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I'll sign any affidavit that says that every word below is true and reported

to the best of my ability. This story is lacking photos because I was attacked by

some freaks who broke my camera (read on for the full story) 

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I left for the track at 9:45 am

Parked and waked around for a while  - I was looking for the anti-police

brutality protestors to show up but I could not find them...went back to my

car and drove around to different areas to see if I had the wrong address. I

couldn't find them. I reparked my car and started to walk up taylor

boulevard towards my friend's house (he has a house directly across Central

Ave. from the track.) I was hoping to rest a minute at his place and scope

out the track when I looked up at about 11:30 AM and saw the plane flying!

 

The Text Said "BUSH STOLE YOUR VOTE!  ORALMAJORITYONLINE.COM"

 

There it was flying low over taylor boulevard at lincoln ave. - and it was

headed straight towards the track - I took of running and managed to get a

couple of shots of the plane on my video camera. I think this was it's first

pass over the track and I managed to film the plane flying over the famous

twin spires.

 

 

I was expecting this early flight time to be a disaster because we had some

people with cameras coming down to take video and pictures but they were not

there yet. In fact, this did not turn out so bad because tons and tons of

people were coming into the track at this time. Actually hundreds of people

marching down central ave. towards the track. At this time of the morning you

might imagine that MOST of them are relatively lucid and sober.

 

 

 

So I had one shot only with this. I had left my posters in the car far away

but had 42 bumper stickers with "NO MORE BUSHIT." I was a little bit chicken

at first to face all those people alone, but I plunged into the middle of

the crowd holding the bumper stickers over my head and announcing "free

bumper stickers" "no charge" get them while you can.

 

 

Some people looked up and just scoffed or laughed it off but then a young

lady with a nice hat in a beautiful derby dress caught up to me and asked if

she could have a bumper sticker. So I gave her one. A young african-american

teenage boy took one. He said "Cool". I pointed out the plane and told him

about the message on the sign. He was impressed. Then several more young

ladies in their early to mid-twenties - you might call them real southern

belles - came up to me in a group. And they were all dressed colorfully and to the

nines in derby finery with hats all around. All four of them very politely asked

for stickers. I pointed out the plane to them as well and they were loving it

and watched it pass over.

 

I kept on walking straight down central ave. - right past the first turn on

the track- by now the plane had passed a couple more times and was turning

around to where I couldn't see it. Many More people asked to look at the

writing on the stickers: NO MORE BUSHIT and then some bush people started to

say "whatever" but then some people started to agree. I gave a bumper sticker

to all of those people who wanted one and told them to look for the plane

when it cam back around.

Kudos and encouragement were offered from a few married couples.

 

 

I passed a mobile TV camera guy from the local Faux station.

I showed him my bumper stickers and pointed out the plane. The woman who was

with him (not a reporter) started to grin from ear to ear and the camera guy

pointed his camera towards the plane - I KNOW that man got some great

footage of the pane on his cool TV station camera. Since it's FAUWX news I

doubt they'll show a millisecond. They didn't want a bumper sticker.

 

 

 

 

 

Then, I went back up towards the main entrance to the track - gate 1 -

 

GET THIS--->>

a police man cam up and asked for a sticker and he took it and looked at it

and chuckled to himself. Then I pointed out the aerial banner sign on the

plane and he looked straight back at me and he said "Right On"

 

If nothing else happened this whole day

that policeman made it worth the entire effort.

 

Then I was back at the gate 1 entrance to the track and a man who turned out to be

a

japanese tourist was taking a film of the plane on his video camera as it was

passing over the famous twin spires. I took some video on my camera too

because it was an AWESOME picture, COOL image, and an AMAZING sight to

behold.

 

Streaming

Download 1.5 MB real media file

http://www.booksellersunion.org/realaudio/flyover2.ram
http://www.booksellersunion.org/realaudio/flyover2.rm

 

 

 

All the while hundreds of people were walking into the track. I offered the

Japanese man a free bumper sticker but he declined.

 

I waded back into the crowd as other people were passing by and three

younger guys mid to early twenties came up and wanted stickers....One of

theses guys said to me I'm a democrat and my friend here is a republican- he

pointed to his buddy who just took the free bumper sticker and was now

ripping it and throwing it to the ground. I just looked at him and said

"whatever". I showed them the plane and smiled.

 

 

Some bush supporters or republicans or whoever they were started groaning or

saying things like "I like Bush"

 

Then I went back into the crowd and started suggesting that the bumper

stickers would make great mother's day gifts and absolutely free - no

charge - free bumper stickers. When the plane went back by, I would point it

out to passers by and offer stickers to people who were interested. Most of

the takers at this time were women of all ages. and many were very polite

and courteous - and would usually chuckle pretty well when they saw the

plane..

 

I knew I had to move quickly as I was running out of time and the plane

would be gone.  I ran back in the direction of my friend's house on

central - (I told them the day before this would be going down). Several out

of town visitors had spent the night in his house and some were up, hanging

out, on the front porch in the back yard and drinking coffee or having lunch

etc... I ran to tell them and then I stood out on a traffic landing in the

middle of central ave. while filming more footage of the plane. One person

on my friend's front porch  was whooping and hollering "Whoooo Hooooo!"

 

I managed to give out a few more bumper sticker - " get one for your

grandma - get one for your mother - a great mother's day present!"

:-)

 

 

I managed to hand out my last stickers to a Latin guy - about 20 (he took the

sticker and said thank you but he split before I could tell him that Caesar

Chavez changed my life. Now the plane had made it's last pass and gone and

one last finely dressed young woman asked for the very last sticker - and

then this part of the day was over.

 

 

Now I went back to my car and picked out my cardboard signs and started

walking back in the low  income neighborhood next to the track - many people

were out in the yard or on the sidewalk - cooking food - grilling out

barbequing etc....

 

 

So here I am headed down the street in this neighborhood - with my signs all

folded up - and one guy about my age is sitting at the side of his yard. He

looks up at me and says "Hey man, what you got there?" I open up the sign

that says Bush Stole the Election. The guy got real serious for a minute and

said - "he sure did". I talked to him and sat down with him for a minute and

he told me that he agrees 100%.  He says sometimes he thinks about what

happened (with the vote) too much and it gets so bad that he can't stand it.

 

I showed him the signs and he said he wanted one to put up in his yard.

I asked him to take a picture of me.

 

 

He looked over the signs and chose the one that said "My Vote Was Forgotten

at the Finish Line." He did not want his picture taken. We got to talking

about a lot of things -  I still had a bumper sticker stuffed in the

bottom of my bag and I showed it to him, and he was saying "Sh*t happens"

 

He covered up the BU on the NO MORE BUSHIT bumper stick and and said - "you

know what I mean??"

 

 

We talked about the police announcing that they would arrest anyone who took

action or protested on Derby Day. The police announced on TV they would

especially act swiftly on any of Louis Coleman's "followers". (Louis Coleman

is a tirless, hard working Civil Rights and Consumer activist in Louisville.

He was the first african american baseball player at my alma matter back in

the 60's. Rev. Coleman is also a minister and you can count me as one of

Louis Coleman's "Followers"). My new friend agreed that statements like this

from the police were not cool and he said that he was having half a mind to

grab this sign and walk up to the track after the race and hold his sign and

damn it all and go to jail if that's what it takes.

 

He looked at the signs and shook his head and said : "There's nothing we can

do - we're stuck with Bush"

 

I offered to him that "We can vote in the next election and this time make

sure it counts. With a big enough majority we can impeach him."

 

 

This guy was and is totally cool and I told him I was going to walk  up by

the gate and show a couple of signs to the crowd before the track got filled

up (which I did). We shook hands and he said stop back by any time and we'll

talk about democracy.

 

 

Boo YAH!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I went back to my buddy's house on central ave. and I sat down to read

the racing form, listened to music and talked to visitors from Virginia,

Minnesota, New York and Tennessee who were there for the Derby. All of them

agreed with the aerial banner. One young lady who is a great horse exercise

rider- claimed she HATES george bush - just HATES him - scowling srunching

up her face - saying "grrrr-growl."

 

She congratulated me and pronounced that flying an aerial banner was a

helluva good thing to do.  Another friend now living in Richmond, VA says

that there is a guy who takes a lounge chair out to a street corner in

Richmond every day and he sits there reading for hours at a time with a sign

next to him that says: "Bush is Hitler"

 

 

The weather was perfect and sunny all day - about 75 degrees - and a couple

of whispy clouds over the track. I was chilling in my friend back yard

sipping cold pineapple juice and picking the ponies. My choice for the Derby

was KEATS. Good thing I didn't bet.

 

 

I  video  taped the strech run on my camera - see it here


http://www.booksellersunion.org/realaudio/Unnamed_005.ram

 

 

Kinda odd that there was a steward's inquiry (just like the election) at the

finish of the race. We had to wait about 5 full minutes for the steward's

inquiry and the official winner. One person who watched the race closely

says to me later: "hmmm....fixed"   I didn't get a real good look so I don't

know.

 

 

 

You thought this was good so far, now the real adventure begins.

 

 

People are starting to pour out of the track and onto the streets.

Some of the out-of-town visitors were having fun, doing mock interviews on

the sidewalk with people coming out of the derby and video taping the whole

thing. So I go in the back and get my signs - and go out onto the sidewalk

with them and they start interviewing me and video taping each sign. I told

the woman interviewing me I was about to go on a protest action. This was

unlike any of her other interviews and she was impressed. She says to me "Go

for it."

 

She took these photos of me:

 

 

So I take my signs back down to the front gate, and by this time thousands

of people are heading out of Churchill Downs in gigantic masses. Every

couple of minutes they have to stop the traffic on central avenue and

pedestrians cross the street in great waves. I walked right up to the south

side of the central avenue sidewalk - just across the street from the main

gate. Traffic is speeding down central avenue and I am looking across the

street at about 1000 people standing over on the other side waiting to

cross. I was right there and I raised up one of my signs high over my head:

 

"YOU CAN"T BUY DEMOCRACY"

 

 

A switched a couple around and showed them

 

"BUSH STOLE THE ELECTION (stop thief)"

 

just as all those people walked straight towards me. I held the sign over my

head and just smiled as people swarmed around me.

 

I kept switching the signs around

 

"MY VOTE WAS LEFT AT THE FINISH LINE"

 

"IMPEACH BUSH".

 

"I WANT AN ELECTED PRESIDENT"

 

 

some people cheered other people were saying "Bush Rules", “Get A Job” and other 

clichéd republican put downs. I held my ground.

 

 

 

When the wave of people had passed and I walked back on the sidewalk a

little.

A group of deeply religious young men came up to talk to me. They were

handing out leaflets promoting Christian beliefs.  They had one person

holding a 15 foot banner that said "Heaven or Hell : Your Choice"

 

They asked me why I was doing this and what's wrong with bush? I told these

folks that I feel Bush's environmental policies are wrong. I said the

arsenic rollback was a big problem - road building in the forests - drilling

in the arctic natinal wildlife refuge, I don’t want war with China,  etc...I told

him that several clergy were arrested last week at the Department of Energy

protesting bush's

policies as a religious issue.

 

This made an obvious impression on one guy who wanted to talk.

He said he supported bush because abortion was wrong.

I told him that I have tremendous respect for his belief but I have different

ideas. I told him that he has every right in to come down here and say what he

wants to say. We found an amicable common ground on free speech.  He shook

my hand and wished me good luck.

 

 

 

 

Now the traffic was stopping and another bunch of pedestrians was about to

cross the street. I held up my signs again and people were going wild. I

decided to stick with IMPEACH BUSH which one guy who passed says was a great

choice.

 

 

A mid twenties couple went past me and looked real closely at the sign. The

guy started saying "What's this? blah blah blah..." He's giving me a real

negative vibe when his girlfriend smiles at me sweetly and reaches over and

says to me:"you'reright" and she gives nme a real friendly goosing in my

rib cage right in front of her boyfriend.  A lot of people saw that and the

crowd goes bonkers and some people are cheering and others are saying nasty

things.

 

Some pro-bush people try to put their hands over the sign

while what seems like Millions of people are walking past.

 

Then, out of the blue I get blind-sided by four young republicans who throw

water on the signs and one guy grabbed at the signs and had half of them in

his hand and he was trying to rip them up but I grabbed the signs back and

fought with this guy to keep a hold of my signs. One of his buddies is

actually knocking me down and swatting at my head - but he manages to knock

me and my signs away from the guy trying to rip them. My camera fell out of

my pocket and hit the ground and broke. One of them took my cool San Diego Zoo

baseball cap and a neat bandana I bought at the Grand Canyon. I had my signs (only

ripped a little) in my hand and I turned around to face these dummies and four of

them are looking back very threatening.

 

I said: "Give me my hat"

 

One jerk says to me: "That's what you deserve"

 

 

I could not take on all four of these guys so I I looked at the people

around me who had witnessed this and said to them "Did you see that???"  Two

other chumps out of the crowd then started grabbing at my signs and I

managed to dodge away from them, turned myself back around and stuck

the IMPEACH BUSH sign back high over my head. Said to myself: "Bite crank

bullies."

 

No one else messed with me, but those idiots stole my cool cap

Typical Republicans.

 

Pardon me while I digress:

(You nutty freaks - you must have made your mamma, your party and

George Bush so proud today. )

 

Ahem.....

 

 

 

 

I went back to where the Christian guys were standing and told them what

happened and they just shook their heads. So by now I'm pretty discouraged

... but one fellow comes up to me and says go stand by the fence towards the

back and just hold your sign - nobody will mess with you - he tells me that

other people did something like this last year. He says: "Everyone comes out

of this gate and everyone will see it." And then he tells me - "Go On Up

there and Do It!"

 

 

 

So I head to the fence and manage to find my Grand Canyon bandana on the

ground. I got to the fence and held the sign right there where everyone could see

it for about 7 passes of pedestrians across central ave. I mostly held up the

IMPEACH BUSH sign.

 

Zillions of pepole were seeing the sign and all kinds of folks were giving

me the thumbs up - big smiles - right on, plus a few nasty remarks which I

blew off.

 

Then these well dressed gents in blue blazers and khakis came over and said

"why impeach bush?" I said I disagree with him on almost every issue. He

asks me “like  what??” He says "You have to know the issues if you are going

to disagree."  I tell him that a woman has a right to do with her body as she

sees fit and I don't want republicans messing with any woman's body in any

way.

 

Now this guy has two lady companions in his group who look over at me - and

I said "because if they can mess with a woman's body then mine will be

next." And then these young women say loudly "RIGHT! YES! WE AGREE!"   I

gave them the big thumbs up and their date or whoever this guy is ...he's

highly annoyed.

 

As wave after wave of humanity gets to see and ponder IMPEACH BUSH, I stand

there as the family of the people I'm talking with gathers around.  One guy

comes up and tries to stand in front of the sign so I move down where people

can see it even better. One woman - maybe mid-50's - in an elegant white

dress and hat smiles and nods at me and she clenches her fist quietly in

solidarity.  Then the whole family is gathered, and they ask me to take a

group picture of all of them with about 5 different cameras. which I did.

 

 

As they were walking out I told them I hoped they had a really nice time at

the derby.

 

 

 

 

 

Now the crowd had thinned down to just a few folks coming out of the track

and I knew I had more to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got together a sign that says

 

"HONK IF BUSH STOLE THE ELECTION"

 

I held the sign down and walked up to Taylor Blvd. where traffic was backing

up like crazy:

 

See pictures here:

 

 

I walked way down Taylor blvd. holding the sign

HONK IF BUSH STOLE THE ELECTION

 

sticking that sucker up high over my head.

 

 

 

people started honking as traffic moved and I got a few catcalls from bush

people "Put that down" etc...

 

 

Then something happened that I can only say was amazing

 

I was standing on taylor boulevard - where the road curves at the laundry

near Queen street and walking with my sign. People had been honking and

waving off and on. Some would honk - other people wouldn't.

 

Then there was a few seconds when something really cool happened - an

african american driver in a Ryder Truck saw the sign and laid on his horn

and and just laid on it and he waved at me - he wouldn't let up.

 

I was thinking to myself ~go on with it brother~...when all of a sudden all

these other drivers heard him and looked up and read the sign. One by one

each one of them started honking their horns right in the middle of a

traffic jam where nobody was moving. Just laying on those horns and making

some noise. One after another  horns lit up and people were going wild and

waving.

 

So now I'm just standing there on the curb holding up a sign that says

HONK IF BUSH STOLE THE ELECTION and I'm surrounded by maybe 20 cars full of

people several car lengths back on both sides of the street ... All at full

stop all looking at my sign and waving and looking at each other and some

people waving arms around and saying YES! and laying on their horns at full

blast. If any republicans were somewhere in or near this crowd they would

probably have passed out or been tossing the cookies and tossing them good.

 

 

This only lasted about 15 seconds - but those 15 seconds gave me more hope

for the fate of the planet and humanity than any other 1/4 minute so far in

my short life.

 

 

 

At Queen Street I chatted with an older working man who was showing his

years and he loved the sign. Just then Queen street opened up and about 7

limo-sized SUVs with tinted windows drove past me and I gave them the sign

 

"YOU CAN'T BUY DEMOCRACY"

 

right in their windows as they passed.

 

 

 

I continued on down the back streets, heading back - when I passed a house

with a big party - maybe 40 people on the front porch and front yard - a 20

something guy was on a microphone -blasting his voice around the

neighborhood- doing some kind of master of ceremonies bit. The people at his

party pointed at me and my sign. This MC guy - right in the middle of his

fully amped schtick - turns around and reads my sign out loud over the mike:

 

"Honk If Bush Stole the election"

 

I'm sure this guy was a bush supporter because his guests started cracking

up and he looked very sullen and embarrased and became suddenly very quiet.

 

I headed back down taylor blvd. towards central ave. and kept the sign high

in the air. About 3 different african american women  - in different cars

with their families looked right at me and said emphatically YES!

about 10 different people I passed walking on the side walk looked at the

sign and then looked at me and said "HONK HONK"

 

 

I met up with a young boy - maybe 13 or 14 and he says he's a bush supporter

and wants to see how many honks I get. After a minute one car gives a short

blast - then another - and another - and I say to him: See....People will

honk.

 

Then he asks me why I'm doing this and I stop and try to explain:  I think

that it will make a better future for him - for the health of the world and

our environment- No War -less pollution - less arsenic and he said he was aware of

the arsenic issue and said he did not like Bush's stand on this. We talked

for a few minutes and I was still getting honks. 

 

We continued down Taylor Blvd. and ran into a some young ladies who started

proclaiming themselves "Lesbians for Bush," and waving their arms around.

We walked on to the corner of Taylor and Central where huge crowds were standing

around. A couple of guys - one african american & one caucasian - in a gold colored

ford explorer pulled up right next to me a rolled down the window - the driver

started honking and the guy in the passengers seat was giving me thumbs up cheering

and saying YOU'RE RIGHT.

 

 

My young friend standing next to me said that he's had a change of heart.

He's impressed and says he is with me and wants to help - he grabs the sign

that says BUSH STOLE THE ELECTION. He says he's going to hold up the sign

and talk to people.

 

We had to split up because the traffic cop tells me that the cars honking

are driving him crazy and he can't do his job. So by now I am exhausted and

sore and ready to call it a night. My little buddy shakes my hand and wishes

me well and heads off into the crowd with his new sign - BUSH STOLE THE

ELECTION.

 

I wanted to end up right by the front of the track where all the big shots

are leaving in their limos and I walked on this little patch of pavement

right past a dozen stretch cars. The first person rolled down their limo

window and started giving me raspberrys but then 2 other limo windows opened

up and people started cheering and one driver honked!!



 

 

 

Finally made it back to my buddy's house, and came home.

I'll say that this was the best Derby of my life.

 

 

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On Friday I heard a speech by Dick Gregory at an open air park in

Louisville.  Dick Gregory said in his speech:

 

"Don't you know that even one person can send a thousand people running?"

 

Hear the speech
http://booksellersunion.org/realaudio/dg2001.ram

 

 

 

Peace, Love and Power from the Derby City

 

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Thanks for going and taking your life in your hands. thanks for the wonderful report. I think you did a great job. I have talked to 3 republicans in the last 2 weeks who are beginning to think voting for Bush was a bad thing - I could not believe, they are so deeply esconced into the RNC I thought they would never change. But guess what started to change their minds? McConnell..........and his wife. Amazing ain't it?

Di

Awesome you should post this story in many places on the net

Ted

very cool thing. I forwarded this to some of my friends who would appreciate it.

-Hong

Hugs :-)

-D

Great!!! Wish I could have been there to witness it. Thanks for sharing that with us!

-G

Sounds like you had a good day at the downs. I was really interested in your story. I'm sorry about your camera.

Love, Mom :-)

Wesley, you are marvelous. What a patriot, and you did it alone and with G-d's help and all of us in America who are with you in spirit...for each of us with the courage you showed to be an American Patriot and speak out for justice. Bravo, Wesley

-Bob

"Major Kudos ...extraordinary courage, and stamina"!!! "ALL OF US NEED TO DO WHAT THIS MAN HAS DONE"!!! :-) "Let's retake our country people"!!!

From Mr. Evans

YOU ARE A BRAVE MAN, WESLEY. MAY YOU HAVE A LONG LIFE!

c. pakal

You are a VERY BRAVE and VERY WONDERFUL PERSON. I am a 58 year old teacher. I talk to my students EVERY DAY about what Bush is doing. I make sure they are reading the New York Times...Of course, they can make up their own minds, but they can't decide if they don't know! YOU ARE PROTESTING FOR ME! May the Lord bless you for everything you have done.

Harriet