LONG BEACH (gorewon2000.net) February 16, 2001 -- "Injustice Scalia, allow me to introduce some Texas Patriots… Texas Patriots, meet the man who murdered Democracy…" A protest retrospective:REPORT FROM SANDY, BBBR RESISTANCE FIGHTER:
First, let me say that this was my first protest, so I was very excited. It was my job to contact the media, and I was a bit overwhelmed. Add to that the fact that we were protesting at Southern Methodist University (the SMU Dems number ten), and it would be no understatement to say that I was also very nervous.
The leader of the protest, Anna Casey, was dressed in black robes with dollar signs on the sleeves. Her face was covered with pantyhose, like a crook. She had a huge black gavel that said "Injustice Scalia" on it. Another protester had donned a black robe as well, complete with gavel. These two were surrounded by black coffins, with "R.I.P. Democracy" emblazoned on them in white letters. Anna carried a bullhorn.
There were about 25 of us. Some of the signs read "Bush in bed with the media," "SHAME," and "WE'VE BEEN BUSHWACKED," to name a few. The participants were great.
The freepers were out in force, but the campus police did an excellent job, as we were the only group that had a permit. All in all, a very peaceful protest.
A few of us tried to get into the lecture hall where Scalia was going to be speaking, but were denied access. We were told before hand that we could go in; apparently that changed.
The media turnout was very good. We got some play on a few radio stations, a mention in The Dallas Morning News, but not a word on TV. (No surprise there.)
I had a great time. Just seeing the looks on the faces of the conservatives as they entered the lecture hall was worth it. They were appalled! Thanks to Anna, Monica, Dorothy, and everyone that showed up. And Byron, we need more high school students just like you.
BBBR Resistance Fighter Stationed in Dallas, Texas
YAHOO NEWS (No mention of the protest)MORE PICTURES: AUSTIN DEMOCRACY NOW SITE
FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM (Home of Molly Ivins, mentions the protest)
DALLAS MORNING NEWS (Rightwing rag; no mention of the protest)
SMU STUDENT NEWSPAPER (Weak link-- best report on protest)