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Echo Park Spontaneous Flag Party

by lo-cal Sunday, Sep. 16, 2001 at 6:09 AM

A little street style flag-wavin up in echo park or Now if they only had peace signs.

Biking up home through Echo Park this evening ere 7:30 at the main intersection of Sunset and Echo Park, I witnessed a spontaneous support group/cum party.

From several blocks I heard the honking with what my imagination thought was a fife and drum corp. Biking closer to the noise, through this highly urban Mexican and Hipster community I saw a bunch of cars, was it a traffic jam? The honking sporadic and with a steady beat.

Now at the corner, I saw posted at every corner latino males with flags, rallying them up and down with the enthousiasm of a pep rally. With families behind the new centurians, when cars were stopped at the lights, they wandered into the street. A girl no more then 12 years old who I'd earlier seen standing by a freeway exit selling flags was now walking among the small but flag-waving crowd.

Crossing the intersection as one gentleman in a cowboy hat was highstepping into the street, I saw a hand-writen sign "honk 4 support." And what a din they made.

Biking further up towards downtown, I noticed the LAPD passing me by, obviously everything was a-ok with this little addition to the neighborhoods noise polution.

Now almost home, I found some consolation that the writen sign read "honk 4 support" instead of "bomb them back to the stone age."

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support is not the same as hate --jk-- Sunday, Sep. 16, 2001 at 7:15 AM
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