Several non-political organizations were at the convention.
Craftsmen tools were building a home for a veteran:
The Biotechnology Industry Organization had a mobile display:
Yelp was trying to get people to vote for yelp:
And there was a weird company with bicycle powered vehicles:
There were also protesters. I saw a lone man, near a press area, being ignored by everyone. He was happy I took his picture:
(His sign was about the national debt and blamed Republicans and Neo-Cons for it.)
Next I spotted some Ron Paul supporters:
But protesting wasn't allowed where they were so the police talked to them:
Nearby was the MSNBC stage:
And the Huffington Post Oasis:
One Ron Paul Supporter had handwritten signs taped to his car:
They said, "Don't Be A Fake Republican Vote Ron Paul", and, "RNC Changing rules while in play? That's called cheating!".
This Ron Paul supporter was more committed, incorporating a Ron Paul sign into his paint job:
I saw a few Ron Paul people handing out fliers, too. They were irritated about rule changes at the convention.
At Lykes Gaslight Park I found a larger group of Ron Paul supporters:
There weren't a lot of people, but they had energy:
Supposedly protests like this weren't allowed, nearby police didn't interfere:
They seemed to not bother small groups that behaved.
And there wasn't favoritism towards Republicans. Here are some "Christians for Obama" who also weren't stopped by the police:
I'm not sure if the vendors on the street were legal either. Here's one selling "Vote Them Out!" playing cards:
Now, to an officially sanctioned protest, the Westboro Baptist Church:
This sign reads, ""Homo Sex Is A Threat to National Security":
Lots of people, with iPhones, were interviewing members of the church. Other than that they weren't being bothered.
This guy was protesting nearby and made a point of saying he wasn't with the church:
Like everywhere else, there were officers in the background, making sure nothing got out of hand:
And the award for "worst protest" goes to "Man on the Cross". This is the park where it was supposed to happen, completely empty: