Members of the far-right shadowy Save Anchorage operation are being encouraged by the group’s handlers to testify this evening in opposition to AO-117 — a proposed ordinance that would put additional rules for meeting procedure into municipal code.
The ordinance, up for discussion this evening, would codify additional rules of procedure for the assembly and the chair.
Some of the proposed changes would allow the Assembly chair to prohibit members of the public from bringing dangerous or distracting items to Assembly premises, or require an item to be removed from Assembly premises if it is being used to create an actual disturbance.
The chair would also have the right to order a person to be removed from a meeting for creating an actual disturbance to the meeting.
Save Anchorage, a group now listed in the Insurrection Index and whose members have threatened public officials, has been fed a stream of narratives about the proposed ordinance by far-right Eagle River Assembly Member Jamie Allard.
Yesterday, Allard, in what appears to have been an attempt at generating outrage over the proposed ordinance, wrote that AO-117 violated members’ 1st and 2nd Amendment rights, and used her narrative to order members of the group to vote for Bronson loyalist and Save Anchorage member Liz Vazquez who is running against Assembly Member Kameron-Perez-Verdia.
As is generally the case when Allard posts to Save Anchorage, she did not explain how AO-117 might violate the constitutional rights of Anchorage residents and it’s not entirely clear what on earth Allard was droning on about in her post.
Frequent Assembly testifier and Save Anchorage member Irene Quednow, in a post made to the group, called the proposed ordinance the “gag ordinance” and asked members to email the Assembly and/or attend tonight’s meeting.
The Reclaim Midtown Facebook page, whose responsible party is listed as the Arctic Liberation Coalition, which is owned by civic activist Russell Biggs, posted a dissertation about the proposed ordinance to the group which used keywords such as “divert, sued, rewrote, lied, improper, rewriting,” and of course alleged the Assembly was rewriting the rules again in an attempt to “rig the system.”
Pro-Bronson supporters have repeatedly interrupted Assembly meetings over the past year, forcing the Assembly Chair to take unscheduled breaks and remove disruptors from meetings.
Assembly members have also been the recipients of death threats and anti-gay slurs. Concerning posts and comments made by members of Save Anchorage have even been sent to the Anchorage Police Department for review.
On September 29, 2021, Anchorage resident Joel McKinney was photographed having a handgun removed from his person by APD officers at that evening’s Assembly meeting. The same evening, four members of the public were arrested and the meeting was continually interrupted by those frightened that they might have to wear masks in public spaces in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the municipality. Many others wore antisemitic holocaust imagery.
Today, video was released of Bronson legislative director and Save Anchorage member Terrance Shanigan caught in a hot mic call that was recorded during last evening’s Roger Park Community Council meeting. In the video, Shanigan can be heard saying, “I figured they needed a little slapping around.”
According to Matt Buxton of the Midnight Sun, who released the video of Shanigan’s hot mic moment, the comments came after Shanigan popped into the meeting to talk about how the city’s testing is fine, that there are plenty of locations with low wait times and about how some number of additional home tests are on the way to the city for supposed distribution.
Vice-Chair Christopher Constant said of the proposed ordinance that it had become clear that “what is customary is no longer accepted by some folks, and so we have to encode that which has been our practice.”
In any event, the proposed ordinance that would put additional rules for meeting procedures into the municipal code seems like a well-reasoned and long overdue move on the part of the Assembly in light of the inability of pro-Bronson supporters to act like adult human beings.