Free Speech Zone

Julie Rose

Activists looking to be heard during the DNC have criticized the city's "free speech zone" as a waste. It's a microphone in an empty lot at the edge of Uptown. Who would bother competing with noisy traffic and helicopters to be heard in an empty field?  Only twelve people, so far.

Steve Widdows liked being at the microphone enough that he came back for a second go the next day.

He stoops over the microphone, head bent so that it's hard to tell if his eyes are open.