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FIJA in the News & Jury Rights Day & Volunteer | 13 Sep 2011

FIJA Activists Celebrate Jury Rights Day by Marching in Labor Day Parade


Left to right: Jordan Elliot, Jessica Perkins, Mike Angelos, and Michael D. Elliot.

East Moline’s Labor Day Parade was a fun filled day for many folks on Monday, September the 5th. Members of a local Ron Paul meetup and the local Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) in Illinois teamed up together to educate the large crowds that gathered together to watch East Moline’s Labor Day parade. Although Labor Day coincided with Jury Rights Day the year, the groups believe it provided for a unique opportunity to promote the importance of jury rights in our system of government.

The Illinois Liberty Alliance entry rolled through the parade with 11 volunteers, a white Ron Paul 2012 decorated van playing Ron Paul supporting music, two FIJA banners which read, “Called for Jury Duty? Know your Rights. FIJA.ORG”, over 3,500 pieces of literature, and bags of candy and balloons. The literature included Ron Paul newspapers made by an Iowa grassroots group and Jury Rights Day cards created by the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA).

Nancy Brandt of Henry County was the coordinator of this event. “We spent 5 1/2 hours stamping the literature with “Illinois Liberty Alliance. Find us at: SuperLiberty.com”. We enjoyed walking with the banners, and we distributed 1600-1700 Jury Rights Day cards at East Moline, Illinois’ Labor Day Parade. One man I gave a card to said, ‘I better look at this. I’ve got jury duty coming up.’ I told him to go to the FIJA website.” Nancy expects the cards to be good advertising tools for their local group.

Rafe Thrasher, a Ron Paul supporter in Illinois said, “Ron Paul is a huge promoter and educator of jury rights, so it makes sense that we join forces with the local Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) and help them promote Jury Rights Day in a Labor Day parade.”