(The following was originally published in the Boston Globe.)
The revolutionaries were trying to get themselves arrested, but having a tricky time picking a spot. Two dozen supporters of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein faced off against a blue line of police, in the parking lot of an empty office park. It seemed a dull spot to make a stand. The two sides talked and then the protest moved around the corner, toward a higher-profile location.
On the walk over, cannabis activist Todd Hinden, a 51-year-old with a salt-and-pepper ponytail, was on the phone with his compatriots and getting irked: They were supposed to demonstrate together with a 50-foot inflatable joint, but where were they?
“Do you have the wagon with you? Or just the joint and the blower thing?” he shouted. “Oh man, you guys should have been there a lot earlier.”