ATTACHMENT S, SECTION - MEETINGS CONCERNING LAW ENFORCEMENT:
(1) Note: Adams and John Buffalo, others act as individuals in all
capacities, in and out of Gatherings... Adams and John Buffalo are
"experienced" persons concerning community watch i.e. "Shanti Sena"
activities. John Buffalo is often hired as a "professional security" for
other events, other than Gatherings, as well as Adams. It is with some
experience in these matters, Adams reports these events.
(2) Either the Forest Service is ready to actually cut the "law enforcment"
budget or not? What it all "boils down to" is self- reliance,
self-determination, self-security, validation of the "internal processes' of
"Gatherings" to deal with "public safety" concerns, with Law Enforcement
"back-up" i.e. "on call" if a situation develops. Good communications and
cooperations will be what cuts 50% off the Law Enforcement budget for these
Gatherings. Adams relates his witness of these meetings to show that IF such
Meetings took place BEFORE an "incident" -- most "incidents" could be
averted. Expenditures of such things as excessive "patrols', roadblocks,
"blockades", "incidents" created by the presense of so much "friction" due
to "harassment" (both "Gatherers" and LEO's chant "harassment"). IF
"Gathering processes" are not interfered with, able to fully function, with
no threat of citation and/or arrest for those who participate, things will
work out - no large presense of Law Enforcement will be needed, or wanted.
(a) Rap on JUNE 25TH "encounter" with LEO's and "tow truck":
(3) On June 25th at a meeting at Shuttle Stop, a number of folks were
talking over various problems with Lynn Bidlack and Safety Officer John
Selby. Part 1 of my "Complaint" concerning Officer Boreman (sp) relates
events of this day; also affidavit filed in a legal case (See Attorney Brian
Michaels, re: "Huggy Bear") - both of these documents describe events taking
place on June 25th.
(4) Later in the afternoon, John Buffalo and I were working the Road,
helping cars, rigs park, and keeping "tuned in" to the continuing discussion
going on with attendees and Lynn, John; I was standing along the road, when
along comes a LEO Jeep, with Attack Dog, driven by an LEO I believe was Kim
Christensen, (short blond hair) - and right behind her is a tow truck. I was
right at the Road, so I waved and tried to get this LEO to stop, Kim, by the
way, knows and/or has interacted with John and m; LEO drives right by and
does not stop - I call out to no avail. Lynn Bidlack and Safety Officer
John, who had a radio, and were in conversation, with "Gatherers", right
then, concerning Road and parking problems, so why didn't LEO's stop and ask
for aid in communicating with the attendees while tow truck did its work, to
prevent misunderstandings and incidents like this one. John and I discussed
where this tow truck was heading with these LEO's - but John and I had no
vehicle and no radios - John and I also supposed the LEO's were unaware that
a tow truck had been in that morning, towing a U-haul (possible crime scene,
possibly misappropriated vehicle) and John, I and others were present and
aided the tow truck from removing this U-haul - NO LEO's came around for
this towing. John and I thought perhaps the new tow truck was (mistakenly)
for that U-haul (if so, too small).
(5) Note: according to accounts I have read, heard, and Forest Service
accounts, the main details of the June 25th "incident" as I have learned are
(6) A number of vehicles were stuck in the road and in the field, in an area
known as "Lower Bus Village" - after many days of rain and snow, this entire
area was very muddy, with vehicles stuck in many places, in the road and
field - at times, it was hard to distinguish road from field. Apparently,
LEO's had warned folks to move these certain vehicles. Three vehicles were
left in the "Road" (with some 20 others pushed, pulled to parking spots);
and folks were working onthe last few vehicles, when of a sudden, up shows
this tow truck, hooks up and starts to tow away a vehicle - people
objected... some folks called for a "sit in" in the Road, near where the
Road ran up hill to main Road 307 (possibly tempers were flaring after days
and nights of snow, mud etc.).
(7) LEO's apparently called for "back up"; and ALL of the Mounted Patrol
just happened to be at that end of the "Gathering" and were able to arrive
in a matter of minutes. Apparently, people refused to move, apparently,
Mounted LEO's rode through the people to break them up, or get them to move,
people were hurt, situation worsened, people moved to wrongful action, first
snowballs, then snowballs mixed with mud, somewhere along the way, a rock
mixed with snow/mud, back window of LEO vehicle is broken, at that point,
LEO's withdrew, with towed vehicle, later preparations were made for the
"The Great Raid of 2003" - Incident Commander Malcolm Jowers reply to the
"tussle" of June 25th - two persons were later charged with "inciting"
fined $25, in Magistrate Court, regarding this incident. Note: a "Gatherer"
was hospitalized, hurt in this "incident" and was charged, at the hospital,
in this "incident". Charges, I believe, are yet to resolved.
(8) Why did this vehicle (three vehicles?) sitting in a muddy field with
only a shadow of a "road" become such an important object for Incident
Command action? A possible "object lesson" i.e. do what we say or else!
(9) And, After all the "talk" about "contact and communications", even after
John Buffalo and me volunteered several times to answer to any call upon the
part of I.C. and/or LEO to help resolve a situation or act as "Shanti Sena",
keep the scene Peace; Malcolm, personally, agreed he would do "contact us";,
specifically concerning road and traffic situations, at the meeting in
Evanston, May 8th (video taped) and again on June 17th, at G. beck's "permit
signing" - (I have it taped). John Buffalo and I were on the Road, he and/or
I would have gone with LEO's and the tow truck to the area... tensions were
already high in that area... LEO documents on the Gathering confirm this...
yet, LEO's made their move... obviously, this is why some call these LEO's
"Incident Creation Team".
(10) In the late afternoon of June 25th, conflict happened, some folks saw
the situation could potentially escalate - neighborhood watch volunteers
i.e. folks with Shanti Sena consciousness, moved to re-establish
communications with Incident Command. Brian M. and G.Beck, went into town,
and called Incident Commander Malcolm Jowers; then met him at a motel, where
I.C. Jowers informed them of his plan to enter the Gathering the next day in
search of those responsible for the confrontation with his Officers i.e.
rear window being broken in LEO vehicle, plus other situations connected to
this 'incident'. I.C. Jowers did agree to meet the next day at the "Green
Road' camp of Garrick Beck, with Garrick, and possibly Brian, maybe John
(b) JUNE 26th - "Great Raid of 2003":
(4) June 26th, approx 9am I was informed (folks stopped by who had heard) of
this meeting to take place, and went over to the "Green Road' where Garrick
had once had a camp in the early part of the Gathering - site where he
applied for and was later granted his permit. I found there a half a dozen
attendees (or so) who were also informed of said meeting and were there to
work it out with I.C. Jowers, if possible and to aid in bring Peace back to
(5) I.C. Jowers was supposedly to enter the Gathering and be at the Green
Road approx at 10am. I argued for moving the meeting back toward the Front
Gate, to the Shuttle area, where a greater number of people could then 'tune
in" and also communicate with I.C. Jowers - the better to have more folks
involved with dealing with this situation. After some discussion, folks
waiting at the Green Road, jumped into vehicles and drove to the Shuttle area.
(6) A short while after my arrival at the Shuttle area, a stream of LEO
and/or other Law Enforcement vehicles came in the Road from the Front Gate
area to the Shuttle Stop. Sometime later, Malcolm shows up: some 15 LEO
vehicles had come to Front Gate with Malcolm in the lead, then LEO vehicles
stopped at intervals along Road 307, all the way to the Green Road, sealing
the Road. Down Road 058, some ten miles away across Elizabeth Peak pass, at
a Rest Area, it was reported to me, by folks who were there and witnessed
their presense, some 100 vehicles were sitting, full of officers: State
Police, Sheriff's etc., awaiting word to come on the "The Great Raid of
2003". Waiting all during the time of this meeting.
(7) I stopped this convoy of vehicles and knocking on driver's window, I
inquired concerning I.C. Jowers. Malcolm was in the passenger seat, wearing
his black leather gloves. I asked Malcolm to stop right there at the Shuttle
area and discuss the situation with those concerned - I also pointed out
that he was long overdue, late getting to the Green Road and folks had all
come to the Shuttle Stop, to wait and Gather more people to hear I.C. Jowers
concerns. Malcolm declared he would meet with people at the Green Road and
nowhere else. And then he drove on, with a number of LEO vehicles following.
I then caught a ride back toward the Green Road area, as did other concerned
folks - LEO's closed down access to this Green Road area, down the road from
this area was the area called "Lower Bus Village' where the June 25th
(8) After sometime of walking I, others arrived back at the Green Road, and
found I.C. Malcolm talking to folks already arrived and/or encamping in the
area. Officers with Malcolm were introduced as the Sheriff Dave Edmunds,
Summit County, Utah, and his his deputy, and Lt. Col. Sandie Duncan, Utah
State Police, and Lynn Bidlacky, Special Use Permit co-ordinator. LEO's
surrounded Attendees, like myself, who communicated with these Officials and
in a short while, fully armored Horse Patrol, lined their horses up on the
Road 307, nearby, during this confab - Fully armored means they had plastic
face shields, full riot gear, weapons, fighting sticks (carried throughout
the Gathering on Horse Patrol gear). Other officers like the Sheriff and his
deputy were also in full riot gear. Lt. Col. Duncan was in uniform. Malcolm
had removed his black Riot Gloves.
(9) Malcolm expressed his expectations that 'Gatherers' attending this
meeting were there to help him search out and arrest certain persons
involved in the June 25th incident. Malcolm, in speaking directly to me and
my question concerning what was happening, told me he had been up util 3am
in the morning getting 300 officers ready.
(10) A discussion ensued as to what happened, immediately a number of the
"Attendees' at this meeting apologized for the incident and indicated they
felt the "incident" was an aberration, not something people normally do at
"annual Gatherings" - very few situations have ever taken place where there
was any sort of physical confrontation between "Gatherers" and LEO's.
Persons also stated a collection would be taken to pay for the window.
(11) Some folks spoke up and said they thought that some of the "attendees"
involved in the "incident" had already left "Gathering" in the back of a
pickup. I.C. Jowers, (who did most of the talking for the officers), was
asked if he had a warrant or actual descriptions of those involved in the
"incident". Malcolm indicated they had no actual descriptions nor warrants.
(12) Discussion moved on to why is it that Incident Command hadn't
communicated with Shanti Sena volunteers as Malcolm and Agent Dave Ferrell
had agreed to do - an agreement that was stated several times - in Evanston,
and on June 17th, after the "G.Beck permit" was signed, I personally asked
Malcolm to remember what was said in Evanston, Wyo., he agreed if a
situation were to develop he would contact me (or John Buffalo etc.).
Specifically Malcolm agreed to contact concerning Road access and parking
problems - the exact circumstances surrounding the basis for the incident.
At this point, discussion included "attendees" sharing information
concerning Shanti Sena as "neighborhood watch". I chimed in that I had
sought to connect and communicate with LEO's escorting tow truck, See June
25th rap above.
(13) After going over the "incident" of the day before, with Malcolm
speaking about Forest Service concerns. and "Gatherers" speaking up
concerning about "Gatherers" concerns. John and I related about having been
available the day, (see June 25th above), and folks related about "community
watch", Shanti Sena, etc.. Every "Gatherer" who spoke in this "circle"
expressed dismay and disappointment concerning the "incident" - no one
agreed with anyone throwing things at LEO's.
(14) "Gatherers' spoke to pay for the expense of the window, including John
Buffalo - note: John Buffalo later paid for this window. After a long
meeting, questions got around to what happens next? Note: waiting all lined
out on Raod 307, near this meeting spot, was the Mounted patrols in full
"armor", plastic shielded helmets etc.. During the course of this meeting,
it was established Malcolm and company DID NOT have any actual descriptions
of any persons who participated in the "incident" of the day before; and,
had NO WARRANTS:
(15) At this point I asked the transparent question:
"You ain't figuring doing some "Great Raid" down into this Lower Bus
Village area with hundreds of officers, without any warrants and without any
real descriptions, no probable cause, and in doing so start some sort of
Hippie Hunt, running men, women, children all over these mountains, are you?
You all are much more professional than that, ain't you?" (I could see the
Sheriff and the Lt. Col. Utah Highway Patrol appeared to be "professional
(16) Right then, another attendee spoke up and started talking about
Choices, concerning persons choosing between Light and the Dark, and that he
felt that the officers there (including all of them) had been persons who
had triumphed over Dark in their life and had chosen Light - to help people,
and that is why they had become officers, because they were concerned people.
This information seemed to stray from the immediate situation.. BUT the Lt.
Col. Duncan of the State Police, spoke up and said, "how did you know that
is what happened to me?" speaking to the Dark and Light rap, and then Col.
Duncan pointed at a small Peace sign, located on an Attendee, and said,
"This is what I am here for." And went on to say he thought that
communication between Shanti Sena (he called it your neighborthood watch)
and I.C. was a good idea.
(17) At some point, Malcolm did say he had two people who he "wanted" for
questioning. I asked him for their descriptions and asked him specifically,
were they directly involved with the June 25th "incident". Malcolm related
to "gatherers' present he did not have evidence of these individuals
involvement but these individuals had been "interfering" with LEO's, and
possibly were persons who had "incited' (through speech). I agreed to take
these individual's descriptions, if Malcolm gave them to me, and try to
contact these individual's and ask them to contact authorities. Malcolm
agreed, and while the informal meeting went on, Officer Lampshire stepped to
the side with Adams, Brian Michaels and another "gatherer" - gave Adams the
descriptions - later, before Adams had occasion to contact these
individuals, they were arrested, apparently, "strip searched' (with everyone
else around them also "strip searched"); note: some 15-20 "gatherers' had
stopped by this meeting and/or were in the area - including a small family
of folks fixing breakfast at a small encampment located close to Road,
where this took place - Note: location of this "meeting" did not land
exactly on Garrick's ole campsite up "Green Road" a ways off Road 307;
instead, "meeting" took place on "common ground" i.e. "Gathering Site", on a
public access road. See Section on "Rainbow Magistrate".
(18) At this point, situation seemed to turn away from the idea of any
"Great Raid" toward other solutions. Malcolm agreed (again) concerning
communications and contact with "Shanti Sena" and/or John or me, or others,
when any potential situation like June 25th may come into
play; to try to avert through maintainting "public safety' measures i.e.
working with "gatherers' etc..
(19) At which point, Malcolm, in a secondary action, called upon Lynn
Bidlack, who stepped up and gave to Garrick Beck, "Notice" of Revocation of
his "permit", based on the "incident' and other things. In effect, closing
Road 307, the only access to the Gathering, to all vehicle traffic.
During this exchange, I chanced to wander away to another smaller circle
where the Deputy, and Lt. Col. Duncan were talking to John Buffalo. I
listened in and at one point, Lt. Col Duncan said he often came into similar
situations like at rock festivals etc., and he could immediately "see a
difference" (meaning he saw there was no actual threat to his officers). The
Deputy agreed. It was at this point that I said to these officers,
concerning the incident, "Seeing all this (indicating the Gathering and the
"stand-off) you may be able to see this is why this "Incident Command Team"
is called the "Incident Creation Team."
(20) At this point, I.C. Jowers and company, plus Attendees walked a ways
down the road to the turnoff and into Lower Bus Village area, to a scene
that was entirely peaceful; people were very aware of the presense of all
the Police, one couls see various video cameras etc., people on "Cop Watch"
- ready to "fair witness" any action upon the part of "police". However,
people were fully peaceful, there were no confrontational situations. Rigs
were still getting stuck in the mud, other people were helping get them out
of the muck, just as on June 25th.
I chanced to walk down the Road 307 alongside of Lynn bidlack who I had met
on May 8th, again on June 25th, in the afternoon; and had communicated with
a number of times. I asked what she had presented to Garrick and she
indicated it was a "Notice" of cancellation of Garrick's "permit" and a
total closure of Road 307 to ALL TRAFFIC, period.
I asked if food supplies, medical, handicapped vehicles etc., would still
be allowed access, after all, there were a lot of people up in the mountains
at this Gathering, including children?
Bidlack replied, "Well, no one is going to starve while this is being
worked out, it might only take a few days!"
I walked on to where I.C. Jowers was standing in Lower Bus Village.
After a time of watching, with standard "Gathering" going on, no sign of
aggressors... Police began to move back up on Road 307, began to go away.
I then asked Lynn, in front of Malcolm concerning the Road Closure. Lynn
spoke up, indicating it would require going back to town and working things
out before any vehicles would be allowed access.
I challenged this, and turned to Malcolm and stated, 'for the record, the
Judges in North Carolina (1987) and Texas (1988) both stated that there was
no way that you all (Forest Service) could stop food supplies, medical and
handicapped folks from getting access"; and then I asked Malcolm, 'Ain't it
true, ain't nobody has got to go into town work out anything, the person
with the authority to work things out is right here and it is you" - at
which point Malcolm nodded. And then I asked, "Malcolm, since you can't cut
off food supplies etc.. then why don't you authorize these kinds of vehicles
to have access... In fact, I will volunteer to go out to Front Gate, and
stand there, and make sure ONLY supply vehicles, medical vehicles, and/or
handicapped persons get past the Gate, no personal vehicles."
Malcolm's reply was, "Don't step over the line, Barry!"
At which point I replied, "If I do Malcolm, you will be the first to know".
Malcolm also agreed, at this point that John Buffalo, well known to
Malcolm, one of the attendees at this meeting, and an experienced Shanti
Sena, could also "certify" vehicles entering... cleared also by the LEO's
stationed at the Gate.
Note: it was after this meeting, on Road 307, I had a conversation with
Malcolm concerning LEO Boreman etc., See Complaint filed, Sept..
(21) [Note: it must be recogognized that what I was proposing was exactly
the same plan that various Attendees who were "crewing" the Front Gate the
Road and parking Lots, plus other experienced Gatherers were already working
on access to the Gathering being limited to said vehicles... not enough
parking for individual, personal vehicles in, near, Road 307, so basically,
all Malcolm was doing was forcing these Crews to move up the timeline for
instituting shuttles, plus inconveniencing in-coming Attendees through the
closing of the Front Gate - No shuttling directly from Parking Lot to
Shuttle Stop, a common sense action - one Forest Service agreed to later See
June 28th meeting, See "Shuttle Parking Plan" Agreement with Anonymous
(22) John Buffalo immediately went on duty at Front Gate as a "certifier'
and I relieved him within an hour or so, then, I worked Front Gate as a
"certifier" - by the next morning, I had transferred this "certification"
into the hands of folks working "Front Gate'.
(23) Front Gate: Parking Lots were all ready being established, as close
in to the Site as possible, through efforts of volunteers doing Parking,
Shuttle, Front Gate, Road, Shuttle Stop, Communications, Shanti Sena,
others. These are "work stations" peopled 24/7 during an "Annual Gathering".
Normal Ingress and egress to the Site consisted of vehicles traversing all
the way to at least the Shuttle Stop - leading to Main Trail into Center of
Gathering, off-loading "in bound", picking up shuttling out "out bound".
Supplies, major "kitchens', big "groups", "live-in vehciles" i.e. buses,
vans, trucks, (few cars), were flowing in, with supply, medical other
vehciles flowing in and out as needed. Normal traffic flow for a Gathering.
Front Gate "crew' - volunteers out of the "Gathering" who people the Front
Gate, to Welcome Folks Home, orient them to the situation i.e. give them
quick lay-out, situation; and/or Front Gate "crew' filters major "scenes'
i.e. supply vehicles, handicapped, medical, Shanti Sena - this means very
few cars, these go to Parking Lots, folks Shuttle-in - when easy "ingress
and egress' takes place;, the flow goes on, somewhat chaotic, as expected,
however, "normal traffic flow" for a "Gathering' is awesome.
(24) In the past few years, with the emphasis on Law Enforcement, with I.C.
employing tactics like "stop and search" of vehicles, including and/or
specifically, "shuttle vehicles" - this "real or imagined" "targeting' of
shuttle drivers and shuttles, also peoples "working" Parking Lot, Front
Gate, Road, day or night, know there is an "actual' risk of them being
singled out and cited.
This "friction" causes only "dedicated people" to
"work" in these areas - for a "Gathering" that relies entirely on
volunteers, making these efforts "dangerous work" (i.e. fear of citation) is
a major problem, only folks willing to face citation and/or arrest "work"
these "stations". Adams is not speaking/writing of "drunk drivers" etc.
(nobody needs "drunk drivers"), rather these volunteers are engaged in
"Gathering operations". Ask "Patrick", who was "working' "Road, Parking,
Shuttle", this year - See Garrick's Notice of Non-compliance filed against
the Forest Service, citations sections.
(25) On June 26th, when the "blockade' was established. LEO's were stationed
across Road 058 - peoples driving on this public road, would roll up - if
they were simply passing by, they were waved on by LEO's, and "Front Gate
crew". If they were coming to Gathering, they were stopped, along Road 058
(and on Road 058)... questions would insue, directions given, if
certification of a "big rig" carrying supplies and/or medical and/or
handicapped peoples... then Adams, John Buffalo and/or others of Front Gate
"crew' would have to call an LEO over, determine mutual certification and
then, only then, the vehicle entered the Gathering or was turned away, back
to Parking Lot etc.. "Locals" i.e. folks living in the area, wanting to stop
by, check out the Gathering, and/or persons like a neighbor looking for a
lost dog - later found at his neighbors home... were requried to go through
the "filter' and because they were not bringing supplies (except for a few
locals who brought in supplies)... they were turned away; unless they wanted
to go to Parking Lot, and take a Shuttle to the Front Gate...
(26) Shuttles full of people and gear, were required to stop on Road
058, unload, children, families, individuals, and their personal camping
gear, which can be a lot... walk their stuff some 25-30 yards off Road 058,
along Road 307... and then, there, await another Shuttle and/or seek to walk
in some two miles, then walk another mile or so along Main Trail into the
actual Site. Families became seperated... with the harassment of Shuttles,
even along Road 307, few people volunteered to Shuttle... people backed up,
not only along Road 307, but also along Road 058. This Road 058 situation
became immediately highly dangerous with public traffic driving by and
Shuttles off-loading... the Front Gate crew, this year, in my opinion, was
awesome, and did an enormous job of juggling folks in and out... LEO's were
seizing driver's licenses of folks who entered the Gathering to drop off
supplies and/or to drive in handicapped folks. This left people driving
without license into the Gathering. The situation became untenable. LEO's on
duty at the Front Gate 24/7 realized, like the Front Gate "crew' the
dangerous aspects of the situation. Blessings nobody got ran into by
vehicles on Road 058 - there were plenty of near misses.
(27) Credibility was established between Front Gate 'crew' and LEO's, and
Adams was relieved, returned into the Gathering; Things seemed to be working
out, except for the "incident" of June 27th, concerning "Kalif" (sp) -
apparently there was another breakdown; a situation developed LEO's moved
unilaterally without requesting Shanti Sena, or "Gatherer" intervention, or
calling on others of the "Front Gate crew" to "intervene" with "Kalif".
Situation escalated. "Kalif" was arrested; Officers claim "Kalif" was
violent. It is well known many of these LEO's have "personal stuff" with
"Kalif" who is well known, it is unusual for an "incident' between LEO's
and "Kalif" to turn violent. "Kalif" often has been an 'actor" in expressing
"creative resistance" to what is perceived as Forest Service harassment,
intimidation of "Gatherers". "Kalif" has been known to be extremely
"verbose' toward LEO's. No one like the dangerous situation at the Front
Gate... AND LEO's operating the Front Gate, instead of "Gatherers" is always
a potentially volatile situation. Not only is it interfering with "internal
processes' but also, it creates the kind of dangerous Road 058 situation.
"The Associated Press, Rainbow members charged, Three members of the annual
gathering of the Rainbow Family of Living Light were charged Monday in
federal court for interfering with the duties of law enforcement officials
and inciting lawless behavior, according to court documents. Edward James
Jenkins, 52, was charged with assaulting, resisting and impeding law
enforcement officials, a felony offense, according to court documents.
Jenkins was arrested on June 27 when he refused to let a police car pass
near the "welcome home" area of the gathering, the reports stated. As law
enforcement officers worked to resolve the issues with Jenkins, he incited
action from those nearby by asking them to honk their horns and make noise,
according to reports. The arresting deputy received a kick to the knee and a
string of profanities from Jenkins as he was being detained, said the
charges. Christopher L. Cole, whose age was not given, was charged with
two misdemeanor counts for his role in a human roadblock on Forest Road 307
on June 25. Joshua Ryan Riggenbach, 20, was charged Monday with two
misdemeanor counts for a similar incident that resulted in a broken police
car window and minor injuries to at least two police officers, according to
court documents.-- Michael N. Westley"
(c) JUNE 28th, 2003 -
(28) Re: Meeting with Forest Supervisor Tom Tidwell, District Ranger Steve
Ryberg, National Non-Commercial Use Co-ordinator Incident Commander Malcolm
Jowers - outside Garrick's Tipi, held June 28th, approx 3pm.
(29) On the afternoon of the 27th, I had stopped by Garrick's Tipi and he
informed me the Forest Service wanted a meeting about the Front Gate
situation, at his Tipi, possibly the next day at 2pm. I suggested he reply
to them that such a meeting would be more accessible to the crews working at
Front Gate, Parking, Shuttling, Road, etc. if it would be done out at Front
Gate or at Shuttle Stop; and it was a drag for Malcolm to insist on meeting
with Garrick, at Garrick's scene, concerning "Gathering issues". Garrick
said he would do what he could do, and expressed his support of this meeting
(and other meetings) be held at the more accessible locations, and not
specifically with him present.
(30) Come next day, on the 28th, folks, hearing of this meeting, Gathered
out near Shuttle Stop, in early afternoon, when it was learned that Forest
Service were meeting at 3pm, at Garrick's Tipi (informed by a friendly LEO)
- volunteers from crews working Front Gate, Parking, Shuttle, Road, all
walked "in Gathering" to the area of Garrick's Tipi, located at far end of
the Meadow. When I got there, a circle had already formed of some 12-15
people, others arriving at the same time as me, swelled the Circle to some
20 or more, others trickled in... I attended:
(1) on "permit watch' - trying to witness interactions between Garrick and
Forest Service concerning Garrick's "permit', for legal and educational
(2) as an attendee, who of my own choice, chose to be at this meeting
(3) as a volunteer on the Road, Front Gate "crews", (includes some 'Shanti
I was hoping for some solution to dangerous situation at the Front Gate.
(31) Upon the arrival of "crew' from Front Gate, parking, shuttle, etc., the
discussion turned away from "G.Beck's permit" and/or the "Notification of
Suspension etc." which Ryberg had come to deliver (See G.Beck's docs.) and
the discussion was turned to finding a solution to the problem created by
the "blockade'. Malcolm expressed he would rather have his LEO's on "patrol"
rather than stationed at the "Front Gate". And Tidwell expressed he wanted a
solution to be "submitted by Garrick"etc. which was rejected. See Section,
this paper, on this Meeting.
(d) LAW ENFORCEMENT - After Malcolm had conceded the "Front Gate" back to
the "Gatherers' i.e. gave 'management and control" of Front Gate into the
appropriate hands i.e. "Gatherers' - a big step for Malcolm... Malcolm and
Garry of "Rainbow Crystal Kitchen"- a "crew' forms each year to provide hot
soup, etc., to all who stop by this "Kitchen". Garry is another well known
"actor" in "creative resistance theatre" - form of expression, speech,
protest, petition. Garry is a strong voice against "Guns in the Church"
etc.. Malcolm and Garry have met, and have a "relationship" (albeit
adversarial). Garry often will follow LEO's while (loudly) requesting them
to NOT come into Gathering armed etc..
(32) On 28th, Malcolm and Garry talked about this "informally", and I
witnessed it... Malcolm answered Garry's question as to whether Malcolm had
had folks searching for Garry, in Michigan, etc., to cite and/or arrest -
Malcolm replied, "Yes!" And on that note of honesty, Garry stated he would
never attack an LEO physically, and would intervene to protect any LEO from
attack. Malcolm thanked Garry for saying that.. and the two shook hands....
Malcolm asked Garry concerning another attendee, as to his whereabouts...
Garry questioned Malcolm as to why, and indicated he would not act as guide
to someone else; and he expressed his opinion that that attendee also would
not physically attack an LEO and Garry would intervene if anyone did.
(33) This "handshake" seemed to be a hopeful sign concerning the tension
between some "Gatherers' and Malcolm - this "hope" was later "downgraded'
when Malcolm and company rode in ARMED on the Fourth, See Compelled Flag
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