Ventura is not a huge town, and our 8 hour protest wasn’t as large as I would have hoped, but it was encouraging. It was a last minute effort on my part, with no permit, so I did what I could. Thankfully, a local radio station, Santa Barbara, CA – KIST-AM 1340 AM made an announcement in the morning and KPFK gave us a plug the day prior as well.
Our concerned citizens & patriots ranged from 6 years old to 80. In fact a 6-year old protestor took the time to make a sign that said, “Peace”. At the peak there were maybe 30 protestors, including an independent candidate for the 24th District, Michael Stettler. He stuck it out with me the entire time as did a few others. Government workers joined us on their lunch breaks and then went back to work. We got plenty of honks, peace signs, thumbs up and nods from the passing drivers, which is what kept us going. Throughout the day and night I’d estimate a total turnout of at least 100 people stopping by and picking up a sign. I read some of the Military Commissions Act, 2006 to a few people and I passed out some copies of the Bill Of Rights, and exchanged phone numbers and emails. I received many encouraging words and thank yous for putting the protest together. I met some great people that day, and the next one will be an even bigger success. Attached you’ll find some pictures from our action.