It's amazing how much is going on.
Tonight is Planning Meeting
for the Human Barricade at the Downtown Tucson Library. I was going to attend, until someone pointed out that one way to take out the Westies for a while was for all those coughing with the plague *raises hand*
to go stand by them and cough in their general direction. Guaranteed lack of voice for at least two weeks. ^^;;
... Took that as a subtle hint not to take the chance of passing it on to the counter-protesters. There was also requests that this meeting is for PLANNING, and I'm not sure what I can do, (organising is not one of my skills) so I'm passing on tonight in exchange for sleep.
Tomorrow night is Buiding Angel Wings
at BreakOut Studios for those interested in being a 'Action Angel
' and part of the human barricade. They're also looking for donations of supplies, pvc pipe, connectors, safety pins and sheets.
People in Phoenix are also organising carpools
, at least for the little girl's funeral on Thursday. I'm still waiting for more details on the other funerals.
Someone is a smart cookie and using Westboro's appearance to host a Phelps-a-Thon
to raise money for Wingspan
, a local non-violence group.
As far as bikers, The Patriot Guard Riders
have said no, because they are for military, but the Sons of Liberty Riders
will be gathering for Mourner Protection, as will be many other Tucson, Phoenix and Apache Junction Rider groups. President Obama will be talking at 6 p.m. at McKale Memorial Center on the University of Arizona campus Wednesday night.
"Together We Thrive: Tucson and America"
A listserve for events being organised has been started. It is http://groups.google.com/group/tucsonmemorial
This will be the primary source of information from here on out.
The plan for Thursday has been posted on facebook
, (non-fb mirror
Basically: No Signs, Be Silent (and respectful). The WBC may not show up, if they do, do not react to them, no matter how tempting.
An FAQ has been set up here.
There is also now a website up for information: http://www.tucsonmemorial.org/
There is room for a MAXIMUM of 30 Angels due to safety and logistics. There will be training on Wednesday night 7-9pm at Hotel Congress (311 East Congress St)in use of non-violent, non-reactionary tactics for all Angels, Angel Handlers and anyone else who is interested in coming.
People who want to come to the funeral and line the streets are encouraged to wear all white.
... At this point, I think there might be a problem with too many people showing up, rather than too little. ^^;;
The State of Arizona has just passed a bill for Funeral Protection Zone
. Protesters cannot come within 300 feet of the funeral.
-the bill was written and passed in under a day.
The police have issued a Zero-Tolerance policy for any kind of public disturbance on either side. Spread love, not hate. ♥WBC has announced that it will not be picketing at the Christina Green's funeral, due to 2 radio shows offering air-time in exchange.
According to the WBC website, they're going to be picketing:
Tucson High Magnet School, 14 January 14 7:30-8:00am and Congress on the Corner, 14 January 10:15-10:45am.
Apparently Tucson High "is infested with faggots and run by perverts" (say what?)
And for anyone who needs a laugh, Best Way EVER to beat the WBC at their own game.Information crossposted on tucson