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The Art of Protest Placards

Uploaded: Jan 21, 2017
Protest signs run the gamut, from predictably prosaic to inspired.

Protests signs can generally be categorized thus:

• X is thus
• X will do thus
• X is [substitute epithet here
• X [insert nearly any anti-X statement/phrase here

I recently attended the Oakland edition of the Womens March, on January 21. As I moved slowly through the estimated 100K participants, I had the opportunity to see a lot of signs.

Plenty in the aofremtnioned categories on display. But I was more interested in the wit and artistry that went into the making of these signs Because of the huge volume of sentiments displayed, I could sample only a small number. But the following are some of my favorites, as manifested either in words or graphics (in almost all instances, captions are pretty much superfluous, even though all involve words).

So let’s start with words.

Yes, they do.

Turning a cliché on its head.

Ah, English. So may significations for a 5-letter word.

No solamente inglés.

A message to Trump’s patron.

A 3D picture is worth a thousand words.

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Pololo Mololo, a resident of Danville,
on Jan 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm

It's wonderful that so many Americans showed up to protest!!! VIVA AMERICA!

Posted by katherinemerry, a resident of Montair Elementary School,
on Jan 23, 2017 at 10:44 pm

katherinemerry is a registered user.

This post is truly inspiring.

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