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Protect Our Privacy petition filed, ‘Fair Anchorage’ is the ACLU

 

Petition organizers seeking to protect public restroom privacy submit their petition to the Anchorage Municipal Clerk’s Office this morning.

Bearing nearly 8,500 signatures and a couple of children in tow, organizers of  “Protect Our Privacy” filed their petition with Anchorage Municipal Clerk’s office this morning. They exceeded the 5,754 signatures to qualify for the April, 2018 municipal ballot.

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Protect Our Privacy is a group of primarily women who want voters to have the opportunity to weigh in on an ordinance passed by the Anchorage Assembly that gives men unfettered access to women’s and girls restrooms and locker rooms, and other intimate spaces — and vice versa. Current municipal ordinance allows for unabridged personal choice in places previously considered intimate areas for one gender or the other.

The intent of the petition is not to discriminate, said organizers, but to establish boundaries for public restrooms to ensure greater safety and privacy for all people.

An ordinance passed two  years ago that says anyone may use a bathroom that corresponds to their sincerely held gender identity. There is no definition in the law for “sincerely held gender identity.” Protect Our Privacy petitioners are giving greater definition to ensure that people are not abusing the “open bathroom” policies and putting others at risk.

HARASSMENT GROUP IS THE ACLU?

The group that has organized to harass and intimidate signature gatherers for the Protect Our Privacy ballot initiative are none other than the ACLU-Alaska and one owner of the Ship Creek Group, a leftist political campaign operation in Anchorage.

Fair Anchorage registered with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, with Joshua Decker as chairman of the group. Decker gave his ACLU email address for his contact information; he is executive director of ACLU Alaska.

Fair Anchorage organized and converged on petition volunteers working the crowd a the Eagle River Bear Paw Festival over the weekend, standing and holding protest signs within three feet of signature gatherers, trailing them closely throughout the festival, and verbally harassing them and anyone who signed the petition.

[Read: Bathroom bullies: Fair Anchorage uses unfair intimidation at fair]

Other members of the Fair Anchorage organization are Laura Herman, Rashikah Rakibullah, Casey Reynolds, Andrea Zekis and Paula DeLaiarro.

Herman is the director of philanthropy for ACLU Alaska, Casey Reynolds, former editor of the MidnightSunAK political blog, is the ACLU communication director, and Andrea Zekis is the community organizer for Fair Anchorage, whose offices share the same address as the ACLU on Fireweed Way.

Rakibullah is ACLU operations and outreach coordinator and DeLaiarro is a principal with the Ship Creek Group, whose founder is John-Henry Heckendorn, now body man to Gov. Bill Walker. (Heckendorn stepped down from his ownership of the corporation in January; DeLaiarro is a 39 percent owner of the company, which does work for primarily Democrats and liberal non-aligned candidates.)

ACLU KEEPS TRYING TO BLOCK CIVIL LIBERTIES

This is the second time this year that ACLU-Alaska has tried to stop an election. Earlier this  year, the group filed a lawsuit to stop a recall election in Homer. The ACLU lost that battle in court.

The ACLU/Fair Anchorage caught word that Protect Our Privacy would be submitting the petition signatures at 2 pm and have organized to rally today. They posted the following notice on Facebook, calling the 8,700 petition signers “extremists” and using the name of Jim Minnery, Alaska Family Council, as their rallying cry.

The group finds Jim Minnery useful for garnering support for their cause. Earlier, they used their Facebook page to “dox” one of the petition workers, advising people where he was, what his contact information is and how to harass him. The group has since taken that information down from its social media.

While the media may gather to watch the protest the 1:30 pm, the petitions had long since been submitted to the city by the band of intrepid women who would not be bullied into backing down from exercising their civil liberties.

 

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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

  • Social justice is not about liberty, and neither is the ACLU. As soon as people start looking at these groups as enemy combatants of state, the sooner this problem will be resolved.

    • No matter how much they protest about it, the ACLU is and always has been a front group to defend the Communist Party, and now with the demise of the Soviet Union its homegrown “progressive” groups in the US. Some of us are old enough or know enough history to know that progressive and communist are synonyms.

  • Maybe conservatives should show up and push these punks around like they do our people! But no, that would be sinking to their childish bully like thuggish tactics.
    But when is enough enough? How long will we let this scum push us around?

  • Ridiculous that we have to have laws about bathrooms. If you look and pee like a woman then use the women’s. If you look and pee standing up, then use the men’s. And may all the perverts/child molesters get what they deserve, which I’ll leave up to your imagination. Too graphic to print.

  • You would think the word Liberal means Liberty, but it doesn’t. ACLU does not want the voters to have a voice. I say publish all the personal information you can about ACLU and anyone who harasses people trying to sign a petition. I say fight fire with fire. Liberals are the new Nazi. They use force and intimidation just like the Nazis. Soon it will be “Crystal Night” all over again.

  • Hitler came to power by turning the working class, unemployed, and academic elite against the conservative republic. After der fuhrer’s election ceased being a political conspiracy and was transformed into a fashionable social phenomenon, party membership was especially popular with educators, bureaucrats, and the press. Being a Nazi was politically correct. They called themselves “The Children of the New Age of World Order” and looked down their noses at everyone else. As Hitler accrued more power, he referred to his critics as “The Dark Forces of Anarchy and Hatred”. Anyone who questioned Nazi high-handedness in the German press was branded a “Conservative Reactionary”. Joseph Goebbels, minister of communications, proclaimed a “New World Order”.

    • I don’t know that I would consider the Weimar Republic to be conservative as that word has meaning in today’s America. Even under the Kaiser Germany had a level of socialism that Bernie supporters would envy. In my opinion Nazism was essentially tribal; Hitler et al. organized the constituencies you identify to oppose the ruling elites of the Weimar. Along the way, they clawed away a lot of the professional elites in Weimar Germany, especially in the bureaucracy and the legal system.

      In relation to today’s US the important part is that only a miniscule minority of Americans, almost all over 50 or autodidacts, would be able to participate in this conversation. The greatest propaganda campaign in history, so far, was the Soviet campaign to brand the Nazis/fascists as some conservative, reactionary, revanchist force. To the extent that modern Americans/Westerners know anything at all about the inter-war and WWII era, they believe that the Nazis were the henchmen of a corporate/aristocratic ruling class, when in fact they essentially enslaved the German ruling class to the Party through what was styled as “coordination” or in German Gliechshaltung (sp?). It was the ultimate crony capitalism; you coordinated your business with the Party or the Party destroyed your business. We saw Comrade Obama do a bit of that as he unleashed the alphabet soup of federal agencies against various businesses, groups, and individuals in order to “reward his friends and punish his enemies.”