Friday, December 11, 2009

Why the Incident Management Team Comes to Gatherings

Thanks to the Free Assembly Project for putting up court documents on their website. This specific excerpt is from a Hearing Transcript, 5 July '07 near the Annual Gathering in Arkansas with this comment: (NOTE: The accuracy of this official transcript is under review, yet to be determined.) The answers (A) are from from Gene Smithson. The questions (Q) are from Don E Wirtshafter.

Q Is there any ongoing training that officers receive in
1 crowd control?
2 A Every year we are -- we are going to be recertified in it.
3 Q Uh-huh.
4 A Yeah.
5 Q And what do you have to do to get recertified in crowd
6 control?
7 A You have to complete the course that the park police
8 requires you to complete. That's as per our agency's direction
9 we follow in accordance with their policies.
10 Q Is there anyone receiving training as part of their
11 participation in the National Incident Management Team?
12 A Every officer on the team.
13 Q They are receiving training credits for being out here this
14 week?
15 A Every officer on the team.
16 Q Can you describe a little bit about the training that
17 officers are receiving while they are here at the Rainbow
18 gathering?
19 A Basically they have received training in formations and how
20 to protect themselves, how to dissipate crowds, how to deal with
21 crowds.
22 Q And so there are trainers present here?
23 A Not today.
24 Q But present trainers at the national incident here at the
25 Rainbow gathering?
1 A Well, they have been here; yes.
2 Q And so the officer that stopped me, he would have also been
3 receiving training in these matters at the same time that he was
4 doing this traffic check point?
5 A If it was one of the officers assigned to my team, yes.
6 Q Thank you. Have we got those other stop check points yet?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Thanksgiving Council 2009 Notes for Gathering 2010

'Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts.' - William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Thanksgiving Council
Rainbow Noon
November 28, 2009
Hedgesville, West Virginia
Approx. 30 individuals
Om Circle

Feather is passed and individuals make introductions and Heartsong.

Council on Bank and Mailbox:

Discussion on concern about transparency and accountability of bank. Consensus: NY Rainbow will hold the bank and setup a PayPal account for Gathering 2010 until Spring Council
NY Rainbow Post Office Box will be used for Postal Mail concerning Gathering 2010 until Spring Council A Banking Council comprised of three experienced individuals from the
NYC/NJ area, Bob from the Ovens, Joanee and Rick Purpleboy will handle the off-season bank and Gathering Mail until Spring Council. Other individuals can be added as advisers and/or observers. Green Energy sent by Postal Mail will be transferred via NY Rainbow's account to
the Rainbow Gathering PayPal account.
Scout Rendezvous Date:

Discussion on date and location of Scout Rendezvous addressed the large area consensed upon, on the land, at Vision Council in New Mexico, comprising the states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee and the logistics of this scouting effort. Council rejected suggestions of abridging or eliminating certain states from being scouted.

Consensus: Scout Rendezvous will be April 1, 2010 at the southern end of that range of states at a location consensed upon by individuals involved in scouting.

Council expressed it's confidence in the individuals scouting and it's trust in their judgment. Council also called for greater participation in scouting by individuals in those states consensed
upon. Individuals interested in exploring the forest can leave contact info on the following lightline: 908-I-Gather (442-8437).
Spring Council Date:

Discussion on concerns about "seed camp" and "holding camp" involved speculation that an early "holding camp" could bring negative energy to the local areas ahead of the gathering. This raises social and environmental questions for the upcoming gathering. In addition, with such a possible broad range of sites, over 1000 miles end to end, there is a concern that a large holding camp in one region may draw energies away from better sites in another region. Also expressed was the need for a timely site announcement to accommodate for long distance travel plans.

Consensus: Spring Council June 4 - 6, 2010 at a location to be determined by consensus of individuals involved in scouting.
Rainbow Press Crew:

The Council suggested that the individuals calling themselves the "Rainbow Press Crew" revise their identity. There is a key problem with the name: Calling it "Rainbow" Press Crew implies that it is connected to or an ongoing function of the (alleged) "Rainbow Family" as an organized group entity, and this compromises the gatherings. "Rainbow Legaliaison" was abolished in 1994 for the same reason. It was understood that this media initiative comes from a voluntary collective or affinity group that is independent, operating 'in the world' and outside the gatherings.

While the council cannot make any consensus or interfere with such efforts, it was the general sense of those present that the name should be changed to reflect this reality, and protect rainbow' from complicity. It was agreed to acknowledge and encourage this media initiative in the record, and to state these concerns... and a few participants agreed to follow up and communicate privately with the proponents, toward a workable solution. Council definitely wants the media to see all the peace, love, cooperation and heartfelt commitment going on at the gathering, to see the beautiful children, hear the singing, smell the food cooking and feel the good intentions. Support was expressed for individuals to continue countering incorrect reports about the Gathering by sending out their own reports.
Other Discussions:

Since 2004 individuals have tried to negotiate a solution to the Forest Service Non-Commercial Group Use Permit requirements, but the "permit accommodation" largely failed: It did nothing to control law enforcement harassment of a peaceful public assembly, and still locked in the "Rainbow Family, et al." as a fictional 'group' party in the Operating Plans. Now the Forest Service again requires a signed permit, with official notice and meetings far in advance. There were no Forest Service Representatives present at Thanksgiving Council. Recent administrative changes in the Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service include a new Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, a new Under Secretary, Harris Sherman, replacing Mark Rey, as well as at the Forest Service, Tom Tidwell, Forest Service Chief and David Ferrell, Director of Law Enforcement DC Office. The hope was expressed that with these changes will come an extra effort, by all involved, to communicate and 'Walk, as well as Talk, the Path to
Peace' and mutual respect.

Also last January William "Doubting" Thomas of Peace Park, inveterate vigiler in front of the White House for 27 years, passed away. He was a pioneer in 1st Amendment policy & law, did important work as a Rainbow "Legaliaison" volunteer 1987-93, and with PCU_FAP (Free Assembly Project) for a few years thereafter. At the Memorial ceremony last March, his partner Ellen Thomas got a consensus among concerned folks in attendance to convey his 'Rainbow' research & legal files to a concerned individual.
Council adjourns.
'Strive to serve the welfare of the world; by devotion to selfless work one attains the supreme goal of life. Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind.' - Bhagavad Gita 3:19-20

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