Tonight, about twelve people gathered for a street action.
There were four of us at the main entrance where we noticed bomb sniffing dogs
and beefed up security. We were later told that the president of the
was attending the Goldwater event. We were then informed we were currently on
private property and must relocate. We went to the corner outside the main entrance
which was public property. We had just gotten our signs and bullhorns out when
a lady in a golf cart came and informed us we were still on private property.
Being the well seasoned activists that we are, we kindly told her we were not
on private property anymore. She then told us there would police coming to
assist us in moving off of the private property. We then restated to her that
this was public property and we have the right to express our opinion (first amendment thing).
Low and behold, ten minutes later, a detective from
Phoenix police then
The detective approached us and kindly introduced himself
and told us we were "all good". It turns out; these two cops
understand the constitution and are believers in our first amendment rights.
They were very nice and talked to us the entire time. At the end of the event,
they gave us their card and told us they were the only task force dedicated
solely to this purpose. They told us, in the future, if we have any problem
peacefully using our first amendment rights to express ourselves, we could give them a call. Wow,
what a great surprise.
Should John Shadegg choose to change his vote, we do believe
it would be in part due to our activism tonight. We are making a difference, we
will be heard.