I just got back from the protest in Mountain View, CA. SO MUCH FUN!!! It was my first time protesting and the folks there were just awesome and made me feel very welcome. Seriously, anyone still on the fence about protesting, you can't be more afraid than I was and I can't begin to tell you how glad I am I went so please get out there and do what you KNOW you want to do. I'm not putting down online free speech activities but it's a whole other animal to get out there in the flesh and exercise those rights. So rewarding!
When I left there were probably around 30 people in our group, quite a few dressed as pirates. (Men should always dress as pirates, IMO. It's dead sexy. Grrrr.) Actually, there was one guy who looked so much like Johnny Depp in his pirate ensemble that I saw some girls coming up and taking his pic, etc. Great idea to have folks dressed up cuz it was obvious that it made people more curious as to why we were there.
Lots of people honked their approval as they drove by and a number of people stopped to thank us for protesting cuz they hate getting the hard sell from Scientologists whenever they walk by this CoS "storefront."
There was an OT VIII handing out dead-agent fliers about Anonymous. He wouldn't talk to anyone when they tried to communicate and instead just walked away. I can't recall his name but everyone else there seemed to know who he was so I'm sure someone else who was there will post about it. (Oh man! I wish I'd thought to ask him if he stole the copy paper for those fliers from the US Gubment.
One disturbing thing happened. Myself, Daisy and her son were standing at the edge of the sidewalk holding up our signs when this guy driving by in a red sports car made this small but very noticeable swerve towards us and then swerved back. You know what I mean? Just a little swerve but it was right at our little group. And Daisy's son is a little boy!! I can't confirm they were Scientologists, of course, but who else would do that?
I'm sorry I didn't have the presence of mind to get the make/model or anything like that. I was just so shocked.
I learned a lot today. One thing I learned is that folks have to somehow put together VERY short answers for questions like, "Why are you protesting?" If you start rambling a bunch, you've lost 'em. I saw a couple examples of protestors giving info that wasn't to the point and I could tell that the person they were talking to was not getting the answer they were looking for. They seemed to want to know two things: why the protests were happening and what the Scn beliefs are. I'm gonna work on putting together very short but strong answers to these two questions and I'll post 'em if I think I come up with anything valuable.
And one last thing:
THE CAKE WAS DELICIOUS!