Protests In NYC, San Francisco Bring SOPA/PIPA Strike To First Life

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We're approaching the last leg of today's SOPA/PIPA protest that delivered shocks throughout the Internet to Senators and lazy college students alike. Wikipedia suspended itself and Google made a pretty pointed statement.

Still, while all of this heavy activity was happening on the Internet, there was a bicoastal movement that put some anti-SOPA/PIPA foot soldiers in the public space of New York City and San Francisco. In NYC, New York Tech Meetup organized an impromtu rally this afternoon outside the offices of U.S. Senators Schumer and Gilliband while, on the other side of the continent, protesters in San Francisco rallied in Civic Center Plaza outside of the mayor's office.

Using the tags #NoPIPASF and #nytmSOS, supporters who attended the events shared many photos and thoughts via Twitter this afternoon.

From San Francisco (and, uh, yeah, that really is MC Hammer):

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#StopSOPA !!!! 37 minutes ago via Camera on iOS · powered by @socialditto

Can't agree more: "I'd rather be creating jobs" #nopipasf 1 hour ago via Camera on iOS · powered by @socialditto

Craig newmark from speaks out against sopa and pips #nopipasf 46 minutes ago via Twitter for Windows Phone · powered by @socialditto

.@craignewmark talking at the #SOPA #PIPA rally in #SF. 39 minutes ago via picplz · powered by @socialditto

"You have to understand that none of us like talking in public." -speaker at SF SOPA protest full of engineers 1 hour ago via TweetCaster for iOS · powered by @socialditto

SF Mayor's statement on SOPA & PIPA 11 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Startup digests chris: we all in only sector of the economy growing #nopipasf 1 hour ago via Instagram · powered by @socialditto

My new brotheren at SF City Hall with the man, the myth, the legend, @MCHammer. #sopa #NoPIPASF 34 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

#NoPIPASF rally at San Francisco Civic Center Plaza 47 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

And from New York City:

Watch in solidarity as the New York Tech community unites to stop #SOPA & #PIPA. Let's multiply their numbers! #nytmSOS 6 hours ago via Sprout Social · powered by @socialditto

A few photos from this afternoon's #SOPA / #NYTMSOS event: 19 minutes ago via Twitter for Mac · powered by @socialditto

Great way to follow up after #nytmSOS: thanks to @MobileCommons u can text PIPA to 877877 & get connected to Sen. Gillibran & Sen. Schumer 24 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Cop at #nytmSOS "holy sh-t there's a lot of people--where are we going to put them?" #SOPA 3 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

The nerdiest anti #sopa sign ever. #nytmsos 3 hours ago via Flickr · powered by @socialditto

All of my photos from today's #nytmsos #sopa protest in NYC. 32 minutes ago via HootSuite · powered by @socialditto

I see a "Support Protect IP" sign. Props to our counter protestors. Without you, it is not democracy. #nytmsos 3 hours ago via Twitter for Android · powered by @socialditto

In English, I'm battling #SOPA. In Spanish, I'm protesting soup. #NYTMsos 8 minutes ago via Instagram · powered by @socialditto

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