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Palo Alto RTS Graffiti Pics
by Dance Machine
Saturday May 21st, 2005 1:10 AM
On May, 20th, there was a festive gala of music, graffiti, dancing, and broken glass. Here are some recently taken pictures of the RTS graffiti before it is painted over.
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On May, 20th, there was a festive gala of music, graffiti, dancing, and broken glass. Here are some recently taken pictures of the RTS graffiti before it is painted over.
§Solution: Revolution!
by Dance Machine Saturday May 21st, 2005 1:10 AM
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§Pandas Are Sexy
by Dance Machine Saturday May 21st, 2005 1:10 AM
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§Fuck Capital
by Dance Machine Saturday May 21st, 2005 1:10 AM
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§Our Streets
by Dance Machine Saturday May 21st, 2005 1:10 AM
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§Fight Back! (upside down)
by Dance Machine Saturday May 21st, 2005 1:10 AM
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§Anarchy Heart
by Dance Machine Saturday May 21st, 2005 1:10 AM
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§Still Our Streets
by Dance Machine Saturday May 21st, 2005 1:10 AM
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by Dave
Saturday May 21st, 2005 2:36 PM
Juvenile, stupid crap. It'd be nice if you'd leave your name so they could bill you for the clean-up. Next time, stay in your own slum and deface your own place - if you have one.
by Good job!!!!
Saturday May 21st, 2005 2:40 PM
It's good to shake things up every now and then. Good job!!!!
by Dance Machine
Saturday May 21st, 2005 2:54 PM
FYI, this is our slum. Palo Alto had it coming. At least the youth of this city finally did something worthwhile rather than wasting our lives away smoking pot, drinking, going to school, and buy more useless shit.
by anokandnotpeace
Saturday May 21st, 2005 3:16 PM
...is your slum? Sheesh I wonder what you all consider East San Jose or East Oakland or even EAST LA.

by Dance Machine
Saturday May 21st, 2005 3:43 PM
Heh. I did a fairly poor job of explaining myself. Palo Alto is no fucking slum. But its where most of us kids are forced to live out our lives, so we decided that we should do something about that. Luckily, that involved broken plateglass, banners, and spraypaint. What Palo Alto has in wealth, and prestige, it is dead. The streets are all paved and patroled by "peace officers." The buildings are perfectly maintained, and the homeless harassed constantly by business owners and the police. There is a level of emotional poverty to the city, not economic poverty, that must be removed. I have a strange feeling that it comes with evening the scores with most of the rich scum fucks that infest our streets.
by Yeah
Saturday May 21st, 2005 4:44 PM
Unfortunately, I’ve been staying in Palo Alto for the last three weeks while waiting to move into an apartment in SF. Though I’ve spent a good deal of time here in the past because my girlfriend’s parents live here, I feel I’ve only truly gotten to know the place over the last 19 or so days and find it to be the most miserably boring hole I’ve ever had the misfortune to spend time in. But for a few blocks downtown (which is filled with useless overpriced stores catering to the dull zombies who live here) no one is ever on the street. The people seem to be locked up in their multi million dollar homes and never come out. Though the ideas behind last night’s activities are simplistic and naïve (yet only just a bit), the desire for a more authentic life they point toward is certainly the most valuable thing I’ve seen in this town so far. There are not even the rudiments of a healthy public life and so its little surprise that kids would desire to destroy the place. The only sense of mood or personality emanating from any of the homes is a sort of bland conformist stupidity, best expressed by the Lexus SUV or BMW in every driveway. And although the kids are naïve, it is clear that Palo Alto’s outrageously rich adult population is far more naive in believing that they can avoid uncertainty, danger, and their ultimate deaths by hiding behind their homes and their disgustingly expensive cars (which could feed a Third World family for a lifetime). It is as if they truly believe that suffering-the most common experience of the world’s masses- ceases to exist as long as you can’t see it from behind your high hedges; as long as you can divert your gaze from it by thinking about which laptop or imported coffee press you will by next. I do not doubt that the central fact of life for any remotely intelligent, sensitive individual in this town is as simple as RTS organizers put it in their call to action: “Our lives are fucking boring.” My condolences to all of the non-zombie youths who must call this dead space their home.
by mmmm
Saturday May 21st, 2005 6:38 PM
you all were bored of using Daddy's SUV and mommy's credit card? Oh BOO BOO! Poor little rich white kids.
by PA Kid
Saturday May 21st, 2005 7:09 PM
Naive, eh? I don't think we're so easily brushed of as that.
by Yeah
Saturday May 21st, 2005 7:51 PM
Well I wasn't exactly "brushing" you "off" as you put. The whole of what I wrote expresses a far more complex reaction than that. But if not naive, what else is standing around on the street for an hour on a Friday night and thinking that its a revolutionary act? You wouldn't know it if you grew up in Palo Alto, but there are places in America where kids hang out on the street every night and get into a little trouble and spray paint slogans. Most people call it hanging out, not revolution. But then again, Palo Alto is so exceptionally dull, perhaps being downtown without intending to purchase something and engaging in a little harmless graffiti seems revolutionary in the context of growing up in a town where nothing ever happens.
by Adult and Proud of PA Kids
Sunday May 22nd, 2005 3:42 PM
Well folks,
I just seen this and speaking as an adult, who used to live in Paly, I am proud of you all. Ignore that dim-wit fuck blathering on about whatever shit it was spewing from his/her puter.

I am now living in the Mid-West and I am delighted by this action. As for the comment about "returning to your slum, you can be rest assured that this fuckwad is talking about EPA East Palo Alsto. So when fuckwad AKA police guy or racist suburbanite (both are not worth the time to even talk with) what they mean is "good gawd, where is da police, why tha darkys and other colored folks need to be beaten back to their slums"

Congrats Paly, proud of ya and props from the Mid-West. Oh and are we suprised that the corporate media got it wrong?

This is Indy Media, after all........
by a herd of kittens
Sunday May 22nd, 2005 10:06 PM
I wish we could approach something like this where I live. Your actions are inspiring, keep it up.
by _
Sunday May 22nd, 2005 11:57 PM
noone, regardless of their critique of the participants, can argue that the participants managed to send a message that challenged the status quo in palo alto. no other group or assembly, as far as i know, has managed to collectively and publicly challenge, (and i mean physically, not on paper, in your face challenge) the idea that rich yuppie palo alto is an ideal, a condition to strive for. this is the first on site, targeted, demo that even suggests to anyone that anything is wrong with downtown palo alto. you may have critiques, they may or may not be fair, but keep in mind, these are the only people that have brought the rukus to downtown palo alto to honestly and directly and without compromising -- suggest that something is seriously wrong here and we oppose it...
by skills
Monday May 23rd, 2005 6:44 AM
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You kids should build your skills before you go hittin' stuff up. Here is, hopefully, something that will inspire you to create better graf.
by Bush is Hitler
Monday May 23rd, 2005 11:54 PM
Aint it cute? So you guys bust up some stuff and break some glass in your purile dance of rebellion and think it's cool? You SLA soldier wanabes don't know what real poverty and strife is for one damned New York minute. Pathetic little suburbanites...
by CACAT PAROS
(esre456y [at] yahoo.com) Wednesday Aug 10th, 2005 5:53 PM
Ma prostilor decat sa murdaritzi voi peretzii cu porcariile voastre mai bine lasatzi cainii si betzivii sa se pishe pe ei!!!
by thousand
Saturday Jan 20th, 2007 6:37 PM
Global capital touches wealthy, white communities in much the same way as it touches poor communities like East LA or East Oakland - the material and corresponding spiritual poverty of said poor communities is a product of the same mechanism that dominates the antiseptic streets of wealthy suburbs. These kids are the children of the rich, but years of product-conditioning and social atomization doesn't stop them from holding demonstrations in front of bland corporate storefronts and heavily armed police, the enforcers of fragmented bourgeois commerce machine that is designed to keep them docile, much as the manufactured scarcity and depoliticized victim culture of poor communities keeps the ghetto kids from turning the weapons they use on each other on cops, loan clerks, and news anchors. These "pathetic suburbanites" are reclaiming space that was taken from them before they were even born, and rejecting the advances of capitalism in their own "small" way, while people in the Bronx and Inglewood are worrying about rent and drug dealers rather than plotting to kill their landlords. So, a tribute to rejection and symbolic violence, and the revolutionary offspring of the middle class that will one day take up arms at the beck of anonymous slogans and take back the world, beginning by trashing their Dad's SUV and using their Mom's credit card as shrapnel in a pipe bomb.

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