Victory! Julie Bass No Longer Facing Jail For Growing Veggies

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!


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Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago


Mariea G.
Mariea G.2 years ago

Excellent! Growing your own food is almost the ONLY way to get by in these pesticide-infested and financially impossible times!

Carol Traxler
Carol Traxler4 years ago

Fantastic news! Thanks for the heads up.

Laurina Bergqvist

great news!

Susan Young
Susan Young4 years ago

Hallelujah! And pass the peas, please. Best of luck to the Bass family in their growing pursuits. May your harvests be plentiful.

It is absolutely ridiculous that people have to fight the beaurocrats these days for the right, to their inherent right, to grow fruits and veg on their own property. I'm glad to see that Michigan showed some sense in this matter. Now, I'm just waiting to hear if a similar victory has been won for the man in British Columbia.

Peter B.
Peter B.4 years ago

good news thanks for shareing

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

A victory for common sense.

Kat Vau
Kathleen Vaughn4 years ago

Now this is a real Victory Garden!

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson4 years ago

awesome! common sense prevails at last.

William Macdonald

I'm happy for the Bass family, that they won this battle. Who in there right mind would stop someone from growning there own food. Since the beginning of time people grew there own food. The government and there counterparts need to stay out of the peoples business.