You are cordially invited to attend the Photography is a First Amendment Right fund raiser Saturday afternoon in Dania Beach.
A portion of the proceeds will go toward my mounting legal fees as I prove my innocence against the five Miami police officers who arrested me after photographing them against their wishes.
A portion will also go towards the Society of Professional Journalists Legal Defense Fund, which aids reporters and photographers nationwide in defending the freedom of speech and press guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Grace Cafe and Galleries, 49 North Federal Highway in Dania Beach.
I will provide several photos to be featured in a silent auction and I will also perform some spoken word poetry.
The silent auction will also includes works from South Florida photographers Danny Hammontree, Edward Regan, Eileen Soler and Wendy Doscher-Smith
Other entertainment includes the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra as well as Tortas y Tacones (Sandwiches and Heels) from www.category305.com, the online magazine I was on assignment for the night of my arrest.
Prizes will be raffled off and sandwiches, salads, wraps and beverages will be available for purchase. Big Mama will be cooking and serving her tasty barbecue fare as well. Proceeds from the barbecue will go Team of Life, Inc., a Fort Lauderdale-based charity that assists children.
Many thanks to Clare Vickery, who owns Grace Cafe and Galleries, for providing us with space for our event. Her two-story historic building houses represents more than 25 artists. There’s also a stained glass studio, vintage and handmade jewelry, furniture and designer dolls.
DIRECTIONS – I-95 to Stirling Road, head to U.S. 1 At U.S. 1 (Federal Highway) turn left (north). Turn left on to Dania Beach Blvd. (west). Then make first right turn on to First Ave. Go about 400 feet, Grace’s rear parking lot is on right. Clare says additional parking is available along First Avenue and in the Dania Beach City Hall parking lot.
If you have any questions, please post them here.160