Author and noted scholar Mike Davis describes the “rite of passage” when as a young activist, you first “look into a cop’s eyes a few anxious inches from your face and find only robotic murderous hatred staring back at you.” Confessing that he’s not too fond of being clubbed or pummeled, Mike says he prefers to “lock myself safely in my car and drive to protest,” perhaps humming “drove my Chevy to the levee…” He then offers a fascinating history of all-American vehicle-based demonstrations, from truck convoys to labor’s use of massive auto blockades.

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