March 19, 2009

POP and Allies Expose Murdoch's NY Post

When the People's Organization for Progress called its second demonstration targeting the NY Post at the intersection of Broad and Market Streets in Newark for March 14, some self-described allies said it was too late, "the issue is over," or suggested that continuing to protest the February 18 cartoon was "riding a dead issue."(Read about POP's earlier protest here.)
When less than ten POP stalwarts began picketing at about 11:30 AM this past Saturday, it may have looked like the naysayers knew something, but by the time the sound equipment arrived twenty-minutes later, the crowd of marchers showed everyone at the historic intersection another lesson entirely! On Saturdays, the street vendors show up early to set up their tables and vie for prime "real estate" close to the bus stop. But as more and more POP members arrived and the picket line had tripled or more, as more and more shoppers getting off the many buses whose lines stop there had set aside their downtown errands and joined the protest, the vendors shrugged and carried their tables away from the ever-expanding crowd.


Elected officials like Assemblyman Bill Payne, People's Organization for Progress members and supporters, allied organizations such as the New Black Panther Party as well as concerned community members were there and on-point to proclaim that: 

  1. we will get our "Lotto" "Mega Millions" and "Pick 4" numbers from other papers… 
  2. we will get our sports scores from other news sources… 
  3. we will not read The Post or watch either of Murdock's TV-stations without a full and heart-felt acknowledgement and apology about the racist editorial policy embodied in the hateful February 18 cartoon!
        FotM thanks People's Organization for Progress member Ingrid Hill for the photos in this story.

        2 comments:

        Ronnella Hargrave said...

        This was def a successful event! To see children pulling down on their parents coats to see if it was alright for them to take part was a true inspiration and testimony of success in itself. A dead horse is only a dead horse when it stops breathing! LOL! This issue is alive and well because it is a reflection of racism and racism hasn't gone anywhere!

        esekaese said...

        Racism is a permanent issue. Some allies...