Is This America?

I really didn’t think I’d keep on with this topic, but after viewing this video I just had to make you aware of what’s going on in America.  The whole time I was watching this I was shaking my head, saying, “all this over food?”  You must hear from their mouths the fear and terror that our gov’t is putting people through.  People who don’t want to march to the same tune of factory farms, warehouse groceries, adulterated food, gov’t sponsored schools or gov’t sponsored religion.  Law abiding people with guns pointed at their heads.  As my friend the German woman told me on Tuesday, “next we’ll have to wear armbands.”

I urge you to join the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.  We received this press release today.

Next time it could be you or me.

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund Announces
December 17, 2008- Today, the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) joined the Buckeye Institute’s 1851 Center for Constitutional  Law in filing a civil lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Agriculture and  the Lorrain County Health Department for an illegal raid on the residence of  the Stowers family in La Grange, Ohio.  The complaint claims that the Stowers’ due process, equal protection and other constitutional rights were violated when their house was raided by representatives from various state and local governmental agencies, including the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  Click here to see complaint.

The Stowers, who operate a private cooperative known as Manna Storehouse, were the target of a raid of their personal residence by sheriff deputies and Department of Agriculture personnel, several of whom had guns drawn and who treated the Stowers family like drug dealers.  According to the report of the sheriff’s department, one of the deputies even snatched a cell phone out of the hand of a teenage son who was attempting to call Mr. Stowers at the time.  In addition, the complaint alleges the governmental authorities confiscated all of the Stowers’ personal food intended to provide for and nourish them all through the winter months.

“We joined in this suit because it furthers the mission of the Fund, which is to protect and defend the rights of farmers and consumers to have direct commerce with each other free from governmental interference and harassment,” said  Interim FTCLDF President Pete Kennedy.
Kennedy said “We hope that the Lorrain County Court of Common Pleas recognizes that government is overreaching in this case and is basically engaged in intimidation tactics to frighten people into believing that they cannot provide food for themselves.”  FTCLDF General Counsel Gary Cox said “this is an example where, once again, the government is trying to deny people their inalienable, fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice.  The purpose of our complaint is to correct that wrong.”
The complaint also seeks a preliminary injunction against the Department of Agriculture and declarations stipulating that Manna Storehouse and the Stowers are not a “retail food establishment” under Ohio’s Food Safety Code.  As a private cooperative, Manna Storehouse is exempted from the Food Safety Code.


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