A ‘pattern interrupt’ on the Walkway

I met Edward C. Ball on my morning bike ride on the Walkway Over the Hudson. It was a gorgeous day. When I saw Mr. Ball, I asked him about the sign that caught my eye.

“The sign I carry — Speak up — is my attempt to create a pattern interrupt in the lives of the people who read it,” Ball says. ”Some ask, ‘About what should I speak up? ‘To which I answer, ‘Something that is important to you. Speak up and respectfully share it with others.’”

Ball continues, “It allows me to listen and then to ask, ‘Are you registered to vote?’”

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Ball says, “I came up with the idea one day while thinking about George Floyd. I was struck with how little my growing up experiences (white Los Angeles) had in common with my cousin Yve’s (Black Louisiana). From this I somehow knew I wanted to carry a sign ‘Speak up.’ Strange, right?”

Not strange at all, Mr. Ball. Thanks for your valuable contribution to the national dialogue.