The last face to face debate between
Gerry Brown and Meg Whitman was
billed as "the green debate". It was at Dominican University. A bunch
Greens showed up to protest the hypocrisy of having a "Green Debate"
without a Green Party candidate (or any other independent party
candidates for that matter) on the stage. Somebody with a ticket saw
Laura Wells protesting and gave her a studio audience ticket to the
show. She tried to use it to get in, and security arrested her for
trespassing. She got way more press for getting arrested at the debate
than any thing else she did during the campaign.
Laura Wells was scheduled in Marin
County's Courthouse on Tuesday
November 2nd. She asked for supporters to show up and watch from the
visitors gallery for moral support. Dana decided to organize a bunch
from Santa Clara County to go help with staring at the judge while he
ruled on Laura's case. She insisted that I bring my camera with me.
Here is what I saw.
We got there a little early, and as per
Dana's plan we had lunch. It so
happens that the Marin County Government building has a nice little
cafeteria in room 237, so we ate there. The food was nothing special,
but the place was clean, well lit, and there was plenty of space.
To get to the courthouse we had to go
through security. That meant that
we couldn't take certain things with us. For me that meant my steel
water bottle had to go. The same was true for the signs that we had
brought and a few other things. I ended up taking a load of stuff out
to Fred's car. When I got back the press conference was already in
After that we found out that they had
put off the hearing, so we were
done. We posed for a group shot.
Dana had done considerable footwork to
get WILPF to take this stand, so even though she couldn't show it to
the judge she wanted you to see her sign.
I got a ride home
from Carol Brouillet and her son. We had a fascinating discussion about
role playing games, among other topics. He is very familiar with
Dungeons and Dragons and Paranoia, among others. I told him "the
difference between politics and other role playing games is that in
politics your life is more likely to be threatened than taken, but you
only get one life."
The next day I saw an article the gist of which was that the University
had dropped charges against Laura.