Bright pink Not Dead Yet T-shirts already filled the wide sidewalk in front of the Embassy Suites when I arrived the morning of Day 1 of the protests. My first assignment was to engage conference attendees who were looking for conversation. I met Janis Landis, vice president of Final Exit Network, the American host group, on two of her forays into the protest site.
Landis, a trim older white woman, told me that she understood our position but that we did not understand theirs. She defended FEN’s assistance in the suicide of Arizonan Jana Van Voorhis, basically saying that Van Voorhis ‘s psychological suffering was real enough to warrant the organization’s assistance