Thursday, February 23, 2006

Littering Charge Continued to April 13th

I went to court today on Littering charges for filming this.

The citation was heard in Traffic Court. During the run up to the pleaing process the only person to instruct those about to plea was the DA. She repeatedly "informed" the defendants that with this many cases, a plea of Not Guilty would mean staying there till 4 or 5 (it was 10am at the latest). She also "informed" everyone a couple of times that the day before she had won all the cases anyway and that many people "think' they have a valid reason for their actions but that they aren't "legal" reasons. The message was clear don't plead not guilty unless you want to waste your day for nothing and end up paying more.

At one point she returned from the hall with the news that a couple of people had threatened to report her for the intimidation session, to which she laughed and made fun of them. This was followed by an extra 15 minute lecture about why what she was saying wasn't intimidation. However, during this lecture she made sure to reiterate the same statements as to the fruitfulness of pleading not guilty. During this time most in the court were wishing she'd just shut up and get on with it.

After pleading not guilty and realizing that I would be going to trail this very afternoon, I pulled her aside in the hall during a lull to inquire about the possibility of getting a contiuance. I said that I had thought today's session was going to be a plea and then we set a date for the hearing unless they dropped the charge. I asked about getting a continuance, because had I know that we would be going to trial TODAY, I would have been represented by the ACLU.

At the mention of the ACLU, she did a literal and figurtative 180; walking back into the courtroom in a continuous "No. No. no. no. no. NO. nO. No. nO. no. NO. No..." I chased after her asking: "What does that mean? NO, NO, NO, NO, No...?" She eventually turned and said "No continuance for the ACLU".

Later, in my absence, a little bird heard the following conversion between the DA and the Citing officer:

"I'm dieing to prosecute this, I hope they don't get a continuance. They said they were going to bring the ACLU into this."

"If they were going to demonstarte, fine; just don't dump garbage. They should've rung the doorbell and talked with her (the governor). She probably would've let them in ..... until they dumped all this crap."

Her reference to the the evicted tenats property as GARBAGE and CRAP is indicative of the larger problem of disconnecting from reality that must take place for otherwise sensible compassionate people to to do a job that requires they not look at the human cost of their actions.

... but. "that's a cute little sofa".

There's also something a little disturbing about a system that allows it's subjects to go into a court hearing armed only with the advice of the person whose job it is to convict them.

To be Continuanced... April 13th

Related Links ::: Demonstration at Governor's Mansion

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Waveland Missahippie on Free Speech TV

Portions of my video Waveland Missahippie will be aired as part of the show Blacked Out Media on Free Speech TV next week. (Channel 9415 Dish Network)

Here are the times.
Wed. Feb. 22nd 2pm | Thurs. 7am & 8pm
Fri. 4pm | Sat. 4am & 8pm | Sun. 6pm

Related Links ::: Free Speech TV, Blacked Out Media

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Saturday, February 11, 2006

The most important thing

Click for part 1 THINK for part 2 and 3
They're in the logical place, think.
Buy It Now i make nothing
peace through justice


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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Katrina's Toxic New Orleans Art

What You Need To Know About Your Government in Times of Crisis
Jeffrey Holmes floating around the 9th wards toxic flood water.
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This video started out as a simple little "let's show this guy's story" kinda piece and turned into a scathing expose of what people can expect from government endorsed relief efforts in time of crisis. Arrested for art, threatened with arrest for helping people, spending all your own money to help others because Red Cross was Not Allowed, lying to retain rights that are inalienable to Free People, government corruption and inexplainable lack of competence from those who are suppose to be helping the survivors... God Bless America!

Please stop giving your "cash contributions" to organizations that will waste your money. Donate to grass roots relief efforts where the money will be used to help people.

Related Links ::: Toxic Art, l'art noir new orleans, Get Your Act On!,
Karmagrrrl, David Leeson, Storm Chaser Video, Remote Area Medical,

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