10 february, 1996
Lafayette Park, Washington DC
I was followed by a hill suit
first I'm uneasy
fewer agitated than agitators
informal group of suited to the side
anyone want to go first?
I raise my hand to lead the charge
like preachin' to the choir
by the time I spoke
there was maybe three dozens
my talk, lead off
somewhat straight from cda.html
I advocate parental control
instead of legislation
prevention of frank and honest dialogue.
parents should decide for kids
not government deciding for us like kids
that won a roused reaction
some guy yelled "write that down"
caught off guard, I noted
"that was a high point"
and fingered a dreadlock
staring at the cooler I was standing on
this is a life or death issue!
those kids without parental supervision
15 year olds in new york and LA
need access to graphic information about safe sex
by the time a kid knows to look for weird shit,
there's not much you can do about it.
John Doty, Legislative Correspondent
reading a statement for
someone who wished they could be there
new york's rep Jerrold Nadler
first rep to turn his pages black!
and we cheer
nice censorship bashing platitudes
and we cheer.
Jonah Seiger semi-passionate
gettin' the job done for the
Center for Democracy and Technology
said right things
and we cheer right on
we reject "paternalistic laws"
he opened his talk with a jokea little cold in the toes
we asked Louis Farrakahn to count the crowd he sez we've got a million.
we liked that.
Internet Freedom Now!
(I guess an Internet rally ain't the place for rhythm)
as Mark Mangan
author of Sex Laws and Censorship
historicized our struggle
a homeless black fellow
with serious groucho eyebrows and a few teeth
chiming in with the crowd against censorship
decency lives in this house!"
the well bread white boy
calmly opposed to speech supression
seeing his chance,
homeless wanders toward the stage
"I'm a computer genius! I'm a computer genius!"
several generous geeks escort him aside
while Mark continues his recitation of supression
Louis somebody banned printing
upon punishment of hanging
editor, Ethical Spectacle
delivered more than ten minutes
but it was good
unswavering for the homeless
freedom of speechdavid casti held forth brief
ain't like ice cream
something you get
when you're well behaved
I thought he might be
a chiq queer,
a chiq geek
black trenchcoat long blond hair gray fedora smoker's teeth
he's more at risk than I
those threatened with jail spoke the most poignantly without notes
fuck the cda in hexidecimal
open mike afterwards
a budding geek waves the whole bill spooled printout with perforated printer fuzz on each side
like School House Rock,
a leather jacketed
sang "I'm just a bill ...just a telecom bill"
did he make that shit up
on the spot?
den of iniquity woman approaches
after web reading, nice to meet you.AOL pays her bills,
"It's perfectly fine if you want to say that I sometimes have a hard time working for a family service."
without bothering to the mike,
homeless page publisher
Thomas held forth on fascism
from a park bench.
the open mike winds down
I hear the Libertarian host
pgp, encryption offshore sites and anonymous remailers
ways to dodge the law
I step up one more time
I believe in what I'm doing
I'm not going to change for unreasonable law
David Casti adds
the way the CDA is drafted, even with all offshore smut you can still be arrested here.
I wonder if we are going to extradite
porno publishersmoral legislator to the worldcomin' in to los angeles
incarcerator of content
bringin' in some internet sleeze...one last chant
the most rousing
Fuck the CDA!
20 mins done,
a latecomer asks me
"is it over?"
"that's what happens when you code all night."
long dark drawn
like the addams butler
myhouse dot com
invited me home.