Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

04 Nov 2011, 10:15 a.m.

"I Am *Just* Like You"

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2011 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Via Jed: A guy peacefully protests in front of some banks in Daly City, California, and the police protect his right to do so. Shocking!

"I'm no activist. I have never done anything like this before. I have marched in 2003, sure, with many others in a big peaceful crowd. I have never had the cops called on me ever before.

I am just like you, or if you like, you are just as able to do this as I am."

That's so often my favorite part of a story: someone doing something they never thought they could do.