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Write up from the March 2 event: By David Gumpert
Baraboo, Wisconsin, isn’t especially close to any metropolitan area (nearly four hours from Chicago, even further from Minneapolis), yet some 300 people gathered in the snowy cold there Friday March 2 in support of raw dairy producer Vernon Hershberger. The Raw Milk Freedom Riders organized the rally in advance of a court hearing on whether Vernon Hershberger had violated the terms of his bail agreement, which stipulate he isn’t to sell raw milk or other foods via a retail store, or engage others to run his farm.
The rally was highlighted by the unveiling of an eight-foot-high rendering of the “Declaration of Food Independence”.It declared that “inherent in every individual is the God-given right to procure the food of one’s choice from consenting farmers and producers. The undersigned respectfully declare that we will peacefully reject laws and regulations that infringe on this God-given right.” The first signer was Vernon Hershberger. Rally speakers included Liz Reitzig, Michael Schmidt, and two members of Vernon’s food club. One of the members, Jenny, said, “I am not engaged in commerce. I am the owner of the animals.” Following the rally, about 175 of the participants jammed into the courtroom to watch the proceedings from the courtroom and an overflow room, where the proceedings were piped in via video. The judge eventually declined to rule on a request from the Wisconsin Attorney General to have Hershberger punished for allegedly violating the terms of his bail–he admonished the prosecutors for making their request via a letter rather than via a formal motion.
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As the state of Wisconsin continues persecuting dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger, activists and supporters rally to his defense! See complete article on The Complete Patient
Two Day Event in Support of Vernon Hershberger
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Thursday March 1, 2:00 – 5:30, followed by dinner
Friday March 2, 11:00-1:00 FOOD FREEDOM RALLY for Vernon
Know Your Rights! Support Your Farmers!
Make History With An UNPRECEDENTED Stand Against Oppressive Regulations!
Eat Really Delicious FARM FRESH FOOD!
Join the RAW MILK FREEDOM RIDERS and Farm Food Freedom Coalition for an incredible two-day event Thursday, MARCH 1 and Friday, MARCH 2, 2012 in Sauk County, Wisconsin.
DAY ONE: Rights Workshop
Thursday, March 1, 2012 2:00 PM-5:30 PM followed by a Farm Food Dinner(Space is limited. Reserve your seat today. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to exercise your right to the foods of your choice!) RSVP: RawMilkFreedomRiders@gmail.com
SPEAKERS and RIGHTS TRAINERS INCLUDE: Raw milk activist, Max Kane. Canadian farmer and raw milk speaker, Michael Schmidt, Food Freedom Activist, John Moody, Author and blogger, David Gumpert, Dairy farmer and speaker, Mel Olsen and Raw Milk Freedom Riders/Farm Food Freedom Coalition Co-founder, Liz Reitzig and freedom activist and Constitutional scholar, Michael Badnarik .
Learn about a history of peaceful non-compliance, how to peacefully stand up for your rights in confrontational situations, how to take responsibility for your freedom. Farm-fresh dinner to follow.
DAY TWO: Food Freedom Rally in Support of Vernon
Please also join us the following day, Friday, March 2nd, (11:00-1:00) for a FOOD FREEDOM RALLY in support of Wisconsin dairy farmer, Vernon Hershberger who faces criminal charges, and possible imprisonment, for providing raw dairy to his community via a private herd-share agreement. Vernon courageously stands for food freedom and sets a new standard for farmer’s response to these egregious government violations.
Put into action your right to demonstrate as instructed in the workshop and show solidarity with all independent farmers everywhere prior to Vernon Hershberger’s 1:00 PM hearing.
Food Freedom Rally: Friday, March 2nd, 2012 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at Sauk County Circuit Court 515 Oak Street, Baraboo, WI 53913-2416