25th STREET AND EIGHTH AVENUE, 5:20 P.M.–Conversation with Dave (Black) and Tommy (Caucasian), electricians and sign hangers, at the New York City Central Labor Council Labor Day rally.
Q: Why are you here today?
Dave: To show support for the unions.
Tommy: Tell her the real reason.
Dave: Oh, no, man!
Tommy: Because Uncle Dree made us. The union made us come.
Q: What do you think of the convention coming here to New York?
Dave: It’s probably good for business in the city. It really doesn’t matter where the convention goes, cause we’re going to beat them in November.
Q:Are you going to be working to get out the vote?
Dave: Yes, in my neighborhood, the Bronx.
Q: What do you think about all the protesters?
Dave: I wish people didn’t have to get arrested for the cause. But I’m glad they’re out there expressing their beliefs.
Q: What do you think of this rally?
Tommy: They need to get Willie Nelson the fuck off the stage! (Steve Earle, actually, who is singing a song about coal miners in Kentucky).
Dave: Come on, man. She’s trying to work here. Be serious.
Tommy: Seriously, they should stop singing and talk more about voting. It’s no celebration here. We got to get down to business.