Chicago POSTGAME - September 11th, 2010 It was a great day filled with quite a bit of drama. The rainclouds started to clear out right as we were getting started. As people were showing up, we hung out at the big intersection and earned a bunch of car honks and a couple of one-finger salutes. There was also a pretty bad performance of the Macarena. A little ways into the event, a couple people went to demonstrate in front of the Scientology building. For those who aren't aware, there has long been a lot of squabbling in Chicago regarding where demonstrators are allowed to be. A Chicago law exists which prevents demonstrations within 150 feet of a place of worship, and our Scientologists are fond of claiming that they hold religious services continually, from morning until night, every day. They use this combination of religious cloaking and what seems to me to be a ridiculous interpretation of the law to prevent protests at their building. A police officer arrived and could see that demonstrators were obviously peaceful and not blocking access to the building, and he didn't buy into the Scientology plan of having a full-day ban on free speech outside their building. So the Scientologists went above his head and called a police sergeant - same result. Up the chain they went to a police supervisor - same result again. Having gotten the OK to protest peacefully by the police higher-ups, the others moved in front of the Scientology building. We were surprised to see IAS staff at their building that day - I guess they were having an event. None of the Scientologists felt able to have an actual conversation with us, but we managed to talk a little to a few of them, and an evil SP managed to make iPod Girl smile. Guess what - the police calls hadn't stopped yet. Later in the day, some new and different officers showed up asking things like if we had a permit (wtf?) and then the 150-foot issue was rekindled. This debate went on for a looong time, as a different supervisor was called in, and the Scientologists got in his ear about how they were having religious services. He called someone about the issue and, surprisingly, reversed the decision of the officers and supervisor earlier in the day. We were told that we had to go back to being 150 feet away while their "religious services" were being conducted (which just so happen to be all day err day). Irony. Anyway, by that time all that had played out, we were ready to pack up and get going anyway. All in all, I had a lot of fun, A+++ would protest again.