My Apples And Oranges Juxtaposition Of Being Shut Down Vs. Zooey Zephyr

by Travis Mateer

I have compiled some video clips of City Council meetings where I have provided public comment in order to highlight my own personal growth so that a hypocrite like Stacie Anderson has less of an opportunity to shut me up.

When I was point-of-ordered in February, it was because I broke rules of decorum that I hadn’t been fully aware of. Using specific names of institutions and individuals is a sure-fire way of getting shut down. For more context, here’s a screenshot from the Missoula rule book:

Well, thems the rules, and below is a video of the consequences for breaking them rules. Then there’s a clip from the presiding officer of my point-of-order praising the BRAVE actions of Zooey Zephyr, who I must apologize to for misspelling her last name in the video. I did NOT mean to imply that Zephry is the proper way to spell her last name.

After that you will see me giving another public comment. I even provide SHOW and TELL! In order to safely accomplish my educational comment, security asked if they could hold on to my ziplock bag of Todd trash. I thought this was more than reasonable.

You see, in Helena, I heard a glove was thrown from the gallery when protests in support of Zooey Zephyr erupted. I hadn’t seen this reported in mainstream media, but James Connor assured me it was, and that throwing a glove was no big deal.

I actually am glad to see James Conner putting out tweets, he’s been through the ringer, health-wise, and is a part of that old blogging community Montana used to have. Now, like the rest of the media landscape, it’s a matter of clinging on however one can.

For me, that means trying to raise awareness about stories I think matter because the layers of injustice involved are so incredible, they undermine any claim of having a safe, prosperous, and inclusive community like our elected leaders claim they want for us.

I’m glad supporters of decorum, like Stacie Anderson, have helped me see the error in my ways. Now here’s the educational video I promised. Thanks for the support!

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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