Various news outlets are reporting on a protester who's found latest, greatest way of getting attention for his issue: hanging off of a rope ladder over the Hudson River. According to NBC New York, a "man, wearing an American flag bandanna, is sitting on the bottom rung of the rope ladder, with a 24-foot banner hanging below him" on the Tappen Zee Bridge connecting Rockland and Westchester counties just north of New York City. The man has been identified by New City Patch as Michael Davitt, who "was separated from County service in 2008 because he was no longer able to perform his essential job functions as a Substance Abuse Counselor 1. He subsequently applied for and received a disability retirement from New York State."
So is this the beginning of Occupy Hudson River? Actually, it isn't clear if this guy has anything to do with the Occupiers. Most of the man's long, blue sign is too difficult to make out, though the first few words--"Rockland Executive Legislature Coverup Retaliation"--can be read. While the stunt clearly has gotten people's attention, it's so far violated the No. 1 rule of protesting: having a clear message. Or at least having a readable one. However, a spokesperson for Rockland County has already offered the man his day at County Hall: "we don't know who he is... we hope he comes down and tells the county executive or the legislature what is of concern to him," C. Scott Vanderhoef tells NBC New York. In any case, we can watch the drama unfold with a live streaming video of the dangling man provided by ABC 7. (Screenshot from video above.)
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