I’ve been working overnight to launch JeffersonDanceParty.info to do my part to fulfill the Civil Disobedience Evolution Fund’s mission to help the good people who disobey bad laws. My focus is normally on civil disobedience that takes place within the State of New Hampshire’s borders but this is a special case.
Three years ago I haphazardly organized the first Thomas Jefferson Dance Party that took place at midnight on 13 April 2008, Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. I didn’t plan for their to be any civil disobedience because I didn’t expect memorial security or the U.S. Park Police to react with strong-arm tactics. In retrospect I was naive. One of the celebrants, Brooke Oberwetter, was arrested and we launched the “Free the Jefferson 1″ campaign to publicize her arrest. Brooke has been in and out of courts yet was found guilty of “interfering with an agency function” and “demonstrating without a permit.” Brooke, with the help of Alan Gura (who argued and won the landmark DC v. Heller case before the Supreme Court) attempted to use the legal system to receive justice but failed. Most recently on May 17th when a court of appeals ruled that “silent expressive dancing” is impermissible inside the Jefferson Memorial.
Eleven day after this ruling, Edward Freeman will defy the court’s ruling and dance at the Jefferson memorial with 80 or so others according to Facebook. I’m awake at 5AM to help support Ed and the other brave individuals who will dance today and commit civil disobedience in the spirit, and the shadow, of Thomas Jefferson.
Here’s Ed talking to Adam Kokesh about the Thomas Jefferson Dance Party on Russia Today:
Thanks to Ed for the kind words about me. It’s my hope that the law enforcers will be kind to him tomorrow at noon but I’ll be watching it live just in case.