Thank you to all who came up to stand in silent dissent of the bull-riding event at Blue Cross Arena yesterday; there were thirteen of us.
A fair number of people attended the show – still a tiny minority of county residents, but probably nearly 100% of the local cowboy-hat-wearing population. We received some of the usual inane comments of the uncomfortable. I had a productive conversation with someone. The police were nice. The perennial self-appointed preacher was not.
One policeman in particular connected our defense of the animals with earlier social justice movements, ie: anti-slavery and civil rights, and thanked us for our advocacy.
Thank you to Mary for making many of the signs, and to Martha for preparing the rest with me. And many thanks to Rochester for the good weather, a warm and breezy evening.