Elephant Pies Fly to PROTEST NYC Mayor's police sweeps of

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sun, 5 Dec 1999 02:21:32 -0800 (PST)

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please circulate to interested muckrakers

Protesters in New York City lately are coming up with some really creative
ways to call politicians on their sh*t.

Let the Elephant Pies Fly!  Repaint the Spectacle!  For example, see below:

FWD  Associated Press - Saturday, December 4, 1999


       (12-04) 18:34 PST NEW YORK (AP) -- New Yorkers angry at Mayor
Rudolph Guiliani for his crackdown on street people and efforts to punish
an art museum for a controversial display hurled dung at the mayor's
portrait in a carnival-like protest Saturday.

       Organizers claimed it was elephant dung -- a reference to an art
exhibit Guiliani tried this fall to force the Brooklyn Museum of Art to
remove. Among the works was a portrait of the Virgin Mary decorated with a
clump of elephant dung that Guiliani called offensive and anti-Catholic.

       Dozens of people made donations to help the homeless Saturday for a
chance to pull dung from a barrel and hurl it at the spraypainted portrait,
propped up in a Manhattan park.

       ``I'm looking forward to this,'' said Ed Gottlieb, 39, moments
before he slipped on a plastic glove and fired a clump at the 10-by-14-foot
canvas. ``The meaning here is, (Giuliani) doesn't have a right to kick
homeless off the street.''

       A Giuliani spokesman declined to comment on the protest.

       Last month, the city announced it would arrest homeless people who
refuse to move along when ordered by police.


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