Enact Freedom to Eat Law: Stop criminalizing U.S. Citizens for growing their own food
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Enact Freedom to Eat Law: Stop criminalizing U.S. Citizens for growing their own food

    1. Melissa Edgington
    2. Petition by

      Melissa Edgington

      Plano, IL

Julie Bass of Oak Park, Michigan -- a mother of 6, law-abiding citizen, and gardener -- was facing 93 days in jail after being charged with a misdemeanor.

Her crime? Planting a vegetable garden in the front yard.

This woman was charged with a misdemeanor and possible 93 days in jail away from her six children for growing a garden to feed her family in her front yard! This is our freedoms taken from us on the most important level. We should all be given the freedom to grow our own food on our own property rented or owned. We should all be able to feed ourselves as we see fit. This is an incredible waste of government resources in a recession and a horrible injustice done to a mother and an American citizen. This woman and all United States of America citizens deserve the liberty of feeding themselves however their means, their beliefs, and their lifestyle permits. Make it unjust to criminalize growing your own food wherever you plant it on land you pay for; rent or own!

The town has dropped its charges against Julie Bass, who faced a possible jail sentence for planting a vegetable garden in her front yard. This doesn't mean everyone is free to grow their own food. Let's make it legal for everyone to feed themselves!

Stop criminalizing U.S. Citizens for growing their own food!

 

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    1. Julie Bass charges dropped!

      Melissa Edgington
      Petition Organizer

      The town has dropped its charges against Julie Bass, who faced a possible jail sentence for planting a vegetable garden in her front yard. This doesn't mean everyone is free to grow their own food. Let's make it legal for everyone to feed themselves!

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. More recent article update!

      Melissa Edgington
      Petition Organizer

      Michigan is inappropriately spending money on a rogue gardener. She should be encouraged to provide for her family in this recession, not penalized for it. The article asks, "What would Michelle Obama think?" She is a big advocate for home gardening.

    4. Reached 50 signatures
    5. Here is a link to the article related to the petition.

      Melissa Edgington
      Petition Organizer

      This will give you all more information about this case and why we all should be outraged and take action!

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    • gwenole auvray CAEN, FRANCE
      • almost 3 years ago

      food for all

      reclaim the land!!

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    • Rachel Fiore SPRINGFIELD, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Vegetable gardens are beautiful and they bring communities/neighbors together.

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    • Lidia K HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      What can you expect ??, our lawmakers are corrupt and certain judges on the Supreme Court are senile and drooling, but there for life !!!

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    • Robert Fanney GAITHERSBURG, MD
      • almost 3 years ago

      I'd be willing to bet a large agricultural special interest lobbied to create this law. Just one more example how corporate 'personhood' and political speech is hampering our democracy. Laws should be made for the good of people, not corporations.

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    • Michael Stone BOAZ, AL
      • about 3 years ago

      Has "law enforcement" nothing better to do with their time and effort--and money--than this?!

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