The Real Life Superhero Files: Rock N. Roll
|The lady superhero: Rock N. Roll (on the left, obviously)|
There are more. Many more.
Here's Rock N. Roll, one of the few ladies among a sea of male superheroes, and a founder of the California Initiative.
Handle: Rock N. Roll, a combination of being a rock guitarist and a motorcyclist.
Superhero turf: Oakland, San Francisco.
Superhero cred: Former bouncer at the End-Up, rock guitarist, teaches women's self defense.
Superhero exploits: Rock and the superhero group she co-founded this summer, the California Initiative, pick up used needles off Mission streets, coordinate toy drives, homeless hand-outs, and patrols of high-crime areas in civilian clothes.
Secret weapon: Humor. "One of the things we can do is try to defuse the situation in a funny way. It's almost like being a parent. like, 'Hey guys, are we going to have to separate you?'"
On why Occupy Oakland's tent city needed superhero security help more than
On why she and her teammates won't intervene between Occupy and police: "It wouldn't be in line with us remaining neutral, because you'd instantly be on the side of Occupy. None of us have a police record. I can say that with confidence. And even if for a good cause, none of us want to lose our job or be on probation."
On why the California Initiative doesn't wear costumes for security work, except for bulletproof vests: "A bunch of people in weird masks tend to look like you're trying to remain anonymous, and not for the right reasons."
On why she wears costumes for charity work: "There could be someone doing good work for 15 years in a soup kitchen, but nobody will join the cause. You put a mask on that guy, all of a sudden everyone is like, 'Hey, what are you doing?' As soon as you put on something thtat reminds someone of their childhood comfort -- childhood comic books -- they are all interested."
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