From the Rawganique ezine
A fun-filled week in Michigan, with the Kalamazoo Activists preceded my adventure with the United States Criminal Justice System. A week spent in the town that serves as a base for the companies Upjohn Pharmacia/Monsanto, leaders in Bio-technologies, a town with its vibrant Community Gardens projects adding to the rising consciousness visible throughout the town with people of all ages joining together with efforts to educate and participate in the transformation towards a sustainable culture. I had been on the train for a day, traveling across the country to Portland, Oregon, chatting with other passengers about current social and ecological issues, when the train stopped somewhere in Montana. Now, a cage or two may have been rattled, as not all participants in the conversation were in alignment with some of the subject matter. Information regarding the Hemp Industry, Organic Farming, the Raw Food Diet, Cob Housing, Bio-technologies, Slavery, Deep Ecology, Medical Marijuana, mass-consumption and over population etc. was a challenge for some. So there was a "buzz" in the air when the Border Patrol officer walked into the carriage and headed directly to me and asked to check my ID. Whoops! I had violated my immigration status and would have to be escorted off the train. Handcuffed and relieved of my bags, i was driven to the local county jail, fingerprinted, photographed and locked in a cell. Inside one of my bags i carried a supply of clean spring water and organic food. When asked if i may consume some of my own supplies i was denied and the option of a less pure water source was offered. I politely declined, stating my preference for clean personal and planetary health.