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

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photo: Jake Price/Sipa Press

DRESS DOWNNoon, 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

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photo: Jake Price/Sipa Press

RATTLE AND ROLL7:30 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

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photo: Jake Price/Sipa Press

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND12:30 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

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photo: Cary Conover

SMOOTH SAILING4:15 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

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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

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photo: Joeff Davis (www.joeff.com)

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

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

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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

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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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