“The rumbles from Ontario dairy farmer Michael Schmidt’s hunger strike are spreading quickly and widely.
As just one quantitative indication, the “Support Michael Schmidt” Facebook page has nearly 1,300 members, and that number will be out of date no doubt when you read this. Just yesterday, it was at a few hundred members. It seems that the phone calls and emails to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty are increasing as well–hundreds of calls an hour. (Although it seems McGuinty’s staff has been deleting messages from his Facebook page encouraging him to meet with Schmidt.)
Schmidt has asked for a meeting with the Ontario premier as a condition of ending his hunger strike. There’s been no word from the provincial leader as yet, 24 days into the hunger strike.
The example set by Michael Schmidt is motivating organizers of the upcoming Raw Milk Freedom Riders demonstration scheduled for Tuesday Nov. 1 outside the headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That’s the event at which a group of mothers is planning to transport raw milk across state lines to feed to their families. ….”
“….Michael Schmidt is scheduled to be the demonstration’s main speaker. It’s uncertain at this point, of course, as to whether he’ll have the strength to participate…..”