August 3, 2009
This is how it begins. Operation Rescue announces "campaign" against NE abortion provider Dr. Carhart, starts 8/28-29 http://tr.im/vjqi
At @LGBTCenterNYC for talk w/ Dr. Wicklund & Sunsara Taylor. Glad to see rather more GenXers than one might expect. Even a few Y! Near SRO.
My Q got A'ed. How to help Dr Carhart now that OR is after him? Dr W: 1) Letters of support 2) Bodies. Onsite. 3) $: siege is VERY expensive
Got Dr W to sign my book; exchanged contact info with some people. A fave line from a fave movie: I think they're conspiring to conspire!
August 5, 2009
RT @KS_NOW: Attn #ProChoice activists You are needed in Nebraska August 28th & 29th! Stay tuned for details!
August 7, 2009
RT @KS_NOW #ProChoice Activists WE NEED YOU! Come to Nebraska, defend Dr. Carhart's clinic! http://bit.ly/4Aj1rZ #p2 #tiller #fem2
August 15, 2009
Dr. Carhart risks his life for your rights. Please come to NE 8/27-29 & stand with him (& me!) against Operation Rescue http://bit.ly/16XJWR
Long must-read from Newsweek on Dr. Carhart: The Abortion Evangelist http://bit.ly/1bbccs Paragraph 3 fills me with--no other word--rage.
...the Esquire story on Dr. Hern didn't make me cry. But the Newsweek story on Dr. Carhart just totally demolished me. Fuck.
August 19, 2009
Help anti-choice protesters be useful for a change! Pledge-A-Picketer for Dr. Carhart's patients at http://www.pledge-a-picket.org/
August 26, 2009
OH HAI, mobile data service. Haven't seen you in a few days. I am boarding a plane to Wichita. Next stop after that: Dr. #Carthart's clinic
Welcome to Wichita: Air Capital of the World. Also: guns-in-checked-luggage capital of the world? http://twitpic.com/fe9ls
Margaritas. Gossip. Trash-talk. Venting. Presents. Hugs. Plotting. Planning. Activists make awesome friends.
August 27, 2009
Just picked up @themadvoter and @nicki2377. It's ON.
It's not too late for you to come to NE & help defend Dr #Carhart from Operation Rescue. Priceline a flight. Rent a car. Hitchhike. BE HERE.
Mount Saint Bag Lunch. Local support for the #Carhart clinic defense is AMAZING. Thank you Omaha!! http://twitpic.com/fj85k
August 28, 2009
You know what's classy? Anti-choicers who harangue the family members of abortion providers. Just sayin'. #carhart
.@Rizzz I am indeed in NE. Hanging out with my sign in front of Dr #Carhart's with several score of my closest pals!
I've met Terry O'Neill and Katherine Spillar here at Dr #Carhart's this morning. So great to have national leaders standing tall with us!
A small band of secular saints just rolled through with bagels and water. I am sharing around my 45 SPF and my array of extra-fat Sharpies.
Dr Carhart Is A Hero #carhart #signs
You can sing right along with us. "Every sperm is sacred / Every sperm is good / Every sperm is needed / In your neighborhood" #carhart
RT @LouisvillekyNOW @erintothemax CNN: Operation Rescue scales back at #Carhart's clinic because of NOW activists. http://tinyurl.com/mc4sw9
As we were walking for food, a sweaty dude in truck & cap stopped to tell us about his friend who got spat on by antis at Dr #Carhart's.
Thanks to PRCH (@reprodocs) for sending great shirts & totes to NE w/me! A big hit here at Dr #Carhart's http://twitpic.com/fl19f
For the next day & a half, my bosoms are being referred to as my "messaging zone" #carhart #36Csforchoice http://twitpic.com/flp4f
If God Gave Us Free Will, Does That Mean God Is Pro-Choice? #carhart #signs
Met @WendyNorris too! Looking forward to her coverage on @rhrealitycheck. Great crowd here at Dr #Carhart's; I'm so grateful to all of them.
Today? Was fucking awesome. #carhart
@KS_NOW Thank you for foregoing sleep to organize it!
Former employee of Dr #Tiller told us he had talked with her about being a target. Said he just hoped it'd be a good clean shot to the head.
Sign from god? I report, you decide RT @operationrescue: Power outage @ office this morning. Lightening struck transformer behind our office
August 29, 2009
I very much want to go and pet that big handsome bomb-sniffing dog. I guess he's busy though. #carhart
Someone I hadn't met before said "hi! I saw you talking on the news last night." Haven't seen it; hope I didn't sound like a dolt. #carhart
Dawn at Dr. #Carhart's clinic in Omaha. http://twitpic.com/foviy
Inside the property line, we hold the line. #carhart http://twitpic.com/fp03i
What the antis will see as they try to get as close as they can to Dr #Carhart's clinic entrance. http://twitpic.com/fp1lw
Fresh faces still arriving. A bunch of folks from Chicago just arrived to stand with us. #carhart
This charmer is shouting at patients, waving snuff posters & reading out medical descriptions of abortion http://twitpic.com/fp5ec
Antis at the end of the block are turning away cars looking for the clinic or directing them to their fake clinic across the street #carhart
RT @jenlabarbera An old priest just kicked thru the orange fence to kick down our NOW sign. Kicked me in the process. 1st assault of the day
New faces still arriving. Several from South Dakota just got here to stand with us for Dr. #Carhart. I've lost track now of how many we are.
What godly purpose, other than pure harassment & intimidation, is involved in photographing clinic patients? Seriously: I'm asking. #prolife
Anti threw herself past police lines at an entering car, waving a pic & screaming. Only 1 side here is respecting lines: not them. #carhart
Routed. Trounced. Thumped. Schooled. Owned. ...I'm out. Goodbye, Nebraska. Stay strong. TRUST WOMEN. #carhart
What do I win for getting pix of the exact same "Truth Truck" in 2 diff states in 1 day? CAUTION: gore. http://twitpic.com/fs9ew
Back in ICT. Same hotel, same baseball-game view. Keep expecting the crowd noise to be "Welcome! Welcome! This clinic STAYS OPEN!" #carhart
Also, WHY WAS I NOT INFORMED SOONER that Wichita's minor league baseball team is the Wingnuts?! You can't make this shit up @operationrescue
August 30, 2009
Six and a half hours later, despite a MASSIVE sleep deficit, I am wide awake. Maybe the Womb Police are right? God really does hate me.
Heading to the airport, rocking out to Obsession by Animotion. For my next trick: getting on a plane toting a camp chair and a protest sign.
The plane at my gate was meant to depart 1hr ago. Instead it just offloaded all its passengers. Who are trying to get to the same city as I.
OTOH, TSA staff at ICT are pro-choice. I have a sign saying "Dr Carhart Is Defending Freedom, I'm Defending Dr Carhart" & NO cavity search!
On a plane, at last. o/~ fill her coat with weapons, and help her get it on / 'cause one day, when she goes, she's gone o/~
(This entry transcribes tweets from and about my trips to Philadelphia, PA; Scranton, PA; and Washington, DC to observe/counter-protest/heckle Randall Terry on his "Defeat Sotomayor" roadshow in the days leading up to Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court confirmation hearings.)
July 6, 2009
Former Operation Rescue head Randall Terry to do 12-city tour protesting Sotomayor: http://bit.ly/58cfJ by @rightwingwatch
One guess where Terry will speak in Wichita! At least he's not calling it "solemn remembrance." Good just old-fashioned domestic terrorism.
Terry's 1st "Domestic Terrorists Against Sotomayor" gig: Omaha, tonight. Where my Nebraska tweeps at? http://bit.ly/58cfJ
Why I would starve to death before giving a cent to The Beer Deli restaurant in Forty Fort (Kingston) PA: http://tr.im/r7m0
July 8, 2009
This is Protest Mode: 3 hours sleep, adrenaline buzz, about 14 browser windows, and a shameful amount of cash spent on signmaking supplies
don't EVER let some chump tell you community organizing isn't work.
July 9, 2009
Scranton PA! Protest Randall Terry's extremist anti-choice agenda; support Judge Sotomayor! Friday 10AM! http://tr.im/rztY Please RT!
I am in front of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where Randall Terry is supposed to be speaking in two minutes. No sign yet.
The gathered few are all wearing cheap suits & ear bugs; lotta American-made navy blue sedans about. Subtle, boys. But thanks for being here
Of note: the folks in the Archdiocese comm office were HORRIFIED to hear Terry'd put their phone # on his press release when I called today.
.......borrowed legitimacy much, Mr. Terry?
Then they no-commented me on the no-communion-for-senators-who-don't-vote-anti-choice issue. Had to try, didn't I?
Oh look. Randall Terry Jr, and presumably Mrs Terry. Holding one end of their one sign. Holding the other, a man I don't know.
Mrs. tells a reporter Mr. is here shortly. Mystery man says to Mrs: "See that woman over there? Planned Parenthood escort. I recognize her."
That's not me. I'll have to go introduce myself.
Ok so. Skyscrapers and Twittering don't mix. I'm leaving. This is a total non-event; WHYY did a five-minute interview and otherwise no press
I'd like to share with you the burblings of an enthusiastic Terry fan. (Apparently, he has two in Philly.) She was talking about Dr Tiller:
"We don't condone killing. Of course we don't condone it. But it sure does give them pause."
This is why I. will. never. stop. Because that's terrorism in a nutshell, kids. And I will be god-damned, if I stand idly by.
Bwah! "He's liable to have addressed at least 50 non-media attendees by the time his US tour wraps up." http://bit.ly/4vhZoK RT @IAmDrTiller
July 10, 2009
Halloooo, SCRANTON! Are you ready to ROCK?
SCRANTON: word is, Terry's moved his circus to the office of Sen Casey, 309 Lackawanna Ave, not at the Bishop's office. Unconfirmed. Anyone?
SCRANTON: No Terry in either location. Late to his own presser? Shocker. Rosary stickers & loiterers with strollers near Casey's ofc.. hmm
SCRANTON: Correction: Casey's office is 409 Lackawanna. Still seeking confirmation of switch to this location
There is no one at 409 Lackawanna at all, neither Terry nor loitering stroller-pushers (those folks wandered away a few minutes ago).
It's a gorrrrgeous day for a wingnut scavenger hunt, BTW. If I can't find it, how many discombobulated antis are wandering the streets too?
Heh, Lonely gent sitting on a planter reading a pocket bible in front of 300 Wyoming. I'm totally gonna buy discombobulatedantichoicers.com
The fundie freakshow is nowhere in evidence; I'm out. Someone tell the bible-reading old dude in front of the chancery, ok?
July 11, 2009
Did Randall Terry even *have* his press conference in Scranton yesterday. Besides our being unable to find him there, there's squat online.
No news media clips. No blogger revue. Nada. Or did he have it & no one showed, so he bailed? Damn, yo: it's tough, being a has-been.
July 12, 2009
Another day, another drive. DC: anything awesome happening in town tonight? & has the line at Ray's Hell-Burger returned to prePrez levels?
No words can convey my Delaware hate. Should take 10 min to drive thru on 95, but with 2 ugly toll bottlenecks, it's looking like 30+ today.
ClinicEscort reporting live from the Supreme Court building in Washington DC where Randall Terry apparently has hooked a prize fish...
I was told by the first reporter to interview me today that Norma McCorvey is to speak today.
This is adorable. Anti chant: "Kill them early! Kill them often!" is there any doubt these people are stark raving mad?
McCorvey spoke for 60 seconds... But you couldn't hear her. Ah well.
About 20 antis. Chanting again.
Randall Terry just denied ever saying that if he were in charge, abortion doctors would be executed. The man lied to my face. Surprise?
The antis are about to descend on the Dubliner. Anyone know any waitstaff there? I'm dying to know how these folks tip.
Protest over. I gave, let's see, 5 interviews? Channels 7 & 9, AP, Alternet, Indymedia. That's nothing next to the attention my dog got!
DC! Rally with NOW for choice and for Sotomayor, tomorrow 7AM to 9AM, Hart Senate Building, 2nd and Constitution Ave SE
Interesting tidbit from the anti-choice rallies I've visited over the last few days: law enforcement getting names of attendees.
In Philadelphia, I was asked if I were with the antichoicers: "oh, okay; we wouldve needed to get some info from you if you were."
But today the Supreme Court police (yes: a real thing) got info from both sides. I am now On File I suppose. Not sure how to feel about this
If it means authorities are keeping better track of nutjobs, good I guess, since AFAIK every doctorkiller to date had raised prior red flags
But there IS a civil liberties component to this and I can't help be a bit creeped out. A damn shame it's come to this. It really is.
Also: no one asked me for ID. I gave real info, but the next anti-choice shooter would not have. So... did I pay a figurative honesty tax?
Still: that creepy feeling on my skin would be MUCH stronger had I been carded.
Aw. Mr. Terry looked a little *exercised* responding on Channel 9 to my broadcast-in-full accusation of domestic terrorism. Struck a nerve?
http://twitpic.com/a9lff - L to R: Randall Terry, anti-choice domestic terrorist; the one brown lady Terry could find for his lame Sotomayor-themed street theater; a gentleman who is not in fact brown; and Norma McCorvey, who is against abortion today, but do check back tomorrow.
July 13, 2009
Hanging at the corner of 1st and Constitution NE with 2 or 3 dozen pro-Sotomayor sign-holders.
Home from the Sotomayor rally. Randall Terry's people overslept AGAIN. We were there for 2 hours; they were there for like the last 10 min.
We had OVERWHELMING support from passing traffic. Lots of beeping and waving. Srsly: ONE guy who yelled "boo" out his window.
@feminist4choice Wonder how it feels to be a washed-up has-been on a mission of futility?
Desperation. RT @feminist4choice @NARAL more from #sotomayor hearing protester: "the blood of innocents is on ur hands." Taken away in cuffs
Guy who took my lunch order saw my "confirm her" sticker, asked what it meant. I said SCOTUS; he said "oh. Who do you think is gonna get it?
Apparently, thistle is the official color of pro-Sotomayor sentiment. Awesome sticker from DC NOW! http://twitpic.com/a8avh
Full of lamb kebab, I can now depart DC 4 more northerly climes. Not without the same old homesick twinge, but I'll come back: I always do
July 14, 2009
Apparently the anti-choice wingnuts were, in fact, on the scene at Sotomayor before 8:50 AM, only in a place out of sight of our rally...
& did a special 10-min detour past us. In hope of getting us to drop our "Confirm Her" signs all "I've seen the light!" OR just to be dicks?
(This entry transcribes tweets from and about my trip to Wichita to help Kansas NOW prevent Operation Rescue and the Christian Defense Coalition from having a big smug press conference in front of Dr. Tiller's closed clinic, on June 20, 2009, less than three weeks after his assassination.)
June 17, 2009
Stay classy, killers: RT @NARAL Anti-choice organizations plan event outside Dr. #Tiller's clinic: http://is.gd/14u9m%20
RT @KS_NOW We need proud sign holders! Come to Wichita Saturday! Counter protest the religious grandstanders!
(Who in Kansas has a scrap of linoleum I can sleep on for the weekend? Can show check register as proof of need, for real.)
Just booked flight to KS for counterprotest at Dr. Tiller's. Not how I'd planned my first trip to the Midwest--but just try to keep me away!
A member of the vast left-wing conspiracy has offered up a couch, for which I am *enormously* grateful. Thank you! Kansas here I come!
.@KansasJackass has deets for any pro-choice activists attending Saturday's counterprotest outside Dr Tiller's clinic http://twurl.nl/60mqmq
and did I mention it's F***ING REPUGNANT that the antis are exploiting a horrific murder for their own sick agenda? Oh, I did? Just checking
June 18, 2009
OMG. Just checked out weather reports for the next few days in KS. Why wasn't I warned?
... that's a LOT of Fahrenheits, y'all
June 19, 2009
ATTENTION AIR PASSENGERS. THE WOMAN BEING FONDLED AT TSA CHECKPOINT 5 HAS TAMPONS IN HER POCKET. OB. REGULAR FLOW. GOT IT? GOOD. ...sheesh
Rolling into Wichita to the tune of Tricky reworking Chuck D: got a letter from the government today....
Conspiring to conspire, with the Wichita liberal mafia. So glad to be here... but so underslept
I may not have confessed to you people my love of craft and office supplies. This is relevant, because I am a ninja badass protest signmaker
Want to type the perfect impassioned 140-char call to action for all pro-choice Wichita-area tweeps to come join the counterprotest tomorrow
...but am so tired as to be incoherent. I have only this: please come stand with us. Against violence. For women. And for choice.
June 20, 2009
RT @MassNOW "We R the organization of radical hospitality" #now09 it's true y'all. Wichita NOW bought this out-of-towner her fave donuts!
It's raining cats, dogs, and fundamentalist woman-haters in Wichita!
..... the Avis people did me a favor when they rented me that land boat.
At Wichita counterprotest. Troy Newman of Operation Rescue just rolled by in an SUV taking pix of us. Pro-life? Pro-stalking & harrassment
Short honks are for us. Long honks are against us. A LOT of short honks, waves, thumbs up
If The Fetus You Save Is Gay, Will You Still Defend Its Rights? #wichitasigns
8 Doctors & Clinic Staff Murdered! Is This Pro-Life? #wichitasigns
Abortion Is Heatlhcare #wichitasigns
Who Would Jesus Assassinate? #wichitasigns
Respect Our Grief And Go Back Home #wichitasigns
Dr. Tiller Lives On In Me #wichitasigns
Trust Women #wichitasigns
"I Hope Someday Dr. Hern Is Executed" -- 'Pro-Life' Activist Randall Terry #wichitasigns
No Tax-Exempt $tatu$ For Organizations That Incite Violence! #wichitasigns
Attitude Is Everything #wichitasigns
1997-2007: 35 Arson Attacks At Women's Clinics #wichitasigns
If You Cut Off My Reproductive Choice, Can I Cut Off Yours? #wichitasigns
George Lives! #wichitasigns
Common Ground? Negotiate With Terrorists? Not With My Body! #wichitasigns
Anti-Choice Rhetoric Incites Violence #wichitasigns
We Will Never Go Back #wichitasigns
(way more too. But my thumb is cramping!) #wichitasigns
Antis are arriving. One car slowed just long enough to hop out, throw a bouquet on the curb, & flee. Why afraid of us? Our side is peaceful.
OK, no antis since that one car. But we just got a tip they're on their way. All 15 of 'em, if our tipster is right.
*big wave+bigger smile!* RT @jillelswick @ClinicEscort honkhonkhonkhonkhonk!
Drowned rats for choice, y'all. We're here, we're soaked, get used to it.
We've been waiting all day for the anti-choice contingent to roll by and make their case. It just happened: "Fucking die!" Short & sweet
Protect Our Providers #wichitasigns (can't not post this one. So important!)
RT @pedgehog @ClinicEscort honkhonk! Thanks for being there and showing the antis what's what! :) Thank YOU for supporting us!
The anti-choicers are being so cute with the "we didn't let the prochoicers disrupt our memorial." >>
<< Other than not coming to the place you said you were coming to do the things you said you'd do when you said you'd be there, you mean?
OH HAI protest sunburn. We meet again
Oh yeah. We can do this again. We can do this again. Yeah, you, taking my picture. All casual. Heh.
I am SO STARSTRUCK! Troy Newman was back with his SUV taking photos of us, with the Rev Patrick Mahoney trying to convert us. Uh: good luck
Hey Troy: can you send me that pic you took just now? I love my new Wichita friends; be great to have a photo of us smiling so big! Kthxbai!
My nightie is a 2XL tshirt from the 2004 DC March for Women's Lives. 2XL because 1M people came; apparently all bought (normal-size) shirts!
That day was a triumph and an inspiration. So was today. Absolutely. Good night!
June 21, 2009
Rolling out. Would love to go check out Old Town, or more of Delano. But there's no time--and I didn't come to Wichita to play tourist.
I came here to be sure Dr Tiller's fam wouldn't have to see extremists' crocodile tears in front of the closed biz of a man they helped kill
Pray all you want: fine. But my reading of Matthew 6:6 says that you don't issue press releases & invite the media to cover your prayers.
So they can crow all they like about having laid flowers last night. Fact is, they were about 8, & they were there less than 30 minutes.
That's as it should be. Should have been their Plan A, not the backup. But Plan A was plain grandstanding. For shame! We shut it right down.
I could not be more proud to have helped. Bye to my kind and brave Wichita friends! Be careful out there & take good care.
(This entry transcribes my first seven tweets, on June 12, 2009. Twitter purists may view the originals here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.)
In the 7th grade, I got kicked out of a Catholic-school-sponsored speech contest because I gave a pro-choice speech. That was 20 years ago.
It's ALWAYS seemed obvious and plain to me that a woman's will quite simply takes priority over the potential of a nonviable fetus. Period.
If your religious beliefs equate "nonviable fetus" and "person" that's your right. But you have NO right to enforce that belief as law.
Anti-choicers are seeing that America will not tolerate religion as law. We're horrified when Muslim nations do it, & we won't have it here.
And so the anti-choicers grow desperate, turning to violence, intimidation, harrassment, extremism, TERRORISM. Let's be clear on that.
Do anti-choicers not remember 9/11? Although many disagreed with the Bush admin's response, that terrorist act was clearly a call to action.
Anti-choice terrorism is a call to action. I've been talking for years about volunteering as an abortion clinic escort. I'm through talking.