|Best hat of the day.|
|Facing the crowd, with the Hudson River behind.|
|Landowners and supporters filled the amphitheater in Albany's Corning Preserve along the Hudson.|
|U.S. anthem sung by a Chinese choir from Queens, as viewed by one-time chicken farmer |
Doug Lee, a landowner activist who emceed for the day, despite his middling accent.
One of the most interesting, but totally blown, angles to New York's shale gas fight is the
disproportionate number of recent immigrants who are right in the thick of it.
I suspect this phenomenon has to do with New York populations who have personally experienced
oppression overseas — and are now fired up, watching their opportunities again under a
similar threat here in their adopted U.S. It's a familiar pattern for anyone who's ever hung out
over the last two or three decades with exiles of Cuba, South Vietnam, China, or
eastern Europe: Their political outlook has been shaped much more forcefully in the direction of
traditional American values than that of most pre-existing citizens.
I think that would make a helluva story, and some of it did get rare notice in the Albany paper here.
|Crossing the pedestrian bridge into downtown Albany. City police had officers mounted on |
some really nice-looking workhorses to lead the protest march through street crossings.
|Out-of-their-depth, anti-fracking celebrities were a frequent target, and rightfully so. |
But, on the same day as this rally, Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon were consulted by
New York media outlets for their expertise on health studies.
|Race car van in parade of marchers and vehicles. Does anyone know if |
Kyle DeMetro's Number 15 car actually runs on natural gas?