Come out to Gezi Gardens!
June 9, 2013
Formerly Hayes Valley Farm, now ‘Gezi Gardens’ in San Francisco (map here) is now an occupied space that needs your support.
Hayes Valley Farm was started as a permaculture project. It flourished beautifully, and became a tool for those in the community who wanted to learn about permaculture and sustainable gardening (pictures here). Among the projects the group was able to build in the space: a bee-farm, a seed library, tours for school students explaining how to engage in permaculture, etc. But when it was recently sold to developers to build luxury condos (and maybe later some low-income housing too, the developers claim), the permaculture group who had been building the permaculture space for years was forced to leave. They’ve gone on to continue their permaculture sharing vision through 49farms.
Meanwhile community activists, squatters, occupiers, neighborhood supporters & the like have begun emerging at the old permaculture space. They appropriately named the space ‘Gezi Gardens’ in solidarity with environmental activists in Turkey whose movement started under a similar context. The group has done amazing work in terms of replanting, and rebuilding the space. There are about half-a-dozen tree houses with tree sitters as well, and that number is growing everyday. Many people from bay area occupations are in the space. Among other objectives, the group hopes to build structures (and has begun that process) that can delay construction and provide housing for the homeless in the area.
They’ve been served eviction notices three days in a row now and are now at risk for police invasion/eviction any day. They need people who can sleep in the space, to hold it down for as long as possible…ideally forever, even.
The post-eviction plan that was collectively decided yesterday (through consensus) was that autonomous defensive actions will take place immediately after eviction and activists are to gather at 5PM the day after eviction at Patricia’s Green & the space WILL be retaken.
We’ll be sleeping out there for a few nights at least, so let us know if you’re coming out that way and we can meet up! Needs include the usual flashlights, cameras, generators etc. Come support the right to community space, direct action, and environmental sustainability. Crops, not condos!