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Post by  on Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:16 pm

Police in Minnesota seize a Permaculture Education bus traveling the country teaching sustainability and energy independence. They state it is a joint venture with "Homeland Security". It's obvious that anything that is not in line with mainstream corporate living will be seized and destroyed by the police.


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approximately 6:25 pm on August 30, 2008 Minneapolis Police, Minnesota
State Troopers, Ramsey County Sheriffs, Saint Paul Police, and
University of Minnesota Police pulled over the Earth Activist Training
Permaculture Demonstration Bus (Permibus) by exit 237 on Interstate 94.

Initially the police told the people on the bus to exit. When the
people on the bus asked if they were being detained they were told that
they were but police were unable to provide justification.

When asked why they pulled the bus over they refused to answer.

After repeated requests to explain why the bus had been stopped Officer
Honican of the Minneapolis Police explained that this was just a
routine traffic stop though he did not explain the reason for the
traffic stop.

The police then told Stan Wilson, the driver and
registered owner of the Permibus, that they were going to impound the
bus in case they wanted to execute a search warrant later. After more
than an hour of being questioned by Stan and Delyla Wilson as to the
legalities of their detainment and the impoundment of the Permibus, the
police then informed Stan that the bus, which is legally registered as a
passenger vehicle in the state of Montana, was being impounded for a
commercial vehicle inspection.

Shortly afterward Sergeant Paul
Davis, a commercial vehicle inspector arrived on scene. Despite the
polices insistence that the reason for impoundment was for a commercial
vehicle inspection the Permibus crew were not allowed to remove anything
from the bus including computers, toiletries, and 17-year-old Megan
Wilson's shoes.

The police finally allowed the animals to be
removed from the Permibus before it was towed, leaving the Permibus
family standing beside their chickens and dogs, homeless on the highway.

The Permibus was relocating from the Bedlam Theatre in
Minneapolis, where they had spent the day teaching Urban Permaculture,
to a friend's house in Saint Paul for a well deserved break. The
Permibus has been in the Minneapolis area since August 2nd when the crew
appeared at the Midtown Farmers Market for a morning of Permaculture
education including Permaculture 101, chicken care, seed ball making for
kids, and the Permi-puppet show.

During the past month the
Permibus has parked at several local businesses and, as a neighborly
gesture of respect for local police, Mr. Wilson contacted the
appropriate precincts just to let them know the Permibus was in the area
and had permission from the business owners to be parked on their lot.
Through this, as well as other casual discussions with Minneapolis and
Saint Paul police officers, the Permibus crew found the local police to
be interested and respectful.

However on August 30th all that
changed when, for no apparent valid reason the police pulled over and
seized the Permibus. After the incident Stan Wilson said, "If the
combined law enforcement of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Ramsey County, and
the State of Minnesota can pull over and impound a
vehicle and home used to teach organic gardening and sustainability, one
has to wonder what it is our government really fears. After all, we
seek to teach people that the real meaning of homeland security is local
food, fuel and energy production. For that we have had our lives stolen
by government men with guns."

As of now, after
repeated requests to be present at any vehicle inspection, with an list
of what they are inspecting for, as well as requests to be served any
warrants for searches of the vehicles prior to a search and to be
present during the search the Permi-family has been unable to ascertain
the current status of the Permibus.

On site Mr. Wilson was told
that Officer Palmerranky was the inspector in charge of the case and
would determine if the Permi-family's rights protecting them from
unreasonable search and seizure would be respected. Neither Officer
Palmerranky nor his supervisor has yet to return Mr. Wilson's calls.

The loss of her home and possessions is particularly difficult on
seventeen-year-old Megan Wilson. Megan, a shining example of what this
country asks of today's youth, has dedicated herself to making positive
changes in the world. She was the youth keynote speaker at the Local to
Global conference in Phoenix AZ, has taught conflict resolution at youth
shelters and is the outreach coordinator for the Skills for a New
Millennium Tour, the family traveling educational project.

Megan believes that, "While I understand that the world we live in is
not as it should be I strive to live and teach in a way that shows the
world how life could be. What I don't understand is why I can't get
dressed for an evening out with friends in my own home without armed men
stealing my life out from under me." The Permi-family, along with
their dogs and Permaculture super-hero chickens are currently being
housed by folks in the Twin Cities.

The Skills for a New
Millennium Tour is a family education project that travels around the
United States teaching homesteading, citizenship, and life skills at
farmers markets, community gardens, churches, intentional communities,
schools, and in people's living rooms. The Skills Tour is a donation
supported project dedicated to providing tools for sustainable living,
including Permaculture, to anyone who is interested, regardless of
income. "We believe that any solution that is not accessible to the poor
and urban areas is not a real solution for the future," states Delyla

Permaculture is a design system
with ethics and principles that can be applied to food production, home
design, and community building in order to increase sustainability in
food production, energy production, and social systems. The Permibus is a
rolling demonstration of small scale sustainable living with three
people, three dogs, three chickens, and a box of worms as permanent
residence. The chickens and worms are part of a closed-loop food
productions composting system that supports the Permibus's traveling

For more information on the seizure of
the Permibus, the Skills for the New Millennium Tour, or Permaculture,
the Wilson's can be reached at 406-721-8427 or through email at
skillstour@gmail.com. You can also see pictures and read stories about
the last six months of their educational adventures at

To our supporters: First we ask that as many people as possible contact precinct one in Minneapolis, MN at 612-673-5701
and Mayor Rybak at
Phone: (612) 673-2100 or
call 311 or call (612) 673-3000 outside Minneapolis.
Also call the Ramsey County Sheriff
Sheriff - Bob Fletcher 651-266-9300
and demand the immediate release of the Permibus.

are also in desperate need of donations. Though we do not yet know the
full cost of getting the permibus returned we know that it will include tow fee, impound fees, and legal fees. To donate contact us directly for a local address or...

Donate On-line:

Go to: www.earthactivisttraining.org/donate.htm

Click on: Donate Now!

Under "Gift Information" write: Permibus

Under "Please send acknowledgment of this gift to" write: skillstour@gmail.com

Donate by Mail:

Make check payable to: A.C.T.

On the "For" line write: Permibus

Send check to: A.C.T. 1405 Hillmount St. Austin, TX 78704


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