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Florida University Department Labor Studies event 2008On the last day of March 2008 I crossed the border from Canada to the US on a freezing early spring day and boarded a plane at Buffalo.  A few hours late I emerged into the +30c temperatures of Miami.  This was the start of the final and longest phase of my speaking tour which was to take my through Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon and California. Two years and one day have passed since the Miami meeting and its time to update that blog with what I can recall.  I'm leaving the original blog untouched at the end of this update as it was one of the few written at the time with any substance.

The tour resumes

Miami from the air I'm now in Miami, Florida where the speaking tour resumes for the final 6 weeks, 22 cities on Wednesday, details are at http://www.anarkismo.net/newswire.php?story_id=8456

Audio interviews with anarchists in NE. USA

On my travels around the north east I used the opportunity to record interviews with many of the local anarchists who were organizing the meetings. I wished I could have done more, in particular its a pity I missed a New York City interview but often things didn't come together. Anyway I did get six done and I provide links to them below.

These were done using a five year old laptop and a 20 dollar USB mic I got in Best Buy - when I have a bit of time I'll probably post a detailed how to record interviews to the Information Booth forum on http://www.anarchistblackcat.org

Buffalo and Greyhound

Assassination of President McKinly in Buffalo 1901St Patricks day 2008 saw me head to the Greyhound station in Syracuse for the relatively short trip to Buffalo where I was to speak at around 5 o'clock.  It was still late winter, there was plenty of ice and snow in piles along the highway and here on the edge of Lake Ontario the Homeland security border control were active.  They checked everyone on the bus before it left Syracuse and then boarded it again at the Rochester stop.  This was the 14th and final stop on the second leg of my tour.

Snow in Syracuse

It was spring in Virginia but as I got into upstate New York it was still winter with ice covered lakes, piles of filthy snow and light flurrys falling along the highway. Snow is normal in Syracuse, it gets just under 3m of the stuff in the average year holding the record over any other large US city.

Spring time in Richmond

William Boyd center in Richmond, VirginiaThe most southerly stop of the second leg of my speaking tour was Richmond, Virginia.  As we drove there from Baltimore I spotted a cherry tree in blosson at the side of the road, a few days before I'd been Greyhounding through snow and indeed a few days later when I returned to upstate New York I'd get back into ice and snow but those few days of spring were a welcome break from what had been a very long and hard winter.  I drove down with Alex in a little red two seater with a brief lunchtime stop at Fredericksburg.

Damp squib in Fredericksburg

From Baltimore I headed south for Richmond, Virginia with a NEFAC supporter Alex in his old little red sports car (it may have been a Mustang but I'm rubbish with cars).  The boot was bust so there wasn't much room inside once my small bag had been crammed in and it was making some alarming noises he said not to worry about but it was a beautiful sunny spring day as we pulled out of Baltimore and took the highway south.

The strange smell in DC

Washington DC was almost my shortest stop but also the North American city where I have spent the most time because I'd visited it repeatedly in 2004/5.  On the tour I didn't actually stay in Washington at all, rather we drove over from Baltimore which is only an hour or so away.  DC is one of the strangest cities I've ever been in and my stop there (at the National Conference of Organised Resistance) was in itself strange for an odd reason I reported at the time and which caused a bit of a row online.  In the interest of preserving the historical record I've let the original unaltered text at the end of this updated blog.

The bad streets of Baltimore

My stop in Baltimore was the second time I had been in the city and indeed the second public meeting I'd done there.  Back in 2004/5 my ex was working in Washington DC and I was flying across the atlantic every few months to visit her.  On what I think might have been the third trip I made contact with Flint from NEFAC before heading over to the US and offered to do a meeting.  And so in April I headed across to do a meeting in a city I knew absolutely nothing about, apart from the fact there didn't seem to be any tourist type stuff there.  By the time I arrived in 2008 I had watched every episode of The Wire (save the very last one) so I'd a much better, or should that be worse, picture of the city.

A wander around philly

IWW picket of Hyundai dealership in PhilidelphiaAfter staying in New York for a few days it was off to Philadelphia.  The Philadelphia meeting was a little sketchy looking and indeed we ran into some problems but as there were two NEFAC members in the city onc of whom I'd be staying with so I was fairly confident it would come off.  Winter was defeated for now (although I'd travel back into it a week later in upstate New York). It was a warm morning when I caught the subway from Jersey City to Port Authority and it remained sunny for the short trip down to Philadelphia.  Philadelphia was one of the very few cities where no one was available to meet me at the Greyhound station but the station is quite central and the city is a grid so it was straightforward enough to orientage myself on arrival to ensure I was walking across the grid in the right direction.

  


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