Monday, May 13, 2013

Mark Fitzgibbons on the Right to Farm

From the Southern Virginia Tea Party:

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Action Alert from Mark Fitzgibbons:

 
The “VIRGINIA SMALL FARM AND FOOD FREEDOM RESOLUTION” will be considered by the Republican Party Virginia Resolutions Committee at the 2013 Virginia Republican Convention that will take place May 17 – 18 in Richmond.
 
Please call and email your Republican District Chairman and email your District’s representative on the Resolution Committee listed below, and ask both to pass this important resolution to protect freedom so that it may be approved by the entire convention delegation.  (Chairman Eric Herr of the 1st District has committed already, so no need to contact him.)
 
Also, email your message “I support the Virginia Small Farm and Food Freedom Resolution” to Resolutions@RPV.org.
 
We must get farm and food freedom right in the home state of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, George Mason and other great farmer-Founders, or we won’t get it right anywhere in America!
 
A copy of this important resolution to protect freedom is below the contact information.
 
2nd District          Gary Byler          gbyler@garybyler.com                    757-331-4400
Chairman  
 
Resolution          Jessica Abbott             (no email available)
Committee
 
3rd District          Chris Stearns          Christopher.stearns@me.com              757-513-8232
Chairman
 
Resolution          Lori Carlson                loricarlson@remax.net                  
Committee
 
4th District          Jack Wilson          jack@jackwilsonplc.com              804-796-6813
Chairman  
 
Resolution          Judi Lynch                   (no email available)
Committee                                      
 
5th District          Senator Bill Stanley          William.Stanley@birdandstanley.com           
Chairman                                                                                                        540-721-6028
 
Resolution          Jim White                   nelsoncountygop@gmail.com
Committee
 
6th District           Wendell Walker          wendellwalker2@yahoo.com                434-944 4008
Chairman                                                                     
 
Resolution          Georgia Alvis-Long           (no email available)
Committee
 
7th District          Linwood Cobb          gophenrico@aol.com                     804-346-2096
Chairman
 
Resolution          Kristi Way (no email available)
Committee
 
8th District           Mike Ginsberg          va8gopchairman@hotmail.com 703-850 5017
Committee
 
Resolution          Evan Draim                   evandraim13@sssas.org
Committee
 
9th District          Jack Morgan          itmatterswithjack@yahoo.com      276-724-6283
Chairman
 
Resolution          Adam Tolbert             atolbert@smythgop.org
Committee
 
10th District          John Whitbeck          Jwhitbeck@whitbecklegal.com    703-777-1795
Chairman                                                                              
 
Resolution          Mark Berg           berg@comcast.net
Committee
 
11th District          Terry Wear           terry@terrywear.org             703 569-0084
Chairman  
 
Resolution          Mike Giere                    mike4chairman11th@gmail.com
Committee
                                                                           
VIRGINIA SMALL FARM AND FOOD FREEDOM RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, farmers, farms and farming have historically played a vital role in the economy, traditions, culture, art and literature of Virginia, and are entitled to protection under the supreme American law guaranteeing certain unalienable rights such as life, liberty and pursuit of happiness; and
 
WHEREAS, each farmer has the right to determine in his or her own estimation what best constitutes farming, farm life and the best uses of their farm land, and farmers have the right to just remuneration for their labor, capital, ingenuity, services and products so long as they respect their neighbors’ rights; and
 
WHEREAS, farm life may constitute more than just production agriculture, and farmers have the right of commerce, the right to the pursuit of happiness, the right of quiet enjoyment of their land, the right of peaceable assembly on their private property, the right to exercise religious freedom on their private property, and other rights reserved to all people by America’s supreme law; and
 
WHEREAS, Virginians deserve access to wholesome and locally produced foods, and small farmers should be able to supply these products without burdensome government regulations; and
 
WHEREAS, government may not restrict the rights of farmers or their guests from the community, or categorize farmers, farming or farmland in any way that diminishes their freedoms, based simply on the fact that they engage in commerce; and
 
WHEREAS, government must not use laws or the color of law, regulations, zoning ordinances or the dictates of permits to violate or trespass on the rights of farmers and their guests, and farmers are entitled to fair, reasonable and full remedies from government agencies or subdivisions that violate or trespass on their rights.
 
Therefore, be it resolved that the Republican Party of Virginia supports repeal of state laws and local ordinances inconsistent with this Resolution;
 
Be it further resolved that the Republican Party calls upon the General Assembly and the Governor to advance legislation in the 2014 Session of the General Assembly to make the Code of Virginia consistent with the provisions of this Resolution;
 
And be it further resolved that the Virginia Republican Party immediately publish this Resolution and disseminate it to the Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, members of the State Central Committee, and to the Republican members of the Virginia General Assembly, and post it to the RPV website in a publicly accessible area, with a link to that page on the home page.

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"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."  - Thomas Jefferson  Virginia Tea Party Patriots       www.virginiateapartypatriots.com   Danville Patriots http://danvillepatriots.com/   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyqTlje8RxQ "