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TREE SITTERS AND ACTIVISTS REFUSE POLICE ORDERS TO VACATE IN SF AT FORMER HAYES VALLEY FARM SITE
CONVERGENCE TONIGHT AT FORMER HAYES VALLEY FARM (Laguna and Oak Streets, SF)
PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW, FRIDAY June 7th 10:00 a.m. (Laguna and Oak Streets, SF)
This past Saturday, June 1st activists marched to the site of the former Hayes Valley Farm to prevent the destruction of the farm and garden for development of luxury apartments. The activists have been on site 24/7 since Saturday with several activists sitting in platforms in the trees, a non-violent tactic commonly used to protect green spaces. The former Hayes Valley Farm has been renamed Gezi Gardens in solidarity with the social uprising in Turkey that started when activists attempted to peacefully defend a green space in Istanbul called Gezi Park.
“I’m sitting in a tree because land is necessary in a time of survival when there is no hope in Wall Street or the oil economy,” says tree sitter Eddie Che, “We need to grow our own food within the city of San Francisco. Monsanto grows so much of the food supply. What do San Franciscans want?”
There is a threat of raid tonight at #GeziGardens (Hayes Valley Farm), the piece of land liberated by Liberate the Land, the organization who seeks to see the former Hayes Valley Farm retained as an open green space rather than the removal of trees and development of luxury apartments.
The group present at the former Hayes Valley Farm between Oak and Fell Streets on Laguna was delivered a Notice to vacate by the San Francisco police department tonight, Thursday, June 6th at 7:00pm.
The notice claims that people are “being asked to vacate..and that Refusal to comply and / or obstruction of our efforts may result in your arrest.”
The group is not leaving. We are encouraging people to contact Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor London Breed, and others to express support for the people who are taking direct action to begin a dialogue throughout the neighborhood and community about retaining this open green space rather than see luxury apartment development.4324904778_4fa20f2733_b
Please call Mayor Ed Lee and the Chief of Police and express your support for this community garden and demand that the police not raid, evict, or arrest the peaceful participants in this action.
Mayor Ed Lee: 415-554-6141
Chief of Police Greg Suhr: 415-553-0123
This is one of three urban gardens and permaculture farms in San Francisco that are slated to become housing developments by the end of the year. This is during a fervent dialogue about the need for more spaces to grow local, organic food and current statistics of 36,000 vacant units.
There will also be a press conference tomorrow, June 7th at 10:00 a.m. at the Laguna Street entrance between Oak and Fell Streets.
There is an open invitation to all supporters, media and press, and others to gather immediately at the Laguna Street entrance between Oak and Fell Streets tonight, Thursday, June 6th.
There is a community event with a barbecue, live music, workshops, and a neighborhood discussion on Saturday, June 8thstarting at 12:00 pm (neighborhood meeting at 3:00 pm).
Bay Area Callout- #GeziGardens in #SF has been handed violation notice & needs more presence http://tinyurl.com/k77ahkf
notice and map included