30-State Media Tour
The purpose of this tour, covering all states with Amish communities, is to find an Amish plaintiff who can help us overturn Wisconsin v. Yoder and to inform the general public about why a child’s right to a quality education should be enforced.
Days / 15 Weeks
What Is Yoder?
Wisconsin v. Yoder is the 1972 Supreme Court case that denies Amish children––and consequently all children in the US and Native lands––an education beyond the eighth grade.
Why Overturn Yoder?
Yoder violates a child’s Constitutional right to a quality education.
Yoder enables child abuse in the name of religious freedom.
Yoder fosters gender inequality.
Where We Will Be
Scroll through the slider below to see a map of our three routes and also take a look at the Press Kit for important info.
(The routes are subject to change based on weather, traffic, etc.)
If you’re a member of the press,
call/text 212.634.4255 for a current schedule or to reach Torah.
How You Can Help
Give $ or Become a Sponsor
Donate a tank of gas, a room, a meal, a cup of coffee, toll fare, etc. Every dollar truly makes a difference.
Or become a sponsor of the tour.
A rough budget for our tour is listed below, based on Federal rates for travel and discounted services. What’s listed doesn’t include all our costs. This is to give you a taste of what’s going into this effort and how your donation/sponsorship would be used.
- 19,584 miles
Lodging + M&IE
- 139 cities plus Washington DC
- 94 days
- Daily footage
- Social Media Content and Engagement
- Website/Marketing Platform with Analytics, Email Campaigns, RSVP Management
Trip 1 Cities & Towns
Clarita, OK – Oklahoma City, OK – Tulsa, OK – Chouteau, OK – Wichita, KS – Hutchinson, KS – Hesston, KS – Garnett, KS – Pawnee City, NE – Ewing, NE – Tripp, SD – Omaha, NE – Des Moines, IA – Jamesport, MO – Kansas City, MO – Clark, MO – Bloomfield, IA – Northwood, IA – Minneapolis, MN – Blair, WI – La Crosse, WI – Tomah, WI – Cashton, WI – Readstown, WI – Canton, MN – Hazleton, IA – Kalona, IA – Springfield, IL – Decatur, IL – Arthur, IL – Madison, WI – Kingston, WI – Fond du Lac, WI – Chicago, IL – South Bend, IN – Nappanee, IN – Goshen, IN – Shipshewana, IN – Fremont, MI – Ludington, MI – Reed City, MI – Evart, MI – Clare, MI – Mio, MI – Flint, MI – Lansing, MI – Detroit, MI – Toledo, OH – Cleveland, OH – Canton, OH – Sugarcreek, OH – Mount Vernon, OH – Ashland, OH – Middlefield, OH – Clymer, NY – Conewango Valley, NY – Mayville, NY – Poland, NY – Otsego County, NY – Albany, NY – Fort Plain, NY – Heuvelton, NY – Burlington, VT – Brownington, VT – Smyrna, ME – Unity, ME – Portland, ME – Boston, MA – Providence, RI – New Haven, CT – New York, NY
Trip 2 Cities & Towns
New York, NY – Philadelphia, PA – Lancaster, PA – Harrisburg, PA – Dover, DE – Cecilton, MD – Baltimore, MD – Washington, DC – Mechanicsville, MD – Harrisonburg, VA – Letart, WV – Forest Hill, WV – Pearisburg, VA – Charlotte County, VA – Halifax County, VA – Raleigh, NC – Charlotte, NC – Union Grove, NC – Atlanta, GA – West Palm Beach, FL – Miami, FL – Sarasota, FL – Tallahassee, FL – Montgomery, AL – Ethridge, TN – Nashville, TN – Munfordville, KY – Bowling Green, KY – Crofton, KY – Huntingdon, TN – Memphis, TN – Randolph, MS – Dermott, AR – Little Rock, AR – Salem, AR – Seymour, MO – Clarksville, AR – Fort Smith, AR – Dallas, TX
Trip 3 Cities & Towns
Dallas, TX – Austin, TX – Beeville, TX – Roswell, NM – Albuquerque, NM – Santa Fe, NM – La Jara, CO – Monte Vista, CO – Westcliffe, CO – Colorado Springs, CO – Denver, CO – Fort Collins, CO – Cheyenne, WY – Hulett, WY – Ashland, MT – Forsyth, MT – Billings, MT – Bozeman, MT – Whitehall, MT – Salmon, ID – Missoula, MT – St. Ignatius, MT – Rexford, MT – Libby, MT – Coeur d’Alene, ID – Spokane, WA – Seattle, WA – Portland, OR – San Francisco, CA – Los Angeles, CA – San Diego, CA – Phoenix, AZ
Did You Know?
We speak English as a second language
Our native language is Amish. To date, etymologists won’t acknowledge that we have our own language, not merely a dialect.
Amish women have no rights
The Amish religion and culture are strictly patriarchal. Women have no rights and hold no positions of authority or leadership; they are inferior to men.
The field of Amish Studies is manufactured by outsiders with colonialist attitudes
Almost every so-called expert on us Amish is neither Amish nor bothered to learn our language. Almost all Amish “literature” is based on the words of Amish men only––no women and children––and the “expert’s” biases and assumptions. Amish men inside the Church haven’t had an education beyond the Amish eighth grade and cannot refute, analyze, or comprehend the claims that the “expert” is making.
What We Say
Raised Traditional Amish
It took me 4 years to get a high school equivalency diploma. Wisconsin v. Yoder let me down as a child.
I’m not the only person born Amish who feels they have nowhere left to go. We have a very large sense of community. That’s how we’re raised. And if we don’t have that, we’re all we have left.
Raised Traditional Amish
To my knowledge, I’m the first––and so far only––Amish escapee to graduate from an Ivy League school: Columbia University in New York City.
Wisconsin v. Yoder is a crime against children and other victims of insular religions.
Raised Swartzentruber Amish
I didn’t realize until I was older how much a lack of education hurt me. There are no decent-paying jobs for us Amish men when we leave, except truck driving and construction.
Converted to the Amish religion
I don’t think that any religion should trump accepted science. True science learns, questions, grows, and develops.
When you deny that type of education to your children, you deny truth to them. And they can’t grow up to become proper citizens.