by Chris Potter
A "Oakland Unites for First Amendment Rights" rally has been scheduled tomorrow on the corner of Forbes and Bigelow. This is the approximate location of where the Battle of Oakland began on Friday night. You can see the flyer for yourself here, but it's scheduled to kick off at 5:30 p.m., and activities will include petition signing, reconciling, and peacefully dispersing. How sad that the college kids are the ones acting like the grown-ups.
The rally is being hosted by Pitt's ACLU, the Black Action Society, the Merton Center, the anti-violence group One HOOD, and some others as well.
"We need to know who gave unconstitutional orders to the police and why," Pitt ACLU President Genevieve Redd said in an accompanying statement.
Students have also launced a Web site, www.WhatHappenedAtPitt.com, for people to discuss and post information on the G-20 and post-G20 incidents. It's worth a look.
As a side note, I'd just point out that -- what with the profusion of Youtube videos and all -- this may really be the first crowd-sourced media event in city history. We've had bloggers for awhile now, of course, and on a couple occasions they've broken stories. But those were individuals, working in relative isolation. What's happening here seems like a more open-source phenomenon ... perhaps the first grassroots citizen-journalism model we've seen in town. Unless someone can think of another?