Harassing Town Halls and Police “on side”?

Lately, in the news, there has been a lot of coverage of the “outrage” expressed by “the public” at various congressional Town Hall meetings. This is typically presented as a spontaneous outburst by “constituents” (with the implication they are Republicans) at Town Hall meetings held by republicans.

This is simply not true. It is an orchestrated bit of Street Theater.

But what could possibly be worse?

How about holding your organizing meetings at the Police Station?

Wonder why the police in San Jose just stand around and watch Trump Supporters get beaten? Perhaps they are “on side” with one of the “teams”… (Yes, it is possible there is some innocent reason a political revolutionary activist group might be holding their meeting at a Police Station… just like it is possible I could run for Governor and win… )

One of the organizing sites, and some quotes about their desired “membership” for the groups on their map:

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/groups-nav

Locate or register Indivisible groups, group meetings, or actions in your area. Come prepared to make plans for action and meet others who are working to resist Trump’s agenda. We’ll be planning next steps to encourage our Members of Congress in Senate and House to represent us, not Trump. If we stand together, indivisible, we will win. Welcome to the resistance!

Groups in our directory are wholly independent; they are listed provided they agree to resist Trump’s agenda, focus on local, defensive congressional advocacy, and embrace progressive values. Meeting and actions are listed provided their hosts agree to resist Trump’s agenda; focus on local, defensive congressional advocacy; and embrace progressive values.

In other words, only if you are NOT in those who elected Trump (and WANT his agenda). So they are directly stating the desire to get “Congress in Senate and House” to NOT represent the will of the voters as expressed in the election, but only to represent the losers.

Political Organizing at the Milpitas Police Station

Political Organizing at the Milpitas Police Station

You can click on the image to get a larger one.

Note that the center ‘text bubble’ has a pointer to the Milpitas area. You can click on dots on their map to identify the particular groups. I chose this one as it is near me and I’ve done work for the City Of Milpitas. Notice this meeting is held regularly at the Milpitas Police Department…

Now I realize there can be all sorts of legitimate reasons for this apparent conflict of interest. Perhaps there is a general public available meeting hall in a building that just happens to be named “Police Department”… In any case, it is a very bad set of optics to your typical Trump Voter (especially so given the history of lack of protection from just such “advocacy groups” (i.e. Rioters On Parade) at places like the San Jose Trump rally).

Now look at the block of items along the right side of the page. These are “actions” planned. It is very clear they are targeting Congress Members for “direct action” events. So, want to know when the next bunch of loudmouth disruptors having a tantrum will show up at your local Town Hall? Click it… Just don’t make the mistake of thinking these things are spontaneous, or that they represent “the will of the people”. Only The Vote represents the will of the people. These folks represent the will of the Useful Idiots Of The Left… after having been told what their ‘will’ is by their masters and the Soros Brigades…

If you would like to know more about what they do, and how they do it, you can download their “guide” here:

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/download-the-guide

It has interesting things in it. Here’s from just the title page:

A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING THE TRUMP AGENDA

Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.

Note it is focused on pressuring Congress members. NOT on respecting the vote.

From “chapter four”, one sample:

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/web#header-chapter-four

I’ve bolded a few things that you can watch for on the “News” (that is increasingly just the Propaganda Producers…) MoC and MoCs is Member Of Congress. They seem to like code words.

OPPORTUNITY 1

TOWN HALLS/LISTENING SESSIONS

MoCs regularly hold local “town halls” or public listening sessions throughout their districts or state. Tea Partiers used these events to great effect — both to directly pressure their MoCs and to attract media to their cause.
Preparation

Find out when your MoC’s next public town hall event is. Sometimes these are announced well in advance, and sometimes, although they are technically “public,” only select constituents are notified about them shortly before the event. If you can’t find announcements online, call your MoC directly to find out. When you call, be friendly and say to the staffer, “Hi, I’m a constituent, and I’d like to know when his/her next town hall forum will be.” If they don’t know, ask to be added to the email list so that you get notified when they do.
Send out a notice of the town hall to your group, and get commitments from members to attend. Distribute to all of them whatever information you have on your MoC’s voting record, as well as the prepared questions.

Prepare several questions ahead of time for your group to ask. Your questions should be sharp and fact-based, ideally including information on the MoC’s record, votes they’ve taken, or statements they’ve made. Thematically, questions should focus on a limited number of issues to maximize impact. Prepare 5-10 of these questions and hand them out to your group ahead of the meeting.
Example question:

“I and many district families in Springfield rely on Medicare. I don’t think we should be rationing health care for seniors, and the plan to privatize Medicare will create serious financial hardship for seniors who can’t afford it. You haven’t gone on the record opposing this. Will you commit here and now to vote no on Bill X to cut Medicare?”

SHOULD I BRING A SIGN?

Signs can be useful for reinforcing the sense of broad agreement with your message. However, if you’re holding an oppositional sign, staffers will almost certainly not give you or the people with you the chance to get the mic or ask a question. If you have enough people to both ask questions and hold signs, though, then go for it!

At the Town Hall

Get there early, meet up, and get organized. Meet outside or in the parking lot for a quick huddle before the event. Distribute the handout of questions, and encourage members to ask the questions on the sheet or something similar.

Get seated and spread out. Head into the venue a bit early to grab seats at the front half of the room, but do not all sit together. Sit by yourself or in groups of two, and spread out throughout the room. This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus.

Make your voices heard by asking good questions. When the MoC opens the floor for questions, everyone in the group should put their hands up and keep them there. Look friendly or neutral so that staffers will call on you. When you’re asking a question, remember the following guidelines:

Stick with the prepared list of questions. Don’t be afraid to read it straight from the printout if you need to.

Be polite but persistent, and demand real answers. MoCs are very good at deflecting or dodging questions they don’t want to answer. If the MoC dodges, ask a follow-up question. If they aren’t giving you real answers, then call them out for it. Other group members around the room should amplify by either booing the MoC or applauding you.

Don’t give up the mic until you’re satisfied with the answer. If you’ve asked a hostile question, a staffer will often try to limit your ability to follow up by taking the microphone back immediately after you finish speaking. They can’t do that if you keep a firm hold on the mic. No staffer in their right mind wants to look like they’re physically intimidating a constituent, so they will back off. If they object, then say politely but loudly: “I’m not finished. The MoC is dodging my question. Why are you trying to stop me from following up?”

Keep the pressure on. After one member of the group finishes, everyone should raise their hands again. The next member of the group to be called on should move down the list of questions and ask the next one.

Support the group and reinforce the message. After one member of your group asks a question, everyone should applaud to show that the feeling is shared throughout the audience. Whenever someone from your group gets the mic, they should note that they’re building on the previous questions — amplifying the fact that you’re part of a broad group.

Record everything! Assign someone in the group to use their smart phone or video camera to record other advocates asking questions and the MoC’s response. While written transcripts are nice, unfavorable exchanges caught on video can be devastating for MoCs. These clips can be shared through social media and picked up by local and national media. Please familiarize yourself with your state and local laws that govern recording, along with any applicable Senate or House rules, prior to recording. These laws and rules vary substantially from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

After the Town Hall

Reach out to media, during and after the town hall. If there’s media at the town hall, the people who asked questions should approach them afterward and offer to speak about their concerns. When the event is over, you should engage local reporters on Twitter or by email and offer to provide an in-person account of what happened, as well as the video footage you collected. Example Twitter outreach:

“.@reporter I was at Rep. Smith’s town hall in Springfield today. Large group asked about Medicare privatization. I have video & happy to chat.”
Note: It’s important to make this a public tweet by including the period before the journalist’s Twitter handle. Making this public will make the journalist more likely to respond to ensure they get the intel first.

Ensure that the members of your group who are directly affected by specific threats are the ones whose voices are elevated when you reach out to media.

Share everything. Post pictures, video, your own thoughts about the event, etc., to social media afterward. Tag the MoC’s office and encourage others to share widely.

So if you were wondering at all about why there is a sudden nation wide outbreak of Town Hall Chaos, it is simple. The Lords Of Chaos (Democratic Machine and Soros Organizations) are doing their usual of hiding behind (i.e. indirectly setting up and funding) “independent” organizations to disrupt and harass. They also make sure cohorts in “the media” are in attendance to “amplify” their “message”.

Just do not ever mistake any of this for “the will of the people” or what “the majority” want or even anything remotely “spontaneous”.

When your plans, questions, answers, signs, etc. etc. are all prescribed in advance, that is called a “script”, and this is just badly done Street Theater.

Post Script

There may well be lots more of interest or use inside their organizing How To Guide, but I’m not able to read through it all right now. Others are encouraged to “take a look” and see what pops up.

It might also be fruitful to wander their “groups” map and see if any interesting names and places show up. I clicked on 2 whole spots before having the Milpitas Police Department pop up. One wonders what would show up in Beverly Hills or Martha’s Vineyard ;-)

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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27 Responses to Harassing Town Halls and Police “on side”?

  1. Steven Fraser says:

    With just a few tweaks, this same playbook could work the other way.

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    @Steven:

    They claim to be emulating the Tea Party. So in a way claim to be working it “the other way”…

    I note in passing that were I in Congress, I’d now have a staffer assigned to monitor their ‘planned actions’ and simply cancel such events just at start time due to “workload” issues… (leaving the Street Theater performers all costumed up and with nowhere to perform but the street). And were I a hard core Trump Group, I’d monitor their “planned actions” and show up to help set up the chairs, and then fill the front half of the room… But I’m prone to Aikido Thinking… (Do not engage in a fight with your attacker. Join with the flow of their force, move with it, and return it to them. Remain centered and at peace, while they do battle with their own energy and anger.) So the notion of letting them get all worked up and then have only themselves to rankle at appeals to me. Just has having them cope with their “action plan” being outflanked has appeal. Folks who work from a “play book” ought not to let it fall into the opposing team hands…

    Oh, and per “don’t let go of the mic”: Every Garage Band and every Evangelical Church has a sound guy who knows what a sound board is and how to use one. Just plug the mic into the sound board. The “standing rule” is “one question, then fade it out”. Now they can hang onto a dead mic as long as they want… The OTHER staffer now takes the OTHER mic to the next person for their question while the first patiently holds out a hand for the ‘dead’ mic…

  3. Larry Ledwick says:

    It wouldn’t take much effort for other constituents to identify the shills in the group, (ie all the folks holding the pre-printed lists) and arrange to have someone sit right beside them to make a scene that they are staged comments and do not represent real constituents etc.

    For the congress critters, use mics that can be turned off if they do not release the mic, state ahead of time that participants will be limited to a short time window or only one question without unlimited follow up questions. Tell them if they want to follow up they can submit their additional questions by email and the congress critters office will replay with further elaboration.

  4. pouncer says:

    Example question: “I and many district families in Springfield rely on Medicare. I don’t think we should be rationing health care for seniors, and the plan to privatize Medicare will create serious financial hardship for seniors who can’t afford it. You haven’t gone on the record opposing this. Will you commit here and now to vote no on Bill X to cut Medicare?”

    Example response: “No, this is not the time or place. Do you commit, here and now, to the price you’re willing to pay for your next car — before your test drive or reading the literature about the car, and competing vehicles? No, you do your homework and you make the best decision in the best time you can. You’re correct that Bill X has attracted a lot of attention from big money special interest lobbyists who are happy to mislead both congressmen and voters about the specific contents of the bill and the consequences of its passage — or frankly, the consequences of failure. Lots of scare stories are circulating among people who haven’t studied this issue as carefully as you and me. But you’ve no doubt seen that drafts of Bill X also incorporate some portions of Bills T, U, and V from previous sessions. Those sections are real [conservative / progressive ] ideas I’ve been trying to enact to help families like yours for my whole career. Whether or not those provisions arrive out of committee and are in the final form we vote on — at least partly — will influence my decision about whether the good parts of the package outweigh the legitimate concerns you raise. Or not. But you can be sure I’m following the Bill X track thru the process carefully and will consider your family’s well being as I pray about my ultimate decision. ”

    Or, bluntly, canned boilerplate questions deserve canned boilerplate answers.

  5. Larry Ledwick says:

    One other counter tactic (actually two) would be undercover video inside the huddle or have someone make a very obvious point of video taping the huddle and hand out lists. Several years ago I went down to a conservative assembly at the Colorado State Capitol building. Being into photography I brought a good camera and a good telephoto lens. There was a small protest group on the sidewalk of about 8 -10 people carrying signs and doing chants. I made a point of getting a wide shot of this isolated little group all by themselves on the curb. The media later ran close up shots of them that implied they were a large group because the shots were taken as conservatives attending the rally were crossing the street to attend. The shots implied those folks who had to walk around the group to get to the rally were part of the group.

    I also managed to get a good telephoto shot of the cheat sheet one of them had in his hand. It was easy to blow it up enough to read some of the list, and it was a list of “spontaneous” chants that he wanted to use.

  6. Bobn says:

    I wonder if just a simple zip code or similar location determinant to get in a meeting might solve the problem,

  7. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well you could limit it to registered voters only, (voter id – Oh never mind) with non-registered voters submitting written questions only or something similar. If you are having a town hall you should be talking only to your legitimate constituents/voters not some guy who drove 300 miles to clog the system.

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    My impression is that these are mostly locals and are legitimate “constituents”, but they are packing the demographics of the meeting with an oversized sample of local, vocal, anti-republican, anti-trump, Democrats and Socialists (but I repeat myself…)

    Say you have a district of, making up a number, 1 Million constituents. How hard would it be to round up 30 who are radical far left rabble rousers (or roused rabble…) to pack the meeting? Never mind that 750,000 of that million would likely be Trump Supporters (since they elected a Republican, after all… these folks are NOT targeting Democrat representatives…)

    IMHO, the easier solution is just to have 60 pro-Trump folks get ahead of the mob, fill the space first, and leave the others in their “huddle” on the street…

  9. omanuel says:

    We are now witnessing the consequences of Stalin’s successful plan to unite nations and national academies of sciences together under the UN to hide the source of energy in atomic bombs on 24 OCT 1945.

    I hope to write and publish another tribute to my research mentor, the late Prof Paul Kazuo Kuroda, on the Centennial celebration of his birth on 1 April 1917, for discreetly exposing fraudulent standard nuclear models after WWII.

  10. omanuel says:

    The global climate scam is the direct result of a decision after WWII to unite nations and national academies of sciences under the UN on 24 OCT 1945 to save frightened world leaders from possible worldwide nuclear annihilation.

    After P.K. Kuroda’s death in 2001, BBC’s report on Mrs. Kuroda’s return of Japan’s successful design for atomic bombs in 2002, and the release of Climategate emails in 2009, I went back and re-read more carefully two of my research mentor’s reports:

    1. Kuroda’s 1982 book:
    http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783642686696
    2. Kuroda’s 1992 autobiography:
    http://www.omatumr.com/abstracts2005/PKKAutobiography.pdf

    Then I realized Kuroda probably risked his life to keep a personal copy of Japan’s atomic bomb design because he knew false nuclear models were promoted after WWII to hide the source of nuclear energy in atomic bombs and in cores of:

    1. Heavy elements like Uranium
    2. Gaseous planets like Jupiter
    3. Ordinary stars like the Sun
    4. Galaxies like the Milky Way
    5. The expanding Universe . . .

    NEUTRON REPULSION

    Yukawa later became the first Japanese Nobel Laureate in physics in 1949 for the Standard Nuclear Model that ignored NEUTRON REPULSION.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hideki_Yukawa

  11. Graeme No.3 says:

    This is an old one, slightly adapted going the rounds in Australia.

    A Harley Biker is riding by the zoo in Washington, DC when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.
    The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.
    Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the biker brings the girl to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly.
    A reporter has watched the whole event. The reporter addressing the Harley rider says, ‘Sir, this was the most gallant and bravest thing I’ve seen a man do in my whole life. The Harley rider replies, ‘Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt right.’
    The reporter says, ‘Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go unnoticed. I’m a journalist, you know, and tomorrow’s paper will have this story on the front page. So, what do you do for a living, and what political affiliation do you have?’
    The biker replies “I’m a U.S. Marine, a Republican and I’m voting for Trump”. The journalist leaves. 
    The following morning the biker buys the paper to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads, on the front page:
    U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT & STEALS HIS LUNCH
    ………And THAT pretty much sums up the media’s approach to the news these days!

  12. Power Grab says:

    @Graeme No.3: Good one! That one really rings true!

  13. Graeme No.3 says:

    Power Grab:
    The alternative version would go something like this:
    Trump tries to go to his inauguration but the bridge over the Potomac is blocked by protesters.
    Determined to get there Trump gets out of the car and marches across the Potomac.
    Next day the Washington Post Headline is “Trump can’t swim”.

  14. Graeme No.3 says:

    The headline is not mine, that version dates (in Australia) to the 1970’s. Then still a comment on media bias.

  15. Gail Combs says:

    Graeme No.3,
    The story should use a tiger instead of a lion as the AFRICAN IMMIGRANT to really capture the sorry state of Urinalism today.

  16. Gail Combs says:

    More Branco cartoons HERE

  17. Gail Combs says:

    And another appropriate Branco Cartoon

    Unfortunately it is not a joke: ABC News Department of Justice Will Go After Anti-Muslim Hate Speech

    Dec 4, 2015
    ….Since 9/11, Lynch says that the Department of Justice has investigated more than 11,000 acts of anti-Muslim rhetoric, which have led to 45 prosecutions. “I think sadly, that number is going to rise,” said Lynch….

    However it is perfectly fine to burn the US flag, to threaten Trump and Trump supporters and for Urinalists to KNOWINGLY print inflammatory Fake News leading to riots and deaths.

  18. R. de Haan says:

    To know where Trump is up against take this quick course in Globalism, when and how it started and how incredibly far they have come.
    Hopefully Trump is aware of all the details you will find on this video.

  19. cdquarles says:

    What I recall of “street theater” is that is almost always isn’t what it seems to be, especially when the ‘news’ people get into the act.

  20. Gail Combs says:

    R. de Haan says….

    The Aristocracy have wanted the serfs back under their control since the American Revolution and have been working on it for over 200 years. Marx was all about selling the peons a new bill of goods since the Roman Catholic Church had lost control of the minds of the serfs. The history I have pieced together is HERE. It is certainly NOT what we are taught in school.

  21. omanuel says:

    Trump should forget the crooked news media and go after the crooked UNAS (United National Academies of Sciences) that Stalin created when nations and national academies of sciences were united on 25 OCT 1945.

    Dr. P. K. Kuroda realized on 13 JUN 1936, and later reported in his autography, that A NUCLEAR PHYSICIST IN JAPAN DID NOT UNDERSTAND NUCLEAR ENERGY.

    Kuroda reported the physicist appeared to be in his 30s. Long before I recognized Kuroda’s “secret message”, H. YUKAWA (born 1907) received a 1949 Nobel Prize in Physics for the SNM (Standard Nuclear Model) that ignores NEUTRON REPULSION, the source of energy that powers the Sun and the Universe.

    Several other Nobel Prizes in Physics will be discredited if Trump shuts down the gravey train for pseudo-science and demands that theoretical nuclear physics theories comply with Einstein’s 1905 and Aston’s 1922 discoveries that atomic rest mass (m) is stored energy (E):

    E = mc^2

  22. John Robertson says:

    The empty vessel makes the most noise.
    Sums up the Q&A of these fakes.
    Modelled on the TEA Party,but lacking personal integrity,self control or rational thought, from the people participating.
    I am sure these people will not leave the Town Hall site better than they find it.

  23. omanuel says:

    @Gail Combs

    World tyrants always seek to hide evidence of a higher power from the public:

    1. The Roman Catholic Church tried to hide evidence from Copernicus the Sun controls Earth and all other planets after 1543.

    2. Stalin controlled the world’s total remaining inventory of atomic bombs when nations (UN) and national academies of sciences (UNAS) were united on 24 OCT 1945 to hide the source of energy in atomic bombs from the public – NEUTRON REPULSION.

  24. gallopingcamel says:

    California is the crucible for field testing stupid government. Thank y’all for showing why the rest of us need to avoid following your approach.

  25. philjourdan says:

    Grass roots – from commercial fertilizer.

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