October 15th, 2011
October 15, 2011. Occupy Toronto Day. I’ll be going downtown. Eventually. It won’t surprise readers to know that I won’t be going down to protest, but simply to cover the protest. And document something else: any protest-related graffiti.
Like this one I photographed at G20 right at the corner of Bay and King, the site of today’s Occupy Toronto.
“The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls And tenement halls.” I believe there’s truth to that —perhaps a glimpse into our future. Scrawled in BIG BLACK UNFRIENDLY letters.
Then again, unsettling “messages” can also come from unexpected sources. The first that comes to mind is Mississauga Councillor Nando Iannicca’s comment regarding the public getting fed up with government employees’ sense of entitlement.
“All the animals look at each other differently when the watering hole dries out.”
—Nando Iannicca, May 11, 2209, credited to George Carlson
UPDATE: October 15, 2011. Occupy Toronto Day 9:48 am. Just discovered this image at the Toronto Star’s Occupy Toronto Blog.
Found a protester: Rick “the Poet Warrior” holding a copy of his self-published book.
And a reminder of the “EAT THE RICH!” neatly printed on a Canada Post mailbox outside Mississauga City Hall that I discovered on October 8th and then blogged about.
I have to say. I can not go to Bay and King without thinking about G20.
G20 GRAFFITI: BLACK BLOC HAS ITS SprAY (2:39 min)
And all this reminds me of a message scrawled into a wall in near the Cooksville/Mississauga GO station —May 27, 2009.
“The revolution will not be televised.”
“will not be televised”… Actually, I’m not so sure… At the very least it will be Tweeted.
Ronnie Hawkins quote about Hazel McCallion, “Folks, I’d like to tell you that it’s an honour to be here meetin’
all you old timers again. Most of you were going to jail before she took over. Now you’re all rich. Whatta girl”