Sidewalk Snippet ~ {4/29/13}

It was raining again and it was an easy morning for escorts. There were just a few antis out.

We had several very empowered clients and companions. It is always a privilege to witness them navigate around the antis with ease. Several companions thanked the escorts for what we do, including physical pats on the back from a couple of them. Clients were upbeat and seemingly unphased by the words the antis said, sailing peacefully into the clinic.

As the morning’s activity was winding down, the antis were getting more aggressive with their words and walking two antis to every client. Still, the clients ignored them.

One of the last clients coming in had two companions. I was able to explain the difference between protesters and escorts before we were joined by two antis. In my explanation, I added the phrase, “You can ignore the protesters. This is one place you can be rude.” The client pointed to one companion and said, “That’s why we brought him.” The two antis zeroed in on the two companions because the one brought to be rude was talking to them. The client and I were able to walk in front without interference, sharing our amusement over the comments being exchanged.

Before the morning was over, the pedestrians on the sidewalk joined in. One runner stopped in front of the two prayers across from the clinic entrance. He asked them, “What is going on here?” One answered, “We are praying for the babies. This is an abortion clinic.” The runner answered, “You have been deceived by Satan. This is not Christianity. You are wrong to be here.” Then they continued running down the sidewalk. The “We will pray for you,” shouted after them was met with a curse tossed over a shoulder.

If I had one wish, I would wish for no antis in front of the clinic. If this wish cannot be granted, this day was the next best thing.

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REMINDER: Our annual  fund drive Pledge-A-Picketer is NOW!

The Saturday before Mother’s Day is the biggest protester day of the year.  It also is the date  where we count protesters for donations to support the pro-choice effort and the escorts.  You can pledge a certain amount for each protester showing up that morning. If you prefer, you can also make a straight monetary donation.

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6 thoughts on “Sidewalk Snippet ~ {4/29/13}

  1. Heh, “We’ll pray for you.” Christianese for “F*CK YOU!”

    I want to buy that runner a drink of his choice. We need more folks running by and speaking up!

    I love these “empowerment” stories. They literally make me smile at my screen and know that people are hearing us.

    • Longtail,

      Happy you liked the article. We focus on a lot of the harassment that goes on, but there are also a lot of empowerment stories to share. Those stories make me smile too. We actually have many people who pass and stop to tell us thank you. I loved Johnny Au Gratin’s comment about escorts helping to raise the awareness of people walking by the clinic. It is always nice to hear supportive words.

      Thank you,
      Servalbear

  2. One runner stopped and said to me “Thank you for being here and doing this.” I thanked him for the affirmation, straightened my orange vest, and stood a little taller on the sidewalk. As the antis near me bellowed their emotionally manipulative lies, I replayed this exchange in my head and let it wash over me.

    The primary importance of what we do is to help the clients, but the bonus is that we demonstrate to the public that it is possible to stand up for what is right. That they don’t have to allow the anti-woman bullies to prevail. Some may decide to join us, or to research a candidate’s position on these issues before voting, or try to convince a friend who is on the wrong side of this issue that they are wrong. Despite all those who don’t give it a second thought, there are surely some who decide to make a difference. We help to raise awareness just by being there.

    Sincere thanks to all of you in the clinic escort line. While I wish it was not necessary, I am happy and proud to stand with you.

    • Johnny,

      Your comment puts this so well. I agree with everything you said, especially: “We help to raise awareness just by being there.” I add my thanks to all of the escorts for standing up for what is right. We are happy to have you stand with us.

      Thank you,
      Servalbear

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