Bullies, Dissidents and Aggressors
The finer points of propaganda - How to re-name "Discover, Connect, Take Action" when you disagree with the people doing it.
Police are called to monitor the "situation" outside the council office on April 16, when the camp slash announcement will be made. Camp supporters do not even realize at first that they are considered potentially dangerous. Armed with donuts and hot coffee, they invite the cops up the hillside to have breakfast with them.
Delegates need 50 signatures from members of the delegate assembly in order to call for a special meeting. BUT the council office says privacy regulations prevent them for sharing delegate contact information. So begins a quest to contact delegates. We have their names and counties. We try to find them on Facebook, comb the White Pages, mail letters to people who might be them. But still, many simply can't be found.
Then, by great luck, Joan Villarreal, then first vice board chair of GSNEO, conducts a series of informational meetings about the property plan in August. There is one meeting in each of the 5 council regions. Attendance is limited to delegates only, and each delegate is permitted to attend only one meeting.
Camp supporters who come to meet more of the delegates are not allowed in the meeting, or anywhere nearby. So the camp supporters wait in the parking lots after each meeting to ask delegates if they are interested in signing the request. Lots more signatures are obtained.
Board supporters complain that camp supporters accosted them in the parking lots and that they are too aggressive.
Does no one stop to think that we do not want to antagonize potential allies? Yet we want to offer a point of view. Perseverance is generally an admired quality. But not in GSNEO. One delegate is able to stop the determined onslaught by the radical act of saying "No, thank you." She is crossed off the list because we do not have time to attempt pursuing delegates who are not interested. But if it seems they want to talk, we talk. If we can't find someone, we keep trying.
We are accused of being bullies and making girls cry at meetings. Stay tuned for what we may be called next. It would be funny if it weren't so sad.
Everything we teach our girls about respect, standing up for what they believe in, to not let the first obstacle stop you, to keep trying, all that is met with insults.
Ironically, if we had called out the lies earlier, countered them, demanded public accountability, we might not be in the position we are now.