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  •  Agree with many of your observations ... (19+ / 0-)

    It was a mellow/pleasant crowd with, I think, less than 20 (dirty) Light Brigade counter-protesters out there.

    As to the cold, I was sheparding a group of teenagers -- mine was the only one dressed warmly enough and that was due to 'are you kidding me, no coat' comment before leaving the house.  One 'partial' answer to cold were the free hats that a few groups gave out. My daughter got a polar bear hat (with "Chill the Drill" stitched on the back) and covets a "I love the Snow" (believe that is what it was) hat.

    One of the great things was contemplating the individual signs -- there was real meaning in many, humor, etc ...

    As to 'critique',

    - Hard to be standing there for lots of speeches in the cold.  No real answer, but it is impressive that so many stood there in the cold listening for an hour.

    -  The march 'organization' worked for keeping people in 'same general direction' but when/where was the coordination for 'surrounding the White House with the black side of the sign so it would seem like the WH was surrounded by a sea of tar sands ...'  If that occurred, certainly did hear / see it.

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    by A Siegel on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 03:08:37 AM PST

    •  Good point about standing, listening in the cold. (9+ / 0-)

      At the October 2011/Stop the Machine/Other Occupy D.C. in Freedom Plaza, the programs worked best when there was a mix of quality speakers, music, comedians, brief Skypes with opinion leaders, etc.

      I think the best would be a mixed program such as that combined with a rotating three-stage approach, to eliminate the waits.

      Keep it riveting with quality, entertaining with diversity, and always moving...

      Options for physical activity, such as dancing or marching, are also good.

      Intermissions every hour or so also help.

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      by Words In Action on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 08:09:16 AM PST

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