Ellen Thomas
2817 11th St NW
Washington DC 20001

November 25, 1991

US Court of Appeals
4th & Constitution NW
Washington, DC

Re: Opposition to Federal Appellees' Motion for Summary Affirmance.

Dear Court:

The reason I'm not filing an opposition to Appellees' Motion for Summary Affirmance is because although I requested the court appoint an attorney to represent me on appeal, no attorney has been assigned as yet.

I have experienced most of the events complained of in this case, and I know that the defendants' acts were wrong in the sense that government officials repeatedly acted as if they were above the law. I suffered loss of property, imprisonment, psychological torment, and interference with my work --- work of the kind, I believe, which the founders of this country understood to be important enough to merit the protection of the first Amendment.

It is very sad to me, but my experiences now make me believe that the courts of this country have very, very little respect for the principles on which this country was founded. Frankly, after I was sent to jail by this District Court in 1988 for doing nothing more threatening than wrapping in a blanket in 32 degree weather while tending my peace signs in Lafayette Park, I lost all faith in this system. At that time I personally decided that trying to reason with the courts was a waste of time. I decided to use my time more constructively, and just commit myself to my work in the park.

But my husband, William Thomas' keeps arguing that the courts are staffed by people, and that we can't give up hope that people might change. I still think it would be fruitless for me to answer the government's motion. But I also think the government has been acting erroneously, and that the court is the entity responsible for correcting that error.

So, in the interests of justice, I would ask that the Court allow me to file an opposition to the motion for summary affirmance after, or if, an attorney is assigned to my case.


/s/ Ellen Thomas