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Summer
2015 Newsletter
In this newsletter:


*LEGAL UPDATE
*FUNDRAISING/SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN
*COMMUNITY SUPPORT
*FIRE CIDER IN THE PRESS
*FIRE CIDER SONG
*FREE FIRE CIDER AT YOUR EVENT

 

From Rosemary Gladstar
Our fight for Fire Cider and our traditional herbal products  is still going strong.  Summer are busy months for herbalists, especially those of us who are herbal farmers, so we've not been as active on the media as we are in other seasons.  But, we're still standing strong, gaining momentum, and speaking out for our traditional herbal products in spite of nasty law suits and allegations fired against us.  Your support throughout has been hugely appreciated.  The greatest way you can continue to support the case for Free Fire Cider is to continue to educate your communities about pirated herbal products, supporting those 'vinegar tonics' that are ethically made, and by making your own Fire Cider and teaching others to make it as well.
Legal Update

Recently Shire City Herbals (SCH) applied for two new Fire Cider trademarks.  The trademark office allows a trademark to exist in different categories.. eg: herbal supplements, beverages, foods, etc.

SCH applied to trademark the term "Fire Cider" in the non-alcoholic beverage category and in the food category as a sauerkraut.

GOOD NEWS!!  The examining attorney at the trademark office found 157 exhibits showing that the term "Fire Cider" as descriptive or generic. 
 
These office actions do not directly affect the fire cider cancellation petition or the litigation but they are very persuasive and will hopefully prove of some value to the judge in the case.

Public links of the proposed mark here:
http://tsdr.uspto.gov/documentviewer?caseId=sn86606807&docId=OOA20150803172218#docIndex=0&page=1
 
http://tsdr.uspto.gov/documentviewer?caseId=sn86606813&docId=OOA20150803172327#docIndex=0&page=1
Fundraising/ Social Media Campaign
THANK YOU!!!
Thank you for sharing our campaign on social media and email!!

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Rising Appalachia
John Gallagher at learningherbs.com
Erin McIntosh at Mountain Rose Herbs
Tammie Sweet, Katja Swift and Ryn, Heather Bruntil, Sam Coffman, the Wild Flower School, the International Herb Symposium, all those who donated to our raffle, all of those who bought  a raffle ticket.. and you, the supporters of this campaign!

Donate here

Check out our fundraising video here
Community Support

The American Herbalist Guild has joined the list of supporters!
Check out their stance on the issue!

We now have over 150 logo's on our logo campaign!
Our message is clear with our logo campaign:
This campaign is not just a couple of herbalists in opposition to the Fire Cider trademark, this is a community of people who are standing together!!!

Send us your logo (freefirecider@gmail.com)  to stand with us against the trademarking of traditional herbal terms!
Free Fire Cider in the Press

The Free Fire Cider campaign has gotten so much media attention. Here are links to a few articles and radio shows.
Boston Globe Article
Sun Journal
PR Newwire
The Winged Seed
Jackie Dana
Roots and Rhizomes
Mountain Rose Herbs
The Practicing Herbalist
Bevnet
Picture of the International Herb Symposium, Free Fire Cider chant, front page of the Boston Globe!
Boston Globe article picturing 2 of the lawsuit defendants, Kathi Langeleir of Herbal Revolution and Mary Blue of Farmacy Herbs. Below is Dana St. Pierre, of SCH.
Free Fire Cider Song!
The free fire cider song video went viral! (well for the herbal world!) It got over 2200 views on the Traditions Not Trademarks Facebook page in two days!!

The video features the song work of Mary Blue, the tunes of Panquetzani Ticitl, and the herbal chorus of Phyllis Light, Jody Noe, Julie McIntyre, Maureen Burns-Hooker and of course the camera work of Tammi Sweet.

Watch the video of the Fire Cider song here on Facebook
Free Fire Cider at Your Event
The Free Fire Cider campaign needs your help getting the word out about the campaign to keep traditional herbal terms free from trademarks...
Are you attending or organizing a conference or public event?
Would you like to pass out postcards?
Organize a raffle?
Have a Free Fire Cider representative speak?
We can set you up with what you need!
email us: freefirecider@gmail.om
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