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One of the Anti-Maskers who Stormed Trader Joe's Said She Carries a Knife
by Unmasking the Anti-Maskers
Thursday Feb 25th, 2021 5:16 PM
Staci Lares, who is one of the anti-mask protesters who stormed Trader Joe's in Santa Cruz on February 13, has stated that she carries a knife. "Mask nazis @ Tar J Know me & my knife now," Lares stated on social media in December, referring to a previous anti-mask protest she helped organize at a Trader Joe's in Santa Clara County. Lares' post about carrying a knife was made to David Rodriguez's Santa Cruz Voluntaryists Facebook group, where the protest at Trader Joe's in Santa Cruz was informally discussed and then organized among members. One of the Santa Cruz Voluntaryists asked on the group post for clarification if Lares carried a knife, and she responded, "sure do!"
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Photo: Staci Lares at the anti-mask protest at Trader Joe's in Santa Cruz on February 13. (more photos below)

A video of the protest at Trader Joe's in Santa Cruz, which protesters call a "cash drop," went viral online. The video shows a group of a dozen or so mask-less participants ignoring the line of customers waiting to get into the store, and then storming past employees who were attempting to prevent their entry. The group successfully entered Trader Joe's, ignoring physical distancing norms and invading the close physical space of other customers who were wearing masks and attempting to shop safely. When "shopping," the anti-mask protesters each grabbed one or two random grocery products, then attempted to simply drop payment off at the check-out stand before leaving with the items.

One member of the Santa Cruz Voluntaryists expressed reserves about the tactics used at the protest at Trader Joe's. She said she had been speaking to local management at the Santa Cruz store, and they told her they were gong to begin allowing individuals to shop without masks, one at a time. In response, Lares said, "Might as well wear a yellow star," apparently referring to the Holocaust.

Lares, a resident of Santa Clara County, has participated in a number of these small cash drop protests organized at grocery stores in the South Bay area. She has partnered with the Freedom Angels to organize and promote repeated protests at the Health Department in Santa Clara County, as well as at the home of the Public Health Officer, Dr. Sara Cody. The Freedom Angels is a group of three women who organized the anti-vaccination protests in September of 2019 at the California State Capitol, and more recently the re-open California protests in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lares has used the Santa Cruz Voluntaryists group to promote extensively her protests in Santa Clara County.

In Santa Cruz, Lares has regularly attended other anti-mask protests, including the "free hugs" events organized in front of the Lighthouse on West Cliff Drive.

In the name of "freedom," Lares uses the tactic of threatening legal action at her protests. She flashes legal documents at business employees and public officials to support a variety of legal theories. This tactic is characteristic of the sovereign citizen's movement, to which the Santa Cruz Voluntaryists have frequently been compared.
§Staci Lares post to Santa Cruz Voluntaryists in December
by Unmasking the Anti-Maskers
Thursday Feb 25th, 2021 5:16 PM
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§Comments about the February 13 anti-mask protest at Trader Joe's in Santa Cruz
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§Comment about the February 13 anti-mask protest at Trader Joe's in Santa Cruz
by Unmasking the Anti-Maskers
Thursday Feb 25th, 2021 5:16 PM
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§On February 9, Tim Welch posted a set of "cash drop rules" to Santa Cruz Voluntaryists
by Unmasking the Anti-Maskers
Thursday Feb 25th, 2021 5:16 PM
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The post includes a video share of a protest in which Staci Lares participated.
§"Maskless Army"
by Unmasking the Anti-Maskers
Thursday Feb 25th, 2021 5:16 PM
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§Previous protest
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Thursday Feb 25th, 2021 5:16 PM
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by Unmasking the Anti-Maskers
Thursday Feb 25th, 2021 5:16 PM
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§Examples of "legal" documents Staci Lares flashes at protests
by Unmasking the Anti-Maskers
Thursday Feb 25th, 2021 5:16 PM
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Thursday Feb 25th, 2021 5:16 PM
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§Qanon-type comment on Staci Lares post
by Unmasking the Anti-Maskers
Thursday Feb 25th, 2021 5:20 PM
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Qanon-type comments on Staci Lares post
§Staci Lares at Trader Joe's anti-mask protest in Santa Cruz on February 13
by Unmasking the Anti-Maskers
Thursday Feb 25th, 2021 5:21 PM
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Staci Lares at Trader Joe's anti-mask protest in Santa Cruz on February 13
§Staci Lares at Trader Joe's anti-mask protest in Santa Cruz on February 13
by Unmasking the Anti-Maskers
Thursday Feb 25th, 2021 5:22 PM
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Staci Lares at Trader Joe's anti-mask protest in Santa Cruz on February 13
§Lares recorded a video at the Stop the Steal rally in San Jose on January 6
by Unmasking the Anti-Maskers
Friday Feb 26th, 2021 4:22 PM
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Staci Lares posted a video she recorded at the Stop the Steal rally in San Jose on January 6, 2021. In the post she says the Stop the Steal rally was organized by "sweet people." Anti-mask protester Florence Schroeder is depicted in this video still. Lares can be heard in the video confronting Black Lives Matters supporters who were counter-protesting at the rally. Lares calls them racist.
§Comments left on Lares' Stop the Steal video
by Unmasking the Anti-Maskers
Friday Feb 26th, 2021 4:23 PM
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Santa Cruz Voluntaryist member Nick Clifford says the BLM supporters in the video, "yell like drug deranged lunatics." Lares says she has only seen BLM supporters on tv, citing specifically Tucker Carlson's show on Fox News.
§Lares post in the Unmask California group on Facebook on September 26, 2020
by Unmasking the Anti-Maskers
Friday Feb 26th, 2021 4:32 PM
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Staci Lares: "The next target for the Freedom Angels is elders. I'm going to be happy to get in the brawl!"
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Yeah, so?Wear a maskFriday Feb 26th, 2021 7:58 AM
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