I had a meeting with the Washington State Patrol on Friday to discuss the demonstrations on Monday. Below is information on our meeting, expectations that the Washington State Patrol has sent to people in Unity in the Community and workers at the Capitol, and demonstration guidelines that the peace keepers will be handing out to participants.
M. R. Rossi
Summary of Meeting With Washington State Patrol
I have had a lot of meetings with police officers, and believe that the meeting I had with Captain Curt Hattell went very well. Mostly Captian Hattell and the other officer expressed a desire to ensure safety and to respect all demonstrators right to free speech. Regardless of what I think of WSP’s approach, after our meeting I was convinced that those intentions are sincere. As far as I know, the WSP plans to have a 100 – 150 foot barrier between counter protesters and supporters of the Nationalist Socialist Movement. The barrier will be drawn around the grassy area with the flagpole between the Temple of Justice and the Legislature Building. The NSM will be allowed to occupy the side with the Legislature Building – on the steps, where they got the permit – while counter demonstrators will have the area around the Temple of Justice. I have heard some remarks that the WSP plans on erecting a fence or wall between demonstrations. None of that was mentioned to me at our meeting. I was told that there will be a line of police tape with the WSP, probably in riot gear, guarding the line. Anyone crossing the line without police consent from either side will be arrested. I was assured that the WSP would not interfere with our rally, that they plan on letting things take their course and wind-down as the day goes on, and that they will let us resolve problems internally through our own peace keepers. For more information, you can read the official statement that was sent out below:
...I found the Port's comprehensive plan on the Port's web site and went to the section on the airport. That section refers to the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). This is basically a five-year, nationwide, airport capital improvement plan. It lists all 3300+ airports that qualify for federal funds, and reports how much federal money they are planning to spend on each of those airports.
I went to the NPIAS section on Washington airports and found Olympia. Here is the link (pdf file)
What I was shocked to learn is that the feds are planning to spend almost $14,000,000 in capital improvements on the Olympia airport from 2005-2009, and to upgrade the airport's designation from General Aviation (GA) to Primary Airport (PR). SeaTac is a PR airport. Olympia is the only airport in the state that is being upgraded from GA to PR.
All this, of course, was entirely sotto voce (did I spell that correctly, Zena?) at the Port. They are not strengthening the runway to allow much heavier planes to land on it, you see; they are merely correcting a line of sight problem. In other words, typical secrecy and deceit from our wonderful Port. The 1995 comprehensive plan says the airport use is GA, and I don't recall any public process amending the comprehensive plan to permit PR uses at our airport.
I filled out a card saying I spend approximately $250 a month at Stormans. (I've guestimated about $3000 in the past year...yikes.) This was to give them an idea of how much money they're losing in the boycott. The combined total so far is an impressive amount.
Most of the protesters were polite, didn't break any laws, and helped make the event pleasant. I observed one guy mouth off to a security guard when he was asked to hold his sign down while crossing the parking lot. The only other spotty thing I saw from our side was a woman shouting something to one of the opposing dweebs about how he was a fucking idiot.
The Counter-Protesters, while having the same rights we did to voice and display their opinion, felt the need to infiltrate themselves and their signs in our crowds instead of just congealing in their own section. They behaved exactly like viruses.
One misinformed Catholic (That's just an assumption based on his stance and his St. Martins shirt) who was confusing Contraception with Abortion had the gall to say, when confronted with the "What about Rape?" argument, that some Rapists wear condoms.
One shopper told us we could shop at Wal-Mart instead. Interesting choice of Big Box store seeing as how the Walton family is Mormon, a religion known for large families and anti-contraception beliefs.
The one large guy from the opposing side, the guy who looks like a hillbilly that shaved his beard and put on beach bum clothes, the guy who apparently is an overcompensating Christian who's in denial of his self, claimed that nobody is poor in America anymore. Never mind the fact that not only do people still STARVE TO DEATH in this country and starve to death in Washington State but they also starve to death in Thurston County.
I went and hijacked someone elses thread with this post, and Meta kindly suggested I start my own thread with the idea. So here it is, the only thing I ask is this: This is a really tough issue for many people, please try and approach the question(s) in a fair and kind manner. I want feedback and lots of dialogue, but I don't want anyone to have hurt feelings. Thanks
I've always thought that what happens to a body should be the body owners choice. I find myself wondering though ( it's never happend ) how would I feel if it were my child that was growing inside of her? I've never really come up with an answer to that. I have so many conflicting feelings about what I would want to happen, what I would do to make things happen. I have no doubt I'd step up to the plate, but that inbetween time actually scares me.
So to all of you men out there I pose a question: How would you feel if it were your wife, or girlfriend, whatever the case may be. She became pregnant, and she wanted an abortion, adoption, or wanted to have the child, and you feel strongly in the opposite. We basically have no claim over someone elses body, how does that make you feel that something that is half yours ( in theory ) is under the complete control of the person who gave the other half?
We could even turn this around to women: How would you feel if you became pregnant, and your partner wanted to keep the baby, even though you didn't, or vice versa. How would you feel? The ball is literally in your court, what do you do?
From the Olympian:
While our democracy allows the neo-Nazi the freedom to spew their abhorrent rhetoric into the public marketplace of ideas, we, as a community, have a responsibility to vigorously and loudly counter them with our own positive, community-affirming message. As the Nazis' message will tell us who they are, our message must tell them who we are: Arts Walk on a warm evening. The farmers market on a Saturday morning. The Tumwater Fourth of July Parade. Lakefair. The Lacey Fun Fair. All those times and places where we come together in good company as a community.
Against those forces that would tear us apart and diminish our neighbors, The Evergreen State College, St. Martin's University and South Puget Sound Community College stand together to reaffirm our commitment to building a future that openly embraces the ideals of freedom we celebrate on the Fourth of July. The neo-Nazi message of hate is antithetical to that commitment to a free society, and we stand with you, the community, in opposition to it.