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Sunday, July 31, 2011

All charges dropped against Julie Bass, the Michigan gardener threatened with jail time for growing vegetables in her own yard

All charges dropped against Julie Bass, the Michigan gardener threatened with jail time for growing vegetables in her own yard.  It is incomprehensible how such self important, arrogant and officious little men who make decisions in local governments can make such total fools of themselves over an issue such as a vegetable garden.  Those of us who banded together through the Natural News site and issued a LOUD protest to those local "officials" feel a sort of "vicarious vindication" that we were able to add our voices as one united group to bring about change for this lady being tormented and harrassed by one neighbor and the city of Oak Park, Michigan.


(NaturalNews) This is a breaking news update: Michigan gardener Julie Bass has confirmed with NaturalNews that all charges have been dismissed in her case, including the two misdemeanor dog licensing charges the city threatened her with after dropping her "illegal gardening" charge.

I just spoke with Julie and recorded a 20 minute interview that will be posted tomorrow here on NaturalNews. In that interview, Julie explained that she plans to continue growing her garden, and now even others in Oak Park, Michigan have decided to grow a few nice-looking food plants (peppers, zucchini, etc.) in their own yards in order to help reduce their food bills while increasing their own local food security.

Julie also explained that it was the power of the alternative media that really helped her bring scrutiny to the city planner's office and ultimately get the charges dropped. So this is a national health freedom victory of the People versus Big Government. Both Julie and NaturalNews thank all the NaturalNews readers who took action to apply pressure to the Oak Park, Michigan city administrators.


Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/033175_Julie_Bass_Oak_Park.html#ixzz1ThPzs683


"...the good news is that because of all the momentum that was generated, people's eyes were opened. lots of people, myself included, were sort of passive in the face of government before. I just went along, figuring that most rules had good reasons, and I was mostly happy to comply. but this entire experience has shown me that you have to be educated. you have to ask questions. you have to have a strong internal compass for morality, and you have to be willing to stand by your Self (capital S on purpose) even in the face of people standing against you." (http://oakparkhatesveggies.wordpres...)
http://www.naturalnews.com/033175_Julie_Bass_Oak_Park.html


"All charges dropped against Julie Bass, the Michigan gardener threatened with jail time for growing vegetables in her own yard, to which I add a heartfelt "YAY!." 
I would be outraged if someone took it upon themselves to dictate to me that I couldn't grow my 16 tomato plants each summer that bring me such joy and yummy pleasure.  Think about it.   Are we becoming a police state nation?

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