July 11 - San Diego - (insert name/theme here) July 11th - (insert name/theme here) ** This is TL;DR, but it is important so READ UP. For location references, Google Map link is here. GENERAL TIME FRAME OF EVENTS: 11:00 AM: Meet behind the fountain in front of Horton Plaza, same place we always do. Most SD Anons are late so if you see no one, don't immediately leave. If there are newfags, they will be informed the general rules of the game. Don't get too close to Sam Goody or any stores, security guards have threatened to call the cops if you do. 11:30 AM: After the pleasantries, we march up 4th street to the protest location at the CoS. - Do not block their driveway for any reason, and make sure you do not step over the line from the public sidewalk onto the concrete in front of their entrance. This IS tresspassing and you WILL be arrested, as has been demonstrated in other cities. - Don't block the metro stop either, you'll understand when you get there. - Sitting down in front of the org may get you a fine for blocking the sidewalk, try not to do it. Sing, dance, chant, let them know we're there, and make sure to take LOTS of pictures of the hiding behind their banners trying to take photos of us, with a few of us going around to the back of the building as well. The police will most likely be called, so be professional, polite, and courteous to them when they do show up. Please direct any police that wish to speak to someone "in charge" to not Anonagi (lol, probably not there) or Xenubarb, as we're the main points of police contact for the city. 01:30ish: March back down 4th to the spot in front of Horton as shown on the map. Get exposure, honk, and have a great time. DO NOT GO INTO THE PLAZA ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE NBC BUILDING OR INTO HORTON ITSELF, this is a big no no. Take the group photo for posterity purposes. If there is enough people, spread out to the corners. 03:00ish - March time! We don't always do this but when we do tons of fliers and cards are passed out in the Gaslamp, which is one of the busiest parts of Downtown in the afternoon... tons of foot traffic. TBA -Protest disperses. Everyone scatters and heads back to their cars/trollys/buses. Be careful and make sure you aren't being followed. THERE IS THE JULY 09 MAIDEN VOYAGED OPENING EVENT THAT NIGHT. STUFF TO BRING: 1a) MASKS! To hide your face/protect your identity from any harrassment.. it doesn't happen in San Diego often, but that is no excuse to be lax. If they're going to send you a C&D, you might as 1b) Costumes. While suits and costumes were the norm at one time, we've become lax on dressing up. Dressing up helps attract attention from the tourist buses that pass by Horton and from other members of the public. Not important, but helpful for general public image. 2) WATER! It's going to be hot, and while several anons will be bringing water, STAY HYDRATED. Don't put your health at risk, ESPECIALLY IF YOU WEAR A SUIT. 3) SUNSCREEN - you don't want the Guy Fawkes masks burned into your face, self explanitory. 4) Cash makes buying things easier with no paper trail, and avoids the hassle of trying to convince the cashier that they don't need to see your ID. Other cities have had CoS plants in coffee shops and restraunts around the protest spots, so make sure to not take off your mask if you can't help it. 5) Protest signs! We've had a lack of these at previous protests along with fliers and other things as well, prompting some mad dashes to Kinkos. We need some large signs, or materials on hand to make some. GENERAL TIPS FOR SAFETY: - Have a plan to get to and from the protest location. A lot of people will be taking some form of public transportation. Regardless of how you get there, make sure you aren't being followed when you go to your car. Double back if you have to. While our org is not very active with PIs and incidents of following taking place in the begining, that is no reason to not be careful. We don't know when they would do it again. - If you're carrying a sign that's attached to a piece of wood, it can be no thicker than 1/4 inch and must be able to break easily over your arm, with no sharp corners or edges. This is directly from the city's code and not one we want to argue about. A scrap of lattice works well, or in a real jam, going into Home Depot and asking for a protest sign stick works too. - Don't take the masks off and don't change clothes until you are in a safe spot to do so. This should be a no obvious, but unfortunately, one of the things that have during protests were people waiting until the end of the protest, and then as soon as it was over in front of the CoS at 3:30, they took their masks off and walked back to the trolley, and were subsequently photographed or tailed. - In various areas of the country, outed protesters have had their neighborhoods flyered, fake cease and desist letters sent, families harassed, and in the most "amusing" cases, their pictures, address, and personal information displayed on large signs carried by "fake" Anonymous protesters who are really Scientologists. There have been incidents in San Diego of these taking place, with the exception of the last one. - If you see fake Anonymous members or Scientologists sent out to counter-protest or give out the hate crimes literature, give them a berth, but do not witch hunt. The tactic that CoS is using right now is handing out the Anonymous Hate Crimes DVD and fliers to anyone who is willing to take them, and they started doing this in San Diego during Sea Argh. The other favorite tactic of them right now is to send out fake Anonymous members to disturb the protests. Don't harass these people - just make sure anyone they give literature or a DVD to gets one of our flyers as well, or even better, offer a trade! Or you could always stand with a trash bag and a large sign that says "THIS DVD CONTAINS A COMPUTER VIRUS" for added effect. - If anyone acts out of line - whether it's a protester, a Scientologist, or a member of the public, and point them out to law enforcement. They know we're in the area and that the Church of Scientology is becoming more aggressive worldwide against Anonymous, doing anything they can to affect us or tarnish our reputation, baiting us into doing something incriminating.