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. 
"Happy birthday Fidel"
The Baltimore branch of Workers World Party celebrated the 90th birthday of Cuba’s historic leader, Fidel Castro, on Aug. 13, 2016. An introductory panel featured Fred Mason, president of the Maryland/Washington, D.C., AFL-CIO; Leslie Salgado, from Howard County Friends of Latin America; and Cheryl LaBash, a co-chair of the National Network on Cuba. In a “fish bowl” discussion, four young organizers described what socialism means to them, followed by questions and comments from others.
Sharon Black, an independent candidate for City Council president, chaired the meeting, and Andre Powell, mayoral candidate — both from Workers World Party and the Baltimore People’s Power Assembly — spoke in solidarity with the Cuban revolution. Independent City Council candidate Nnamdi Lumumba, of the Ujima People’s Progress Party, also expressed his solidarity with socialist Cuba.