2011.12.08 Chicago Freedom Ride

Thank you all for coming out to the event, about 200 people attended! Read below for a synopsis of the Dec 8th event:

On Thursday, December 8th, 2011 Illinois raw milk freedom riders woke in the early hours of the morning and traveled to Wisconsin in order to pickup 70 gallons of fresh raw milk, with a goal of delivering the milk to the wanting parents of Chicago. The four vehicle caravan quickly grew to a ten vehicle freight train as concerned individuals wanted to ride along in their own vehicles showing support in favor of the intentional act of civil disobedience. The train stopped at the Wisconsin/Illinois boarder for a photo (shown above) and then proceeded 90 minutes to “Independence Park” Chicago, where some 100+ people were eagerly awaiting the arrival. Park security was unhappy that no permit was issued for the event, and told the people that they were not allowed in the park. The people did not comply, and instead instituted a rally which lasted an hour and a half. Beginning with preaching via bullhorn, and ending with a raw milk toast with cookies. No arrests were made.

Speakers Included: Michael Schmidt, David Gumpert, Liz Reitzig, Max Kane, Michael Badnarik, Jim Marlow, Kathryn Pirtle

You are invited to join the Raw Milk Freedom Riders, Food Freedom Advocates from around the country, local and national press and Maybe the FDA and law enforcement* at our next Freedom Ride coming to Chicago IL.

Who: Raw Milk Freedom Riders and Speakers from around the U.S.

What: 100 gallons of Raw Milk and Cookies to be distributed in support of Food Freedom

Where: From Wisconsin to Chicago. Rally at Independence Park, 3850 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL. 60618

When: Thursday, December 8, 2011 (11:30am-2:00pm)

Why: After the first freedom Ride on November 1st in Maryland, the FDA issued a statement saying, in part, they did not “intend” to target individuals transporting raw milk across state lines for their own, individual use. Implicit in this, FDA is admitting their intent to criminally target agents, buying clubs, coops and farmers in their pursuit of raw milk prohibition.

Join us as we call for an end to the prohibition and criminalization of raw milk consumers!
The caravan of Freedom Riders will include embedded reporters to broadcast what we are doing and why—to shed light on the FDA’s violent and failing policies. We are informing the FDA of our intentions and inviting them to the party as we caravan over 100 gallons of raw milk from Wisconsin and then distribute in Chicago at Independence Park. It is time to challenge the FDA on the law that turns honest parents and farmers into criminals for transporting raw milk across state lines.

Food Freedom heroes Max Kane, David Gumpert, Liz Reitzig, Kathy Pirtle, John Moody, Jim Marlowe, Michael Badnarik, Michael Schmidt, and many others dedicated to raw milk choice and food freedom will join us for a rally and peaceful demonstration at Independence Park in Chicago.

We welcome EVERYONE to join us at the rally and help make a HUGE statement to the FDA on our movement toward personal choice, dietary privacy, and food freedom!


Confirm your attendance at either location by signing up for the facebook event.

Media and other inquiries for this event can be sent to: rawmilkfreedomriders@gmail.com.

If you are unable to make it, but would like to support our efforts, please donate

Press After the Event:






Press Before the Event:











Original Press Release:


Mothers, Acting As ‘Agents,’ To Defy FDA Warning pdf version


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