Some good questions have been asked about the Mother's Day demo at the Seaquarium. Here are some answers, but if anyone has any more questions please just ask.
>Just touching base to determine what the logistics will be on the mom's day rally. I.E., where do I park (is there a cost), what area are we allowed physical access to for protest?
The demo will take place on the grassy public thoroughfare within 10 feet from the road in front of the Seaquarium. A low fence and row of small trees mark the line between public land and Seaquarium property. The public land extends about 100 yards on each side of the main entrance to the Seaquarium.
There is a free parking lot in front of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) directly adjacent to the public land on which we will express ourselves. There is room for about 50-60 cars, and the inner parking lot may or may not be open that day. There is also parking across the street, although it's a 6-lane highway with no pedestrian walkways and I recommend that we not walk across it. The Seaquarium charges $3 to park in its lot, as a last resort.
>Weather will most likely be hot...should we bring our own cooler or will there be sodas available somewhere close by.
Yes, weather will be hot. Bring floppy hats and sunscreen. Shorts and T-shirts are traditional fashion statements here. I recommend bringing something to drink, although there will be liquid refreshment available. The demo is only for one hour, to avoid over-exposure, and afterward we're going across the street and a half mile down the road to Jimbo's, a mostly shady place.
Following the demonstration there will be a picnic lunch at Jimbo's Village on Virginia Key, where David Wallack, owner of Mango's Tropical Café on South Beach will perform his original song, Endangered Species, and Papaloko and Loray Mystic will provide lively Caribbean music.
>What about signage. You providing picket signs?
We will have 200 triangular pennants that say FREE LOLITA, and around 10 banners made by school kids in Washington. Please feel free to make your own banner or sign. I'd like people to either be holding a banner up facing the road or walking in a slow oval holding signs and pennants along the length of the public land on both sides of the Seaquarium entrance. There will be a limited number of FREE LOLITA T-shirts for sale.
>Expected participation numbers?
100? 200? 500? 1,000? I just don't know. That may become more clear as the day approaches.
Thanks for asking.