Despite hype from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the New Times, a Fort Lauderdale homeless protest/political rally failed to attract more than 40 voters. The Saturday afternoon event at Bubier Park was billed as an opportunity to take back power from Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler. Event organizer Jillain Pim of Food Not Bombs wrote, “The newfound notoriety of the Fort Lauderdale City Commission has created an unusual opportunity this election cycle: Do we use this as an opportunity to return power to the people of Fort Lauderdale, or will this be another unparticipatory election that further cements political power in the hands of a few? Join us and find out!”
REDBROWARD joined them. We found out they could barely gather people to their event. Many of the attendees were local homeless wearing new Green Party t-shirts. Fort Lauderdale Commission candidate Didier Ortiz is a member of the Green Party. Chris “Captain Loogie” Brennan had much cooler t-shirts. Brennan is running for mayor even though the Fort Lauderdale city clerk wouldn’t allow him to use his nickname on the ballot.
Even though fellow candidates Earl Rynerson and Dean Trantalis were rumored to appear, they did not attend the rally.
While much of the literature and signs focused on the Fort Lauderdale feeding the homeless issue, REDBROWARD did spot some loony left-wing pamphlets. We doubt “Colonialism” is a high priority with Fort Lauderdale voters.
Last year, REDBROWARD reported Jillain Pim and her husband Nathan Pim were performance artists desperately seeking the spotlight.
Jillian Pim’s hunger strike over Fort Lauderdale homeless feeding laws was her latest performance on behalf of radical causes tied to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Pim gained national attention for her hunger strike protest against laws restricting public feedings in Fort Lauderdale. Pim told the Sun-Sentinel her hunger strike would not end until Fort Lauderdale stopped enforcing the law. “My friends, when they look at me, they hold back tears because I’ve gotten so frail and tiny,” Pim said.
Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis held homeless town hall to convince Pim to stop her hunger strike. She refused his request at the November Fort Lauderdale City Hall meeting, but hours later, Pim ended her 24 day hunger strike. “I was experiencing symptoms that should not take place until Day 30 [of a hunger strike] and I was only on Day 20,” Pim said. “I was experiencing muscle pain, like excruciating muscle pain, which means my body had started to feed off of muscle mass earlier than it should have.”
Nathan and Jillian Pim use their puppetry skills to protest numerous radical left-wing causes. Pim’s Autonomous Playhouse has protested foreclosure laws, Mitt Romney, George Bush, climate change, GMOs, capitalism and more. In 2012, the Pim’s joined other radicals in Tampa to protest the Republican National Convention. Nathan Pim told CNN that he and Jillian quit their jobs to protest in Tampa.
“I can lecture about helping end discrimination against the homeless all the time and no one will listen,” Pim said. “If I do it dressed as a panda, for some reason people listen.” Pim posted a YouTube video showing protestors’ plan to dress as clowns to taunt Republicans and the local police.
Here’s a YouTube video from the Pim’s latest bit of radical performance art.