It seemed a little rougher on the sidewalk today than it has been lately, which of course probably just means that my little piece of the sidewalk was rougher. So much of that depends on who’s around, and what mood they’re in.
A patient and her companion walk from the car to the door while M steps in front of them and pushes into them. They walk faster; they tell her to leave them alone; she thrusts her arm in front of them, displaying the plastic fetus in her hand. Talking, talking, talking. Chiding, scolding, fussing, berating the woman the whole way to the door.
Sigh. It is hard to stay calm through that.
I’m more amused by the men they have sweeping and raking in front of Women’s “Choice” Center on Saturday morning. It’s going to be the best maintained corner in the city. I’m sure it’s purely accidental that the men do theit landscaping in the middle of the sidewalk while patients are trying to get to EMW clinic.
I’m not sure what their purpose is. I guess it slows people down a little, so the chasers have more time to talk to them. I guess if they stick out their broom or rake and trip someone ~ that might keep them from getting to the clinic that day. Just doesn’t seem like it’s a really effective intervention.
I figure by next week, all the leaves and debris will be gone – maybe the fake clinic can haul some in so there will still be reason to work on that one corner of the universe.
And – you know – I hadn’t even thought about this until just now, but it fits perfectly. The fake clinic have two men spend an hour, hour and a half grooming one corner in the city every week. Now, there are lots of places that need work, lots of corners that could use some raking and sweeping. If they invested that energy elsewhere, they could make a real difference in the landscape of the city.
In the same way, the protesters put all this energy into chasing down women who’ve already made a decision, who are just trying to get to their doctor appointment. If they put that energy into doing things that would help the already born, making sure children are safe and cared for, making sure people had access to accurate reproductive information, working toward a more just society, they could make a huge difference in the world.
But that’s not what i came to talk about today.
The people from A Woman’s Choice, the fake-clinic, may have been particularly upset today because some vandals had placed stickers on the lightposts and parking meters. They said:
Of course, all those things are true, and that’s been documented many times. You can access that information on websites like this:
But apparently the folks who work at a Woman’s Choice clinic were upset about the destruction of public property, the vandalism of the stickers. One of the women went and got a police officer to come see the damage. She showed him the stickers, and assured him that their security cameras would reveal the culprits, looking meaningly at us all the while.
He looked at it and agreed that it was illegal, shook his head and “Tsk’ed.” Then he went back to the police car parked across the street.
Some of the protesters were convinced we’d done it. One man took our picture ~ mine and a few other escorts. Said he was going to post it on his website and ask people to vote on which one of us was guilty.
Now, I’m pretty sure that even if they all voted for me, that wouldn’t convict me in a court of law, so I shrugged that off.
I know we didn’t do it because it’s not de-escalating and it borders on counter-protesting, both of which are against our Points of Unity. I know we didn’t do it, cause even though it’s kind of a warm fuzzy glow to see the stickers there, it doesn’t really help anything.
So yes, it’s unfortunate that they defaced public property. But that’s the only thing the Women’s Choice staff have reason to be upset about. What the stickers said is true.