Last week, Emma and I marched in the Peace Rally downtown Chicago from Michigan and Chicago to Daley Plaza. The march was probably the most peaceful I've attended over the last four years. Marchers varied from elementary school kids to old men yelling, "What do we want!?" - followed by a response of "PEACE!" yelled by a group of teenage girls. Even the police seemed to be accepting of the situation, opposed to recent rallies I'd been to in Grand Rapids, where everyone has this sense of anxiety that the police are there to infiltrate and instigate rather than protect you, which is on mark. There is an article in today's NY Times about police infiltration prior to the 2004 GOP convention in New York City. NYPD spread out through the entire country - according to the article they, "made friends, shared meals, swapped e-mail messages and then filed daily reports with the department’s Intelligence Division. Other investigators mined Internet sites and chat rooms."
There are more photos of available from the protest here.
I had spent a good 40 hours in less than a week doing photoshop work for an artist, removing Popeye from old comics and then rearranging them to form a new narrative. The final piece was installed at the MCA along with vinyl signs like one above the desk.
To add to the list of things I have been doing to avoid my dense reading for class, we've finished painting the InCUBATE space and started moving some things in. We also went to Home Depot and bought a ton of lumber to build a loft at the back of the space a la NEST.
More pictures of InCUBATE here