Journalists of whatever ilk that the relays encountered seemed to be positive and impressed by the efforts to help the farmers in California. The epic nature of the venture was rather hard to dismiss, and it was reassuring to all that even a reporter from ABC was hard-pressed to find a way to spin it negatively.
From the local Fox affiliate in Fresno:
“Now they got the message … they’re getting organized to help us with whatever we need to do here,” Piedad Ayala said.
Organizers say they were able to raise $20,000 dollars in donations, and they filled three semi trucks with food, clothing and toys for Valley families battling unemployment because of the water crisis.
“If these pumps don’t run, no matter how much it rains, we’re not going to have the water we need to farm with next year, especially on the west side.”
The farmers and laborers that attended the event were pleased to hear about the current fundraising total, as well as the large amount of food that was provided by tea parties closer to Fresno.
The plight of the farmers in Fresno is not just a local issue — the upcoming cap and trade legislation will have similar effects on other industries. People across the U.S. are recognizing that the socialist, big government, statist method of controlling people’s lives will soon affect them. Those men and women who traveled thousands of miles across the U.S. are tired, yet heartened to know their quest was a successful one both in terms of fundraising and awareness.
Now it’s time for those they have met to keep the pressure going — and to get the water turned back on for the suffering farmers.