jc/rkelly hiphop concert
We attempted to find the mt zion church early this morning so we could greet parishioners prior to their entering the services in hopes that maybe they’d be inspired to talk about codepink & peace if they're not already talking about it – not only could we not find the address, we couldn’t even find the neighborhood either, at least as far as we knew. We did find an awesome corner on Euclid in front of a Methodist church – a very progressive Methodist church as well! We registered at least 20 or 30 voters – most were driving by but we were positioned on either side of the red light so they had to stop anyway! It was a very effective way to register voters, for future reference!
After church let out, we were able to interview one womon who spoke eloquently & powerfully about love and doing good to folks as the true Christian path and not killing & violence. She was willing to be videod & makes another wonderful addition to our documentary! She does not want to be seen on tv tho…~~
We left there to swing by an apartment project where we made friends w/several children who accompanied us thru the buildings, telling us who was home, who was not. After covering many apartments & not finding too many folks unregistered, we headed out for the concert.
The hiphop genre is not my scene but I was so thoroughly impressed by the number of folks who were emphatically & firmly for kerry & against bush. Hundreds, if not thousands, of folks streamed by & I do not recall ONE person expressing support for bush. We were wearing our ‘pink slip bush’ t-shirts and some folks just saw the 'bush' & thought we were for bush – they’d shake their heads & look scornfully at us until I’d explain what ‘pink slip’ means – then they were all smiles & shouts! From the very old to the very young, and even the police providing security – all were inspiring for us, most were registered although we did end up with almost 40 filled-out forms!!! That was also touching, that people took the time to register to vote even tho they were worried about getting into the concert on time!
Now rae & ariel went their own way at this concert – I’ll let them tell this story but beware, it involves a couple dozen shrimp, a contest, and a couple of tickets they could have auctioned off for at least $200, but chose not to! youth - baffling sometimes!!! Peace, sam