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Occupy Charlotte’s Anti-ALEC Fail

There’s really not much to say about Occupy Charlotte’s anti-ALEC protest.  When I arrived, there were around 18 occupiers on site.  I spoke with the group of police who were there.  They had been there most of the day and said the number of protesters had varied slightly throughout the day, but that was about the most they had seen.

Occupy Charlotte’s website noted the “[m]ost important times for a critical mass are 10am and 4pm.” At 4 PM, there were twelve protesters present.  A couple dozen people, at most; that’s what you’re left with when the bused-in, astroturf crowd that protested Bank of America two days earlier goes home.

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  • Don’t know why you didn’t stay around, Erik…or interview any of the protesters for your brief blog.  At one time we had three dozen people actively protesting ALEC at the Westin and as planned groups left for lunch, getting water, etc. as others arrived.  Many teachers after school let out and some students.

    Those attending included members of Occupy Charlotte, Occupy Wilmington, UFCW, Rainbow Push Coalition, Mecklinburg ACTS, Greenpeace, Voter’s Legislative Transparency Project and MoveOn.org.  We saw you waiting across the street to take your pictures after some left for lunch and others took rest-room breaks.  You could have walked over and discussed your support for ALEC – or could it be your were intimidated by the “18” protesters who were there?

    VLTP will be posting pictures from the Protest later tonight at their site…stop by and check them out and count heads.

    • Actually, I took that picture shortly after I arrived.  I arrived at roughly 3:15 PM—so if people were at lunch, I wonder what time you eat breakfast.  I came then because the announcement specifically stated “[m]ost important times for a critical mass are 10am and 4pm.”  If a protest organizer tells me “critical mass is at 4PM” I assume the organizer knows what they are talking about and critical mass will be at 4PM.

      The first thing I did after seeing the low number of protesters was speak to the police outside the Westin.  First, I asked if they had been there most of the day; they said they had.  Second, I asked if the group present was representative of the number of people who had been there throughout the day; they said the number had gone up and down some through the day, but the group had been roughly that size (18) for most of the day.

      I spoke with two protesters, one briefly and the other at length.  The latter conversation was candid and civil.  I did not ask to do a recorded interview as she had explicitly requested to not be recorded.

      Contrary to your assumption, the only reason I waited was to get a picture of the ad MoveOn.org was running.  I was about to leave when the truck came by the first time.  I actually  made a phone call after it passed and said, “I am going to wait for the MoveOn ad to come by again, and then I’m heading out.” That particular photo is not on the blog yet because I haven’t had time to write the corresponding post.

      The reason I didn’t ask to interview anyone else had nothing to do with being intimidated.  The protest was sparsely attended and, frankly, boring.  MoveOn’s ad was a story.  I just didn’t expect it to take nearly as long as it did to get a picture.

      If you would like to send me a photo of three dozen people at the Westin, I will publish it.

    • I checked my camera timestamps.  I took two pictures of the protesters.  The image I used for the article was taken at 3:14:32 PM EST.  By way of comparison, I took 8 pictures of the MoveOn ad plus an additional 2 of the back of the truck for the company information. The first of those was at 3:45:53 PM EST. As it was close to 4PM I decided to stay until 4PM.  If the protest had grown, I would have taken a new picture of the protesters.  Instead, it shrank, so I left.  I left for my car at roughly 4:30 PM.

  • I checked my camera timestamps.  I took two pictures of the protesters.  The image I used for the article was taken at 3:14:32 PM EST.  By way of comparison, I took 8 pictures of the MoveOn ad plus an additional 2 of the back of the truck for the company information. The first of those was at 3:45:53 PM EST. As it was close to 4PM I decided to stay until 4PM.  If the protest had grown, I would have taken a new picture of the protesters.  Instead, it shrank, so I left.  I left for my car at roughly 4:30 PM.

  • I checked my camera timestamps.  I took two pictures of the protesters.  The image I used for the article was taken at 3:14:32 PM EST.  By way of comparison, I took 8 pictures of the MoveOn ad plus an additional 2 of the back of the truck for the company information. The first of those was at 3:45:53 PM EST. As it was close to 4PM I decided to stay until 4PM.  If the protest had grown, I would have taken a new picture of the protesters.  Instead, it shrank, so I left.  I left for my car at roughly 4:30 PM.