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Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock on the road to Quartzsite Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2012

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Freedom's Phoenix and Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock will be taking the Freedom's Phoenix RV on the road to Quartzsite - If you want to go along, please let us know. We will post the details to the Meetup site (May leave this evening or early Wednesday morning)

From the Town of Quartzsite Webpage:
 PO BOX 583

Letter from Nicola:
I hitchhiked to Quartzsite, AZ for christmas to visit my father.  He
lives his Wintersin a small motorhome in Quartzsite due to the
moderate weather, abundant inexpensive camping and the notorious trading post that forms every year as travelers stop through.  I've been to Quartzsite many times to visit my father.  Never have I been kidnapped, taken 40 miles away and held hostage in a cage.  But that is what happened this time.

I had arrived in Quartzsite just before Christmas.  The day of my
arrival, I spent some time looking for buyers for my own handmade jewelry and wallets and a few other items made by friends.  I didn't have luck with any of the local vendors or tourists I chatted with. Most expressed hard economic times, many noted made harder by the town's new vending permit requirements.  Since I hadn't been able to barter up any cash and there were no big grocery store dumpsters to salvage from, I headed to the highway offramp and quickly made money displaying items for trade and holding a cardboard sign.  I had enough to eat dinner and purchase a few groceries for the visit with my dad. He is on a fixed income and I was happy to be able to help out during my vsit.  I had a lovely visit with my father and his friends the next few days.

Just after Christmas, I ventured beck into Quartzsite to give trade
another chance.  I was unable to find any buyers again and having
nothing I needed a few dollars for the next day's travels.  I was
displaying my jewelry on the gorund and holding a sign that said
"Traveling Broke Hungry Merry Christmas" when a police officer drove by.  He used his radio to let me know that he could take me to jail and panhandling is not allowed as he drove past.  I immediately sat down and began to put my things away and text the change of plans. Less than 4 minutes later the same police car pulled up close to me. The officer exited, asked for my identification and I remained sitting and gave him my ID.  He called it in and began immediately to accuse me of causing trouble.  I said I was not causing trouble only peacefully asking for a bit of food, money for food or trade for food while traveling through. I asked him why he felt it was wrong to ask, after all soliciting means asking, to which he told me to stand up and
asked if I wanted to go to jail.  I said I don't and remained sitting.
He asked me where I was staying and I said at a free campground
nearby, I'm not sure which because my dad drove me there.  He then asked who my dad is and  I replied I don't feel comfortable giving others people's informaiton out.  At this point he yanked me up by my wrists while cuffing me and put me into the back of his car leaving me holding my phone and wallet.  He picked up the rest of my property and placed it in the front seat and drove me 40 miles to Parker, AZ where I was caged for most of that dayand where my property is currently being held hostage.

While I was there my silver coins were taken and placed into the
jail's vault.  I was fingerprinted and locked in a cage.  Hours later,
after a video arragnment with a judge, I was ordered released and
given most of my property back.  All but approximately $17 worth of junk silver coins. I was given a check for the face value of these
dimes and a quarter, $.75. I pointed out that the release forms I was being asked to sign state I received my property, when in fact I am not receiving my property.  The jail guard yelled at me that he could legally hold me for 24 hours and ordered the other guard to lock me back up.  I was put back in the cage for almost another hour before the guard gave me the chance to sign the papers after explaining that the vault was locked for the day and I could call tomorrow.  I signed and left with my dad, who conveniently was doing his twice monthly grocery shopping at the Walmart in Parker..  The next day I called and was told I could come in and exchange the check for my property.  I said I didn't have a ride there and could my dad come pick it up on the 7th, when he shops at Walmart again.  I was told yes so long as he has the check and told nothing about the vault being closed on saturdays.  He did not receive my property.

This week, I am heading to Quartzsite and Parker to attend a court date for the "loitering" charge stemming from this event and to retrieve my silver.  February 8 at 10am I'll be in Quartzsite Magistrate court.

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by PureTrust
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If I understand right, brownshirts are Government or Law Enforcement people. Safety from brownshirts lies in becoming one of them.

Get into government and make it happen. At least, become an activist. You have made a start by commenting in Freedom's phoenix.

Now it just might be that most of the approximately 3,000 people that live in the Quartzsite area are in favor of everything that the town council is doing. So then you need to go outside of the Quartzsite local. Like, maybe, the ACLU, for example.

After all, isn't this what the ACLU is all about? Protecting people's rights wherever they might be in America?

Personally, I am not a supporter of everything that the ACLU stands for. And there are alternatives, including starting your own ACLU-type organization. You have to admit, the ACLU has been a very strong defense for some of the freedoms that we have in America today.

Comment by Ted Babb
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I listened to your live broadcast from Quartzsite AZ, this morning.  Good show!!!  If we can't make liberty and freedom work in small-town Quartzsite, where in this country can we be safe from the brownshirts? 

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