Current Status – What’s Going On RIGHT NOW To Legalize Goats in Visalia

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The Current Status of Legalizing Goats in Visalia, California

UPCOMING ACTIONS –
ONGOING – We are in the process of raising funds to cover the various legal expenses involved with changing local law, and busy gathering signatures to qualify the Family Food Freedom Act for the 2016 ballot.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR CALENDAR OF EVENTS TO SEE WHERE YOU CAN SIGN THE PETITION!

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW!

SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA – Share links and news stories on your newsfeed, with the hashtag #progoat. Your voice WILL be heard, and you’ll help us raise awareness.
SHARE WITH THE MEDIA – Never underestimate letters to the editor! Share the story with news outlets, even if they’ve already covered the story. Let them know that it’s a hot topic in Visalia!
DONATE TO HELP COVER EXPENSES – We cannot do this without the financial support of the community! CLICK HERE to donate and to help us make this ordinance change a reality!
VOLUNTEER – We are going to be gathering physical signatures in the community, holding street side rallies, manning information booths on campus, and attending city meetings to make our voices heard. Stay in touch by following us on Twitter or e-mail Gingi at gingifreeman@gmail.com for more information on getting involved!
WRITE LETTERS TO CITY OFFICIALS – Let our city officials know that YOU VOTE PRO GOAT! You can contact our council members at:
– Mayor Steven Nelsen; snelsen@ci.visalia.ca.us
– Vice Mayor E. Warren Gubler; wgubler@ci.visalia.ca.us
– Council Member Greg Collins; greg.collins@ci.visalia.ca.us
– Council Member Bob Link; blink@ci.visalia.ca.us
– Council Member Amy Shuklian; ashuklian@ci.visalia.ca.us

PAST ACTIONS –

April 25, 2015 – We started a “show of hands” change.org petition to present to the City Council.
May 4, 2015 – We rallied for the miniature goats and presented the petition to the City Council, where the Council Members tried to ignore us.
May 6, 2015 – We started www.improgoat.com to share news and information all in one place.
May 6, 2015 – We opened a GoFundMe to raise funds to offset the costs of outreach and legal fees. (Click here to donate!)
May 11, 2015 – Pro Goat supporters gathered at the City Planner meeting at Visalia City Hall to speak out in favor of food freedom during public comments on the legalization of city chickens.
May 20, 2015 – We met with the City Planners to discuss the details of our proposed ordinance change. They confirmed that it is within the City Council’s control to waive the $3598 application fee, if they chose to do so.
May 21, 2015 – We started bringing baby miniature goats to the downtown Farmers Market for people to hold, see and pet!
May 23, 2015 – Pro Goat supporters joined the March Against Monsanto in Fresno to stand in solidarity for food freedom.
June 1, 2015 – Pro Goat supporters joined with the Pro Chicken supporters at the Visalia City Council meeting to stand up for food freedom.
June 4, 2015 – Pro Goat supporters form the Urban Farmers for Food Freedom Political Action Committee and begin drafting language with Melo and Sarsfield LLP for a ballot initiative.
July 6, 2015 – We filed the ballot initiative, and informed our elected officials at the City Council meeting at City Hall.
July 7, 2015 – We addressed the Visalia Unified School District about potential educational opportunities with Urban Farmers for Food Freedom.
July 8, 2015 – We addressed the Tulare County Office of Education Board about potential educational opportunities with Urban Farming for Food Freedom.
July 20, 2015 – The City Clerk approved our Family Food Freedom Act ballot initiative.
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