Would you pay adults to go hassle kids just for selling lemonade? No? Not many people would. Yet that has happened with such frequency that supporters of lemonade freedom have mobilized to support each other and draw attention to this particularly ridiculous example of nanny statism.
Last year marked the first annual National Lemonade Freedom Day. On Saturday, August 18th it’ll happen again all around the states with a capstone event in Washington, DC (with a know-your-rights training the day prior).
Please Join the Lemonade Freedom Day 2012 Facebook Event HERE
This year, the event in DC will be bolstered by the Raw Milk Freedom Riders. Like vendors of lemonade, raw milk producers, distributors and consumers have had their property destroyed and their lives threatened by individuals who unthinkingly act not according to logic or their own conscience but based on the text some strangers put on paper. This chain of obedience isn’t ideal for anyone.
If you can’t join us in DC heed the advice of Rob Fernandes, one of the organizers of the event, who encourages you 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!
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?
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 the Lemonade Freedom Day 2012 Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/337640829653020/
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:
… and more to be announced!