Marine Protest February 12, 2008

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I had two cs lectures and a photography class today. In photography, we displayed our downtown photographs for the first time to our classmates. Everyone pinned the photos up on the boards around the room, and then we spent the class period walking around and offering critiques and suggestions.

Recently in Berkeley there has been protests going on regarding whether or not we should have a marine recruitment center in the city. The city council voted a few days ago to call the marines unwelcome intruders. It was then reported all over the country in the national news, and then today there was a huge protest near city hall as the council was scheduled to reconsider what they voted.

There were large numbers of protesters from both sides, with a huge line of police officers forming a human wall between the opposing protesters.

I got out of class and got home at about 5:15, with my ride to prayer meeting arriving at 6:15. I quickly dumped my stuff off, picked up my camera and a 16-35mm, and ran 20 minutes or so to the protest. I was tired and sweaty when I got there, but I immediately started walking around and snapping photographs. By the time I had to go and catch my ride with Henry, I had taken about 200 photographs.

While I was there I saw one of the 16 students in my photography class. We laughed about it, then parted ways to continue shooting.

One of the indications I had while walking home from school that the protest was pretty big, was the four or five news helicopters hovering in the sky and creating lots of noise. When I got to the protest, there were news vans with huge antennas parked all around the block. Many streets were blocked off with police cars.


I got out of database lecture about 15 minutes early, so I had time to hurry over to my photo class in wurster and set up my 11 photographs. After everyone had their photographs set up on the boards, our professor talked for a short while, and then we started the critique of each set.