The weather was still cold in Miami, especially in the shadows of the Federal Courthouse.
When we arrived Julian pulled out his clipboard to write down the time. No sooner had he done that than, the guard was over asking him questions about what he was writing down. Here is what transpired:-
As you can see in the video, one of the guards attempts to cause trouble by walking up and harassing us. Courts have ruled which you can see here and here that there is no expectation of privacy while out in public.
After sticking around the Federal Courthouse for a while we moved on because of the lack of people to whom to pass out brochures.
I decided to go to Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus. Here there were a lot of people. The college had an event going on and the students were very accepting of the brochures that we were handing to them.
One of the campus police officers came up to Julian and asked him for a brochure and started to read it.
Later Travis Kimmel joined us at the college while we were still waiting for Carlos Miller to arrive.
We were running out of brochures, so I gave what I had left to Julian and Travis to distribute while I was gone.
I picked up more brochures and as I was walking back to the campus my phone rang, it was Julian. Julian was being told by the police that if he did not move he was going to be arrested. I hurried back and asked the police what was going on. They told me that they had had orders to tell Julian to move and if he did not he would be arrested. Julian started to take off his bag and was starting to hand me his stuff. When I asked him what he was doing, he said that he was going to get arrested. I told him to put his bag back on because, no one was going to get arrested.
Here is the video of this encounter.
I asked the officer for the name of the person making the complaint and, he told me that it was the dean. I asked for the dean’s name and number and then called the dean. The dean was not available so I asked to speak with the assistant dean which I did. I explained that what we were doing was educational outreach and, not commercial hand billing. The assistant dean did not care. He told me that we were on college property, but I interrupted him and noted that the property was paid for by tax payers money and that sidewalks are traditional public forums for Freedom of Speech. I asked the assistant dean, “Are you squelching my First Amendment right of Freedom of Speech at a public school that is paid for by tax payers’ dollars?” He replied “Mr. Cox, do what ever you want to do” and then hung up. The police officer came back over and asked what was said. I explained that we can do what we want to do. The officer got on the radio and came back laughing saying “You can do whatever you want to do Mr. Cox.”
While all this was going on, Carlos was calling me, trying to find my whereabouts. I was brief with Carlos telling him that I had to go, that Julian was about to be arrested, to which he replied “Tell him to wait till I get there.”
We carried on distributing FIJA brochures to the students at Miami Dade College.
Carlos arrived and Interviewed Julian and me.
Here is part of Carlos’s interview with Julian.
After the interview we decided to go back to the Federal Courthouse.
Julian was behind with Travis and his dog and Carlos was in front.
I told Julian not to pass out FIJA brochures while walking between the Federal Courthouse and the detention center. As we were walking I looked back to see where Julian was and he was passing out brochures. I yelled over to Julian not to do that, and then all hell broke loose. Carlos was taking photographs of the Federal Courthouse when a marshal yelled, telling him to stop, and that he was not allowed to do that. This video shows what happened next:-
The marshal in the guard box called his supervisor who argued that the sidewalk that we were on was Federal government property. Here is that conversation.
After talking to the marshals and standing our ground asserting our rights that we do have a right to film and pass out brochures on the sidewalk, we moved on to the new Federal Courthouse across the street. Yet again we were harassed for filming on Federal property.
Here is the video:-
The guards outside the new Federal Courthouse were not happy with us being there, especially because three of us had cameras. The guards called Homeland Security/Federal Protective Services, after which two vehicles arrived with three officers.
After the officers told the guards that we could film they started to leave, and Julian had this to say about not being arrested:-
Just when we though it was all over the guards came back to harass us more:-
Despite the harassment and the time talking to these guys we distributed over 1,000 brochures in Miami.
The weather was not warming up in Florida; if anything it was getting colder. It was so cold that there were no marshals outside the building.
I picked Julian up from his hotel room and drove over to Tampa to meet Chris LeRoux. After parking the car our first stop was the Federal Courthouse at 801 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida. It was so cold that there were no marshals outside the building. It was only after we showed up that one came out to greet us.
We stuck around for 30 or so minutes and then headed over to the county courthouse, where all the action is.
We met Alex Pruitt at the at the Hillsborough County Courthouse located at 800 E. Twiggs St, Tampa, Florida. This courthouse gets thousands of visitors a day, and it was there that we set to work handing out brochures to the public.”
Here is a little video showing how effective we are:
Despite the weather it was a good day. We handed out just over 1,100 FIJA brochures.
Today I met with Julian Heicklan to start his FIJA activism tour in Florida.
The weather here in Florida today was cold, but the sun was out, with a clear blue sky.
I picked Julian up at his hotel in Orlando and took him to the County Courthouse at 425 N Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida.
We were met by Mark Schmidter, T J Lawrence, John Kurtz, Marla Buchwald, Pete (new addition), Josh Parrish and Scott Olver. Later we were joined by Alle Shane. A great turnout from the Orlando group.
We split up and had every corner of the courthouse covered. Nearly everyone walking in or out of the courthouse had a yellow FIJA brochure in their hand.
Today was a great day for FIJA activism. Eight FIJA Activists came out in the cold weather to distribute approximately 1,100 brochures. Well done Team Orlando!
As usual I started off at the Federal courthouse distributing brochures to the people passing by.
On my way over to Florida Atlantic University I stopped by the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. I had previously dropped off the “Who Owns Your Body” brochure for the institute’s director to look at. The director was busy, however, so I left my business card and another brochure and asked that the director contact me. One of the interns called me over; she had overheard the conversation with the receptionist. She asked me for one of the brochures, and wanted to know what being a fully informed juror was all about. I explained the importance of jury duty, and how if one is summoned for jury duty, it is most important to go to court and try to serve on the jury. I went on to explain that while serving on the jury, it’s important to not only judge the facts, but the law itself. I explained to her that since there are that many bad laws, it’s only a matter of time before someone she knows is accused of a crime. I told her that while serving on a jury, if she felt that the law the defendant was charged with violating was bad or being misapplied, she could vote for a verdict of “not guilty,” without even having to give a reason why. Doing this would create a “hung jury,” I explained; so even if you are the only person voting not guilty, the judge will usually have to declare a mistrial and force the prosecutor to decide whether to try the defendant again or let them go free. The intern found this very interesting and a few others that were listening while working asked for brochures as well.
Next stop was the sidewalk outside Florida Atlantic University. I always try to arrive at noon, just as the students are going to lunch.
After FAU, I went over to the Broward County Courthouse, where people were lining up to get in.
While at the courthouse I received a call from fellow activist, Donald Sheldon. Don asked me if I was going to see the live Glenn Beck show, which was being broadcast to movie theaters. I saw this as an opportunity to get in front of a crowd that is not very happy with what is going on in the country.
Today between the Broward County Courthouse and FAU, I handed out approximately 450 brochures.
Movie Theater – Live Glenn Beck Show
I arranged to meet Don at the Regal Cinemas Cypress Creek and made a few phone calls to try to get other activists to the movie theater. Craig Toth and Alex Hasler joined Don and me. We sat in the back row in the movie theater with about 150 people. Before the show started we leaned forward with a handful of brochures and asked the person in front to take one and pass them along. After the show was finished we stayed late and collected the brochures that were not taken by attendees. Out of the approximately 150 we first distributed, we collected approximately 30 from the seats. Conclusion: Approximately 120 brochures were distributed at the Glenn Beck live show.
Total brochures distributed today: 570. What a great day!
Today I met fellow FIJA activist Chris Goldthorpe at the Federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Chris is involved with FIJA, because there are too many victim less crime laws on the books, and the government keeps making more of them.
We handed a brochure to a young gentleman outside the Federal courthouse. Once he had read it, he returned to us to tell us his thoughts.
He said “It’s a very helpful pamphlet.” “Because, it tells you that most judges will tell you that, you can only consider the facts and not use your conscience, to be able to come to a sound decision, you gotta be able to use your conscience, it just doesn’t make any sense.” Darnell was was thankful that we handed him the FIJA brochure – New True or False Brochure.
See what this young man had to say here in this video.
To Be Able To Come To A Sound Decision You Gotta Be Able To Use Your Conscience, Because It Does Not Make Any Sense.
Chris and I took an early lunch, then headed over to hand out brochures on the sidewalk outside FAU.
After the majority of students had gone to lunch, we headed over to the Broward County Court House SE 6th Street Fort Lauderdale Florida. Its always busy here, people lining up to pay speeding tickets and appearing before the judge for other victim less crimes.
After leaving the courthouse Chris viewed his thoughts on FIJA and its importance on video.
FIJA Activist Chris Goldthorpe Explains The Importance Of The Fully Informed Jury Association
Today was a good day for activism, Chris and I handed out approximately 530 brochures.
I was joined at the Federal Courthouse, by my good friend Greg Gieseke, who was ready to do some FIJA activism. Greg and I handed out FIJA brochure on the sidewalk in front of the Federal Courthouse at: 299 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After a few hours Greg left and I went to get some lunch.
After lunch I headed over to Florida Atlantic University were I now have a pass for the FAU free speech area. Here I handed out the FIJA brochure True or False? The students were very receptive to me offering the brochure, and a few that were not busy running to class did ask what it was all about.
Today was a little slower than usual. We handed out approximately 310 brochures today.