San Diego Protest Warrior encourages everyone to come to Balboa Park on Saturday!
We will be near the southeast corner of Sixth Ave. and Laurel St., on the west end of the park, from 1 to 4pm. Parking in this area of Balboa Park is severely limited, so arrive early, or you‚Äôll end up walking half a mile from the Banker‚Äôs Hill neighborhood. You can also park on the east side, and take the free Balboa Park Tram.
CodePINK, the San Diego Coalition of Peace and Justice, the International Socialists, and all their hangers-on will be setting up camp on the north side of Laurel St. The San Diego Police have assured us that they will maintain a safe buffer between both sides.
The current Saturday forecast calls for rain, but we‚Äôre expecting a break in the weather from 9am to 3pm. Bring appropriate rain gear, just in case. An umbrella is good, a raincoat even better. Also, tarps or plastic sheeting might come in handy, so you can have a dry spot on the ground to sit on.
Please bring friends, family, and food (we‚Äôre not feeding you). If the grass is dry, there are some excellent athletic fields nearby that can be used for volleyball, soccer, football, or frisbee. Bring also your sense of humor, patience, and a thick hide ‚Äî not all anti-war protestors are gentle pacifists.
We expect that at least some of the protestors will march past our position around 2pm. We‚Äôll have plenty signs and flags on hand to welcome them to the park. If you want to bring your own, please observe the following municipal regulation for sign handles:
No person shall carry or possess while participating in any demonstration, rally, picket line or public assembly any metal stake, club, or pipe, or any length of lumber, wood, or lath, unless that wooden object is 1/4‚Äù or less in thickness, and 2‚Äù or less in width. If not generally rectangular in shape, such wooden object shall not exceed 1/2‚Äù in its thickest dimension.
The police will confiscate any signs with sticks that do not conform to the above regulation. Also, we‚Äôre asking that people leave baseball bats, knives, or anything else that could be construed as a weapon at home.
Last year at this event, Smash was alone in a sea of anti-American sentiment. This year, we‚Äôre going to show them that the silent majority will be silent no more.
They have a right to speak out. Here is your chance to respond!
Thanks to Smash for writing this up so that I could appropriate it.