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Mother’s First Vote

by 06/19/2012
Neighborhood: East New York, Featured

Like 23 Google +1 0 Retweet 3  My mother turned twenty-one, voting age, in 1932, during the worst of the Depression. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was running for president for the first time, trying to unseat Herbert Hoover. My mother had no job, but she had a cousin who was, of all things, not just a […]

Ex Post Facto Intro

by 09/02/2005
Neighborhood: Midtown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Hello. Thank you for tuning into “The 1st Anniversary of the 2004 Republican National Convention.” Happy Birthday, Mr. President, indeed. Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood is proud to present twelve stories recounting the way that the Republican National Convention reshaped New York City, articulated from a wide variety of perspectives […]

New York Public Library Order Display

by 09/01/2005
Neighborhood: Midtown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I work in the New York Public Library in the Wertheim Study. Tuesday, August 29th, 2004 I decided to work there and show up at the demonstration against the Republican National Convention to meet at the front steps of the library. Not only did we opposed the war […]

RNC Email Diary

by 09/01/2005
Neighborhood: Midtown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 >From: "LL Smooth J" >To: Subject: RNC Diary: Day One >Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 04:59:29 +0000 > Hello Friends. Pat Flynn threw down the gauntlet with his Boston DNC diary, and no one’s picked it up just yet: Whatever, No Problem! I can do it! Day One […]

Vacation as Defiance

by 09/01/2005
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I had that week off from work. I hadn’t yet taken a summer vacation and figured that, like thousands of other New Yorkers, I would get the hell out of the city during that time. I’d walk in the August 29th protest march, make my sentiments known, and […]

Pregnant and Protesting The Lion King

by 09/01/2005
Neighborhood: Times Square

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 I saw your ad for RNC experiences and thought I’d share mine with you. My wife and I participated daily in protests against the RNC and our organizing efforts were filmed by a documentary film crew from Spain’s CANAL+ network. When we first heard the Republicans were holding […]

At the Edge of the Frozen Zone

by 09/01/2005
Neighborhood: Midtown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Take one large city already threatened into a constant state of low-level nervous breakdown with terrorism jitters and a rockpile of an economy. Scare away a large percentage of the population by placing a Republican Convention in the city’s center. Pour in 5,000 delegates, half a million protesters, […]

A Cab Driver Prepares

by 09/01/2005
Neighborhood: Midtown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 One morning last August, a week before the Republican National Convention, I took a cab to my studio in the Film Center Building on 45th and 9th. My cabdriver was wearing a natty chauffeur’s uniform, cap and all. Once we got going, he smiled at me in the […]

Convergence

by 09/01/2005
Neighborhood: Chelsea

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 (Following is an excerpt from “Chapter 15: Prelude to Battle” of “Now is Not a Good Time,” a book-in-progress about (among other things) progressive patriotism, the antiwar movement during the first term of the Bush administration, and one woman’s attempt to learn to love her country and its […]

An Open Letter to Paul Wellstone

by 09/01/2005
Neighborhood: Midtown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Senator Wellstone: I will not go on about the curious timing of your death. People are very impatient with conspiracy theories these days, even when past theories have revealed conspiracies. Still, I read with weary cynicism that you spoke to a meeting of war veterans in Willmar, Minnesota […]

Dissent is a Marathon . . . Not a Sprint

by 09/01/2005
Neighborhood: Midtown

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 The revered pugilist/philosopher Iron Mike Tyson once mused: “Everyone has a plan until they get hit.” And get hit everyone will. Case in point: Many of the Anybody-But-Bush (ABB) protesters who took to the streets of the Big Apple during the Republican National Convention in August 2004. I […]

A Specter is Haunting Williamsburg

by 09/01/2005
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Williamsburg

Like 0 Google +1 0 Retweet 0 Last August, I lived with my ex-boyfriend in my ex-neighborhood of Brooklyn, neither of which could I find my way around. Coming back from the city late one night — I remember it being very hot and damp out — I exited the G’s Metropolitan stop around 2 […]