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):
“You have to understand that none of us like talking in public.” -speaker at SF SOPA protest full of engineers
And from New York City: