What Would Get You to Protest?

October 18, 2011 at 1:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I noted yesterday that I’m not the sort to join the Occupy Lincoln protest. But what would get me out on the street to chant and rant, I wondered? I just don’t have the personality for on-street protesting, so a generic answer is “not much”. But that’s not a very satisfying response, is it? I can probably do better. Since this blog is dedicated to Lincoln, let’s stick largely to local topics, although with State government and UNL here, many state-level topics may apply as well.

Waaaay back in 2004 I got fired up over threats of eminent domain abuse in Downtown Lincoln. John Q. Hammons wanted to build a hotel at 17th and Q, and he wanted City assistance in moving existing property owners out of the way. I recall being very angry over the thought that Lincoln would force out perfectly legitimate property owners—almost angry enough to strap on my protesting shoes. Fortunately the City ultimately stayed out; unfortunately, the hotel didn’t happen.

I could see myself getting pretty feisty over threats to some of Lincoln’s best parks. Holmes Lake, Pioneers Park, and Wilderness Park come to mind as areas that I would hit the streets to protect, depending on the specific threat.

So there are two things that would get me up and at ‘em. What sorts of things would you go to the streets to fight for?

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JT October 18, 2011 at 3:21pm

I’d be in if we could do a protest of people who use the word “boondoggle” in the LJS comments section.

Parks, schools, and maybe if Time Warner did something extra super egregious could get me to hold a sign.

ghost spot October 18, 2011 at 3:27pm

Taco Cabana?

George October 19, 2011 at 2:14pm

I would protest against spam.

Fletch October 19, 2011 at 2:48pm

I would join George.

Mr. Wilson October 19, 2011 at 3:26pm

Protest it? I’m tempted to go straight to the House O’ Spam and go all Kill Bill on the occupants.

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