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Sat Dec 17, 2011, 07:57 AM

The Occupy LA protester who made TIME's 'Person of the Year' cover

Source: L.A. Weekly



Sarah Mason, TIME's Protester of the Year: More Photos, Details Behind Occupy L.A. Cover

By Simone Wilson Fri., Dec. 16 2011 at 1:00 PM


Ah, the elusive Sarah Mason -- she of the knit yellow cap and 99 percent bandana, gracing TIME's already iconic "Person of the Year" cover for 2011, yet turning her face from this new spotlight and returning no press calls (that we know of).

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(<The TIME cover photo> was...shot by LA Weekly freelancer Ted Soqui and cartoonified by L.A. street artist Shepard Fairey. ....)

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.... It appears the dreamy-eyed 25-year-old was among 20 Occupy L.A. protesters who linked arms in a circle around a pop-up encampment at the center of Bank of America Plaza on November 17. That day's march had begun at a downtown intersection, where LAPD riot cops arrested various protesters for failure to disperse, and ended at the B of A.


Mason -- a Highland resident who works at a Santa Monica art gallery -- was arrested at sundown, as was the rest of the elbow-linked chain. The bandana she wore was reportedly soaked in vinegar, "just in case the police sprayed them with gas or pepper spray."

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TIME Magazine




The original Sarah Mason photo by Ted Soqui


Full story with more photos:
http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/12/sarah_mason_time_protester_photos_occupy_la.php




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Reply The Occupy LA protester who made TIME's 'Person of the Year' cover (Original post)
pinboy3niner Dec 2011 OP
dipsydoodle Dec 2011 #1
Bogart Dec 2011 #2
Pacifist Patriot Dec 2011 #4
Major Hogwash Dec 2011 #6
Canuckistanian Dec 2011 #8
IamK Dec 2011 #3
Major Hogwash Dec 2011 #5
pinboy3niner Dec 2011 #7
Fire Walk With Me Dec 2011 #10
pinboy3niner Dec 2011 #9

Response to pinboy3niner (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 08:11 AM

1. Good find



Rec'd

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Response to pinboy3niner (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 08:19 AM

2. Proving that Time Magazine is clueless...

 

The Real "Person of the Year"


If you don't believe me, ask these folks.
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Response to Bogart (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 08:41 AM

4. I can't recall a Time Person of the Year that someone somewhere didn't disagree with.

Picking one person, or concept, by definition excludes others.

I think a reasonable argument can be made that the protestors around the globe have had more of an impact on our world in general than the loss of one man who's been in hiding for a decade.

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Response to Bogart (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 08:52 AM

6. Who is the guy behind the chair?

With his arms folded, without a tie?
Do you know?

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Response to Bogart (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 06:17 PM

8. You're right

Extra-judicial killings by America are a hot topic right now.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 08:45 AM

5. Well, I'll be damned.

They went as far as to expose her.
That is really something, considering that she was wearing that damned bandana to keep her identity a secret to begin with.

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Response to Major Hogwash (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 10:28 AM

7. WE ARE ALL SARAH MASON

Source: Occupy L.A. website



Submitted by Ruth Fowler on Fri, 12/16/2011 - 2:45am

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WE ARE ALL SARAH MASON
Submitted by Ruth Fowler on Fri, 12/16/2011 - 2:45am

As Occupiers, we were all pleased - if skeptical and surprised - that 'The Protestor' was recognized as Time's Person of the Year. Many of us have put our family lives, our personal agendas, free time, careers and what little comfort we had left in this recession-ridden world, on hold in order to Occupy. Others were at rock bottom, didn't have any of these luxuries, and yet chose to dredge up what last resources, strength and emotions they had, to join the movement. Across the world, our brothers and sisters faced greater adversities and forged the way for us - in Greece, Argentina, in Tahrir Square, Madrid, and more.

As commercial, consumer-based and bullshit as the Mainstream Media may be, and whatever underhand agenda Time magazine might have for recognizing The Protester as the face of 2011, we appreciate the accolade - even more so, perhaps, because one of our own was the face upon which Shepherd Fairey's picture was based. But as the news leaked across the internet that the faceless protester had a face and a name and was, in fact, a real person from Occupy LA, the faceless protester became a hunted figure. Yet Sarah Mason, the 25 year-old girl upon whom Shepherd's TIME cover was based, neither wanted, expected, nor had any interest in becoming, the media spokesperson and covergirl for a worldwide movement of many faces demanding, simply, change. Sarah was unaware that her picture was being used for the cover of TIME magazine, has not received financial compensation or other material benefits for that fact, and wishes to preserve her privacy at this moment.

In deference to, and solidarity with, our brothers and sisters across the world, we 'protesters' reject the attempts of the mainstream media to seek out and put our sister Sarah Mason in the spotlight. We are disgusted by the fact some 'journalists' have deliberately misquoted our sister by taking an early interview out of context, or claiming 'ownership' of Sarah, as with KPFK's unfounded claim that she worked for them.

Tonight, in reaction to a tabloid journalist attempting to interview Sarah, who has expressed a desire to be left in peace, over fifty of us 'protesters' called the journalist with a message which encapsulates the essence of our leaderless, faceless, movement: WE ARE ALL SARAH MASON.

We will repeat this action to all journalists who attempt to intrude upon our sister's privacy. If you would like to join us, call this number below and say you are Sarah:


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http://occupylosangeles.org/?q=node/2954



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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 04:58 PM

10. :(

 

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Response to pinboy3niner (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 04:33 PM

9. Echoes...

One of the participants in Saturday's #Occupy L.A. march in solidarity with Bradley Manning (with our LAPD 'minders' in background):



More info on the march in the thread by Fire Walk With Me:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/100237113

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