AN AMAZING DAY OF FIRSTS! First, we got there by 10:30 a.m. Jeannine with her video camera, met me in front of the Cuban Versailles Restaurant, which is well known, and a hub meeting place for the Cuban-American right wingers in Miami. I was already talking with two City of Miami Police. I showed them my protest Permit and explained why I was there. We had a very nice communication and the City of Miami Police said we could stand across the street from the restaurant. Ashcroft was in Miami today to reach out to the Cuban-Americans for Jeb and "W". The Cuban exiles want Ashcroft to indict Fidel Castro for shooting down 4 Miami Cuban-Americans and to deal with Immigration policy concerning the return of Cuban rafters caught at sea. Ashcroft at one time was against the Cuban Embargo. Before Ashcroft arrived to this event, we were already across the street from the Versailles Restaurant with my "Bush Stole the Election" banner and "STOP Bush!" sign. Plus, a new poster I made this morning: "ASHCROFT: INVESTIGATE THE STOLEN ELECTION" Local television station Channel 41 (a Spanish station), came over for an interview. As well as, local television station Channel 7 (Fox News). I also did interviews with local television Channel 4 (CBS) and Spanish television station Channel 51 (Univision). Then, an African-American gentleman came over with a sign that said: "Blacks Also Count Too!" directed at the Attorney General. Shortly afterwards, we were about 30 protestors, who except for Oral Majority, were protesting about a black wheelchair-bound father of 5, who was shot to death (via 7-8 bullets in the back), by the No. Miami Beach Police. The African-American group helped Oral Majority with our protest signs and in solidarity we chanted together: "No Justice - No Peace". As well as, "We Want Ashcroft!" I also did media interviews with the St. Louis Post Dispatch and with the Associated Press (A.P.) We obtained massive amounts of media attention. The news media people actually came over to interview us from across the street. This included the National Press who covered us and our chanting. The Cuban-American right wingers at the Versailles Restaurant had never seen this kind of thing before! This was a first to be in the heart of Little Havana and on the day marking the Anniversary since Elian Gonzalez was returned to his father to Cuba, no less. Ashcroft arrived with a dozen motorcycle police escorts and 3 Secret Service vans and went inside the Versailles Restaurant for lunch and politics. Within a half hour, it was pouring rain, yet most of us Protesters STAYED in the rain, chanting and committed. We had only a couple of folks give us a thumbs-down and one guy with a sign that said: "Herald Recount-Bush Wins", which surprising when the Miami Herald newspaper is considered "poison" by most in Miami and THE Voice of the "Banana Republicans". We had 6 who gave us horns of support. An interesting and amazing experience! I received a call last night from Berkeley, California informing me that 100 protestors had protested against Ashcroft in Fresno, California recently. Ashcroft left in a hurry. Our focus for Ashcroft was a 15 point statement for doing a Federal investigation into the stolen election as Attorney General. No one would take our letter to give to Attorney General Ashcroft, which will be sent instead, but we did give out copies of our statement to all the press. Very pleased with this protest effort. Hope Tampa gives Ashcroft his due on Wednesday.
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