Arcata Girds For The Big 1:20 Event… Wait, What? – April 19, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

THE PLAZA – Students from a College of the Redwoods Journalism class will gather in Arcata Plaza at 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20.

Billed as a 4:20 alternative, the gathering is designed to encourage people to get outdoors. It will be observed on so-called “4:20 Day,” the day that traditionally attracts hundreds to Redwood Park in Arcata.  It has also necessitated drug enforcement by local police.

But Silverbrand, CR’s Journalism instructor, said his is not a commentary about the other rally.

Said Silverbrand, “This is a class exercise to see how many people attend an advertised event.”

It will also be required attendance for anyone in his Beginning Reporting class. Said Silverbrand, “If they are not curious enough to see who shows up, they shouldn’t be reporters.”

The 1:20 gathering is not a school-sponsored event, nor is it connected to KVIQ-TV, which Silverbrand manages.

 

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11 Responses to “Arcata Girds For The Big 1:20 Event… Wait, What? – April 19, 2011”

  1. Pretty good turn out.

    #29685
  2. beel

    Best 4:20 in 20 years in Redwood Park! The meadow was empty, a far cry from the throngs of people that gathered 2 years ago. This year, there were small groups of folks, mostly under the canopy of the forest as far from the law enforcement presence as possible.

    #29696
  3. Championing Ar-hate-a’s policy of discriminating against hippies, the police have won, yet, another battle in the city’s crusade to eradicate peace and love from it’s midsts. One is left to wonder at the costs of such overwhelming police presence and the loss of revenue to city businesses. Perhaps, a public records request, pursuant to the California Public Records Act, will reveal the real losers of the day; the taxpayers and local businesses. Nevertheless, peace, love and herbal medicine are too dangerous to tolerate and time and a half is too good to pass up. Besides, we are engaged in three wars, far too profitable to risk hippie protesting, we must suppress them at all costs in every city they frequent. Let the poor hippie peacelovers starve and dissipate, so that the rich war profiteers may march on in their glorious hatred.

    #29699
  4. Robert,
    We are broke.
    We can not afford to fix the mess that is made by thousands of people stomping around on the grass.
    No one takes responsibility for the gathering.
    If people want to have a “protest” or festival, follow the lead of Hempfest, someone needs to find a suitable location, hire a promoter, get insurance, pull the permits, get the porta-potties, provide emergency medical, pay for police and fire protection and hire some private security, and arrange for parking, I am sure that no one would make a huge freaking deal about that.

    If people wanted to make a political point, they would march in DC on the 4th of July, and smoke a joint there. I did. Whats going on here, in the park, is the same selfishness that goes on in houses converted to industrial grows. People degrade the medical cannabis movement, and the legalization movement with this type behavior, and frankly it makes me kinda sick to my stomach.

    What ever happened to the old rainbow family motto “Leave nothing but footprints…?”

    #29705
  5. PS
    This was about a journalism class, and the idea that a journalist should be interested enough to show up to a promoted event.

    “It will also be required attendance for anyone in his Beginning Reporting class. Said Silverbrand, “If they are not curious enough to see who shows up, they shouldn’t be reporters.””

    #29706
  6. You know the 5 w’s
    Who
    What
    Where
    When
    Why
    Am I the only one that paid attention in High school?

    #29707
  7. “If people want to have a “protest” or festival, follow the lead of Hempfest, someone needs to find a suitable location, hire a promoter, get insurance, pull the permits, get the porta-potties, provide emergency medical, pay for police and fire protection and hire some private security, and arrange for parking, I am sure that no one would make a huge freaking deal about that.”

    That’s exactly right. No one involved takes any responsibility for public safety and sanitation, parking, liability etc. It’s a basic matter of social responsibility most other forest user groups seem to manage.

    #29709
  8. Robert Benson

    I apologize for not addressing my comment to “beel”. The hippie suppression is not about money, as the cost of the overwhelming police presence must far exceed the cost of waiting for the grass to stand back up. The right to assemble is now conditioned on permits, perhaps one should obtain a permit before exercising free speech, also; or the right to travel..oh, wait, it already is. The continuous flow of attempts to demonize Cannabis growers and users has not gone unnoticed. As to the “leave nothing but footprints”, I believe it was the footprints that were asserted as evidence of destroying the park; smoking herb leaves no trash, what beverage containers remained would have been eagerly picked up by recyclers (who would have spent the money in Arcata). Face it you, just, hate hippies.

    #29735
  9. anon.r.mous

    How can one “hate hippies” when there hasn’t been a hippie in Arcata in 14 years? Calling “those people” hippies is like calling Tea Party people outstanding members of the Democratic Party. Just because you can throw names and titles around doesn’t make it true.

    #29939
  10. anon.r.mous,
    Well, thats what they call us, when they verbally assault us. “You Fu%^&*# Hippies”, is the common reference. You got a better one? Perhaps, “transients” is more proper, as that is what makes it into the superfluous citations issued to harass the class, however, that is rarely used on the street; “Fu&*%^# Hippies” is.

    #29943
  11. anon.r.mous, how could I have been so neglectful? The titular adjective is “Homeless Hippie”, my apologies.

    #30016

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