Voices on the LawnJuly 25, 2013
increasing. A couple of congressmen spoke at the rally, which helped draw reporters. As I strained to hear the speakers at the event, I kept hearing shouts from another gathering across the lawn. So after a few minutes I moved on to check out the other event. This group, urging the end of the budget sequestration so that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development could again be fully funded, bused in a group of energetic supporters that gave their press conference more of a nice rally feel. They did not, however, place their event nearly as well as they were much further from the Capitol building and facing in a direction so that photos or videos of the speakers would not capture the Capitol in the background or the supporters at the rally (the second photo is one I took of some at the rally after a journalist set them up for a better shot while a speaker talked over on the distant left with just trees as a backdrop). Both of these press conferences offered different reminders about the importance of audio and visual messaging. And despite their drawbacks - and regardless of what one thinks about their policy positions - the two rallies also represent citizenship in action. It is nice to see people exercising their rights as they seek to make their communities, nation, and world a better place.