Anti-Foreclosure Rally In Miami
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An Opinion By Michael Van Dyk
Published May 22, 2005
A successful pro-homeowner,
anti foreclosure-lawyer rally, was held in North Miami Beach on Sunday
morning, May 22, 2005.
Approximately 20 angry
homeowners waved signs and offered information to the many persons
attending a condominium seminar at Nova SE University. The NE Dade
Coalition sponsored the seminar. Katzman
& Korr, the notorious foreclosure lawyers, had paid the coalition to
let them talk about foreclosures.
getting ready for the Rally!
Libert, president of the NE Dade Coalition, ordered the protesters to
disband and leave, claiming they were on private property.
The protestors calmly explained to him that they were on a public
Libert brought the campus police, who claimed they owned the sidewalk and
the street, too, and could order the protesters to leave.
The protesters explained that there was a public access easement on the
street and that the public had a right to walk on it.
Libert called the North Miami Beach Police.
The entire police department arrived in four police cruisers and
asked, “Who is in charge?”
was the reply.
organized this rally?” asked the police.
in particular,” was the reply.
Next question was "Do you have a parade permit?"
are not organized. We don't
need a permit,” was the reply.
The police continued to observe the protesters, who continued to wave
Mike Van Dyk proudly wore a Cyber Citizens For Justice membership card on
his lapel. Karen Gottlieb of
the Florida Advisory Council on Condominiums
was there to lend her support. Anti-lawyer
activist Bob Bertrand brought some of his people to wave signs.
Katzman himself walked by the protestors, accompanied by a burly
bodyguard-type fellow. Later,
Katzman came out to take pictures and to write down license plate numbers. Meanwhile, The Bodyguard kept an eye on the protesters the
A good time was had by all. Protesters
later met at the nearby donut shop to talk about homeowner issues and to
hear more about Cyber Citizens for Justice, Inc. CCFJ is a grassroots
organization comprised of volunteers who advocate better education and
more consumer-friendly legislation for property owners.