60,000 people were expected, according to the permit filed with the NPS by Comedy Central, yet 150,000 were planned for when it came to the uber-important decision as to how many portable toilets were needed. Jon Stewart started out the rally with his satirical people count swag of 10,000,000. But how many people really were there? Well, you knew this was coming and we’ve only seen the beginning of the insanity over the sanity. Rough estimates from various sources say somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 people were in attendance for the Rally for Sanity and/or Fear hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Saturday afternoon. Check out this crowd pic. If those numbers are accurate, however, it puts the rally size right around the same size as the Glenn Beck Rally to Restore Honor from a few months ago. Allow the great debate to begin. Who’s more popular? Stewart or Beck? Honor or Sanity?
There is a movement afoot to bring a demonstration to DC that will actually be awesome. A movement determined to bring Stephen Colbert to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to call America back to it’s core values, namely truthiness. This movement is gaining traction but is still in its infancy. But I’m spreading the word. I want this vision to become a reality. Join your voices with the literally dozens of other patriots calling for Stephen Colbert to call us back to our roots. Maybe if you tweet something awesome, it will end up on the Report.
PS: Colbert Nation, if this rally actually happens, pick up your trash.
“Though the rally was a mostly peaceful gathering, two rally attendees got into a heated argument with an employee at the GW Deli over the D.C. bag tax, which ultimately resulted in the tea party member throwing a sandwich in the deli employee’s face.”
The deli employee, obviously being the author of said bag tax, was a perfectly reasonable target for anti-tax rage. The rally goes, being voting members of the District of Columbia, had every right to be angry. All in all, an entirely measured and well reasoned outcome.
Tomorrow, right here in DC, you can join people all over the world in an International Day of Climate Action sponsored by 350. (Why does the number 350 matter? Find out in this short video or check out the FAQs.)
So far more than a hundred nations are taking part, and thousands are expected at the biggest rally, starting at noon in Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park. After speakers, music, cultural performers, exhibits and more, the group will form a “circle of hope” across from the White House.
If a rally’s not your speed, consider the 14 other events in DC (search in your area), including a mass bike ride, a recycling raid, an organic and vegan food prep, and a joycott at Bourbon Coffee, to get you wired about saving the planet.
Tomorrow afternoon, more than 100 bicyclists will be arriving in our fair city, fresh off a 300-mile journey that began on Saturday in New York City. They make up the Brita Climate Ride, which supports climate and bicycling advocacy projects.
Slip out of work early tomorrow (you know, when it will be sunny and 67 degrees), and you can join them for their final three miles and the D.C. Climate Ride Rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol to call for action on climate change and renewable energy.
Show up at Thompson Boat Center parking lot at 3:15 sharp to ride, or greet the riders at the rally itself at 3:45. Tell your boss you’ll be right back at that report, just as soon as you save the planet.
The Glenn Beck/FreedomWorks 9/12 DC Taxpayer Rally was on Saturday, with conservative Tea Party activists congregating in Washington to protest various things like healthcare reform, federal taxation, government deficit spending, and the President being a Stalinist Nazi Fascist Kenyan Hitler. They drew a healthy-sized crowd, by many accounts much larger than the 30,000 names registered online by FreedomWorks. DCFD estimates are said to be in the 50,000-70,000 range.
Given these numbers it seemed a bit unrealistic for a much-cited article from the right-wing Daily Mail to claim “up to two million.” This AP photo does show an impressive crowd gathered from the edge of the Capitol Lower Terrace to just west of East Capitol Circle/1st St NW/SW, filling up the entire Capitol lawn:
Scootergate 4 by Spoffy
I recently became the father of a 1979 Vespa P200E, a toy I’ve had my eye on for a long time now. But to some it’s more than a toy and a mode of transportation, it’s a way of life. These scooter people make their way across the country for rallies all year long, and in June they’re coming to DC for Scootergate 4.
The festivities kick off Friday evening at the Pug which includes registration and basically a “Hey! Good to see you, mutherf#*@$r!” type of gathering, complete with a DJ, Stupid Human Tricks, and a late night ride. Assuming you survive that night, Saturday brings you breakfast, rally rides, Scooter Jackassery awards, dinner, and a concert at the Rock and Roll Hotel. Still alive? Then ride to brunch on Sunday at Airborne’s and say your tearful goodbyes until next year. For a full itinerary that is subject to change, click here.
On Monday, you can join a couple thousand of your closest friends in a march to the coal-fired power plant on Capitol Hill (source of some hot air in Congress). There the gang will peacefully surround the gates–and risk arrest–to call for action on global warming. The action starts at 12:30 p.m. at Spirit of Justice Park.
Capitol Climate Action is being billed as the largest mass civil disobedience for the climate in U.S. history. So far, 100 organizations have endorsed it, as well as folks from Daryl Hannah to Paul Hawken to Will.I.Am. So get ready for that orange jumpsuit.
If you’re downtown and like-minded you could go to Metro’s HQ building for a rally against the announced random bag search policy[Facebook account required for some reason]. It’s organized by the Flex Your Rights folks but has a number of other organizations and folks on board. I’m not sure I hold out much hope for their success but I’d be there to lend my emotional support if I was anywhere near downtown right now…
If you can’t make it you can always peruse FYR’s guide to refusing metro searches.
Metro’s Headquarters Building, Lobby Level from 6:30-7:30pm
600 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Ron Paul, the anarcho-capitalist cryptolibertarian neoconfederate survivalist Texas congressman and sometime presidential candidate who published a racist newsletter and opposed a medal for Rosa Parks, civil rights, MLK Day, Tibetan freedom, DC voting rights, and the 14th and 16th Amendments, and enjoyed endorsements from such greats as the John Birch Society, Stormfront White Nationalists, and the Ku Klux Klan, is having a march and rally today! Continue reading