Almost six months ago, I demanded the following individual keep away from me. Upon my May 9 demand, he has had access to when I come and go and thus my schedule.
That day, he learned that security footage caught him running down a corridor of the building to which I returned from the same establishment. (See "Alert" below). Initially, he denied ever being at the establishment, but would later walk down the corridor with more stuff to finish his errand there.
"Forget your camera," he shot back.
Three days later, he installed his own.
Prior to the May 9 altercation, he'd lurk multiple times a night in the corridor outside a private space where I work. When I say "night" in this instance, I mean "After 12, Before 6." (RIP Sam Salter.)
Three weeks ago -- during the first-third of October -- one of the most notable incidents of his lurking or mirroring me since then reccurred. I performed a routine activity, but on a day I had not previously. In the mid-40s, it was the chilliest morning of the fall at the time.
The front of the building was about a 15-second walk away. It was then that I noticed the individual at the intersection there ahead. He stood across the street from the building, and the establishments that lined the block.
In a short-sleeve T-shirt, the individual held a phone to his ear. Per security footage, he had left the building -- at least the corridor -- 40 minutes earlier. The building has no waiting area.
A cell phone to his ear, the individual moved his lips a moment, but made no apparent sound. Despite crossing into an oncoming traffic lane, he watched me at a 90-degree angle. And despite his slow-motion strides (and shorter stature), he reached the building from across the street before I did.
Beyond the vestibule, he ran through the building, trampling the new hard-surface floor the whole time. Within 30 minutes of his return (and 70 minutes after he left the first time), the individual left the building again. Despite the cooler temperature earlier, he wore a jacket only now.
The first time I saw him standing across the street from the building, it was in the springtime. That's when I learned he smokes. Only it was the side of the building, near an eatery I'm not sure was open for business even then.
Where he stood was also across from a window in which I hung a sign. It displayed a message and organizational website.
The window was closed, so I didn't know he was watching it. Not at first anyway.
Once I left the building, I noticed the individual across the side street facing that window. Ignoring me, he crossed the street back to the building in a slow motion. He then dropped the cigarette he was smoking, and went inside.
This was in the weeks before the May 9 altercation, during which I screamed and barked on him.
"STOP following me!"
Get AWAY from me!"
"I'm NOT interested!"
In August, I altered my routine as best I could and the time frame during which I leave. In September, I even looked up the individual on a couple social media sites and blocked him right away.
Putting on my face mask and gloves, grabbing my belongings, tidying up, and my keys in tow, I'd prepare to lock up before leaving. With only his person, the individual would cut down the corridor and leave the building ahead of me.
As mentioned in my original Alert below, this individual turns me off, nor am I attracted to him. After the trampling incident three weeks ago, I had had enough. I went to the police that day and filed a report in person.
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The following message is a copy of the email I sent as an individual effort and not on behalf of the Harrisburg NAACP.
Dear Third-Party Candidates:
My name is Jubalyn ExWilliams, and I'm a member of the Harrisburg NAACP. I'm also a registered member of the Green Party.
I invite you to be part of the virtual Candidates Forum hosted by the Greater Harrisburg NAACP on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. EST. There, you can introduce your campaign, candidacy, or political philosophy.
Monthly branch meetings -- during which the Forum will take place -- are scheduled for one hour, so your introduction or statement should be brief -- say, three minutes. Afterward, members of the Harrisburg NAACP and other attendees might have questions.
Please reply to this email, if you or someone representing you are interested or have questions for me. To maximize the likelihood that someone sees your reply, please Cc my fellow branch member <Redacted> at <Redacted>.
Best of luck,
P.S. Tables and or advertising are still available for our annual Freedom Fund dinner on Oct. 22. For more info, please visit hbgnaacp.com/freedom-fund-dinner.
P.S.S. I found no contact info for <Redacted> of <Party Name Redacted>. If someone knows it, please forward him the above message.
Jubalyn ExWilliams lives in Pennsylvania (United States). You can find her writings and commentaries, including the one about her failed attempt to kickstart the Harrisburg NAACP Candidate Forum in 2022, at landturn.com/blog.
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