Common sense and a good dose of political pressure prevailed in Oak Park, Michigan as city officials dropped misdemeanor charges against Julie Bass for planting a vegetable garden in her front yard. Bass faced a possible 93 days in jail.
Thousands of people from all over the country rallied behind Bass, seeing her story as the perfect example of government-run-amok, including our own Care2 community. Your petition pressuring the city to drop their case helped do just that. Mark Milotay, the petition author had this to say:
“I am overjoyed to hear about the charges being dropped, and I hope that the City of Oak Park will take the opportunity to review the bylaw after this. They can learn from cities like Victoria, BC, Portland, OR, and Denver, CO about the importance of local sustainability and food security, as well as how to foster it.This campaign showed how viscerally people react to basic rights like growing food being threatened. I am extremely impressed with the support that we received from Care2. Their services helped us exceed our initial number of target signatures by almost 30 fold and to gather support for the Bass family from around the world. I wouldn’t hesitate to use or recommend them for future campaigns.”
According to Bass she was overwhelmed by the showing of support.
“I just would want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the support and kindness that they have shown to our family during this time. i am amazed and humbled by how many people have gone out of their way to help and support us, and it touches us deeply.”
Congratulations to Bass and the Care2 community!
Photo from purplejavatroll via flickr.
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