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October Rebellion

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On Saturday, I got up, and I was ready to cheer. Big Mavica was fully recharged and ready to go on Saturday, and I was refreshed after having had a little sleep.

This is where preparation can make or break you. I had laid out my entire cheer outfit ahead of time, so after I got out of the shower, I just put it all on. Black tights, black shorts, and black shirt went on. Those red and black arm things with the zippers and chains, my red cheer hat, my red cheer shirt with the anarchy signs on it, several bandannas, and my two waters went in the backpack (which, thankfully, had totally dried out since last night). Additionally, my Chucks were dry, and my black hoodie was dry. The hoodie wasn’t there necessarily to see action on Saturday, but was there just in case it was cooler than I expected. It was basically the same radical cheerleading outfit that I had worn the previous halloween, with a long-sleeve black shirt replacing the original lightweight black t-shirt. Additionally, due to the outfit’s use in an actual protest this time around, and not just as a costume, I left the “flair” at home, even though I recently added an SDS pin to my collection of political flair. And lastly, I didn’t paint my nails black again like I did the first time. That was deliberate – I’d determined that black nails required too much effort for the small amount that they added to the ensemble.

So in tights, shorts, and black shirt, with backpack in tow, I hopped in the Sable and drove to Forest Glen station. At Forest Glen, I got Rohr 1291 for my trip out to Tenleytown-AU station to meet up with the rest of RCDC. While on the train, I overheard a conversation a few rows back from me. The conversation centered on the Georgetown march the night before – specifically the woman who was struck by the projectile. This really kind of set the tone for the day, as everyone at the protest was kind of down that what was otherwise a wildly successful action was marred by an accident involving a bystander. I later learned via discussions with other demonstrators that just about everyone involved with the protest, as well as those observing our action from the outside, agreed that the brick incident was horrible, though it was fortunate that the woman was able to walk away. Still, no one was proud of that incident.

Arriving at Tenleytown-AU station, I went up to the street, and met up with the one radical cheerleader that had arrived thus far. As time went on, more people arrived. I added the red shirt portion of the outfit, and we practiced our cheers. We did our new cheer, 3-6-9, several times, and also practiced the old standbys – “Ugly”, “George”, “Supersonic”, and “Fraggle Rock”.

Eventually, we decided that we could always practice some more on scene, and better to be there early than late. So we all went back into the world of Metro, and caught Rohr 1229 in the direction of Glenmont.


Descending the escalators at Tenleytown-AU into the world of Metro.

Descending the escalators at Tenleytown-AU into the world of Metro.

Descending the escalators at Tenleytown-AU into the world of Metro.


We rode over to Farragut North, and headed up to the street. While we were walking the few blocks towards Franklin Square, where the opening rally would take place, I completed my outfit. I took my glasses off and put them in the hard case. I put on the red hat with the anarchy sign on it. I put on the red and black arm things, tucking the sleeves of the black shirt I was wearing inside the arm things. That kept it all looking neat. I also put my watch over the arm things. Then I also tied on a black bandanna, low around my neck. I did “mask up” briefly, but only long enough to do a fit-check before pulling it back down. Since I was in the radical cheer outfit this time and not full black bloc, the bandanna was mainly decorative – part of the outfit. I had no intention of masking up in the cheer outfit. Not that kind of day. Nonetheless, though, the outfit was now complete.

Arriving in Franklin Square, we quickly met up with Maddy and a few others, and so our cheerleading squad was complete!


Maddy's here!

Maddy’s here!


Maddy then got a photo of me in my full radical cheer outfit. As you can see, it's most definitely the same outfit that I used in 2006.

Maddy then got a photo of me in my full radical cheer outfit. As you can see, it’s most definitely the same outfit that I used in 2006.


Wandering around, I ran into Sascha, a coworker of mine.  Sascha helped a bit with the organizing for this weekend’s events, and so it was awesome to see him on scene. Normally, we see each other looking professional. Dress pants, nice shoes, nice shirt, etc. Today, Sascha was dressed down, and of course, I was in my cheer outfit. I was like, “So what do you think?” and he was like, “Nice!” After all, that’s definitely not the way I dress to go to work.


Sascha smiles for the camera in Franklin Square, wearing a "¡Ya basta!" t-shirt.

Sascha smiles for the camera in Franklin Square, wearing a “¡Ya basta!” t-shirt.


Once the rally got going, one of the early events was a round or two from RCDC. So we all got up front, and we did two cheers. We did the new 3-6-9 cheer, and the “George” cheer.

And then the speeches began. Meanwhile, a number of us kind of milled around for a bit, saying hello to some of the other people in the crowd, watching some of the speeches, and seeing what’s going on. Some of the other cheerleaders practiced various dance moves. There was again a strong black bloc presence, though not everyone who attended the bloc on Friday night was still in full black bloc on Saturday. I was in the radical cheer outfit, and Missy, with whom I spent most of the evening on Friday, went “straight” and brought her dog with her.


A woman sings from the podium.


A woman shares poetry from the podium.


A crowd had assembled for this event.  A crowd had assembled for this event.

A crowd had assembled for this event.

A crowd had assembled for this event.  A crowd had assembled for this event.


A number of people took a moment to make signs in the park.

A number of people took a moment to make signs in the park.

A number of people took a moment to make signs in the park.


Meanwhile, it seems the whole crowd was here, with David Barrows in his "devil Bush" outfit, as well as people in the Condoleezza Rice and Dick Cheney heads with the prison stripes.

Meanwhile, it seems the whole crowd was here, with David Barrows in his “devil Bush” outfit, as well as people in the Condoleezza Rice and Dick Cheney heads with the prison stripes.


A few large banners stood out in the crowd, such as this one stating "Dignity, autonomy, solidarity".

A few large banners stood out in the crowd, such as this one stating “Dignity, autonomy, solidarity”.


Meanwhile, RCDC for the most part kind of hung around, and some people practiced various dance moves.

Meanwhile, RCDC for the most part kind of hung around, and some people practiced various dance moves.

Meanwhile, RCDC for the most part kind of hung around, and some people practiced various dance moves.  Meanwhile, RCDC for the most part kind of hung around, and some people practiced various dance moves.


Meghan and Abby try out a cheer.


A number of the radical cheerleaders practice some dance moves.


We also took a few minutes to work on some of our cheers, practicing 3-6-9.  We also took a few minutes to work on some of our cheers, practicing 3-6-9.

We also took a few minutes to work on some of our cheers, practicing 3-6-9.

We also took a few minutes to work on some of our cheers, practicing 3-6-9.


Some people really went for creativity, such as with the paint job on this bucket.

Some people really went for creativity, such as with the paint job on this bucket.


All the while, Missy led her dog around on a leash.

All the while, Missy led her dog around on a leash.


Eventually, we got word that after Son of Nun performed, we were going to start marching. The march organizers asked that we get up front, so that we could cheer as the crowd passed by.


Son of Nun performs for the assembled crowd.  Son of Nun performs for the assembled crowd.

Son of Nun performs for the assembled crowd.


Adam Eidinger "got down" in the polar bear suit he was wearing. Goodness knows how warm it was inside that suit on this particular day.

Adam Eidinger “got down” in the polar bear suit he was wearing. Goodness knows how warm it was inside that suit on this particular day.


Even "Dick Cheney" got into it, boogeying to the music.  Note "Dishonorable DICK" written on pink tape on the top of Dick Cheney's head this time around.  Even "Dick Cheney" got into it, boogeying to the music.  Note "Dishonorable DICK" written on pink tape on the top of Dick Cheney's head this time around.

Even “Dick Cheney” got into it, boogeying to the music.  Note “Dishonorable DICK” written on pink tape on the top of Dick Cheney’s head this time around.


Later, Maddy got a photo of me posing with Dick Cheney's head.

Later, Maddy got a photo of me posing with Dick Cheney’s head.

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