On September 17th 2012 we will watch American history in the making: for the first time ever a man will stand before a jury of his peers and state his case as to why volunteering his time to facilitate access for families to fresh, healthy foods from local farmers who care for their animals and the land is not a crime. Alvin Schlangen faces charges in 3 counties as well as administrative charges for doing this very thing. Sadly this type of attacks has happened across the country and more often than not judges are standing against freedom and the farmers but Alvin has demanded a jury trial, an almost forgotten right in modern America.
Alvin Schlangen is a peaceful Minnesota farmer and founder of Freedom Farms Coop, a group which connects people with the foods of their choice from local producers. Over the past two years, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has illegally raided Alvin’s van, warehouse, and farm. The state has now brought 21 charges against Alvin related to food distribution; all are misdemeanor counts. If convicted, Alvin faces up to a year in jail and hefty fines… just for helping to connect consumers to the producers and foods of their choice. Here’s Alvin’s story:
Please help support food freedoms!
If you can make it to Minneapolis, show up at the courtroom September 17th-19th and let the judge, jury, and media see that people do care when our food rights are under attack! Details HERE
If you cannot make it but want to support these efforts please sign Alvin’s petition HERE