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BART Protest in Menlo Park Addresses UK Privacy Issues
by Raging Grannies (info [at] raginggrannies.com)
Monday Aug 15th, 2011 3:53 PM
There is an important parallel with the proposed social network restrictions in the UK and what is going on in San Francisco.

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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) shut off subterranean cell phone service in its downtown stations in their attempt to preempt protest last Thursday, an action that stifled free speech. Today the Raging Grannies protested both the Cameron (UK) administration's probable ban on social networks for persons suspected of organizing recent uprisings... AND the BART insanity.

The Grannies held their protest outside the British Bankers Club, a conveniently located symbol of class warfare. After singing outside for heavy foot traffic, the Grannies took their demonstration into the club, talked to some of the customers (of whom there were very few) and interviewed with a corporate media outlet. Three Bay Area TV stations covered the demonstration.

The Grannies' song addressing the attempts to control protesters in both countries is below, under the last photo. It is sung to the tune of God Bless America and is titled "We Need the Internet".

§Outside the British Bankers Club in Menlo Park, CA
by Raging Grannies Monday Aug 15th, 2011 3:53 PM
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§You say Riot
by Raging Grannies Monday Aug 15th, 2011 3:53 PM
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We say Uprising
§Raging Granny Banner
by Raging Grannies Monday Aug 15th, 2011 3:53 PM
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§Solidarity with the Oppressed of England
by Raging Grannies Monday Aug 15th, 2011 3:53 PM
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Including the ultimate symbol of British colonialism, hunting of wild beasts in Africa. Granny and wildebeest (or related mammal) smile upon one another inside the British Bankers Club
§Inside the British Bankers Club
by Raging Grannies Monday Aug 15th, 2011 3:53 PM
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§Interview with media
by Raging Grannies Monday Aug 15th, 2011 3:53 PM
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§Granny at the well stocked bar
by Raging Grannies Monday Aug 15th, 2011 3:53 PM
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§The Brit in this painting appears to be carrying a cell phone
by Raging Grannies Monday Aug 15th, 2011 3:53 PM
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Ironic
§Sorry to report...
by Raging Grannies Monday Aug 15th, 2011 3:53 PM
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Princess Di worship is alive and well in the US too.

Song:

We need the internet, It must be free
No more screening Or blocking
And don't mess with our PRI-vate texting
Say to London, San Francisco, to police and... FBI!
Hands off my messages, save privacy...Hands off my messages, save privacy.

Guard social ne-et works, from spying eyes
It's our mai-il, it's private,
and it's not for the likes of you guys.
Stand together, fo-or freedom, civil liberties everywhere!
Hands off my messages, save privacy, Hands off my messages, save privacy!

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Mike Holmes
Monday Aug 15th, 2011 4:09 PM
Do the raging grannies know that the British Bankers Club is a restaurant and bar and not an agency of the British government?
by ....
Monday Aug 15th, 2011 4:38 PM
If you read the post you'd see they call it a convenient "symbol" of class warfare.
by Mike Holmes
Monday Aug 15th, 2011 8:23 PM
It's not that hoity toity a restaurant. I've never been there, but the prices aren't that outrageous. It's a little more than I would normally pay, but it's certainly no Chez Panisse. But, it is just a restaurant so holding an anti-UK and anti-BART protest there does seem pretty stupid. This restaurant does not set policy. I hope you purchased something there and didn't try to shut them down. Now, if you're going to be protesting against Alice Waters let me know and I'll be there! She's a real "elite" that needs to be brought to earth!
by Frances Griffin
Monday Aug 15th, 2011 9:27 PM
Eh, Mike. in case you did not notice, the name of the place is British Bankers' Club. Symbolic enough, in my book for a protest of oppression.
No reflection on the quality or price of their food and drinks was implied on any of the signs. No mention of blocking any doors, which is not something the Grannies do anyway.
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