Since someone commented asking about Reconnect, I figured I'd put up the few details I have thus far.
It will occur on Saturday, April 12th, at 11:00am. The location will be the same: sidewalk across from the Scientology bookstore at 1906 E. Carson Street on the South Side.
This protest is supposed to focus on the Church of Scientology's policy of forced disconnection from family members and friends who refuse to convert to Scientology or who criticize the organization. This policy is designed to lead to isolation of new members from support outside the Church, making it easier to control them and forcing them to become dependent on the cult for socialization and emotional support.
Regarding signs and media for Reconnect: while the typical "Honk if you think Scientology is a cult" fare will still be useful, propaganda should lean more toward exposing how Scientology tears apart family and friends, which is a standard cult practice designed to seize control over a victim's life. It is also an effective recruitment technique, forcing new members to either bring their loved ones into the organization or to cut off all contact with them.
Media coverage, as I had begun to expect a few days ago, is going to be somewhat less for Partyhard than it was for the 2/10 protest. Why? Well, I contacted all the same media outlets as before, spoke to the same people, etc., but this time, it was St. Patrick's Day, there was a huge parade, and the Clintons were in town, with Hillary Clinton marching alongside Governor Rendell and Mayor Ravenstahl at the same time as our protest, whereas 2/10 was a comparatively slow news day, and the only article that trumped us on the PPG front page was one covering a mass wedding ceremony.
So, we need to start working early on perfecting our coverage for Reconnect, and start honing our message to focus on the theme of the 4/12 protests. One idea is, in addition to me contacting the media as Anonymous media representative, for all willing Pittsburgh Anons to pick a station or paper or two, give them a call as an average citizen who happened to hear about these protests and would love to see them given more attention in the media, since you've come to feel strongly about educating the public about Scientology.
Give a name when you call, for the sake of sounding more normal and approachable and average-Joe-like, but it doesn't need to be your own. Just make up a reasonable pseudonym, even just a first name. They shouldn't need any further contact info. Emails can be sent with a throwaway gmail address that uses your fake name. If you're really paranoid and you don't have an unlisted number, there are these nifty things called payphones that actually still exist.
I've compiled a list of media contact information for this purpose, to simplify things. I'll post it here, so you can all start when you're ready. If you'd like to contact people sooner rather than later, one approach would be to state that you saw an interesting slideshow about this on the WPXI site, and you've heard there's another protest planned for next month, and you'd appreciate more coverage of this issue. One or two calls like this might get ignored, but a few dozen would have an impact. If you have too much time on your hands, make up multiple pseudonyms, mix up your story a little, and repeat as many times as you like (well, within reason).
If I've missed any important contact info, please leave it in the comments.
Pittsburgh Media Contact Info
WPXI (telephone): 412-237-1100
WPXI (email): firstname.lastname@example.org
WTAE (telephone): 412-244-4444
WTAE (email): email@example.com
KDKA (telephone): 412-575-2245
KDKA (email): Submit via form on this page
Post-Gazette (telephone): 412-263-1100
Post-Gazette (email): firstname.lastname@example.org
Post-Gazette reporter who covered 2/10, Jerome Sherman: email@example.com
Tribune Review (telephone): 412-321-6460
Tribune Review (email): firstname.lastname@example.org (for letters to the editor and giving your opinion -- they don't really have a more appropriate avenue for directing emails listed on their site).
Local University Press
CMU, The Tartan (telephone): 412-268-2111
CMU, The Tartan (email): email@example.com
CMU TV (email): firstname.lastname@example.org
CMU, WRCT Radio (email): email@example.com
The Pitt News (telephone): 412-648-7980
The Pitt News (email): firstname.lastname@example.org
Pitt TV (telephone): 717-475-2848
Pitt TV (email): email@example.com
The Duquesne Duke (telephone): 412-396-6629
The Duquesne Duke (email, editor): firstname.lastname@example.org
Point Park, The Globe (telephone): 412-392-4740
Point Park, The Globe (email): email@example.com
CCAC Student Newspapers:
Allegheny Campus (telephone): 412-237-4632
Boyce Campus (telephone): 724-325-6730
North Campus (telephone): 412-369-3698
South Campus (telephone): 412-469-6352