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Bathroom bullies: ‘Fair Anchorage’ used unfair intimidation at fair

Fair Anchorage activist, at left, harasses people who are signing a petition to protect bathroom privacy, while at the Bear Paw Festival this weekend.

HARASSMENT OF SIGNATURE GATHERERS BY DEMOCRATS

A group of moderate-to-conservative activists were at the Bear Paw Festival over the weekend to gather signatures to put “gender-definite bathrooms” on the Anchorage ballot in April.

They were engaging in the process of trying to undo a 2015 city ordinance that allows people of any gender to enter any bathroom at any time, no questions asked.

The signature gatherers were Anchorage Republicans who want citizens to be able to vote on whether public bathrooms are now gender neutral. They’re folks like Judy Eledge, a Republican activist, seen here.

Judy Eledge spent the day at the Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River gathering signatures for Protect Our Privacy, a ballot initiative.

Then it got ugly. The Protect Our Privacy petitioners were approached by shouting and harassing Democrats (we know they are Democrats because of their organizing efforts on Facebook), some of them wearing ACLU t-shirts, who converged on the signature gatherers, and yelled at people who signed the petition, calling them bigots and haters.

According to observers, some of the younger signature gatherers were able to move quickly through the crowd and lose the harassers, but as the weekend went on, Fair Anchorage and the Young Democrats figured out who to target and trailed them closely for hours.

“We got stalked, and jeered, and taunted,” said one of the women who was gathering signatures. She asked to remain anonymous out of concern for her children’s safety. One gatherer said her life was threatened by one of the Fair Anchorage activists.

Signature gatherers were surprised at the magnitude of the diversity of people who signed the petition — people from dozens of cultures and ethnicities willingly signed the petition.

“It’s looks like the United Nations,” said one of the petition organizers. “It’s stunning how diverse and culturally rich this effort has been. It’s a group of people that are completely different from what the Left thinks we are.”

While the Republicans of Eagle River allowed the signature gatherers to use their festival booth, at least two protesters stood within four feet of the booth like guards, and scared many people away.

Fair Anchorage activist, at the right, stands within a few feet of a young signature gatherer at the Bear Paw Festival, shouting at people to not sign the Protect Our Privacy petition.

By Sunday, the Fair Anchorage faction was well organized enough that they seemed to overwhelm the signature gatherers. “It really put a dent in our efforts,” one of the Protect Our Privacy” volunteers said. “People who came to the fair just didn’t want to be harassed.”

Another signature gatherer reported being harassed repeatedly by an individual in front of the Carrs on Huffman Road. Video of the man, a screenshot of which is here, shows him taunting the person who was gathering signatures, calling her a hater.

HOW THEY ORGANIZED

On Saturday, the Young Democrats put out an urgent action alert to get protestors to the Bear Paw Festival to harass the petition gatherers, posting this on Facebook:

URGENT ACTION ALERT: Jim Minnery has 8 people out at Bear Paw Festival July 12-16, 2017 collecting signatures to put an anti-trans bathroom bill on the ballot. Fair Anchorage urgently needs volunteers to canvass Bear Paw for #DeclineToSign signatures, and to educate people about Jim Minnery’s efforts to discriminate against the trans community. Please call or text Fair Anchorage Organizer Andrea Zekis at 501-392-4276 to get clipboards and signature sheets.

By Sunday, the Democrats and Fair Anchorage were out in force with glossy printed signs, and a well-organized counter effort.

SIGN HERE

People can sign the Protect Our Privacy petition by contacting protectourprivacy907@gmail.com, to find out the locations. Today is the final day to sign; the petitioners require about 5,700 signatures and will turn them in to the Anchorage City Clerk tomorrow.

The Municipality of Anchorage will then review the petition and decide if it will go to the April ballot.

The group is using the email address because of the increasing problems with harassment they’ve experienced in recent days.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • The 501 area code is centered around Little Rock, AR. She hasn’t been in town long enough to get a new phone number. Nice that our betters in the Lower 48 are telling us how to think, feel, and behave. Cheers –

  • No one has yet explained to me what will happen when a transgender man goes into a women’s bathroom. Will you be happy as long as he has his birth certificate showing he was born female? Personally, I would prefer he just use the men’s room but I guess the signature-gatherers would prefer him in the women’s bathroom so they can have the thrill of screaming, “EEEEEK!” You guys are real perverts!

    • Judy, you became an irrelevant pest a long time ago.

      • STFU and die already, republican hack

    • You are a nitwit Judy

    • The real issue is not people who are actually transgender, it’s the fact of how the law is written right now. It states, in layman’s terms, that anyone can use any restroom whenever they feel like it. The issue is that there will be people who abuse this, not necessarily transgender people at all, but some people will. The entire point is to protect everyone from those who would seek to abuse.

      • It doesn’t allow for unlawful behavior. If anyone wants to harm someone in the bathroom that is not allowed. This ordinance will allow for the discrimination based on gender-identity with no protections for those discriminated against. People should have access to the same rights in employment, housing and commerce regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation; just like we don’t allow it for race, marital status and such.

        • So who is going to pay for bathroom monitoring police in every public restroom to keep folks safe from those who are intent on criminal behavior in anyone-allowed restrooms?

    • Are you that stupid, are you going to move over for someone playing a woman in the rest room? What if he is like, standing over you….or just hanging out with the ladies….Your ignorance will be your down fall, and I pray that your daughters don’t have to experience that crap like mine has. She almost got me in the ladies room beating a man into the mud — and yes, it was a man — not a man in a woman’s body, or a half and half. This law is stupid, and needs to be ended. The only intelligent way to solve it is to only allow men in the men’s room and women in the women’s room, and if we have to, another undesignated universal room, but to make everyone else uncomfortable for only .005% of the population, that’s just stupid.

  • Wonder why the Fair Anchorage “organizer” has an Arkansas area code phone and who pays her bills?

    • Probably a Soros operative from Moveon.org or some sort of other radical left-wing operative from a national super-PAC or group.

  • Allowing the mentally deranged a place at the social table will only lead to an ugly ending for some poor sot who is mislead to believe his penis can be a vagina if he only really really wants it to be,,,, Just seeing these semi human wafers that are not the transgender wanna be,s but the socially dysfunctional that are convincing the sick that this is somehow right to be this screwed up are the truly sick ones,,,

  • OK maybe it’s time to use same tactics as the disruptive. Intimidation and riots.

    • Please don’t drop to their level, some people will never have common sense

  • What ever happened to common sense in this city? We have given in to a very small percentage of our population only because they make a lot of noise. Why not give them their own toilets separate from men and women so they can yell at each other instead?

    • If you have a womans plumbing, use the womans. It’s all stalls anyway. If you got a penis use the mens. Period.

  • Maybe we need Volunteers from the Alaska State Citizens Militia to start going around with signature gatherers and such. These liberals are deplorable scum and a true threat to Freedom and Democracy with their thuggish tactics.

    • I agree with you on that one, if these idiots keep it up, we should turn up the heat. Just let me know when the signing is in Ketchikan, I will volunteer to back you up. I PROMISE they will not get away with this crap.

  • Sickening…Just like their supporters and the ACLU. Coming to your kids’ locker room soon. So Anchorage, is it not time to put a stop to all of this???

  • Is the ACLU still a front for the CPUSA?