How was your day?
Me? I got arrested.
Yup. The cuffs were slapped on WBM for the second time as we dropped by Gold for a quick protest following the Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Angry Gay pope has put up video from the event. First is the arrest of “Mark Lowell.”
Couple things I notice from this: We were arrested because of “trespassing” but all the deputy kept warning us about was blocking traffic in and out of the gates. At 8:20 AGP steps up off of the street into Scientology’s flower bed and says essentially, “Am I blocking cars now?’ The deputies says, ” Now you are on their property.” So as we were well aware, we weren’t on their property when we were arrested.
And as for blocking cars in and out, you can see several cars easily coming and going even after the deputies pulled their vehicles into the entry way and grouped us all around in front of the gates. Not a single car was ever blocked or hindered the entire time.
And the video of my arrest.
Here’s the full debate on the ordinance at the County Board of Supervisors meeting. They were taking a final vote on the ordinance to restrict picketing in Riverside County. When Supervisor Jeff Stone proposed the ordinance, it was clearly on behalf of Scientology. There was so much blowback that they made it about “all residences.” I did not do as well as I would have liked. I tossed out everything that I was prepared to say and stammered this out.
We then went to Gold where the Sheriff’s Deputies invited us back to their place.
People have been talking about this around the web. There’s an active thread at Why We Protest. I haven’t been able to keep up with all of it. I looked at the thread on OCMB and was happy to see that Maureen has gotten word about her sister, so good has already come out of this.
Someone there mentioned that the deputy after the arrests seemed like a different man than the one who took us into custody. While driving into the station to be processed, I had a chance to talk to him about why people protest Scientology. He knew little about the group and was shocked to hear about the history and abuses. I gave him a lot of suggestions for google searches and told him Maureen’s sister was inside the gates and their family was hit by disconnection. He told me he would do a welfare check and I’m happy to see he did it promptly.
By the end of the day, good had already come out of the arrests. I think more good can still come.
More when I have time.
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