They could be sunning themselves at the beach, but in 60 cities across the nation today (and in a few other places) Americans are protesting the newly revealed warrantless surveillance state in a new movement self-organized on social media called Restore the Fourth. If past behavior is any indication, major newspapers like the New York Times will ignore the existence of these protests entirely, writing instead about the charming fashion of ladies in the Hamptons who have their illegal immigrant help knit leggings out of belly-button lint. Without the help of corporate media, it’s up to you and me (and, as you can see below, some small news outlets) to spread the word and document these protests.
The photos are coming in:
Cedar Rapids (Kudos to KCRG reporter Dave Franzman for covering this one):
Munich (in, yep, Germany):
If you have images of Restore the Fourth protests, share them and spread them. Such images are not what sparked the Occupy movement, but they are what sparked official media recognition of it.
P.S. As I thought, the New York Times is featuring exactly zip on the “Restore the Fourth” protests happening in New York City and around the country. It does, however, feature a special section devoted to the problem of shopping for your second home in Belgium.