Wednesday, November 28, 2007

International Day of Solidarity

The demo went really well, it was a fun gathering of lots of like-minded people. I turned up with friend-of-the-blog Amanda, and bumped into Piers who recognised me from my mugshot. We put on our WGA strike t-shirts, grabbed placards, and waved them around politely but firmly. Look how firmly we waved them:

Ooh, the waving! The firmness!

There were several speeches using the quietest megaphone in the world, so while we couldn't hear what they were saying, we thoroughly agreed with them. Whatever they said. Lots of cheering and applause ensued, and quite right too. Press were in attendance, cameras, interviews, it was all very civilised, and it felt great to be actually doing something. It's a gesture, and we gestured with all our might.

I've never held a protest placard before, I felt strangely empowered. As soon as I held it up, I got the sudden urge to beat up "the Man" with it, but there were no greedy studio fatcats passing by at the time. There was a frisson of danger when a police car screeched towards us, sirens blaring - we all tensed up, gripping the placards tightly, ready to fight the fucking pigs for trying to come down on us - but the car just went straight past, on the way somewhere else. Cue lots of muttering about how they were "lucky" that they didn't try to start any shit with us. Okay, it was just me muttering.

There's a full report over on the WGGB site here - and if you look closely at the third photo, you can see the side of my head in the bottom left corner. But come on Uncle Jimbo, you're saying, I want to see a proper pic of you, holding a placard, wearing the t-shirt, looking a bit mental, and giving the heavy metal hand gesture. Where can I see a picture of *that*? Oh, okay then - don't say I never give you anything:

14 comments:

Jill Golick said...

We were doing it in Toronto too:
http://www.jillgolick.com/2007/11/international-day-of-solidarity-2/#comment-252
http://heywriterboy.blogspot.com/2007/11/i-killed-in-line.html

and in Montreal:
http://complicationsensue.blogspot.com/2007/11/out-on-line.html

It was a great day to be a writer anywhere in the world!

Lina said...

Oh man, I'm loving the world right now. Hurrah for the support from everywhere. This is fantastic. And you look bad ass, sir. Well done.

Anonymous said...

Never mind all that bollocks. Who's the girl in the red coat in the last picture on the WGGB blog?

DD

Amanda said...

She, DD, was a fake! Her and that man next to her with the lovely snowy white hair and longer length leather coat were together. They PUSHED IN FRONT OF US to grab their t-shirts and placards (which she then didn't even wear! And look at how they are both politely and firmly NOT waving their placards). After rudely barging us aside (ok, there was no barging but there *could* have been*) they made their way to the very front of the demo for the photo ops then VANISHED STRAIGHT AWAY.

Anonymous said...

Okay, we know she's an actress,(sounds a bit like a Redgrave) but did anyone get her number?

DD

James Moran said...

Jill: Love the pics, thanks for the links! Felt great to be a part of something so big.

Lina: Oh, you should have seen the badassness when those cops went past. Ooh, I was ready, SO ready for them...

DD: Amanda speaks the truth. And there was mild barging, the bloke went "are these the placards?" and pushed past me to grab his stuff. In the spirit of solidarity I didn't do my usual loud "oh, after YOU, then", but we made fun of him outside, so it all works out.

Amanda: Yeah, they were gone after about 5 minutes or so, weren't they? Very bad form. Remember that photographer who slagged us off for not looking sufficiently riled up? It was funny the first time, but he kept going on about it, and seemed genuinely annoyed. I mean, I offered to do the fist pumping or something, but he said no! Coh, photographers, eh?

Peter Pan said...

Glad it went well matey.
You rock. fact.

Dozeymagz said...

Good for you guys! You know, as a total outsider, I've never really given much thought about what you all really do. Reading this blog has been a great insight to just how much work you put into our entertainment. Months of writing and stress and stuff (well, ok - hours anyway ;) - ((just joking!,)) and then it's over in such a short while and the fickle public channel hop to the next thing. You all deserve much more and for what it's worth, I totally support you.
Thank you for all your work.

John said...

Nice to meet you and Piers (well, sort of meet you) - I hadn't realised you were a famous blogger, or you'd have been centre shot ;)
http://www.johninnit.co.uk/2007/11/29/write-on/
(good blog too!)

Amanda said...

Ah, it's John... said photographer who was encouraging us to looked angry. Like a fox. (or more accurately, because of Fox). *slightly awkward silence*

Heh. And instead look at Jimbo all 'I'm trying not to laugh' and me gleefully smiling! Still, I always say you get more accomplished by being nice than nasty so our 'laugh whilst we protest' probably will be the whole reason this fiasco will finall draw to a satisfactory conclusion.

James Moran said...

Oh! Hello John - sorry for slandering you (libelling? whichever), I really did think you were annoyed with us for being silly... Anyway, cheers for the pic link sir! God, I really look like I'm up to no good, don't I??

ANNE said...

the man in the long leather coat is Allan Scott, who wrote the screenplay for Dont Look Now. Interesting that he should show up with a girl in a red jacket.... Just checked on IMDB, seems he is currently working on a new version of Dont Look Now. Is this a piece of blatent pre-publicity for the movie? ANNE

ANNE said...

the dude in the long black leather coat is the screenwriter Allan Scott, who wrote Don't Look Now so it is particularly apt that he showed up with a girl in a red jacket... according to IMDB he is currently rewriting Dont Look Now so maybe all this is a pre publicity stunt...

John said...

Heh heh - not at all miffed. I generally ask people to 'look a bit militant' on demos, as it tends to make them smile slightly more than the average demo pic of a line of glum (and cold) faces, which as Amanda says, doesn't really endear the protestors to anyone else. Hey, and sometimes they even go further and shout a bit and look all Braveheart, which is bonus points. Silliness on this kind of thing is a positive virtue!