Skip to comments.ECO RADICALS SHAMED IN DALLAS (After Freep Report)
Posted on 05/30/2002 2:21:35 PM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi
Wow! Where do I begin? This has been a memorable couple of days.
First and foremost, I must thank everyone who participated in this counter-protest. Thank you for asking Freepers to participate. The most remarkable thing about this entire counter-protest has been the way several different conservative organizations worked together as a single unified front to fight off this attack on our city and state. The left has already trashed Austin and Houston, and we will not let them take Dallas too.
Thank you to the following people with whom I had the honor of serving both yesterday and today:
Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) - Carol Jones and Peggy Venable
American Land Rights Association (ALRA) - Mike Hardiman and Chuck Cushman
Congress Of Racial Equality (CORE) - Niger Innis and Cyril Boynes
Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) - David Rothbard and Steve Watson
Paragon Foundation - Jay Zane Walley
Free Republic Network (FRN)- Patricia Meagher
Committee for the Defense of Free Enterprise (CDFE)
The Leadership Institute
and to each and every person who spent even 5 minutes on this project. It was worth it.
Now to the report:
Tuesday a.m. I got up early and picked up some last minute items for the meetings - copies, signs, etc. I made it to the Bradford by 9 a.m. and spent the next couple of hours meeting with the leaders of each of the above listed organizations plus a few others. From 11-1:30, sauropod and I loaded up in the "bus" (my car), and headed all over the high-volume commuter traffic lanes to confirm the three billboards we had purchased for Wednesday morning's ExxonMobil shareholder meeting.
MAF pointing to sign at Central (I-75) and Royal Ln
|OIL FUELS TEXAS PROGRESS
RADICALS DESTROY TEXAS BUSINESS
DONT MESS WITH TEXAS OIL
We also had billboards at I-35 and Beltline in Carrollton, and at the last south exit on the Tollway just before entering downtown. I never made it to the tollway to check, so if anyone saw that billboard, please let me know.
At 2 p.m., we gathered at the Bradford for a 2-hour training session on the evenings events. We had a room with 40 chairs reserved and were pleasantly surprised when there werent enough seats. I counted 48 at the meeting at one point. Some brief introductions were made and Carol Jones (CSE), Mike Hardiman (ALRA), Peggy Venable (CSE), and Chuck Cushman (ALRA) gave guidance on the Mock Trial counter-protest. We handed out maps, talking points, flyers, press releases, cameras, and costumes! LOTS of costumes! (more on that later with pictures!)
Once we closed the meeting, we loaded up in 5 supersized vans and went to Tinas for dinner. Tina opened her house to us fixed the meal herself in addition to handling many other details of the project, such as reserving billboards, printing 100+ yard signs, helping Carol with the hotel arrangements, reserving parking for us at the Meyerson, renting the vans etc. THANK YOU TINA!
Tina our host holding one of the 100 yard signs she had made
Carol Jones (the woman who got it all done!) and Bill Peacock
As you can see from the pictures below, dinner was no little task for Tina.
Once again we loaded up the 5 vans and headed to the Mock Trial at the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson. When we got there, Niger Innis and Cyril Boynes of CORE and Jay Zane Walley (Paragon Foundation and our very own c-b 1) and friends met us. We had 48 in our group. We cant get a definite headcount on their side, but Niger and Lloyd Christmas both counted 6 to 8 in the courtroom.
Niger Innis of CORE had sent a request to the trial organizers a few weeks earlier asking to be allowed to testify at the Mock Trial. He was rejected.
It was a pleasure talking with you yesterday. I had been in contact with your colleague, Scott Crow, and he told me I should call you. I've attached an official request, for my organization to give testimony at your upcoming trial on May 28th, to this e-mail.
Their reply was as follows:
dear niger, i am so sorry to take so long to reply to your request. i'm in dallas and things are very crazy, exxonmobil has hired to folks to counter protest our events, we have representatives arriving from different countries, and i lost one of our key staff people early last week. unfortunately the mock trial has already been scripted out and we've had to turn away some folks who are very connected to ExxonMobil, so unfortunately we're not able to accommodate your request.
hope that you will come to dallas any way and meet with some of the impacted community reps and that we can build solidarity with your organization.
again apologies for my tardiness.
202 413 2897.
Cyril Boynes, Special Advisor for International Affairs, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), had already prepared his testimony on behalf of the Peoples and governments of the Peoples Republics of Chad and Cameroon. He gave me his copy and I will post it on another thread later today. Cyril will be seen and heard here. The left will not keep us quiet. The truth will prevail.
Once we arrived on campus, we tried to enter the Mock Trial.
Our signs were a very big hit to passerbys. Thank you Registered!
We were met by campus security and told to leave the campus. We couldnt understand why we were being asked to leave when the trial had been advertised on the internet and was open to the public. We were then escorted out of the building and proceeded to the front of the building where our kangaroos and signs would be seen. We had 15 disposable cameras and the one I had with some very good pictures of the kangaroos doing their thing ended up with someone else. I should be getting many more and some better pictures later this week.
Our happy Kangaroos and ReJoyce!
Chuck Cushman (ALRA) teaching Barney Fife about free speech
Another member of our group, Wanda, sat inside during the trial and took notes. She said that the courtroom displayed a very large United Nations flag and NO United States flag. She said when court was called to order, the presiding judge stated that the International Criminal Court proceeding was under way. She had many more details that Im having trouble remembering at the moment, but I will be posting her report once she has finished it.
After the Mock Trial, we headed back to the hotel for a sign-making party with cake and ice cream. We made hundreds of signs. Im sorry I dont have more pictures of them, but Im sure more will turn up later in the week. All signs were 2-sided and we filled up 2 vans with them. They were all very creative!
We all were up and out by 6 a.m. the next morning to head to the Meyerson Center where the shareholders meeting was held. When we arrived, there were already a few leftist protestors and a few police. More police arrived within the next hour. By 7:30 a.m., we had 98 counter-protestors with more than 2 signs each ready to go. The eco-radicals had about a handful of people.
Then the infamous van showed up with u-haul in tow
Earlier in the morning, we had been asked not to plant the yard signs in previously friendly territory. I cant help but think the local news had something to do with that. For 5 days prior to this event, local news had been showing clips of Seattle when reporting about the upcoming Wednesday meeting. They should know Texans dont scare so easily. However, once the ExxonMobil shareholders saw us, they sent down a spokesperson to grant us permission to put our signs anywhere we wanted along the front of the building and blockades. We had literally hundreds of handmade and preprinted signs. Another thing to note is that we had free access to the trees, benches and water fountains outside the Meyerson Center. The leftists were in a bare parking lot with no trees or water. By mid-morning, they were looking so dehydrated and tired, we offered some of our sandwiches and water to them. They refused because the sandwiches had meat on them (ham and turkey).
Dare I mention restrooms after the embarrassing porta-potty threads? We were not allowed to use the restrooms inside the Meyerson Center. This is understandable considering the increased security since 9-1-1. However, the proprietors of two nearby buildings sent people down to tell us that we were welcome to use their facilities as much as we needed them. They were appreciative that we were out their defending capitalism. Thank you.
Now a couple of pictures of them:
Hypocrisy at its finest. I wonder if she realizes that the profits the eco-terrorist realized from bottled water are produced in part by the use of petroleum resin for the plastic bottles?
Huh? Notice ole money bags with a gas mask on. It must be sad to be afraid to breathe.
Im sorry I didnt get more close-ups of the opposition. I had 3 cameras and had started one early Wednesday morning, but I gave my cameras to those who had access to better pictures than I could get and I dont have the pictures back yet. I will post them as I get them, but Im sure it will be a few days.
More pictures of us:
The Grinch That Stole Capitalism
Why Greenpeace? Why?
Visualize Whirled Peas
OIL Black Gold, Texas Tea
I love the smell of CRUDE in the morning
DONT MESS WITH TEXAS!
A classic freep and report. Many thanks...
Did the Dallas Morning News cover your efforts? Link?
Hm, I don't know because I can't stand that liberal rag. Someone did tell me that the Fort Worth Star Telegram did a story, but I haven't seen it.
Channel 11 (CBS) did a pre-event story and interviewed Peggy Venable (CSE) that aired last Friday night. Channels 11 (CBS) and 4 (Fox) covered the event at 5,6,9, and 10 last night. I thought the reports were fairly balanced and conservative got some very good air time holding his flag and explaining why we were there. I haven't heard if Channel 8 (ABC) covered it, but Channel 5 (NBC) was at the event because they parked their van right next to one of ours. I did see 5 filming a heated debate between one of our guys and one of theirs. I don't know if it got any airtime.
There have been a few internet write-ups about this also, but I haven't had time today to chase them down. I'm trying to get the grinch's hand in Austin matched up with his body in Dallas, and Santa Claus in San Antonio? (not really sure where he is) matched up with the grinch (they come as a pair), and the shark needs to get home from Dallas to Austin.
lol, what a way to spend a day!
Was that gal's name really Banana??
I'm so happy that I decided to drive up to Dallas for this event. It was by far the most successful protest/counter protest event I have been a part of. It was so obvious how dejected the opposition was because we were there, and most of all, because we outnumbered them so badly. This is the first time I have seen us be able to do that! I sure hope it is a sign of things to come!
There was one thing that really saddened me. Some woman wearing a black kerchief-mask to cover her face had a little girl around the age of 2 with her. The child had on a red t-shirt with the American flag printed on it. The mother had taken a black marker and made a large A (for America) in the middle of the flag. Then, there was a circle drawn around the A and a slash drawn through it. How can any American be so cruel as to trash their own country to their own children?
I also want to add a line about how fine Jeff Head was. He engaged some of the protesters in some very thoughtful dialogue, and I thought it was evident from the the facial expressions of the protesters that he gave them some things to think about that they had never considered before. I wish I had been smart enough to run my video camera and record this entire conversation. I honestly think that Jeff was responsible for turning around at least some of this uninformed group of young people that we faced today.
Thanks to all the many people who worked so hard to coordinate this effort and put together the myriad of supplies, props, costumes, etc that it took to pull it off.
I'm not surprised. The truth is that we had approx. 125 (counted anywhere between 120 and 125 at various times in the morning) pro-capitalism pro-free enterprise supporters all along the front of the Meyerson Center. The shareholders did have to walk through us to get inside, but we were welcomed there and they were all smiling. The protestors were across a very wide street from us.
Don't Mess With Texas!
GREAT JOB Ms. AntiFeminazi and all thwe freepers LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING ABOUT IT IN PALTALK
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