The woman that showed me this map gave
me a postcard. One side looked like the above, the other side was
detail on the green speckly area in the 2005 version. I found it so
compelling that I've put it behind that. Click the map to see it.
A lot of us threw our money in that
can. I gave them all my change.
Sometime around when I took these
pictures I found myself talking to a Communist Party activist. He got
around to explaining to me that power corrupts, and that all of the
incumbents had been corrupted. I told him "I buy power from the power
company for something like eleven cents a kilowatt-hour." He seemed to
think I was talking about something completely different. At that point
I just wanted to agree to disagree and move on. Maybe I should have
started by admitting that I had been corrupted by the electric stove in
my kitchen. Hopefully I'll remember to try that sometime.
There were speakers all day long. I
think the only incumbent that spoke was Ross Mirkarimi, one of the very
few Iranian-American legislators anywhere in the USA. His words were
measured, but it was clear he thought Israel is doing the wrong thing.
The AIM speaker addressed us as "All My
Relations". He said you don't have to go all the way to Palestine
to find brutal exploitation, there is such right here in America. He
drew parallels between what Israel is doing to Gaza and what Peabody
coal is doing to the Hopi in Arizona.