............................... Legal background, skip if you know it already: For those who aren't familiar with the ongoing dispute over protesting Scientology in Chicago, I recommend brushing up on the story at the Chicago Tribune article and possibly the WWP thread. So after we had someone go ahead and get cited on purpose to test the 150-foot law and the judge threw the case out, and the Chicago police stated that they wouldn't be making arrests under this law for a (real) church service, you'd think we were in the clear for today. Right? Well... not so much. ............................... The drama: We kicked things off by showing up in front of their building, where the place was looking a lot more active than usual. (I heard they were having an event that day.) Unsurprisingly, they called the police immediately, who had no problem with us as we weren't blocking sidewalk access. After the "masks are scary" claim failed the Scientologists, they started bitching about the 150-foot law again. So then the first set of officers said that law would require us to move, but they relented after we showed legal documents (namely, the one of the CPD no longer enforcing the 150-foot law, and of the same citation getting tossed in court). Not getting what they wanted yet, the Scientologists called in a supervisor, who spent a good half-hour talking to them inside their building, and then came out and said he was going to compromise by "allowing" them to claim worship services for a couple of hours (until 4 p.m.), but not all day. It was implied that anyone who didn't move 150 feet away would be arrested. I don't recall this officer making any real attempt to look at our documents, and honestly it seemed a bit arbitrary about how he chose a 2-hour time period to be the limit on their "services." Anyway, we had fun at the nearby intersection for a while, and then we moved back in front of their building after 4 p.m. The cops were called again, and as often happens with the CPD there, none of the new-shift officers who arrived seemed to have any knowledge of what had transpired before. They were called inside the building to talk to them, didn't seem to either know or care about the 4 p.m. declaration, came out and simply ordered everyone away again. It was pretty late and we'd had a good day, so we packed up and got going. So according to our experiences with the police today, demonstrating there went from OK, to not OK, to OK, to OK after 4 p.m., to not OK. Welcome to protesting Scientology in Chicago. Previous months have gone very similarly. ............................... In the end: We had a lot of fun, did a very good job of getting our message out in the cold and snow, and are considering our options for what our next move might be. Shoutouts to all the new people and returning old-schoolers. There should be lots of stories, pics, and video coming in this thread over the next few days, so check back soon.