Next time I go to a protest, I'm bringing a hat. Not just my bike helmet, but a hat to keep the sun off my face. And more water.
There are shady spots to stand, but in a big crowd it's nice to give the shade to people who need it more. Also, bring sun screen. And more water.
Oh, and a bunch of sheets with song lyrics. I bet that people would have liked to sing together, but not everyone knows the words to songs. What's a good set of songs to sing? I'm working now on We Shall Overcome and America the Beautiful. I don't know any songs that say "Reunite the kids we tore away from their parents." Any other suggestions?
So here's the list of things to add to my protest bag:
|As we gather on the courthouse steps; the shady spots are filling up|
fast and the sunny spots are wide open.
|Cars that drove by beeped and cheered -- it was so encouraging.|
And not water and hats just for me, because lots of other people would have willingly accepted some! In fact, there were a few kind souls offering protesters bottles of water. I don't take plastic bottles, but I appreciated the gesture (and I had water on the bike and in my thermos, anyway).
There were also some really hardy souls: I loved this dude with the flag, who stood at the top of the steps in the sun with the flag for the longest time, unflinching.
|The sign reads,|
"My grandparents didn't flee
Nazi Germany for me to fight
(but I will)
|Other side: "I'm Jewish, |
but I think Jesus said LOVE ONE ANOTHER".
- a sun hat (or several)
- Lots of water
- sun screen
- sheets with lyrics to songs