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June 4, 2016

Joel Slater, the Stateless Man

It's pretty common to hear people say that they're so disgusted with American politics that they're going to move to Canada and renounce their U.S. citizenship... especially if candidate X or Y wins the election. But people almost never follow through with this threat/promise.

But Joel Slater did. Back in the Reagan era (1987), he became so angry at U.S. policies that he decided to renounce his American citizenship. The problem was that he did this without first arranging to acquire citizenship in another country. So he made himself stateless.

He was in Australia when he renounced his citizenship, and had assumed he would be able to stay there. But no, Australia promptly deported him to the U.S. Then, as a stateless person, he discovered that he was effectively trapped in the U.S. because he couldn't travel anywhere else without a passport. He managed to make it into Canada and Mexico a few times without a passport, but they both eventually shipped him back to the States. He also couldn't legally work without a social security number. So he became homeless, surviving on "odd jobs and the generosity of strangers."

After much begging and pleading, he was able to regain his U.S. citizenship in 1993.

More info: wikipedia

Slater showing off his "Certificate of Loss of Nationality of the United States"
Source: Arizona Republic - Mar 17, 1991



Indianapolis Star - Nov 27, 1992

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 04, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Politics, Reformers, Do-gooders, Agitators and SJWs, Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, 1980's

May 7, 2016

Half Fast

Here's one for the Completely Useless Forms of Political Protest file: Mildred Ruth Gordon and her every-other-day fast.

According to wikipedia, "The effort to enforce Selective Service registration law was abandoned in 1986."

I wonder if she kept up her protest that long.

Los Angeles Times - Sep 7, 1982

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 07, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, 1980's

August 13, 2015

Staging a Left-olution

Today's post features a bunch of sinister, leftist radicals, in honor of International Left Handers Day (August 13).



Also, check out the Bill of Lefts.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 13, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, Video, Poetry

July 21, 2015

Stripping Striker, 1964

The artists' models at Rome's Academy of Fine Arts... sent their negotiator, Anna di Vetta, out onto the streets to press their claims. In girdle, bra, and high heels, Anna paraded through the city with a sign promising complete exposure of her 40½-31-40½ figure if her union's demands were not met. Instead of bravely meeting the challenge, the combined ministries of Labor and Public Instruction crumbled. They promised a fixed salary of $150 a month and fringe benefits—but only, reported a triumphant Anna, "if I promised not to take off all my clothes."


Source: Newsweek - Dec 28, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 21, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, 1960's

March 22, 2013

Outdoor Manhattan Banana Food Fight

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I would have paid good money for a safe ringside seat at this riot.

From The New York Times for April 24, 1901.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 22, 2013 - Comments (4)
Category: Food, Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, 1900's

February 28, 2012

April 14, 2011

Wanna be a leader?

Someone has to pick up the flag a lead the fight. It could be you!!



My favorite part is the surrender at about 1:19.

Surrender or fight on?

Posted By: gdanea - Thu Apr 14, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience

March 18, 2010

Parking Chairs

I live by the code of the parking chair. Someone (the writer didn't even know that the magnificent parking chair had a name, let alone all that it stands for) fired off a letter to my local paper today vilifying the practice, and it had me outraged. I've since submitted a rebuttal. In the course of research for the letter, I found the following recent story from The Morning Call in Allentown, PA detailing what can happen when you don't respect the parking chair. The police may have assured the man he did nothing wrong by moving the chair, but I bet he doesn't do it again. And if you believe in the chair like I do, you can always show it!

Posted By: qualityleashdog - Thu Mar 18, 2010 - Comments (18)
Category: Crime, Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, Urban Life, More Things To Worry About

February 6, 2010

May 31, 2009

All Apologies

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The Mgt. of WU--Alex, Chuck and Paul-- would like to apologize to our readers for foisting an overly political and jejune and tendentious post on you, even by proxy. You'll note that it's been deleted--although the comments formerly attached to it remain behind, so as to archive the wise and tasteful responses of our loyal readers.

Please forgive us, and continue reading as before.

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 31, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Politics, Riots, Protests and Civil Disobedience, Weird Universe, Comments, Corrections, Reader Recommendation

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