This is a video i took last Saturday.
Up til now, I’ve been hesitant about posting some of these videos. I don’t particularly want the protesters to post videos of us on their websites, so I’ve been a bit careful here. But if we want to push for a buffer zone or a bubble law, then I think people need to see the unvarnished version of Days on the Sidewalk.
The men featured in this brief clip are well-known to us – Tim and Ron. I’ve decided to use the names that we know them by ~ I don’t actually know if those are their given names, or just ones we’ve used to identify them. For some time now, Servalbear and I had been using initials for the protesters, but that’s kind of pointless too. Whether I call him “R” or Ron, his actions are the same. However, I won’t publish both first and last names, even if I know them.
The clip starts with Tim yelling at the clinic windows, as the antis so often do, promising the clients the moon if they’ll come out. Scholarships to UL, places to live, the job they’ve always wanted. I would be more impressed with that if I hadn’t heard that the benefits only last as long as the pregnancy, and that once the baby’s born, they disappear into thin air, rather like the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland.
Than we move to Ron, who’s right in front of the clinic door. A member of the clinic staff is standing in the doorway. You can’t see her, but he’s talking to her and a couple of escorts. Ron is the one who thought we should give him some of our ginger snaps a couple of weeks ago. The person he addresses as “Weasel” is one of our escorts. Tim joins him to help harass the clinic staff person.
While I was watching them, I kept thinking, “And they claim to be here to ‘help women?’ This is an odd way to do it.” There are no women being helped in this video… In fact, all of the clients are already in for the morning, and they can barely hear people yelling at the window.
And of course, while i’m videoing them, some of the antis are videoing me. Sigh. That’s fine. I can live with that.