Trayvon Martin was shot in Florida, but his face quilted downtown Oakland last week, endlessly repeated on paper signs like a rose pattern entwined on wallpaper. As protesters marched through the city's downtown corridor waving Martin's picture and a slew of catchy slogans — "Justice 4 Travon"; "We Are All Trayvon Martin"; "If You Ain't Mad You're Racist" — a small group of organizers sat in an assembly line at Frank Ogawa Plaza, churning out the raw materials. One girl held a stencil and ink, another wrapped tape around the signs. Small, unseen hands were creating the media to convey the message, often adding other subtle messages of their own. Some signs bore another imprimatur, less recognizable than Martin's, but equally potent: the... More >>>
Many people may be new to the protest game, but the signage they're using comes from old pros with an old cause.