The People's Guide To Paul Chan's The People's Guide To The Republican National Convention

detail of The People's Guide To The Republican National Convention, by Paul Chan, for Friends of William Blake

Since the NY Times has seen fit to examine the Bloomberg Administration's rights-defying actions against protestors during the 2004 RNC Convention in New York City, I thought it'd be a good time to look at a remarkable artifact of those protests, Paul Chan & co's The People's Guide To The Republican National Convention. Here's how Paul described it to the CAA Journal last Spring:

The first map I made was in 2004. It was done with a group calling itself Friends of William Blake. I drew Manhattan south of Central Park and we detailed all the events and activities in New York affiliated with the 2004 Republican National Convention. The idea was to make a free map that helped people "get in or out of the way" of the RNC. It worked--to the extent that we showed both protesters and clueless conventioneers the strip-club where the Utah Republican delegation was hosting a fundraiser, and the midtown location of the Dick Cheney gala. The map did not show directions as much as sow havoc.
There are still print copies of The People's Map to be found, but it looks like Activist Magazine is the only place online that hosts the original PDF [pdf, 1.1mb]. I'm going to host it here in hopes that it'll get picked up and archived around a bit.

Meanwhile, the rest of Chan's CAA thing is about the maps in his Waiting For Godot project. Keep reading.

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