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Ester Mann's Response to Hisers


Ester Mann's Response to Hisers
July 29, 2006

Subject: Misinformation about Tanya

Dear Doug:

I know you meant well by your letter to Tanya and me about your feelings of shame over her arrest while president of Pro-Life Ms. You mentioned a charge of disorderly conduct and something about this being used in DUI arrests.

I don't know where you got your information but it is most incorrect. Tanya Britton, Harriet Ashley and I were arrested for violating the city sign ordinance at the intersection of Fondren and State Streets. We were holding graphic signs of a dismembered 18-week old aborted baby with the words “Stop Abortion” on it. Ed Martin of Florida was charged with the same offense when he was carrying a large cross (similar to the one Arthur Blessitt uses in his cross-country walks). These arrests were made illegally despite the fact that "hand-held" signs are exempt from the Jackson city sign ordinance.

I don't know if Tanya and Harriet knew they would be arrested or not. However, I knew that I was risking arrest but hoped that the Jackson Police Dept (JPD) would abide by the Constitution. I was standing on a public sidewalk by a stop sign holding my sign and making sure that I was not blocking the view of traffic. When the police officer told me to leave, I respectfully told him that I was not with Operation Save America and was not covered by their permit. I further advised that I was a local sidewalk counselor and was just doing what I have done for years, that I respected him as a police officer but that I respected the Word of God and the Constitution more. I also advised him that to arrest me was illegal and that he could be held personally responsible.

WE STOOD AGAINST THIS VIOLATION OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO PROTECT THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF YOU AND OTHER SIDEWALK COUNSELORS TO BE FREE FROM UNLAWFUL UNCONSTITUTIONAL POLICE HARRASSMENT.

Tanya Britton is a godly, strong, brave effective black woman and is one of my heroes. I consider it a privilege to be under her leadership as PLM President. Her father, Dr. A. E. Britton, was a civil rights leader and one of Medgar Evers personal physicians. He is justly proud and fully supportive of his daughter. If Tanya were standing against any injustice other than abortion, she would be applauded by the Christian community, both black and white. Since she stands for the "civil rights" of the unborn, she is often unjustly criticized and ostracized by our "politically correct" world.

Since you are new to the pro-life movement, you are probably not aware of the past history of harassment by Jackson Police Dept. (JPD). For many years, pro-abortion police officers in concert with the abortion mill employees, would arrest sidewalk counselors for no reason. They charged us with things like blocking driveways, obstructing traffic, disturbing the peace and, yes, even disorderly conduct. The charges were always dismissed but they had accomplished their purpose--to get the sidewalk counselors off the street so that babies could be killed in peace without opposition.

This became so bad that after I was arrested twice in one week for reading the Bible WITH A PERMIT (which they called disturbing the peace), it became necessary for Colvin and me to sue the City of Jackson for violating my constitutional rights in order to make JPD leave the sidewalk counselors alone. At that time, Colvin had several million dollars in City engineering contracts. I was hesitant to sue because I was afraid we would lose all our City contracts. My brave husband said that the City did not work that way but I was still afraid because I knew the devil DOES work that way. As an indirect result of this lawsuit, we did lose all our City contracts. Hopefully, you can see WHY PROTECTING THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF CHRISTIANS TO BE ON THE STREETS (especially at abortion clinics) IS SUCH A BIG DEAL TO COLVIN AND ME.

For a good while after this, JPD left the sidewalk counselors alone. But every time we changed Police Chiefs, the pro-abortion officers left at JPD and the abortion clinic employees would start harassing the sidewalk counselors until orders came from the top to leave us alone. In 2004 a pro-abortion police officer named Rosemary Harper pushed me and stopped me from sidewalk counseling at the PLM Faith in Action rally in 2004. I probably would have had to go to jail that day except the girl she stopped me from giving information to was the last patient.

Officer Harper and another officer have been harrassing various sidewalk counselors at different times since the first of this year. She has really been interacting with the abortion mill and Rooster's since it opened. I believe she may be off on Fridays so fortunately, you may not have come in contact with her.

Tanya is a very effective sidewalk counselor and she is hated by the clinic employees and Officer Harper--especially because she is black. In March of this year, Tanya was sidewalk counseling when Officer Harper and her partner grabbed Tanya from behind, handcuffed her, shackled her and arrested her without telling her what they were charging her with. SHE HAD DONE NOTHING WRONG and there were several pro-life witnesses. Officer Harper took Tanya down to Raymond for processing and left her cuffed and shackled for several hours. When one of the Raymond jailers objected, Officer Harper refused to remove Tanya's chains. Finally, after Officer Harper and partner left, this jailer removed Tanya's chains and apologized to her advising Tanya that Officer Harper had charged her with obstructing traffic which is the charge JPD uses to get prostitutes off the streets. The jailer apologized and said that Officer Harper had done this to embarrass Tanya. Of course, Harper did not show up.

Hopefully, the lawsuit AFA has filed for Tanya and will file, possibly, for me will back the pro-abortion police officers off again so that they will abide by the Constitution. I just hope that this lawsuit will not cost Colvin his position with JPD. He has worked so hard to get there and deserves his rank but he serves at the pleasure of the Police Chief.

Further, I believe you are mistaken that we would have reached hundreds of thousands of Jackson residents had OSA not used the graphic signs. People have been trying to reach the hearts of the Church in a NICE way for over 20 years and while we have had some success by the grace of God, hundreds of babies still die each month at the State Street mill. It is MY personal belief that God would rather use a handful of "incompetents" who are willing to lose their reputations for Him and His babies than the masses. That way it is obvious to all that we did not do it--only He could. Remember how he decreased Gideon's Army??

As to the graphic signs, all I can say is that I wish somebody had been standing outside the University of Alabama Medical Ctr in 1974 with such a sign when I "took care of" my teenage sister's pregnancy problem . We thought we were removing something like a tadpole to protect the reputation of our Christian parents. Years later, when we finally saw a picture of a 12-week old aborted baby, we were devastated. Although we are forgiven and totally healed by the Lord Jesus, we still don't have the blessing of THAT precious baby or his offspring.

Although your request to have nothing to do with Pro-Life Ms. because of Tanya's arrest as President of PLM was based on false information, it is your choice to not have anything to do with PLM. You are a valuable asset and I wish you would reconsider but that is between you and the Lord.

HOWEVER, I FEEL THAT YOU OWE TANYA AN APOLOGY. You are a godly man and I believe you will do the right thing. It is sad to me that you and perhaps others at Dayspring do not appreciate the sacrifices of Tanya and others who have gone before you so that you are free to stand on public streets and "sidewalk counsel" freely but that, also, is between you and the Lord.

Everything OSA did (except for a few unruly individuals) was done from a sincere desire to be a "watchman on the wall" giving a clear warning and to proclaim respect for God's Law and His right to rule and reign over MS and to speak the truth in love to Jackson . As always, we will have to leave the results up to God.

In closing (aren't you glad?), I'd like to refer you to some Scriptures: Proberbs 24:10-12, Matthew 5:11-12, Luke 6:26 and Galatians 4:16.

Your Sister In Christ

Ester

I COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF, ESTER.  THIS WAS A MASTERPIECE OF "HOW IT REALLY WAS" AS OPPOSED TO HOW THE CLARION LYER DESCRIBED IT.  TANYA, HARRIET, YOU AND ED ARE TO BE COMMENDED FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS TO CONFRONT THE "OUT OF CONTROL POLICE FORCE" WITH THE AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION'S COMPLETE BACKING SO THEY CAN TAKE THEM TO TASK IN THE COURTROOM.  I APPLAUD YOU, I WAS THERE, I SAW IT ALL MYSELF AND THE ONLY THING I WOULD DISAGREE WITH YOU ON IS THE "FEW UNRULY INDIVIDUALS" YOU MENTIONED....I SAW NONE ON THE OSA TEAM DO ANYTHING EVEN REMOTELY RESEMBLING "UNRULY." BUT WE PUT UP WITH THE ANARCHISTS ALL WEEK, THE POLICE WOULD NOT EVEN APPROACH THEM BECAUSE THEY SAID "THEY WON'T COOPERATE WITH US."  THEY JUMPED ON OUR CARS, SLASHED TIRES, BASHED WINDSHIELDS, KEYED OUR CARS, AND POUNDED THE HOOD OF THE CAR AND DID THE MOST DISGUSTING ACTS OF LESBIAN SEX ON STAGE WHEN WE HAD THE PERMIT FOR THE PARK AND THE STAGE...WITH THE POLICE LOOKING ON.....DOING NOTHING.  IF DOUG HAD PERSONALLY PARTICIPATED IN THE OUTREACH, INSTEAD OF JUST READING THE PAPER AND MAKING UP HIS MIND, THAT WOULD BE ONE THING.  BUT TO KNOW THE CLARION LEDGER REPORTED NOTHING CORRECTLY....EVEN REPORTING ON THE INCIDENTS AT THE UNIVERSALIST UNITARIAN CHURCH WITHOUT ONE REPORTER THERE IS NOT EXACTLY HONESTY IN REPORTING... AND NONE OF IT WAS FACT IN THE CLARION LEDGER.  DOUG, THESE SAINTS ARE TO BE APPLAUDED AND SUPPORTED...NOT CENSURED AND REJECTED.  DOUG, YOU COULD NOT BE MORE WRONG.

 Melody Miller