Male at bus stop outside Federal Courthouse reading FIJA brochure

Reading FIJA brochure outside Florida Atlantic University

Female reading FIJA brochure outside county courthouse

Thursday, November 18, 2010 Greg and I met up again at the Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to distribute Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) brochures.
More people now seem to except the brochure than before. I don’t know if its because we are stood in front of the courthouse and the logic is: if the security at the courthouse is letting them do it, then the brochures must be okay, or what?

After a few hours, we wondered downtown to FAU (Florida Atlantic University) at: 111 E Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, were we passed out brochures to students on their lunch break. Timing is everything here and thats why I always take an early lunch = ) .

An hour or so later and we are off to the county courthouse on: SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This courthouse is always busy with lines down the street, its like there is a sale on or something lol.

I tried to interview today, but had a few difficulties, human and technical. Don’t worry we will get it done.

Another great day in Fort Lauderdale, approximately 600 brochures distributed today.

I encourage you all reading this to get out in your community; even if it is for just a few hours a month, come together and encourage others, because its only a matter of time before someone you know is accused of a crime. Wouldn’t you want a fully informed juror on that case, so that they could judge the law and set that person free?

Craig Toth Fort Lauderdale FIJA Activist

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 the weather in Fort Lauderdale was warm with a cool breeze.
I met Craig Toth and we started off by handing out FIJA brochure at the Federal Courthouse on 299 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There’s not a lot of people that go in or out of this courthouse, but the majority of people that we offered the brochures to, did accept them.

After spending a couple of hours at the Federal Courthouse we went for a bite to eat.

Craig and I headed downtown offering everyone that we met a brochure, the majority of them accepting them.

After lunch we stood on the sidewalk handing out brochures at the FAU campus which is down town Fort Lauderdale.  After thirty minutes or so we left for the county courthouse over on: SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

At the county courthouse we carried on handing out the brochures to people going in and coming out of the courthouse.

People do read the brochures, here are some photographs that I managed to take of todays events.

Lady Reading FIJA Material Federal Courthouse Fort Lauderdale

Two Guys Reading FIJA Material County Courthouse Fort Lauderdale

Lady reading FIJA brochure that I had just handed to her while waiting to cross bridge in Fort Lauderdale

As you can see by the photographs, here are people in different parts of town that we handed brochures to, and they are reading the information. There are many opportunities that I have missed either by video or photograph. I see people all the time reading these brochures, but the timing is wrong, simply because I am handing brochures to other passerby’s.

Later on we decided to go and talk to some gun shops to see if we could leave the material on their counters. After speaking with Managers and the Owner, they said it was okay. We left approximately thirty five brochures at each of the following gun stores around the Fort Lauderdale area.

Bill Boyd's Tackle Shop

GUNTECH INC

Arizona Shooting Range

Today we distributed approximately 705 brochures, this is including the ones we left at the gun stores.

I met up this morning with Donald Sheldon a veteran FIJA Activist.  I interviewed Donald and here is what he had to say.

After interviewing Donald I handed out FIJA brochures at the Federal Courthouse at 299 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

I left the Federal Courthouse and wandered down town passing out brochures to every individual that I met on my travels.

My next stop was FAU (Florida Atlantic University). Here I handed out brochures to students on the sidewalk going to class and leaving class.

Once the rush of people had died down at the college I made my way over to the County Courthouse at: SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Still passing out brochure to every man, woman and child that I meet.

Today I passed out 380 brochures.

FIJA PSA

On November 12, 2010, in PSA, Public Service Announcement, by James Cox

Please feel free to send the following FIJA PSA (Public Service Announcement) to radio stations.  You can also post it on your facebook once you have clicked on the link.

“If you knew how to stop corrupt politicians and corrupt laws, would you do it?
When you’re on a jury, you can veto bad laws by refusing to convict.
Protect your own rights—and the rights of others—by saying no to bad laws.
Visit FIJA.org or call 1-800-TEL-Jury for more information.
Remember: no victim means no crime.  Veto bad laws. Protect your rights.
FIJA.org.”

FIJA Activism Broward County Courthouse Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Today the weather in Fort Lauderdale was sunny with a cool breeze and no humidity.
I was joined at the Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by fellow FIJA activist Craig Toth. Now that the Federal Marshals office as said that we are within our First Amendment right to stand on the sidewalk and pass out literature, makes it far more easier to educate people.

After lunch Craig and I headed over to the Broward County Courthouse to pass out FIJA brochures. You can see by the following video that we are very polite and respectful to people.

As you can see by the previous video we are: peaceful, respectful and do not take it personal when someone tells us that they are not interested or no thanks.

After a while of distributing FIJA brochures, I was harassed by Lieutenant Manfre of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department (BSO Broward Sheriff’s Office).   Lieutenant Manfre is making an issue out of nothing.

Today in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Craig and I handed out approximately 500 brochures.

Today the weather in Fort Lauderdale was overcast and cold.

I started off at the Federal Courthouse on the sidewalk in front of the steps. There is so much more access to people here on the sidewalk than where the Marshals had me standing all that time. People come from across the street, they get off the bus right there at the bottom of the courthouse steps.

After lunch I headed off over to Florida Atlantic University (FAU), to pick up their Free Speech Area Application, so that I can go on campus and talk about FIJA and being a fully informed juror.
I now have those papers and will submit them.

I then walked over to the Broward county courthouse handing out brochures to people on the sidewalk as I made my way over there.

Today in Fort Lauderdale I distributed approximately 400 FIJA brochures.

Thursday, November 4, 2010 –  The weather in Fort Lauderdale today was overcast with rain and the sun came out now and then.

I started off at the Federal Courthouse handing out brochures on the sidewalk at the bottom of the steps.

After an couple of hours I went and ate lunch and then headed over to the county courthouse passing out brochures as I went along.

At the county courthouse, I first of all went and gave brochures to all the people sitting on the wall outside. I then went and stood under the canopy near the entrance and handed the brochures to people entering the courthouse.

Today was a pretty slow day, I handed out approximately 320 brochures.

Here is some video that I put together of todays FIJA activity.

On Tuesday, November 2, 2010 I was handing out FIJA brochures on the sidewalk at: The Miami Federal Courthouse, 301 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida.  There must be a major lack of communication somewhere within the government, because only last week I was told by Michael Witkowski, who had spoken to his counsel, and told me that I was quite within my rights to hand out FIJA brochures on the sidewalks of Federal Courthouses.  Mr. Witkowski also said that he had sent an email to all the Federal courthouses letting them know this.  I also asked Mr. Witkowski if he would extend the courtesy and send me an email, so that I could in the event of a potential arrest I could show it to the officer.  I still have not received that email after been told that he would send it. If I had received that email, it may have prevented the questioning by a Federal Marshal and then a later questioning by his supervisor. It may also have prevented the questioning by Inspector Wilds, and the harassment and the violation that I received from Sergeant  Bernard B. Norris from Federal Protective Services.

Links to two previous post:

http://florida.fija.org/fort-lauderdale-fija-activism-10-28-10/

http://florida.fija.org/victory-at-the-fort-lauderdale-courthouse-10-28-10/

I did not get video of the Marshal or his supervisor questioning me, but I did get video of  the guards complaining that I am breaking the law, Inspector Wilds and Sergeant Bernard B. Norris from Federal Protective Services.

Inspector Wilds

Sergeant Bernard B. Norris