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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Wednesday, October 27, 2010 I met with Pete Eyre and Adam Mueller from Liberty on Tour in Fort Lauderdale. Pete and Adam have been touring the US for almost 13 weeks spreading the message of freedom.
We set off at the usual place, the Federal Courthouse at: 299 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida distributing brochures to passers by.
After about an hour we moved into the center of Fort Lauderdale and started distributing brochures on the sidewalk outside Florida Atlantic University. Here we had an encounter with security guard S. Blakely, who thinks that the sidewalk is private property. Blakely called the police and when questioned by them I explained that the sidewalks are a public forum and that I have a right to freedom of speech. After the officer had spoken to me she went to talk to S. Blakely and then we left. This is clearly just someone that, because she has a costume on thinks that she can push people around and tell people what to do, when really she has no authority and just likes to waste tax payers money.
After leaving the university we headed over to the Broward County Court House SE 6th Street Fort Lauderdale Florida. Here we distributed brochures to the passers by.
Here is Pete Eyre in action distributing FIJA literature.
Today we distributed approximately 470 brochures, another great day of FIJA activism.