Friday, June 16, 2006
South Central Farmers Lose Country's Largest Community Garden
Over the past several months, I have taken much interest in this South Central, LA urban farm and the triumphs that a diverse group of environmentally and socially conscious people have been awarded through their dedication and committment to saving this farm. Despite widespread resistance, last week a bulldozer barrelled through the fence and began plowing through people and the land of the country's largest community garden!! Protests were in full force, voices were shouting out, people were arrested, but most importantly a communal space and vision shared by folks of an already disenfranschised community was uprooted by LA Real Estate developers. The farmers and other demonstrators were able to suspend the demolition for over seven hours through a treesit, lockdowns, and blockades. Although the deconstruction has begun, the fight is not over for these farmers and community activists ready to stand up for what is just, what is humane and what is needed to keep this community healthy and viable! Please check out the links below to find out more about action being taken and ways we, as San Francisco community gardners, can support!
peace & love,
Organic Consumers Association
Los Angeles Indymedia Center
Community Food Security Coalition