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2nd Citizens Choice 2
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June 19, 2010 marked the 29th consecutive month of peaceful global protests against the scientology cult. Clearwater went with a second citizen’s choice theme. A 22 year citizen of Clearwater came by to talk to us and told the tale of how Clearwater tried to fight the cult in the beginning but then "sold their soul to the devil". The disgusted citizen then threw his arms out wide and said "when you sell your soul to the devil this is what you get!" indicating a downtown largely deserted and with the cult itself owning the vast majority of it.

Pre-jacket theft with the cult’s Ft. Harrison and a Sea Org member in the background.

This month the cult showed it’s true criminal nature by having one of their teens who was a plant in the protest group commit theft by stealing a scientology volunteer ministers jacket which had been a gift form an ex-cultist to a Clearwater Anon. The plant asked if he could wear it for one protest march, the owner unwisely said okay. Very quickly in to the march the plant tells me he’s going to run and grab his brother (who was always with him at the two other protests they attended) and he’ll meet us at the intersection we were enroute to.

I said okay, but leave the jacket. You can put it back on when you return. He said I’ll only be a minute. I said no, we don’t know you well enough to let you ride off with it on your bike. He says I don’t want to take it off so I’ll just come with you and call my brother. Then as soon as I turned my back on him to cross the street he sped off on his bike as fast as he could go. A police report was filed for theft of property.

I was very suspicions about those two since the first time they showed up to a protest in March of this year. Their stories simply did not add up. As one example: a teen who says he doesn’t go on the internet while feverishly fiddling with a blackberry at every opportunity. As the disgusted Clearwater Police Officer said when I told him of my earlier suspicions "well you were right!"

These are the two scilon plants we had dubbed "the bike twins" who claimed to be brothers. The one on the right is the one who stole the jacket: www.flickr.com/photos/anonymous9000/4529262252/ And the one in the background here with the VM backpack:
www.flickr.com/photos/anonymous9000/4528621829/

And this telling video compilation from this and a past protest: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDvT7T1yJIo&feature=player_em…

We still have the cult VM backpack we were given at the same time as the jacket and the cult will be seeing a lot more of that at future protests. We protested an extra hour this day and some of the protestors vowed to protest several days in a row this week as a result of being victimized by this cult’s criminal actions.

Since last month’s protests scientology and it’s abuses have once again made headlines across the world and two Anonymous megaraids have taken place.

5/12/10 Australian Senator Nick Xenophon secures inquiry in to a public benefit test for charities and religions. "This proposed amendment is no threat to charities or religions acting in the public good," Nick said. "It is simply designed to ensure that people who derive benefit from the Australian taxpayer actually provide benefit to the Australian people through good works."
A similar public benefit test has operated in the UK since 2006, and crucially under the UK model, any identifiable benefit is balanced against any detriment or harm.
"For more than six months we have heard devastating allegations of abuse within the Church of Scientology. We have heard allegations of coerced abortions, false imprisonment, stalking, harassment, extortion, obstruction of justice, and serious labour violations," Nick said. "This test would ensure that these harms would have to be taken into account when deciding whether an organisation receives tax exempt status."

www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/economics_ctte/public_ben…

5/19/10 The daughter of the cult president in Australia speaks out about scientology describing it as "toxic" and accusing it of tearing some famlies apart.
www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/18/2903065.htm

5/20/10 From Australia "Top Scientologist ‘covered up sex abuse’"
www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/20/2904503.htm?sectio…

5/27/10 Weekly news magazine "Veintitrés" in Argentina covers the cult:
anonymousdeargentina.blogspot.com/2010/06/revista-veintit…

5/29-31 Boston Megaraid with speeches on day two by former cultists Larry Brennan, Nancy May and Steve Hassan
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci-eUhHwK0s
www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6FYcFT5NKg&feature=related
www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2gBJ2rrr8c&feature=related
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhYy4NG-YpA&feature=related
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oma3tujOGks&feature=related
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt1C3w9ea0M&feature=related

6/4-6 European Megaraid in London
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSdW2gh_Z44

6/17 – 6/18/10 St. Pete Times continues it’s Truth Rundown series of investigative journalism with two new front pages covering coerced abortions in scientology’s SeaOrg paramilitary group and a current lawsuit against the cult. The coerced abortions story spread like wildfire acrosst the internet.
www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/church-of-scientology-n…
www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/scientology-and-abortio…
www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/church-of-scientology-t…
www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1102159.ece
www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/scientologys-family-f…

6/17/10 Ex-scientologist Lance DeMarco is interviewed and describes how the cult leader David Miscagive aka "command intent" ordered himself and his superiors in Clearwater to violate Florida State law with regard to children’s education. The MP3 of the interview is available here:
www.megaupload.com/?d=HM23IL02

But don’t take my word for it, educate yourself about what TIME Magazine called "The Cult of Greed and Power":
www.whyweprotest.net
www.xenu.net
www.exscientologykids.com

Case 1 of “The Virginia Way of Life Must Be Preserved” Exhibit
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Shown here is an image of Case 1 from the exhibit "The Virginia Way of Life Must Be Preserved", on display in the Nancy Marshall Gallery on the 1st floor of Swem Library at the College of William & Mary. This exhibit is part of "From Fights to Rights: The Long Road to a More Perfect Union," Swem Library’s project to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit is on display from June 18-October 22, 2012.

The following is a transcription of the labels presented in this case:

Brown v. Board of Education, 1954:

The students and parents of Farmville’s Moton High School worked with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in suing the school board of Prince Edward County. The NAACP previously had sought to force school boards to make black schools equal to white ones, but in 1950 it had changed its strategy to try to overturn segregation as unconstitutional. It was involved in cases all over the country, not just in Virginia. The Supreme Court bundled four of the cases, including the Farmville case, together into Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. Thurgood Marshall and other NAACP lawyers argued before the Court that segregation violated the “equal protection” clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. constitution. Based on tests showing that black children preferred white dolls over black dolls, they also argued that mandatory segregation psychologically damaged children of color, making them internalize feelings of racial inferiority.

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in the Brown case that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” Chief Justice Earl Warren, pictured here speaking at William & Mary later that year, worked hard to get a unanimous decision and became the target of white Southerners’ worst venom. In May 1955, in Brown II, the Supreme Court ordered that desegregation proceed “with all deliberate speed” but left supervision of the task to federal district courts.

The photograph of Moton High’s Class of 1956 visibly demonstrates that desegregation did not happen overnight. The school was just as segregated in 1956 as the schools attended by class sponsor Mabel Ragsdale Watson and her sister Laura Ragsdale when they were school girls in Roanoke decades earlier, as seen in Laura’s photo album.

The Gray Commission, 1954-1955:

The Brown decision stunned Virginia’s leaders. At first, they seemed willing to accept the Court’s ruling, but angry newspaper editors and white voters called for resistance. Governor Thomas Stanley then appointed a commission, chaired by State Senator Garland Gray and consisting entirely of white legislators, to determine how to respond. In November 1955, the Gray Commission issued recommendations designed to delay desegregation but allow localities to decide if they would desegregate quickly or not. Among other proposals, the Gray plan recommended giving tuition vouchers so parents could send their children to segregated private schools. The assembly quickly adopted the Gray Commission report in principle. Since the state constitution did not allow public money to be used for private schools, it needed to be amended for tuition vouchers to be possible. A referendum on January 9, 1956 overwhelmingly approved calling a constitutional convention which did just that.

Massive Resistance, 1956-1957:

In response to Brown II, the Arlington County School Board announced in late 1955 that it would gradually integrate. The NAACP helped parents and students file lawsuits to force integration elsewhere in Virginia. Ardent segregationists, fearing that integration anywhere
could lead to integration everywhere, demanded stronger resistance to Brown. Nowhere was resistance greater than among the white population of Southside, the most heavily black region in Virginia. Southside was the heart of the Byrd Organization, the Democratic machine that had run the state since the 1920s under the leadership of U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd, pictured here with Republican State Senator Ted Dalton. In February 1956, Byrd proposed a program of “massive resistance” to school integration. Byrd supported the Virginia assembly’s resolution of “interposition” that declared the Brown decision unconstitutional and unenforceable, although this had no actual legal effect. More importantly, in September 1956, the assembly passed a program of massive resistance laws, known as the Stanley Plan after the governor. The plan denied state aid to any locality that allowed desegregation of even one school, authorized the governor to close any school that federal courts ordered integrated, and provided tuition grants to help white parents send their children to segregated private schools if their local public school closed.

School Closings, 1959:

The Stanley Plan met with immediate challenges in federal courts, with cases pending through 1957 and into 1958. As the school year began in the fall of 1958, federal judges ordered previously all-white schools in Warren County, Charlottesville, and Norfolk to integrate. Governor J. Lindsay Almond, Jr. shut the schools down rather than allowing them to integrate. In November, Norfolk voters voted against petitioning the governor to reopen the city schools, even though the closing affected 10,000 white students and seventeen black students. On January 19, 1959, the state supreme court ruled that the closings violated the state constitution’s provision requiring there to be public schools and the federal district court ruled that the closings violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause. The courts ordered that the schools be reopened.

Prince Edward County, 1959-1964 and Beyond:

After briefly considering shutting the state’s public schools down entirely, Governor Almond conceded defeat and reluctantly allowed integration to proceed very slowly. The more extreme segregationists denounced Almond as a traitor. The state legislature once again adopted a local-option plan, with tuition grants and a pupil placement program that allowed students to be assigned to schools in ways that minimized “race mixing.” The county government in Prince Edward County, in the heart of Southside, shut down its public school system entirely. Using state tuition grants, many white students attended a new private academy, but other white students and all the students of color were left without formal schooling unless they left the county. The Supreme Court in 1964 ordered Prince Edward to reopen its public schools. At that point, only five percent of African American students statewide attended integrated schools.

In 1968, the Supreme Court invalidated the pupil-placement program and ordered an end to separate white and black school systems in a decision involving New Kent County. And in 1970, a federal judge ordered a busing plan implemented to desegregate Richmond schools. Not until the late 1980s did busing end.

From the Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary. See swem.wm.edu/scrc/ for further information and assistance.

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