On Saturday, December 20, 2008, I joined the roughly 300 frozen protesters who marched in Manhattan from Herald Square to Times Square. As was the case with the earlier Jointheimpact.com events, this one was unpolished, casual, ardent, sincere, and, more than anything else, hopeful. It was supposed to be a quiet, peaceful and candlelit procession, but out came the megaphones and the folks got loud.
The biggest impact was on the Christmas tourists who listened intently to the zealous speakers. This is where being "in your face" rather than invisible has huge value.
Where would we be without the young people who are making this happen? They are owed our gratitude and respect (even if I have to listen to those same chants for the next 20 years. "Hey hey, ho ho. Those tired cheers have got to go.")
I was a bit conflicted about the man whose sign read "Pray for Rick Warren. He's a filthy pig bottom."
Video after the jump.