To PIE or not to pie? [an effective protest tactic?]

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 9 Nov 1998 01:43:47 -0400


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BElow, find another version of the pie-the-mayor protest in San Francisco.
Asociated Press makes no mention that the protest is against homeless
sweeps, as we read in the Biotic Baking Brigade's own press release.

The tactic got attention from top corporate media [CNN and AP].

But will thusly embarrassing the mayor stop San Francisco's homeless sweeps?

Will thusly "Seizing the Spectacle", as Situationists might say, recruit
the artistic to progressive movements?

To pie or not to pie?  That is the question.


 http://cnn.com/US/9811/08/mayor.sf.ap/
FWD via CNN - November 8, 1998

PIE-THROWERS PLASTER SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown was nailed in the
face with an assortment of desserts Saturday by pie-throwing demonstrators.

It was the fifth attack in four weeks by the Biotic Baking Brigade, whose
members pitch baked goods to draw attention to a series of environmental
and social causes.

The usually dapper Brown, holding a downtown news conference to discuss a
new football stadium, was wearing a San Francisco 49ers sweat suit instead
of his usual suit when the cherry, tofu cream and pumpkin pies hit him in
the face and neck.

He wiped off the mess, donned a fresh sweat shirt and carried on.

"The mayor responded with great dignity and a sense of humor," insisted his
spokeswoman, Kandace Bender.

His sense of humor wasn't limitless, however. Brown grabbed one of the
pie-pitchers for police, she said. All three were arrested, but police
didn't immediately announce the charges against them.

The pie assault was to protest a "skyrocketing level of evictions" in the
city and Brown's "collusion with big businesses, landlords and developers
to perform an economic cleansing of San Francisco," said Al Decker, a
spokesman for the group.

Over the past month in San Francisco, the group has pied a city supervisor,
Nobel economist Milton Friedman and Monsanto Corp. CEO Robert Shapiro.
World Trade Organization director Renato Ruggiero was hit in London by the
group.

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BElow, find another version of the pie-the-mayor protest in San
Francisco.  Asociated Press makes no mention that the protest is
against homeless sweeps, as we read in the Biotic Baking Brigade's own
press release.


The tactic got attention from top corporate media [CNN and AP].


But will thusly embarrassing the mayor stop San Francisco's homeless
sweeps?


Will thusly "Seizing the Spectacle", as Situationists might say,
recruit the artistic to progressive movements?


To pie or not to pie?  That is the question.



 http://cnn.com/US/9811/08/mayor.sf.ap/

FWD via CNN - November 8, 1998 


<paraindent><param>right,left</param>PIE-THROWERS PLASTER SAN FRANCISCO
MAYOR

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown was nailed in
the face with an assortment of desserts Saturday by pie-throwing
demonstrators. 


It was the fifth attack in four weeks by the Biotic Baking Brigade,
whose members pitch baked goods to draw attention to a series of
environmental and social causes. 


The usually dapper Brown, holding a downtown news conference to discuss
a new football stadium, was wearing a San Francisco 49ers sweat suit
instead of his usual suit when the cherry, tofu cream and pumpkin pies
hit him in the face and neck. 


He wiped off the mess, donned a fresh sweat shirt and carried on. 


"The mayor responded with great dignity and a sense of humor," insisted
his spokeswoman, Kandace Bender. 


His sense of humor wasn't limitless, however. Brown grabbed one of the
pie-pitchers for police, she said. All three were arrested, but police
didn't immediately announce the charges against them. 


The pie assault was to protest a "skyrocketing level of evictions" in
the city and Brown's "collusion with big businesses, landlords and
developers to perform an economic cleansing of San Francisco," said Al
Decker, a spokesman for the group. 


Over the past month in San Francisco, the group has pied a city
supervisor, Nobel economist Milton Friedman and Monsanto Corp. CEO
Robert Shapiro. World Trade Organization director Renato Ruggiero was
hit in London by the group.


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