Monday, November 22, 2010

Antioch Protest Chicken: Fairgrounds Protesters Give Mayor Dean the Bird

Posted By on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 7:14 AM

When protest groups get a mascot, they're in it for the long haul. J.R. Lind in the CP describes the symbolic beast that protesters of the Dean administration's proposed Antioch/Fairgrounds swap hope will become the T-Rac of the resistance movement:

The Antioch Protest Chicken first showed up outside Bridgestone Arena the night of the CMA Awards. A fierce-looking bird, he (or she) has a snarly beak and eyes that say “I’m not sure about you, Karl Dean.” Antioch bears little resemblance to his more famous fellow avian avatar from San Diego, a smiley chap who entertains children and has never been known to chide elected officials for development deals.

Ol’ Antioch doesn’t pull the hidden-ball trick or smash pies into faces of minor league second basemen. He holds signs. “Flea Markets in Malls? Hmmm. Antioch: Dean’s Dumping Grounds” is a popular choice. He waves, cheerily, outside hoity-toity, invite-only shindigs, as he did at a soiree at the downtown library.

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