A Bridge to Protest

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Location, location, location.

The Tamm Avenue overpass was not merely a convenient way to cross Highway 40 from Dogtown to Forest Park. It was one of the best protest sites in town. High volume of rush-hour traffic. Easy pedestrian access. Post-protest bar (Pat's) nearby.

The peace activists who hung banners from the Tamm every Wednesday for the past six months or so have moved to Soulard. Code Pink's St. Louis group will be on the Lafayette Avenue overpass from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today. Whoever shows up can help decide where to hold "office" hours afterward, says coordinator Laurie Meier.

Meier notes that Lafayette crosses a straight stretch of Interstate 55, which makes it a safe place to get drivers' attention. And an effective one. "That's a part of being able to get the message across clearly is making sure they're not multi-tasking," she says.

-Kathleen McLaughlin

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