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Demonstration Models

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Last week, Congressman Rangel and ex-mayor Dinkins found themselves in handcuffs after protesting the Diallo shooting; members of the gay community were arrested in demonstrations against police brutality, the murder of a gay man in Alabama, and the exclusionary policies of the St. Patrick’s Day parade. What fires you up?






Anika Burt

Age: 27

Resides: Carroll
Gardens, Brooklyn

Occupation:
Screenwriter/
shipping manager

What was the last protest you participated in? I was at the one on Monday, the gay and lesbian protest.

What’s your most important cause? I just believe in humanity. If anyone— you— I don’t know you, but if you got shot 41 times, I’d go out and protest.

Would you be willing to get arrested? It was funny. Monday, I could’ve been arrested, but
I wasn’t. But after seeing all this and what’s happened, I’d be willing.








Ken Taft

Age: Around 50

Resides: Great Kills, Staten Island

Occupation: Salesman

What was the last protest you participated in? I haven’t. I just feel very often they’re mob scenes. But that
doesn’t mean I don’t believe. The Diallo thing was horrible.

What’s your most important cause? I’m Jewish and I’m involved in pro-Israel causes.

Would you be willing to get arrested? I don’t know if I’m willing to be arrested for any cause. I don’t know if it does any good.





Fredrik Thue

Age: 33

Resides: Upper
West Side

Occupation:
Visiting scholar

What was the last protest you participated in? Not in this city. It was some time ago. Peace demonstration in the early ’80s.

What’s your most important cause? From my point of view, as a Norwegian in America, racial equality and integration of immigrants into our country. We’re far behind compared to the States in that.

Would you be willing to get arrested? I think so. It’s easy to say it though.






Michele McEnroe

Age: 23

Resides: Lower
East Side

Occupation: Law
student

What was the last protest you participated in? One time down in Washington, some gay thing.

What’s your most important cause? Lesbian
and gay causes because I’m a lesbian and it’s easy to get worked up about that.

Would you be willing to get arrested? Oh yeah.
I was going to go up and get arrested at the
St. Patrick’s Day parade but I had a class I couldn’t miss.






Tommie Wadlington

Age: 25

Resides: East Elmhurst, Queens

Occupation: Student/medical intern

What was the last protest you participated in? I went to the Million Youth March.

What’s your most important cause? Equal
rights for races and genders. That’s the biggest one. Also, animals and environment.

Would you be willing to get arrested? Yes. If
I were at the Diallo thing, I would.










Linda Rudes

Age: 50

Resides: Village

Occupation:
Graphic designer

What was the last protest you participated in? Against the
Vietnam War.

What’s your most important cause? Women’s rights,
environmental issues, and equal rights.

Would you be willing to get arrested? Sure.






Larry Brown

Age: 40

Resides: Beacon

Occupation: Computer specialist

What was the last protest you participated in? I participated in the Diallo protests.

What’s your most important cause? Freedom of speech.

Would you be willing to get arrested? Absolutely.











Jennifer V.

Age: 30

Resides: Village

Occupation: Fitness trainer

What was the last protest you participated in? No. I’m not big on crowds. I don’t want to be in the middle of trouble.

What’s your most important cause? I guess
the biggest one is just, well, idealistically a guarantee that we’d all be treated fairly.

Would you be willing to get arrested? No. I don’t wish to be arrested. I don’t want to be locked in jail. I need big open spaces. I’ll voice my opinions in other ways.