Throwback Thursday ~ How They Succeeded
Home Bakers in 35 States now have the legal right to sell baked goods from their homes. It’s true that they all have various different rules that apply to each State, but the bottom line is that they succeeded in changing the law in their State to allow them to do what they dreamed of doing.
Since I have begun working to get the cottage food law in Minnesota amended, I have watched as others have worked towards their goals. I have observed the process of their success. There is one overwhelming factor in every single case. That factor is the amount of participation from EVERYONE who wanted to have the right to sell their baked goods from home.
On November 5th, 1872, Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting, simply because she was a woman. She was fined $100. Women from all over the United States campaigned, were arrested, tortured and killed, simply for wanting the right to have a say in their government. It wasn’t until August 20th, 1920 that they finally won their fight.
On July 28th, 1868 the Fourteenth Amendment was passed, which guaranteed citizenship and equal protection under the laws regardless of race. However there were still a lot of States that did not allow blacks and other ethnic races to vote and in many States where they did vote, they had to be protected. Many people were killed simply for filling out a ballot and placing it in a voting box. It wasn’t until 1965 when the Voting Rights Act was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, that true racial equality in voting could begin.
So why am I telling you all this? Because it’s important to remember that laws can and will be changed if enough people work together with enough passion to make it happen. Because voting isn’t something that we should take for granted. People died for this right, and regardless of what you may have been told, EVERY VOTE DOES MATTER. Because if we really want to get the Minnesota Cottage Food Law amended, we all have to make it happen.
People, working together for something that they passionately believe in, for however long it takes, that’s how they succeeded.