Rage, Peace, and Panty Lines

The Republican National Convention lasted four well-documented days. The street action outside Madison Square Garden was also heavily scrutinized and more dramatically scripted. Here are some moments of mischief and mayhem, pain and protest.




THURSDAY, AUGUST 26


photo: Jake Price/Sipa Press

DRESS DOWN Noon, Eighth Avenue and 34th Street. ACT UP members blocked traffic to arouse awareness of the debt that impedes the financing of AIDS programs in third world countries. Police report 11 arrests.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27


photo: Jake Price/Sipa Press

RATTLE AND ROLL 7:30 p.m., 8th Street. Protesting the Western thirst for oil, thousands of Critical Mass cyclists pedaled from Union Square to Central Park to the West Side and back to the East Village. Some 250 were arrested, most for disorderly conduct.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28


photo: Jake Price/Sipa Press

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND 12:30 p.m., Brooklyn Bridge. The March for Women's Lives led an estimated 25,000 people across the Brooklyn Bridge toward City Hall to demand access to safe abortion, "real sex education," birth control options, and family planning.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 29


photo: Cary Conover

SMOOTH SAILING 4:15 p.m., Union Square. United for Peace and Justice brought together disparate but dissenting groups in a six-hour march of as many as a half-million protesters from its start near Madison Square Garden to its conclusion in Union Square. Largely peaceful, it garnered approximately a mere few hundred arrests.

MONDAY, AUGUST 30


photo: Willie Davis

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT 12:29 p.m., Eighth Avenue. The Still We Rise march started at noon at Union Square and ended with a rally at Madison Square Garden around 2 p.m. No arrests were reported.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 31


photo: Joeff Davis (www.joeff.com)

BLACK TIE OPTIONAL 8 p.m., 28th Street and Madison Avenue.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1


photo: Gabriel Suarez

PANTY RAID 6 p.m., Battery Park. Axis of Eve's mass flash attracted much attention with cheers, chants, and underpants with captions like "give bush the finger," "my cherry for Kerry," and "weapon of mass seduction."

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2


photo: Fred Askew

STATE OF THE UNION 9:01 p.m., Union Square. Thousands gathered in vigil in Union Square as George Bush addressed delegates at the convention's end inside Madison Square Garden.

 
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