Event info, etc. for the valiant Pittsburgh Anonymous in the glorious battle against the "Church" of Scientology
I have an idea for June 6th. We meet on that corner across from the Scientology store. There is a closed up office there and there is plenty of shade. That way we won't be bothering any store owners. And then from there we can move around the area if we wish.- Tex
Yeah, I'm kind of nervous that if we even try that and one of the complaining storeowners sees us, they'll start phoning up the police anyway. We stood pretty far from the one guy's store when around four of us were there at 10:45 waiting for things to get started, and he actually left his shop, walked over to us, and starting swearing and yelling.What we may have to do is walk in a closed circuit around that block until everyone's there, and then start our wider circuit around the south side.Also, btw, the next protest is June 14th, not the 6th.
Why don't we meet at the Burger King or some other location and go from there?- Tex
Possible. We may want to get further away from there even than the Burger King though. Start brainstorming spacious areas at least a block or so away.
Would it be possible to get some sort of legal notice or documentation of our right to protest there, of which we can give a copy to any store owner who causes us problems? We have the right to be there, and we're not disrupting their business every day of the week, or even once every week. One or two days out of the entire month is not something to get that irate over, especially when there's only a handful of people showing up. We have the right to be there, unless I'm gravely mistaken (and all the police officers who haven't given us trouble are gravely mistaken), and while I don't want to cause problems with the locals, I don't want to be pushed out by some irate asshole who gets upset because his 'special imports' store doesn't do quite as well on the day or two out of each month we protest as it usually does. I say we consult with local law enforcement, and local legal counsel, if possible, to confirm our rights in the matter, and then if we are in the right, continue to protest in front of the Scientology building, while staying as much out of in front of the problem stores as possible, and simply ignore the store owners if they continue to be threatening and hostile and irate, beyond making further (reasonable) effort to stay out from in front of their stores.
Yes. I agree. We do have a legal right to be there. I don't know what to do do appease the store owner but if we get some sort of legal documentation to show the store owner, he can be mad all he wants but there will be nothing he can do about it.
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