Articles Tagged: protest

Gay Open Carry Activists – Happy ending

June 28th, 2015 | By Pirate

I typically do not use the two terms “Gay Activists” and “Happy Ending” in the same title, or in the same sentence.  But in this case it is appropriate.

Several days ago, I wrote about the Gay Open Carry Activists that went to Capitol City Pride in Olympia Washington and were thrown out and banned from that event, as well as a group that had nothing to do with the demonstration.

So to sum it up, the Libertarian Party of WA was permanently banned from the event as well as the activists that I featured in my last article about this.   Reference;, and Capital City Pride and their discrimination against Civil Rights at own protest.   The two groups were separate and unassociated, other than they apparently have similar political ideology, but the LPWA was no demonstrating with this group, or organizing for this group, or participating with this group’s protest.

Fast forward to the next week at Seattle PrideFest where the same group of people were treated with an abundance of love and respect.   I am attaching from pictures that I found on one of the activists wall  Ref  Devyn Hembry

This also goes to show that police are just people too, some good and some bad.  The police in this photo get a lot of respect from me.

Seattle Pridefest Open Carry

Seattle Pridefest Open Carry

Seattle Pridefest Open Carry

Seattle Pridefest Open Carry

I am still looking for the full details, or an article by a local news source.  But I have only found a few bits here and there.  This story just came out of the activists facebook wall, whom I am now friends with, and I have the deepest respect for these fine folks.  But Im sure more will come out soon.  This is HUGE.   From hate and bigotry at one Pride Fest, to Love and Respect at the next one just down the road not far.  What a wonderfully diverse world we live in, where we can learn from other’s so easily and often.

Ref more news coming soon;


Also these are a few interesting facts that I learned from the article at the Libertarian Party of Washington’s website about their political stance on gay rights.

The Libertarian Party;

  • Has supported gay rights since its inception in 1971;
  • whose 1972 presidential nominee was gay;
  • whose 1972 vice-presidential candidate, Tonie Nathan, was the first woman to receive a vote in the electoral college;
  • and who has had an explicit plank in its national platform supporting gay marriage since 2008, four years before the Democratic Party.

I have to say that I love the sign that they are carrying with them.  “Armed Gays Don’t Get Bashed

Good work to those who stand up for liberty!

(20 points offered for your opinion)

More about “Cannabis use is Medical Only” vs. Liberty

May 28th, 2011 | By Pirate

Regulations via Medical only  VS  Full Legalization
I explore the idea of “All Cannabis use is Medical Use” and what the restrictions and regulations do to us in this method of trying to preserve our rights.

I disagree that all cannabis use is medical use.   I think that cannabis is no more harmful and needs no more regulations than other common healing herbs.

I spoke a bit about Dr. Timothy Leary vs. The United States.

In 1969 cannabis was completely legal after Dr. Timothy Leary won that fight!
Then came the Controlled Substances Act the following year.

Also see the National Initiative for Democracy @

This is a valid way to reassert our rights as “We the people”.

I hope you get time to watch the video, it’s only 10 minutes long.   Thanks for visiting xCannabis!

Also if you are able, please attend the Art City Days cannabis protest in Springville Utah.

You can get more information at the following links:

Saturday, June 4 · 9:00am – 12:00pm

Springville, Utah

Main St.
Springville, UT
If you want to print and pass out flyers, feel free to download this file and print it out:
Download the FULL SIZE version at this link

Spokane has heart! Protest at the city council meeting tonight!

March 8th, 2011 | By Pirate

I did not find out about this problem via the traditional means.  I had not learned of the details I should say, however the problem with Spokane police is obvious.   From the “Golden Goose Fund” whistle blower that came out a few years ago forcing the Spokane police to admit wrong doings, and admitting to having no account where hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of sales from seized assets disappeared and has gone unaccounted for.

When this was all coming out, it was at the same time that Change In Spokane got shut down for providing legal medicine to legal medical patients.      You can see my video and my letter to Spokane Police Department in 2009 here:

Tonight was another awesome display of how Spokane citizens can peacefully assemble and get their point across.  In Tim’s and Gina’s protest tonight many activists did not sit down, and they turned their backs to the city council for not allowing a discussion to take place after the ombudsman’s hearing.   After every other item on the agenda, they made time for questions at the end but at the end of the ombudsman’s hearing (despite that “Got Questions” was the last slide during this presentation), the president “Joe Shogan” showed contempt and anger to the idea of questions that anyone had for this hearing.  Instead he gave 3 minutes for questions at 9pm like they always do.   They gave 3 minutes for this issue, but more than an hour (with questions) for the contractor ordinance that they are trying to pass.

Joe Shogan

City Council President At Large Term: 2008 – 2011 Contact
After you watch this meeting, please write Joe and let him know his conduct tonight was inappropriate!
I was just so proud and amazed that Tim and Gina and other protesters refused to sit down, even as Joe Shogan called in the police.
After he asked them to leave, about 6 minutes later the police showed up.
At this time I was late for getting home to get my girls from girlscouts and I was in the lobby getting ready to leave.  But when I saw this display of protest I decided to stick around and film what happened.
Fortunately no one was arrested (wouldnt have that been ironic, and ALL TOO PUBLIC), but the city council meeting stopped for nearly 7 minutes while this demonstration took place, and eventually the protesters peacefully walked out of the hearing at their own will.
Im further impressed of how peaceful yet effective this protest went.  I stuck around another 15 minutes as my parking meter flashed red, and as my time issue grew more urgent.  But I saw it through, and the other protesters stayed when I left shortly after.
I rushed home to take care of all of my pending issues, and turned on channel 5 (citycable5) and watched the rest of the hearing.
At the end Tim and Gina got up and testified with heart and conviction in a very well spoken and thoughtful way about their horrible experience after sticking up for their friend at Change who has had his life turned upside down when the police arrested him and continue to pursue him.
Tim and Gina testified that they have never had a problem with police before testifying for their friend in front of a committee, but shortly after they continue to be harassed by Spokane Police.  They used their 3 minutes so well, and it brought me to be very angry.  Anyone who loves freedom would be angry about what the Spokane police are doing!
An article came out about this in the Spokesman Review on 2/23/2011 and that will shed more light on this.  If you would like to see the whole meeting replayed, please watch it on March 10th 2011 @ 6pm PST on Channel 5 in Spokane or at the City website >
We will also be recording this and re-posting it on our website for later viewing as soon as it is broadcast.
Im sad to say that only a small portion of what I filmed showed up at  I believe a few other folks were filming from a different point of view and I look forward to getting that video and I will be posting it at:
Much love to these awesome freedom fighters, THANK YOU for having heart enough to CARE ABOUT YOUR FREEDOM!!
See the replay of this on March 10th 2011 @ 6pm:

Getting arrested for excercising free speech in Utah

June 13th, 2010 | By Pirate

I am trying to gather video from my arrest today, to show exactly how I was abused and how my rights were violated by the Springville Utah. I asked several folks to film what happened and they did. Now I just need that video for my hearings. Please send the video to please.

Pictures of the handcuff marks that are clearer than the video that I took with my camera phone.
My phone’s video camera is only a 1.3 megapixel camera, so the quality is poor.
Apparently my Sony video camera got broken during this escapade.  It worked 20 minutes before the arrest.  =(

Thanks for everyone who stood up for freedom today!

BTW go to to see other video that I have made during protests. It seems like its only Utah that disregards free speech rights! Shame on Utah authorities who operate this way!!

P.S. Using my phone for typing, please excuse the sloppiness. I am unable to edit posts until I get back to an actual computer.


Its not called The Zion Curtain for nothing!

June 12th, 2010 | By Pirate

I was protesting today in Springville Utah today and I was arrested. It was during the Art City Days parade, and since I didn’t get my permit for my megaphone, I left that in the car and walked around with my sign.
After they handcuffed me, I yelled “This is my first Amendment Rights that you are violating”. Which got me a charge of “disorderly conduct” (I think, as they were not very clear). Which is a class C misdemeanor.

I have a court date coming up, and I am going to seek council from an attorney that specializes in civil rights.
I am trying to raise money for that as we speak. Please consider buying a tshirt from to help the cause here in Utah.
Also since I have a mandantory court appearance that I need to stay in Utah for, I will continue to protest.

I will continue to protest in Springville, because I have First Amendment Rights and I will not agree to give those rights up!


Its not called The Zion Curtain for nothing!

Thanks to All Who Fight

October 22nd, 2009 | By Bryant

Back from the Hill

My name is Adam, I live in northwestern WA State. I smoke weed nearly every day because I like to get high and according to my girl it helps a lot with my stress and attitude.  If you really want to know more, I have posted many times here on the xCannabis main page and in the xCann Forums. BTW: I am still in the lead in that 420 Post contest 🙂
I have been away for the summer on an awesome adventure, I will attempt to let you in on that, then  more importantly I want to share with you the latest  news and my opinion of the marijuana normalization movement.
I spent the summer working at an art school atop a beautiful mountain, 50 acres surrounded by 25,000 acres of tree farm. The nature and trees are amazing.   The  community bath house is the central point of the small village that host 25 or so small cabins some new some old all situated atop a serious hill. I slept in a 35 year old cabin that was built originally from recycled materials.We all work down the hill in a series of log buildings highlighted by an incredible 3 story lodge and a huge hex shaped artist studio with a center celling height of about 45-50′.

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Footage from the Protest In Spokane for Dispensaries

October 6th, 2009 | By Pirate

This is the footage that I got from the Inland Northwest NORML website from the protest in Spokane regarding the closing of 7 medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane:

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Memorial Day, Marijuana POW’s

May 23rd, 2009 | By Pirate

I have been a Prisoner of War in this “War on Drugs”. As a teenager, when I was just beginning my life I was locked up and heavily fined for doing nothing more than possessing a harmless plant.

Marijuana Prisoner of War

Marijuana Prisoner of War

Marijuana prohibition locks up hundreds of thousands of people and 89% of these prisoners are locked up for simple possession of this harmless plant. These people don’t start out as hardcore criminals, then end up becoming acquainted with that lifestyle only AFTER being locked up with murderers, thieves, and rapists. Marijuana prohibition and this “war on drugs” is an assault on the American people.
For those other P.O.W.’s of this inane war, I will be out protesting against the WAR on drugs.

A few months ago, I wrote an article about being denied the right to serve my country as a result of this war on Americans.
Please read this, as we remember our veterans this Memorial Day weekend.


A spring of protesting in the Zion Curtain

May 11th, 2009 | By Pirate

Last month marked a new showing of support for marijuana legalization in South East Idaho.

There have clearly been a lot of support throughout the rest of Idaho for Marijuana legalization.  Including Hailey Idaho which have twice passed a series of initiative that we passed by the voters of the city, and despite that these initiatives were overturned, one thing is clear and that is that Idaho, like four of our neighbors (who have already legalized medical marijuana) is ready for legalization.   Right now these four neighbors have at least legalized medical marijuana; Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Montana all have legal medical marijuana laws.  Oregon and Washington have gone a few steps further by decriminalizing simple possession in many areas of their state.

I am calling for marijuana reform in Idaho, and I am putting everything I have behind this movement.  If you would like to join up with xCannabis in Idaho and form a NORML chapter, we can start getting even more work done.

Visit to join NORML.  If you would like to broadcast your pro-liberation (of marijuana) message on xCannabis, then join the conversation!   You can now upload your own videos directly through xCannabis.  Just write a post, and at the bottom of the posting page, there is an option to upload a video.
You can upload a new conversation topic or opinion, or you can upload a response to someone else’s video.

Interactive Video button

< use this button when writing or editing a post to leave a video comment.  You can use your webcam, or you can upload a new video, or even select a youtube video to respond with.

Let get this conversation fired up!

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When you can’t get heard

May 9th, 2009 | By Pirate

I have went through a dry spell in the beginning of my campaign to legalize marijuana for responsible adult usage.

No matter how many magazines, newspapers, and television stations that I write, I have had little media for my protesting in Idaho and Utah.

I know that there are many people who want to stand up, and speak out but out of fear of losing their job or more, they don’t.
And for those who do, big round of bong hits to you!

So with all of the many attempts to get the conversation going in South East Idaho, only the Idaho State Journal, and the blog Idaho Falls Today have covered any of this.   Channel 8 news apparently covered a different protest in Idaho Falls on 4/20, but I had to cover my own.

So I have been looking for a way to get a cable access talk show about pot.  Tonight Russ Belville (aka Radical Russ) from the NORML Daily Audio stash sent out a message that he was on a webcast.  So I checked it out, it was a wonderful forum of conversation  on the topic of marijuana.  It’s amazing to see what is happening in Oregon and around the nation!

Here is that show.

This show is broadcast on the internet via

If anyone ever wanted to do a public access type of show, check this media medium out, it’s free!

We will be using this on xCannabis, look for our streaming videos and radio.

xTube @ xCannabis

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