Lemonade Freedom Day was last Saturday, August 20th. As many as 30 families across the country participated by selling lemonade with their kids. One stand, near the capitol in Washington, DC ended with the arrests of Meg McLain, Kathryn Dill and Will Duffield. See the excellent video above for the whole story. Their performance was inspiring and impressive. Learn from these fine folks. They know how to make a salient point through activism. Please support them as they go to court October 4th of this year on charges of vending without a permit, failure to obey and unlawful conduct. Only by sticking together can we hope to build a more just and humane society.
Meg and Lemonade Freedom Day founder Rob Fernandes were also on Fox’s morning show today. Both Rob and Meg did a great job as spokespeople for liberty.
I can’t find any fault with Lemonade Freedom Day. I can’t imagine anyone complaining about it. Likewise, I’m surprised when people rail against motherhood and apple pie. But, I did come across this criticism: that Lemonade Freedom Day is just a sideshow. There’s no substance to it. It’s not an important issue. There are more important issues.
This is interesting on a few levels. First, what great activism is this blogger engaged in that we can learn from? Surely, if you are throwing stones, you don’t live in a glass house. If he has some better concept, I’d appreciate him sharing that with us so we can all up our games.
All acts of resistance are constructive and substantive – even if they are random. I endorse and encourage everyone who makes any attempt to resist what they consider is wrong. And so should you. Each of us is different and unique. We each see the world differently and approach solutions in different ways. If all of us just made the decision to be engaged – to be active – that alone would be a great step forward, no matter which issues each of us focused on.
But I suspect the blogger is, sadly, just saying, “My cause is better than yours, na na na na na!” This is destructive. There are hundreds, if not millions, of important causes. Let each person pursue those causes most important and/or most accessible to them.
Finally, it’s ridiculous to compare 30 or 40 families working on this issue in our spare moments to a huge organization like the ACLU (as the blogger does). We picked an issue no one else was working on. We filled a market need. Many of us are already working on many other issues and will continue working on them when the day is done. And we won’t be discouraged by high-falutin’ tophat-wearers who tell us we’re not doing anything useful.
Another complaint I encountered is that Lemonade Freedom Day is sponsored and endorsed by Reason magazine. Now that’s a sideshow issue! Lemonade Freedom Day is the project of Rob Fernandes, his family and about 30 or 40 other families and individuals. Reason magazine has nothing to do with it.
Lemonade Freedom Day is a great success. The participants made their point: selling lemonade is not a crime but cops are inappropriately cracking down on lemonade sellers nationwide. I look forward to more Lemonade Freedom Days and more timely single issues led by capable libertarian and anarchist activists. Â¡Arriba los limÃ³nistas!