Yesterday was the first time I had ever attended a rally. This was especially monumental for me because it was my first political rally I was reporting on.
Well, it was not just me. One of the other reporters, Caitlin, was with me too. She was the lead for the story but we ended up writing it together.
We had to make a lot of cuts with what quotes we put in the story. These here are the ones that did not make the cut, but I thought to myself I would like to post some of the quotes I really liked.
“Serving the international community is more important than nationalism. A higher form of patriotism is patriotism to the world rather than to the patch of land you are born on.”
– Marc Saviano, on why Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are not traitors.
“We want transparency, end to spying and an end to all the wars. Everything in 1984 has already been surpassed! The surveillance state is just a way to continue to the wars, which only benefits the corporations that control the government.”
– Nestor MacKno, on what he felt the rally was about.
“Back in his day, Daniel Ellsberg was considered a traitor. Now he is a hero. Maybe, some years down the line, Manning will be a hero.”
– Mike Diel, on whether Bradley Manning is a patriot or a traitor.
“Whistle-blowers comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”
– Steve Weinberg, on whistle-blowers.
“It is important to keep rallying and protesting because if we don’t, the government will forget and they would like nothing better than that.”
– Dan Viets, on the importance of rallies.
“Whistle-blowers change the tide of public opinion. They expose what the government is doing, which is lying, cheating and stealing.”
– Cisse Spragin, on whistle-blowers.
“The enemy here is the government. What we’re doing overseas is giving people a reason to hate us.”
– Cisse Spragin, on the government.
“At minimum, we have to know about the searches and seizures. If we don’t know what invasions of privacy are taking place, we cant tell the government where to draw the line.”
– Dan Viets, on the line between privacy and intrusion.
Update: I found this on BuzzFeed and had to share it here. It is a list of the 40 best signs taken from various similar rallies across the U.S.
Pictures in this post are taken using an iPhone 4S.