March 08, 2008

Two Police Roadblocks, Just Another Day at UCLA

Yesterday, after manning my writers' group booth at a UCLA arts event, I encountered a police roadblock in Westwood Village at the edge of the UCLA campus. Something was happening atop a large wagon. People were making speeches. Folk musicians were playing. A crowd had formed. Some of the people wielded handmade banners. According to the signs, I had stumbled into the International Women's Day protest, where I could "[j]oin women of Iran and Afghanistan in their struggle against the woman-hating Islamic Republic of Iran and the imperialist U.S. empire."

As I walked a couple of hundred yards down the street to acquire a most imperialist badge, an icy coffee beverage from a soon-to-be global corporation, I ran into another police roadblock and pedestrian barricades hemming in a much larger crowd. There was orange everywhere -- orange carpeting laid out in the street, orange signs on the building, orange t-shirts. Had I tripped over the latest orange revolution? Quite the opposite. It was the ultimate in male-dominated, imperialist U.S. export fare: the Horton Hears a Who world movie premiere.

I did not stick around long enough to experience the anti-abortion demonstrators crashing the premiere. Apparently, the demonstrators placed red tape with the message "LIFE" over their mouths. Good thing the demonstrators didn't use orange tape, or the spectators would have thought it was some cutesy part of the premiere.

Maybe at next year's UCLA ArtsDay, I'll teach a seminar on the importance of toting one's camera everywhere.

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At 8:03 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

The only roadblocks I ever see here in DC are the police stopping traffic so someone like Bush or Cheney or some visiting dignitary can pass through in a motorcade. Hardly worthy of a picture.

You seem to get all the wackos and all the fun in SoCA.

At 8:57 PM, Blogger media concepts said...

There is plenty of both here, no doubt about it. Does Cheney still go by in motorcades? Or is he still hiding out in that undisclosed location? I haven't seen him in a long time. Maybe he's not alive, and they're keeping his head in a jar somewhere.


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