I was not feeling well today so I was going to hold off on posting…but the latest breaking news took precedence. I am not going to write much of my own on this….just going to say I AM OUTRAGED by it. It is important, though, to get this information out and get you ACTIVE!
Without further ado:
Weston A. Price Foundation Press Release:
|Rawsome Farm Buying Club Raided Again|
|Written by Kimberly Hartke|
|Wednesday, August 03 2011 18:51|
Rawesome Farm Buying Club Raided Again
August 3, 2011—Los Angeles, California—Public Health Officials today descended once again on a buying club, that specializes in raw foods. Club organizer, James Stewart was arrested at his home, the locks to his personal residence were changed, his papers, money and computer seized. At the same time, farmer Sharon Palmer and Weston A. Price Foundation volunteer chapter leader Victoria Bloch Coulter were arrested. All three were charged with Section 182A-Conspiracy to Commit a Crime. Bond for James Stewart was set at $123,000. Bail for Bloch is recommended at $60,000. Bail for Palmer is recommended at $121,000.
All this, in a state where raw milk is perfectly legal to sell, and even available through retail stores. The issue seems to be the club’s use of a herdshare or boarding agreement for its dairy goats. Recently, the California Department of Food and Agriculture issued a cease-and-desist order to a farmer boarding dairy animals for the animal owners. Another farmer, Mike Hulme of Evergreen Acres goat farm in San Jose, received a cease-and-desist letter from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office. Hulme and several people with ownership interest in goats kept at the farm are suing the state and county for interfering with their right to enter into a livestock boarding contract.
The state insists the farmers need dairy licenses to conduct such operations.
“It is apparent that there is an orchestrated effort on the part of public health officials to curb raw dairy access in California, and around the nation,” declares Pete Kennedy, Esq., President of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
Arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow in Department 30, Los Angeles Superior Court, Fifth Floor, Criminal Justice Center, 210 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. Court opens at 8:30 a.m. The District attorney’s office says it is likely they are to go before the judge during the morning session.
A protest rally on the Los Angeles Courthouse Steps is planned for 8:00am tomorrow morning, when the three food rights activists are before the judge. Citizens concerned about access to healthy, locally produced foods are urged to attend.
Concerned citizens are asked to donate to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, an organization that works to protect and expand consumer access to whole, unprocessed foods of their choice, and to pave the way for unregulated, direct trade between farmer and consumer. Visit their website for more details on food freedom and raw milk issues: http://farmtoconsumer.org.
Video footage at the scene of the raid, club members expressing outrage:http://youtu.be/lI1gvPmA_c8
Official press release about the arrests:
Media Contact: Kimberly Hartke, Publicist
Weston A. Price Foundation, Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
703-860-2711, cell 703-675-5557, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Marie Michaels, Los Angeles rally media contact
Go to my Facebook page to learn more! Please! I guarantee you will hear more from me on this VERY SOON! I will also keep you updated!
I will keep you all posted on the coming days. Tomorrow is the court date and the rally. Show your support! Take the steps listed here on this Weston A. Price Bulletin! WE MUST GET ANGRY AND RAISE OUR VOICES SO THEY WILL HEAR US LOUD AND CLEAR! We will not be slaves! This country will not be taken over by the Big 4! It is a country OF, FOR, and BY THE PEOPLE!!!!
LET THEM KNOW THAT!!!!
ACTION ALERT: FOOD BUYING CLUB RAID IN LOS ANGELES
RAWESOME Raw Food Buying Club in Venice Beach, California was raided for the second time today and James Stewart, club organizer, is in jail with $123K bond set. Victoria Bloch, a Weston A. Price chapter leader, and farmer Sharon Palmer were also arrested.
Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures Dairy is organizing a protest rally tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. at the courthouse where the raw milk advocates are to be arraigned. Southern California citizens are urged to join Mark McAfee and food blogger Ann Marie Michaels.
Arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow in Department 30, Los Angeles Superior Court, fifth floor, Criminal Justice Center, 210 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. Court opens at 8:30 a.m. The district attorneys office says it is likely they are to go before the judge during the morning session.
ACTION TO TAKE
The office of the L.A. District attorney is fielding calls regarding the case. For more information, or to express concern about the governments actions, call 213-974-3512.
Also please call the Los Angeles television stations – KCBS, KNBC, KTLA, KABC – and ask them to cover the protest rally.
Talking Points for speaking with elected official about this issue:
–Infringement of private property rights
–Misuse of state resources
–Denying citizens freedom of food choice
Ask your representatives in Congress to co-sponsor the Ron Paul bill lifting the ban on raw milk in interstate commerce; while not a factor in this case, it sends an important message about citizen access to raw milk.
See you soon! Have a healthy and OUTSPOKEN day!