The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
I received an email from Karen Selick. She is the Litigation Director for the Canadian Constitution Foundation and Michael Schmidt’s lawyer in the upcoming battle in the Supreme Court of Canada. For further information about this important issue please read:
Michael Schmidt, Raw Milk Activist, Aquitted!
Canadian Government Appeals Michael Schmidt’s Acquittal
Dear Raw Milk Supporter,
Would you like to help dairy farmer Michael Schmidt as he continues to fight for your freedom of choice in food?
Consumers shared in the victory on January 21, 2010 when the Ontario Court of Justice pronounced Michael “not guilty” on 19 charges relating to the production and distribution of raw milk. But the province of Ontario wasn’t happy with that decision: the government instructed its lawyers to appeal to a higher court.
Fortunately for Michael, a legal organization has volunteered to step into the fray and handle his side of the appeal. It’s the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), a registered charitable organization that stands up for the constitutional rights and freedoms of Canadians. The CCF thinks this case might set an important precedent for individual freedom. CCF litigation director Karen Selick is acting for Michael on the appeal.
There’s still plenty of work to be done, and it continues to be a David-and-Goliath battle. The Ontario government still has half-a-dozen lawyers working on this file, being paid out of your tax dollars. The CCF has only one lawyer on the file, and raises its money through the generous donations of volunteers across the country. If you’d like to contribute to this worthy cause, you can do so by making an online donation by credit card to the CCF:
Canadian donors who give $25 or more will receive a charitable donation receipt that they can use to reduce their income taxes. What a great way to channel some of your tax money away from the prosecution and towards the defense!
While you are visiting the CCF website, you may want to visit its Consumer Choice page, containing links to newspaper articles and radio interviews about raw milk, here:
Consumer Choice Litigation: got freedom?
Consumer Choice Litigation: CCF Publications
Updated September 23, 2010: I have made a $50 personal donation and GO BOX Storage has made a $200 corporate donation to Michael Schmidt’s legal fund. My heart was warmed when Erika, my 8 year old daughter, made a personal donation of $5 from her own money to Michael Schmidt’s legal fund. Erika said that since she can only drink raw milk, she would like to help make it possible for other children in Canada to drink raw milk too. If you believe in food freedom, please donate what you can. Even $5 can make a difference if all of us give a little.
Updated September 24, 2010: Sonja, my 10 year old daughter, decided not to give to Michael Schmidt’s legal fund. She said it was because no one can fight the government and win. I was sad that Sonja felt that way at 10 years of age. I told her, if the government has got that powerful and is doing actions you cannot support, it is even more of a reason to fight back. She just gave me a sad look. I guess many people will feel the same, but this is one of the few times I have donated money for anything in decades.
Updated September 28, 2010: Michael Schmidt has taken over Home On The Range, a herd-share in Chilliwack, BC. The new name of the herd-share program is Our Cows. Michael Schmidt will be speaking at 11:00am in front of the Fraser Health Authority Safety Office at 45470 Menholm Road, Chilliwack, BC. For more information please read Let The Media Circus Begin: Local BC Raw Milk Action Plan.
Updated September 30, 2010: I can’t help but love Michael Schmidt and his battle for our collective food freedom:
Raw Milk “Drink In” At Fraser Health Authority Office
Dictatornship of Bureaucrats Behind Raw Milk Fight
Raw Milk Giveaway
February 22, 2011: Here is some essays from Kimberly Hartke. She is the Weston A Price Foundation Publicist. She has posted a number of articles called Raw Milk Around the World. I particularly like the article by Sir Julian Rose, a vocal supporter of raw milk, which states: “If you are still in doubt about the benefits of real, fresh milk, you might be reassured to know that the Queen of England drinks nothing less.”