The Lewisville protest took place at the offices of Rep Michael Burgess which is in an office park right off I35. The total number of protesters was 24. Some organizations were with us, like Veterans for Peace and Camp Casey, and they brought lots of extra signs.
The Lewisville police showed up right when we were started but they
just parked in the lot and watched. The weather was sunny and hot –
about 95 or so. There was also a fair bit of media there and many took
my picture, and all of them interviewed me. It would be nice to see if
something gets reported from it, but I won’t know for a while (if ever)
as I don’t subscribe to any local papers.
Most people were around the
sidewalk area. Past that there was another grassy area, then the
highway access road, then I35. One of the Camp Casey ladies put up a
Honk for Peace sign, and we did indeed get a lot of honking our way,
though I suspect not all of it was polite. There were twenty four of
us, happily holding our signs and waving at the passersby.
Thirty minutes in, the building management turned on their sprinkler
system full blast, which turned our protest into a wet tshirt
competition. While refreshing in the heat, it was a bit distracting so
we all moved to line the access road. Funny, but for some reason being
closer to the highway slowed down traffic on the major interstate to a
crawl. It really increased the attention we received, both for signs
and the tshirts. There was a lot more honking and waving, some the 2
finger peace sign, some with a thumbs up, and some with the single
finger salute usually accompanied by unintelligible shouting.