually, ANSWER follows the rules and does good advance work, but this time they screwed up and violated the posting rules. However, they were able to achieve their goal of publicizing their march by turning their screwup into a bogus story of suppression by the government fascists trying to silence them. It’s stupid sophomoric whining but their target audience is stupid, whiny, sophomores, so they got THAT going for them.

    The fact is that ANSWER doesn’t give a damn if they trash the streets of DC. That’s the city’s problem to clean up their mess. It’s all about the protest hammerheads being able to party for an afternoon and chant: WHOSE STREETS! OUR STREETS! Without taking any responsibility for cleaning up the mess they make in them, of course.


  5. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 12:12 pm

    Certainly this situation has given them the PR they can’t afford to pay for.



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