People are gathered right now in Albuquerque to protest the Wall Street bailout.
"Route 66 is the Mother Road. Route 66 IS Main Street," a man with a megaphone shouts, "And we don't want this billionaire bailout."
The gathering has attracted Ron Paul supporters, Barack Obama supporters, and economic-minded independents but there's nary a political sign in sight, unless you count a couple of Ron Paul stickers on the back of this guy's sign
One typically gauges the success of such a protest by the amount of follow-up media exposure. But for those wearing out shoe leather, the supportive honks of passing cars help too.
Today, there's plenty of both. Probably 50% of drivers are honking with approval and at least one local TV station (KOB) is onsite filming. It's a scene worth filming too, with Route 66-era optimism still palpable in the old De Anza Motor Lodge
visible behind the protesters' gloomy signage. The setting feels poignantly like an Ernst Hass photo
which only serves to remind me of the contrast.
Here are a few more photos from the protest: