Protesters Jesse Kern, Jay Alexander, Anne Hirsch, Adigun Hotep, Bill Reed and Nnamdi Lumumba, all of St. Petersburg, protested outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse Annex January 2003 before the trial of the "MacDill Nine."
The nine, all cleared, except Wayne Helmbrecht, who didn't show up, over charges resulting from a protest outside an airbase were Dwight Lawton, 72, a Korean War veteran, Adam Cameron, Penny Hess, Arlen Hooley, Deidre Martin, Roger Otterson, James Peters and John Barrieau.
Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the African People's Socialist Party, who appeared at Wednesday's trial to show support for the activists, called the judge's ruling "a major victory for free speech and the right to dissent."
Defense lawyers Paul Quin and Paul Rebein, who handled the case pro bono, argued that activists had given Tampa police notice that they intended to be arrested as a show of civil disobedience and promised to go peacefully. 
Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia
On June 20th, the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia (AGM) attended an online conference with the Uhuru movement and the African People’s Socialist Party. Alexander Ionov represented AGM, while Uhuru movement was represented by Penny Hess, the chairperson of the African People’s Solidarity Committee. The most significant achievement of the event was raising funds for the “Reparations For Stolen Black Lives” Fundraiser. During the talks, Alexander Ionov mentioned that human rights are brutally violated in the United States. He also brought up the cases of American activist Mumia Abu-Jamal and Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko who stay imprisoned by US government. Alexander noted that fascist and Nazi ideologies, as well as organizations advocating such ideologies, are officially permitted on the territory of the US.
On June 21st, the AGM attended another conference with Omali Yeshitela, the leader of the Uhuru movement and African People’s Socialist Party, which was broadcasted live on uhurunews.com. It was dedicated to the expansionistic policy of the US and NATO directed to arm the countries bordering Russia, while pushing propaganda of hatred and aggression against Russia and Russian people through mainstream media. Omali Yeshitela expressed solidarity with Russia and urged Africans to not participate in any military venture against Russia. In return, Alexander Ionov expressed his solidarity with African people in their struggle for freedom against neo-colonial oppression, pointing out that the events like the ones that took place in Charleston on June 17th have no place in the modern world.
Paying homage to Marx and Lenin
Meeting the IRSP
Irish participants at the conference told the Guardian that they had no Kremlin links and were simply taking an opportunity to promote their cause. Sinn Fein member Diarmaid Mac Dubhghlais compared the eastern Ukraine conflict to the “Ireland of years ago”, arguing that the pro-Russian rebels were fighting a “fascist government” in Kiev.
“In Ireland, we accepted help from Muammar Gaddafi,” said Michael McLaughlin of the Irish Republican Socialist Party. “When you’re in a battle for national liberation you don’t question the background of the people helping you.”
While Ramon Nenadich of the Puerto Rican group Borinken and Lanny Sinkin, a representative of the self-declared King Silva of Hawaii, said their struggle was non-violent, Omali Yeshitela of the Uhuru Movement said American imperialism could not be overcome by peaceful means.
“We call on you to recognise the right of African people to engage in armed defence against American colonialism, and we would like to express our profound appreciation to the Anti-Globalisation movement of Russia,” he told attendees.
“We are convinced that we are on the right side of history, we are convinced that we will win, we are convinced that we are winning. Uhuru!”
- African Peoples Socialist Party, Accessed December 18, 2016
- Judge tosses protest charges, By CHRISTOPHER GOFFARD, Times Staff Writer © St. Petersburg Times ublished January 16, 2003
- Guardian, Russia funds Moscow conference for US, EU and Ukraine separatists Alec Luhn in Moscow Sunday 20 September 2015