Eastsider Free to Host Town Hall on January 15: Press Release

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Declaration of Independence

As one of many who were mentioned in the comments of a recent Facebook post regarding the January 15 town hall, I am responding to encourage open discussion and find common ground in these previous.

As a sovereign being with bodily autonomy, the freedoms and rights given to me by nature and solidified by the documents governing the United States of America have been taken away from me in almost every aspect. of my life for the past 22 months. For more than a year, I had the impression of being alone in this reflection. However, while chatting with a few other people in town, I realized that many people felt the same as me, but our voices weren’t heard, our beliefs weren’t respected, our way of life was taken away from us. and we had no say in the matter.

As more and more people heard others feel this, the group grew and we became known as Free Eastside. We are a group that comes together to discuss what is happening in the world at large and then directs our attention to local circumstances and how they relate to our livelihoods, our families, our health and our individual freedoms.

We have the inalienable right to defend ourselves and each other when we are forced to do something against our will. We have been forced and coerced, without discussion or concern for differing opinions or viewpoints, to follow rules, mandates and orders with which we do not agree.

Isn’t inclusion about seeing and validating the views, rights and freedoms of other individuals? We don’t have to agree on everything, and we won’t because that’s not how we behave as humans, but we can respect diverse opinions and work together to find solutions. and common ground.

There is no hate in our group. There are opinions and thoughts that differ in many ways. As the group grew, we sought guidance in all areas that impact our lives. Many people with diverse knowledge told us about their areas of expertise regarding our rights and freedoms, as well as what is happening in various areas of Inyo County. We are trying to make sense of what has happened over the past 22 months while learning the right way to restore our individual freedoms and the right to choose for ourselves and our families as we maneuver through the current situation. .

We asked for information. We asked for a discussion with our local elected officials who are our civil servants. We have asked that our voices and concerns be heard and taken seriously, and we wish to be treated with respect as human beings going through the whirlwind of events over the past 2 years.

We want to know what we can do as citizens to make our voice heard. We have been ignored and mocked when we request talks and speeches regarding the votes and actions of the various local organizations and boards that impact our livelihoods in almost every aspect of our lives. We have the right to request information and justification for the orders and warrants that have changed so dramatically the way we live our lives.

We have the right to disagree with the rules and orders imposed on us. When we are not heard and ignored, we feel rejected and disrespected. As free citizens, when our rights are violated and we are forced to change almost every aspect of our way of life, we must defend ourselves, our families and our communities.

County Councilwoman Jennifer Roeser was wrongfully attacked for speaking with our group, as well as wanting to speak at the town hall meeting. She is one of the few elected officials who genuinely responds to our comments at board meetings, as well as to our many emails and inquiries requesting an open discussion, and she graciously accepted our invitation to spend some time with us. She is not part of our group and only attended one meeting when asked to speak about the roles of county supervisors. Councilor Roeser will do the same during the public meeting and will discuss the roles and responsibilities of elected officials. There is no controversy with this.

The January 15 public meeting will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church. Why? Because we need a place that can allow a few hundred people from all walks of life to join us to learn about laws regarding masks, vaccinations, vaccine passports, mandates and closures. The exhibition center was our first choice for the event. Unfortunately, the facility was not available on the dates the keynote speaker could travel to Bishop. Several large halls were proposed and all were in churches as they have the capacity to accommodate the number of people we hope will attend.

The guest speaker who was invited to share with us was one of many attorneys and firms our group has contacted over the past few months to educate us on ever-changing orders, mandates, rules and laws, as well as our rights. Constitutions and Freedoms. It was the only attorney and organization that would even talk to us without charging a sizable retainer. Some legal training is better than nothing and we appreciate his willingness to speak with us and discuss our issues.

Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings and everyone is welcome to speak at these meetings. We are made up of very religious individuals as well as people who have not attended a church or practiced a “faith” in decades. All political opinions are appreciated as long as the focus remains on fighting for our rights to maintain our freedom to choose. People attended our meetings in masks. Many of us wear masks in the shops of the city. Most of us don’t and we support and encourage the rights of both groups to do what they want without discrimination. While many who attend our meetings are unvaccinated, others are vaccinated and boosted. It’s their choice, both vaxxed and unvaxxed.

Are we talking about masks? Yes. Are we talking about vaccinations? Yes. Are we discussing the rights we have as individuals to the autonomy of our own bodies? Yes. Do we discuss legal and illegal aspects of mandates and rules that have forcibly changed, and continue to change, our daily activities, including but not limited to our employment, our ability to support our families , our children’s health and well-being? Yes. Have we repeatedly requested intellectual discussions with various agencies and officials that impose these mandates and rules? Yes.

Nothing about Free Eastside has anything to do with anything other than our freedom to choose during this troubling time when our freedoms are being stripped from us. What others believe and perpetuate is their business and is irrelevant to us or our reason for meeting. We have diverse personalities and opinions, like any group of individuals, and we welcome that.

Join us in a meeting. Join us at City Hall. Wear masks, be fully vaccinated and boosted if desired. Do whatever you think is necessary to feel safe. This is no problem for us. Let’s each do, individually, what we think we have to do to keep ourselves in our sovereignty. We can find common ground to walk on. We can get through this difficult time as a community. We cordially invite all people in leadership capacity to attend. We are grateful to have a venue large enough to invite the public from up and down the Eastside to come to City Hall, and we hope our local officials will join us.

Rather than jumping to conclusions, attacking the group and the various individuals who attended the meetings, please talk to us. Many who attend our meetings are more than willing to have an intelligent, rational, and respectful conversation. I’ve been doxed in the Facebook feed and many have already searched to find out who I am. Do not hesitate to contact me to speak with me. I firmly believe that I have the first and most important say in what happens to my body and in my life, and I strongly defend your right to do the same. My choice. Your choice. Freedom to choose.

In summary: * Apolitical * Non-religious * Non-discriminatory * Non-anti-mask *
* Not anti-vaccine * Open to discussion * Freedom to choose *

Choose freedom, not fear

Kristin Ostley
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