Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Allentown Still Needs Help - Intro to Phase II

Dear supporters and volunteers,

I am writing with unfortunate news. Our respectful requests to John Dunkle to stop his aggressive behavior have not achieved our goal. He continues to protest in front of the homes of the Allentown Women's Center executive director and doctor. He has not gotten the message that his behavior is not acceptable.

So, as promised we must start Phase II of the Allentown Project.

It will take a few weeks to organize phase II and the delay is compounded by the fact we are asking for people's time during the holiday season.
So, until we are ready to begin phase II I am asking that each of continue to call and email Mr. Dunkle.

I am asking that each of you email and call to John. Please do not leave any voice messages and when you do speak with them be polite and kind in your message. Do not argue and respect his opinions.

Let him know:

1)     Protesting in front of people's home is not acceptable

2)     We respect your opinions, but condemn your behavior

3)     If you choose to continue the home and personal protests you can expect protests in front of your home.

4)     We will continue to call to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy MLK day, Happy Valentine's Day, Happy Ground Hog's day ... etc.

John Dunkle's phone number is 484-706-4375. His email is johndunk@ptd.net and his home address is 204 S 4th Street, Reading, PA  19602.

He has told callers in the past that he is calling the police and scoffed at our ability and determination. Be assured that what we are doing is not illegal and that his petulant behavior is evidence that he is getting the message.

Also, please email Members@vochoice.org if you are in the Allentown, PA or Philadelphia, PA areas and are willing to help in Phase II in Allentown. Let me know how much time you can commit and what your schedule allows.

If you are not in central PA and are still willing to help, I will need to find a few people to vet volunteers and coordinate schedules. Please let me if you are willing to help in the administration aspects of Phase II. 


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Follow up to Allentown Women's Center Project

Dear supporters and volunteers,

It is my pleasure to report that the Allentown project is going very well. I am getting emails from volunteers who believe John and Joyce are getting the message. Please be assured that if we cannot convince them that what they are doing is not acceptable we have Phase II planned.

Here are a few things that I am hearing:
  • John's and Joyce's voicemail mailboxes are full. Again, please do not leave messages. If they do not answer, try again at another time. A sustained approach over time is an advantage to us.
  • John and Joyce are telling some callers that they are calling the police. Calling people to talk with them - in a non-threatening manner -- about things they are doing is not a crime, even if it is not invited.
  • They are scoffing at the idea that we will follow thru on plans to counter protest. So far, you have shown a huge willingness to help victims in need. I have no doubt that if we need to proceed to Phase II we will get all the support needed to deliver our message.
For those of you who want to be sure you are working with someone in need of our help, the following links have been provided by Jen Boulanger.
Dunkle protesting outside the clinic:

John Dunkle outside the doctor's house:

Joyce Mazalewski can be seen starting at about 1:03 on this video (the baby road kill comments):

Please remember to stay on message. Do not argue with them. Do not debate the issue of abortion with them. Be kind and polite in your tone, regardless of how agitated they may seem. Do not use foul language. Do not be threatening in any way, even if they attempt to bait you.
You have not all had a turn to speak with them, so please keep trying until you get through.
Thank you all again. Please keep spreading the word. 


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Call for Volunteers for Allentown Women's Center - Phone Calls and Emails

Hello again volunteers and supporters,
Voice of Choice has been asked to help a doctor and clinic worker in central PA. 
Jen Boulanger runs the Allentown Women's Center in Allentown, PA. She and the Center's doctor are the targets of ongoing, terrifying harassment by self-proclaimed members of the "Army of God."
John Dunkle openly advocates violence towards abortion doctors. He admits he is too cowardly to commit violence himself, but tries to recruit people who are willing to be violent.  At least once a month he protests in front of Jen Boulanger's house, as well as the house of the Center's doctor.
Joyce Mazalewski has followed patients to their jobs, harassed them at work, and "outed" patients she recognizes from her neighborhood.  She humiliates them and shames them publicly.
Watch this 2009 story, which includes an interview with Jen, from The Rachel Maddow Show - Rachel describes the harassment as "bone chilling," which indeed it is.
Just like with our previous peaceful campaigns, I am asking each of you send one email and make one phone call each to John and Joyce. Please do not leave any voice messages, and when you do speak with them, be polite and calm. Do not engage in arguments.  Our goal is to diffuse aggressive behavior, not enflame it.  
Let them know:
1)    Protesting in front of people's homes is not acceptable
2)    Harassing people at their places of work is not acceptable
3)    We respect your opinions, but condemn your behavior
4)    If you choose to continue to protest people at their homes and workplaces, you can expect protests at your homes and workplaces.
John Dunkle's phone number is 484-706-4375. His email is johndunk@ptd.net and his home address is 204 S 4th Street, Reading, PA  19602.
Joyce Mazalewski's phone number is 610-366-1392. Her email is miraclemom1956@aol.com, and she lives at 3830 McIntosh Drive in Orefield, PA 18069.
And please keep in mind that many of these people record our phone calls without our knowledge and consent. Depending on which state they are in, it is not illegal.
Also, if anyone has video of heated anti-choice protesters from anywhere in the nation, please email them to me or send me a link.  We need documentation of these types of outrageous behaviors to demonstrate what is actually occurring.
If anyone has photos of aggressive protesters, we are starting a photo gallery on the Voice of Choice Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/vochoice.  Please upload any photos and, if you can, include their names, dates, and locale information. The photo gallery will help law enforcement nationwide track people who do not understand where to draw the line.
If you wish to remain anonymous and would like a free virtual phone number, just reply to this email and ask me for more information.
And finally, if you or someone you know is a victim of anti-choice harassment or bullying please let us know at www.vochoice.org/victims. We want to help.
Thank you for your continued hard work.


Howard Stern Interviews Todd Stave

Voice of Choice and those who oppose the radical anti-choice movement are happy to hear that "Shock Jock" Howard Stern is on our side.   He interviewed Todd Stave for his show on satellite radio, and it can be heard here:  http://www.vochoice.org/media.php 


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Our Efforts are Succeeding

To Our Supporters, Volunteers and Friends,
When we launched Voice of Choice, I certainly didn't expect to be lauded by anti-choice groups for our efforts to thwart their bullying tactics. I do find their spin interesting, however, and, the way I see it, it is good news that we are getting negative attention from the anti-choice groups. Every mention they make of our efforts, whether fact or fiction, helps focus a spotlight on their behavior.
Anti-choice bullies write in their newsletters that they are happy to receive calls from our volunteers objecting to their tactics, because we give them the opportunity to spread their opinions on abortion call by call. Let me be clear: we do not call to debate the issue of abortion. We call to tell them their behavior is disgraceful and to demonstrate the distressing effect of hundreds of incoming calls and emails on one individual.
I received criticism for using the term "Christian like" in our communications, for which I apologize. When I went to explain that the term was used to describe a polite demeanor, the religious zealots had a field day. Voice of Choice is not a religious group. But we will stand up for those who are being bullied in the name of religion.

Despite our targets' objections and red herrings, I am pleased to report that our efforts to curtail anti-choice harassment are succeeding.
  • In October, we launched a counter-harassment campaign in Denver in support of a pro-choice provider who was the victim of relentless bullying. Today, as a result of thousands Voice of Choice volunteers, the active protesters in Denver number HALF their ranks; those that continue their misguided efforts are much tamer in their tactics. Our campaign is not over yet. 
  • Also in October, Voice of Choice volunteers effectively averted what would have been a horribly distasteful and inappropriate protest planned by anti-choice bullies at a Baltimore fundraising event for breast cancer. More than 500 Voice of Choice volunteers called and emailed the organizer of the protest, and local Voice of Choice volunteers showed up at the appointed site to reproach any protesters who dared show up (thanks to our efforts, none did).
We are gearing up to do even more. Next on our agenda is to build a reference gallery of anti-choice protesters so they can no longer hide behind the veil of anonymity and group-think. Post photos of protesters and anti-choice bullies on our facebook page www.facebook.com/vochoice and tag them with any identifying facts such as name, date and location. It's time these people are held accountable for their misguided actions.

Please continue to spread news of our work via facebook and email. Invite your friends to join us www.vochoice.org/volunteer and support our efforts www.vochoice.org/donate so we can do more.


Todd Stave, Director