(NaturalNews) Coming up in just a few short days is an amazing opportunity to join thousands of other like-minded individuals in taking a unified stand for health and food freedom. From Friday, August 17, to Saturday, August 18, the Raw Milk Freedom Riders (RMFR) will help co-host Lemonade Freedom Day, a special two-day event in the Washington, D.C., area that aims to educate the public about how to demonstrate peaceful non-compliance in the face of tyranny, as well as how to rally and organize others to do the same.
In the tradition of earlier raw milk freedom rides, which drew attention to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s continued assault on raw milk sales and consumption (http://www.naturalnews.com/033904_raw_milk_Freedom_Riders.html), Lemonade Freedom Day will raise awareness about the importance of defending our collective freedom of voluntary exchange, or the freedom to peacefully buy and sell the foods of our choice from the producers of our choice without government oppression.
Raw milk dairies, lemonade stands, home gardens, and various other independent food suppliers and producers have been the target of an increasing number of government crackdowns in recent years. Citing things like lack of permits and various other violations of the law, local and federal agents have made it their new priority to threaten, fine, and even raid the properties of individuals that buy and sell food outside the system, including young children that are simply trying to make a few extra bucks selling refreshing beverages to their neighbors on hot days.
“Two groups of activists known as the Raw Milk Freedom Riders and Lemonade Freedom Day are taking their raw milk and lemonade to the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to celebrate what they call their right to ‘voluntary exchange,'” says the official announcement by Lemonade Freedom Day, which is headed by health freedom activist Robert Fernandes.
“Recent shut downs of children’s lemonade stands and SWAT-style raids on small farmers have inspired these mothers and other activists to take their message to the Capitol where they plan to risk criminal charges, and possibly jail, by gathering for a picnic with these illicit foods. Media are invited to witness the peaceful exchange.”
Beginning at 2:00 pm on Friday, August 17, a workshop entitled “Knowing Your Rights” will take place in the D.C. area, followed by a farm-fresh dinner. Speakers will include Farm Food Freedom Coalition co-founder Liz Reitzig, Executive Producer of FarmFoodFreedom.org Max Kane, and many others. The suggested donation cost for the workshop and dinner is $30 per person.
Day two of the event will commence at 12:00 pm at 3rd Street Southwest between Maryland and Jefferson Streets near the Capitol Reflecting Pool. Event attendees will practice civil disobedience by drinking fresh milk, lemonade, and other foods and beverages that have been the target of government officials.
There has been a lot of talk recently about our Lemonade and Raw Milk Freedom Day in Washington, D.C. on August 18th, 2012. If there is any possibility that you can make it to the event in D.C, then I highly recommend it. This issue is about much more than just lemonade or raw milk. This issue is about the right to self ownership. You own your body. You have the right to do what you want to do with your body, just as long as you are not harming someone else or someone’s property. Lemonade Freedom Day is about freedom. This is why it is so important for you to attend. If you can not make it to D.C., then you need to get out there and set up a stand. Open one up in front of your house, or in the park, or in front of city hall. If you cherish freedom, then be free. Be the freedom that you want to see in the world. Don’t just sit around and talk about freedom… Be freedom!
If you are opening a stand this year, please take pictures and videos. Sent them to us so we can post them to the site. Have fun!
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Lemonade Freedom Day Flyer (Everywhere) :Here are some pictures of some past events:
In Celebration of Food Freedom and Voluntary Exchange
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DAY ONE: “Know your Rights” Workshop
Friday, August 17, 2012 2:00 PM-5:30 PM followed by Dinner
Learn about a history of peaceful non-compliance, how to peacefully stand up for your rights in confrontational situations and how to take responsibility for your freedom. Farm fresh dinner to follow.
SPEAKERS and RIGHTS TRAINERS INCLUDE
2:00-2:20–Liz Reitzig—History of social change through peaceful non-compliance. Who has used it and what were the results? How can these examples inspire the Food Freedom Movement into peaceful action?
2:20-2:40– Max Kane—Taking Responsibility for your freedom. What you can do to turn the tide and take responsibility NOW for your freedom.
2:40-3:00— Rob Fernandes–Commitment that leads to effective activism. What does it mean to be committed and principled, and how might that look in each of our lives? Creating a viral event with specific focus for maximum effect.
3:15-3:40—Bradley Jardis—Keeping it peaceful–Taking charge of your basic rights during a demonstration. Non-compliance from the law enforcement perspective. How law enforcement officers can join the ranks of peaceful non-compliers.
3:40-4:00—Kristin Canty—Being an activist mom. What it takes, why it’s important for moms to join the movement now. What we have to lose by not joining and acting now. Sacrifice as component to activism—we can only gain if we are willing to make sacrifices.
4:00-4:30—Derrick J— Let the World Know About Your Confrontation–The basics of civil disobedience in the age of livestreaming and cell phone cameras.
4:45-5:00–John Moody—Generating grass roots support when facing enforcement actions.
5:00-5:30—Pete Eyre And Clyde Voluntaryist—Police accountability and dealing with the court system–A careful review of how to assess the situation and your options. Lawyer or no lawyer? How to determine your course of action, what to expect in different situations, and how to win without taking a plea. Is one mentally ready and prepared to face the courts alone?
Space is limited. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to exercise your rights!
Suggested Donation $30
DAY TWO: Picnic in Celebration of our Freedom of Voluntary Exchange for the foods of our choice
WHEN: Saturday, August 18, 2012 12:00pm
WHERE: 3rd Street Southwest between Maryland and Jefferson near the Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington D.C.
Join prominent National activists and food freedom proponents as we gather for a peaceful picnic to celebrate our right to peaceful exchange of food. We guarantee a fun, food-filled time and plenty of excitement! Please bring a picnic lunch or something to share!
Some speakers will include: Liz Reitzig Robert Fernandes Eddie Free Max Kane Derrick J Pete Eyre Kristen Canty … and more to be announced!
And just as we did last year, we would like to encourage everyone to go out and set up a lemonade stand in order to exercise your right to voluntary exchange. Please send us any videos or information about your stand and we will publish it here and add you to the map at lemonadefreedom.com. Lemonade Freedom Day isn’t just about lemonade or raw milk, it is about your right to participate in voluntary exchange. So, don’t just sit around and do nothing. Be a part of the solution. Take a stand and exercise your right of self ownership and voluntary exchange. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Farmers, Others Criminalized for Feeding Communities
What: Two groups of activists known as the Raw Milk Freedom Riders and Lemonade Freedom Day, are taking their raw milk and lemonade to the lawn of the US Capitol to celebrate what they call their right to “voluntary exchange.”
Recent shut downs of children’s lemonade stands and swat-style raids on small farmers have inspired these mothers and other activists to take their message to the Capitol where they plan to risk criminal charges, and possibly jail, by gathering for a picnic with these illicit foods. Media are invited to witness the peaceful exchange.
When: Saturday, August 18, 2012 12:00 noon
Where: Lawn of the Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington DC.
Who: Robert Fernandes, Founder Lemonade Freedom Day, Liz Reitzig, co-founder Farm Food Freedom Coalition and Eddie Free, National Individual Rights Activist.
Other Speakers include:
Max Kane, Currently fighting state of Wisconsin for the right to private contract
Derrick J, National Freedom Activist recently jailed for his peaceful activism
Pete Eyre, co-founder copblock.org
John Moody, Successfully challenged the state of Kentucky over private buying club rights.
Kristin Canty, Producer, Farmageddon the movie
Kathryn Dill, Liberty Activist
Visuals: Crowds with signs, Capitol building, Families with small children, Children with lemonade stands, Mothers distributing milk, Law enforcement
Background: National Lemonade Freedom day founder, and one of the main organizers of the August event, Robert Fernandes, began the tradition after seeing multiple news reports about children’s lemonade stands being shut down because they did not comply with regulations. FDA has engaged in several long undercover sting operations and raids against peaceful farmers and buying clubs over raw milk. FDA is also pressuring states to restrict raw dairy access.
These activists believe that people have the right to engage in voluntary exchange and peacefully obtain the food of their choice from the producer of their choice whether that’s raw milk from a local farmer or lemonade from the children next door.