Archive for November, 2007

More Party Animals

by Justin Heideman at 2:57 pm 2007-11-20
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More Party Animals

Coudal links up More Party Animals, which is good design fun, and has a bit of a point:

More Party Animals is an apolitically-political idea born out of a heartfelt disenchantment with the status quo. As the current system continues to polarize this country, we strongly believe America is in need of a wider selection of political parties.

We say our idea is apolitical because More Party Animals is steadfastly devoted to being policy-free. Our animals represent a potential symbol for new beliefs, not the beliefs themselves. That, we leave up to you.

Our purpose is to encourage and help people start their own party, promote their own ideas and create a genuine alternative that might actually catch on. More choices leads to better results…it’s the American way.

Are red white and blue so engrained in the design palette of the American political system? Apparently so. At least the quixotic usage of the elephant and donkey provide some fodder to build on for political design fun. And they look good on t-shirts, too.

St. Paul Police: no protest pens at RNC Convention

by Justin Heideman at 12:47 pm 2007-11-02
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The UpTake had this interesting video to share about the protests at RNC Convention next year:

As the RNC Presidential Convention approaches many questions have been raised regarding the access and legal framework of demonstrations. During a forum at St. Thomas University last week citizens were able to ask questions of St. Paul Police leadership. Many members of the peace community were present.

The focus of the forum was on “community policing” and civil disobedience. Assistant Chief Matthew Bostrom, in charge of RNC Convention affairs, did the bulk of the speaking and set the bar high for himself and his office, saying that access will not be limited to “pens” for demonstrations and that the Secret Service would not take over security around the city.

The UnConvention won’t be involved in any protesting activity directly, but we suspect some of the people who participate in our events might. It is good news for Democracy, too.