Picket Report, Kristi Wachter
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Date: Sat, 3 Jun 2000 21:49:37 -0700
From: Kristi Wachter
Subject: picket report, San Francisco, June 3, 2000
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~Date: Saturday, June 3, 2000
Start and End Times: 12:05 - 2:00 pm
Location: San Francisco
Picketers: Kristi Wachter, Peaches
Handlers: Jeff Quiros (barely)
Weather: overcast and cool
Number of Handouts given away: 128 (downstat!) - Peaches and me combined
Comments: very uneventful
3 Xenu fliers
1 Lisa fliers
124 Lies (It works) / What's Wrong with Scn
Familiar faces seen:
Familiar faces not present during this picket:
Mr. Tall Thin Sea Org
Note: Quotes may not be exact, since I didn't listen to my tape recording
at all. Also, I occasionally rearrange the chronology slightly to enhance
the narrative flow.
Photos at http://www.scientology-lies.com/picketphotos.000603.html. (Sorry
- I took a picture of Jeff Quiros, but it wasn't very flattering so I
didn't put it at the site.)
Peaches and I picketed the San Francisco org today.
SURE AS I'M SITTIN' HERE
As Peaches has already reported, I am temporarily afflicted with an
injured ankle, so I did my entire picket sitting in a canvas chair under a
shady tree. It was nice not to get sunburned, but I got chilly enough that
I was actually looking forward to the end of the picket. I would much
rather have been up and walking around.
I was concerned about the legality of the chair (here in the US, we're
supposed to keep moving and not block any sidewalks), so I made sure to
check in with the police well in advance of the picket. I also set the
chair on a corner of the property belonging to Scientology's neighbor, so
I was definitely not blocking a sidewalk or interfering with Scientology's
traffic flow. Best of all, it was a location where I generally like to
hang out when I'm ambulatory anyway, a pedestrian walkway that leads to
Market Street. It gets a lot of foot traffic and has the best visibility
to passing cars stopped at the traffic light.
Peaches was an enormous help, driving me to and from the picket and
managing to both cover the walking part of the picket singlehandedly AND
stop by frequently to keep me company. She did a terrific job handing out
fliers, achieving a personal best. Thanks a zillion, Peaches - you're the
I had a new flier for this month's picket.
One side was a condensed version of my "WHAT'S WRONG WITH
SCIENTOLOGY?" page summarizing the reasons I protest the organization:
- Scientology locks people up.
- Scientology lies.
- Scientology is breaking the law.
- Scientology has a long, well-documented history of criminal activities.
- Scientology attacks free speech.
- Scientology hurts people.
The "What's Wrong?" page is the most popular page at my site (after the
index page), and I thought it might make a good flier. (I still need to
finish adding links to supporting information to the page itself; I'm
about halfway done. You can see the page at
The other side of the flier said "SCIENTOLOGY'S LIES EXPOSED!", a parody
of Scientology's "Great Lies Exposed!" series. (I toyed with "Mediocre
Lies Exposed," but it just didn't have the same ring to it.) The specific
lie was "Scientology works" and I included a handful of citations in which
Scientology claims that the tech works alongside refutations of those
claims. This was followed by pointing out that the contract you have to
sign to take services specifically disavows any claims that Scientology
"Scientology requires people to sign a release before starting services
that states: "... the Foundation makes no claims as to the results which
may be forthcoming from the service. ... the Foundation makes no claims as
to the potential benefits which may be experienced by an individual from
participation in the Service." Scientology claims their tech works 100% of
the time, but they say they make no claim about results or benefits.
"Are L. Ron Hubbard's claims about the state of Clear true? If they are,
why won't Scientology stand behind them?"
(For the full content of the flier, see
I'm hoping to make this a series. I plan to have a new one for each
month's picket, and I'll eventually link the fliers to the "Scientology's
Lies" page at my site.
YOU'RE A FRIEND OF MINE
At about 12:40, Jeff Quiros arrived and went into the org. Not long
thereafter, he emerged for the OPS (obligatory photo shoot) (my favorite
kind of OSA OPS ).
Jeff was downright friendly today, to my great joy. He asked about my foot
and how it happened; I told him I wasn't sure but I thought I hurt myself
on an exercise machine (but of course he and I both knew it was his Gnarly
OT Powerz ). I told him my doctor said I wasn't supposed to walk
more than I had to and he agreed that picketing Scientology constituted
walking more than I had to. I snapped a photo, he snapped a photo, I gave
him a copy of my new flier for his collection, and as he turned to walk
away, I called out, "Nice to see you!" and he said "Nice to see you too
... not HERE, but ...."
Someday, the conflict between Scientology and its critics will be
over. When it is, I look forward to having a nice celebratory dinner with
my favorite local Scientologists, especially Jeff.
He is, once again, this month's recipient of the coveted Kristi's Favorite
Hmmm ... maybe I should have an awards banquet?
FACE THE FACE
In general, the Scientologists passing my picket chair were much more
"confront" than some have been in the past. At least a couple of them
returned my "Good afternoon" and smiled in reply. I did see a few folks
studiously avoiding looking at me, but in general they seemed less upset
about a pair of friendly picketers than they sometimes have in the past.
PEOPLE MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND
As always, we had several interesting conversations with various
passersby. Many had a fair amount of knowledge about Scientology, although
some had a few things wrong (or at least their information didn't match
anything *I* had ever heard). One gentleman knew a fair amount about LRH
but thought he had copied an evangelist named Armstrong in creating
Scn. One lady knew quite a lot about his false war stories.
As Peaches reported, we had a long (at least it seemed long
) conversation with a gentleman who seemed to have a serious M/U on
the word "Scientology." As near as I could figure, he thought we were
protesting SCIENCE. He said that without science we wouldn't have
medicine, there wouldn't be rockets in the sky, and we wouldn't see the
world around us (which is rather silly - people could SEE long before the
development of the scientific method). Eventually, Peaches and I just
stopped saying much and let him finish while we continued flyering
One young gentleman who was skateboarding along the walkway came over to
take a flier but kept repeating "Uruguay" to let me know that he didn't
speak much English. I launched into my rusty Spanish spiel, and between
the two of us we managed to have a brief discussion about Scientology's
A young lady came by and asked why I was protesting, and I began to tell
her. She was surprised to hear Scientology called itself a church; she
said "I always thought it was a store." I told her about Lisa, and she
asked about Scn's stance on God, and I told her about the compatibility
lie and the Xenu story (at which she promptly broke into giggles).
Quite a while later, she reappeared with another lady, older than her and
quite formidable looking, who may have been her mother. The elder lady
asked me to tell her what I had told the younger, so I did. She, too,
remarked that she'd always thought the Scn org was a store. When I got to
the part about OT III I emphasized that, to the uninitiated, it tends to
provoke laughter, but to someone who's been involved for years and has
given a lot of money and experienced things that seemed to work, it can be
too much to assimilate - and for some people, it may actually induce
insanity. She took that quite seriously and marched off with the air of
someone determined to tell others what she had learned.
Just as we were getting ready to leave, Phr arrived, so we gave him a warm
welcome, handed out a few more fliers, and headed over to the cafe for
lunch and conversation and a big hot apple cider to warm my chilly bones.
WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN?
BIG thanks to Peaches for helping me picket without violating doctor's
orders, and gratitude to both Peaches and Phr for joining me.
The next regularly scheduled first-Saturday-of-every-month picket is July
1 from noon until 2 pm, rain or shine. I hope to be back on my feet again
by then. See you then!
the activist formerly known as "Jour" (before $cientology outed me)
I think $cientology is hurting people and breaking the law, and I
want them to stop it. See http://www.scientology-lies.com for more.
Can you say "Xenu?" ... I knew that you could.
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