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Tree Sitters Successfully Turn Away Workers Sent to Cut Trees at former Hayes Valley Farm
by Liberate The Land ( LiberateLand [at] gmail.com )
Friday Jun 7th, 2013 9:10 AM
On the morning of Friday, June 7th, the tree sitters and participants in the Liberate the Land action at Gezi Gardens, the former Hayes Valley Farm, successfully turned away the workers sent to cut the trees down. The tree cutting company arrived at about 8:00 a.m. and had the gates locked on them as climbers mounted harnesses to climb the trees inside the fence and prepare to climb those on the edge.

On the morning of Friday, June 7th, the tree sitters and participants in the Liberate the Land action at Gezi Gardens, the former Hayes Valley Farm, successfully turned away the workers sent to cut the trees down. The tree cutting company arrived at about 8:00 a.m. and had the gates locked on them as climbers mounted harnesses to climb the trees inside the fence and prepare to climb those on the edge.

There are 6 platforms built in trees on the land between Oak and Fell Streets on Laguna in San Francisco. Below, gardeners water the greens, edible perennials, and other plants as others prepare meals, organize workshops and activities, and build a village to demonstrate ecological living in the city.

This Saturday, June 8th, Gezi Gardens is hosting a barbecue, live music, workshops, and a neighborhood meeting. Live music will start as early as 10:00 a.m. with a barbecue getting underway around noon. The neighborhood and community meeting will start at 3:00 pm to open a dialogue about preserving this open green space and potentially turning it into a commons for the people of San Francisco. This will be followed by a teach in on the situation in Turkey that started when a people of Istanbul attempted to stop the destruction of one of the last open green spaces in the city.

The day before the green space was planned to be developed into a commercial shopping mall, people popped tents or slept under the stars with their kids or a book. In the morning, people stood in front of the excavation machines to stop the trees from being cut down. Police responded with tear gas and burned the tents of people in the park. The next day, 10,000 people showed up and sat shoulder to shoulder, stopping development of the green space until another violent police response.

This sparked a social uprising throughout all of Turkey that goes far beyond environmentalism. The people of Gezi Park say they are trying to stop private interests from profiting off of their land. The #GeziPark protests, some of which calling themselves #OccupyGezi, has been joined by a general strike throughout Turkey of city workers and private employees, bringing the gears of industry to a halt. When Liberate the Land marched to the land in San Francisco, they called attention to the Free Farm and Esperanza Gardens displacement for housing development while calling for solidarity with Turkey and liberation of land from private interests around the world.

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by Zachary RunningWolf
( runningwolf.zachary [at] yahoo.com ) Monday Jun 10th, 2013 10:02 AM
The tree-sitters are the Tree-People (Tuk Pikuni) a 7 year old Direct Action warriors who use the occupation of trees to protect the trees but people movements(Occupy Oakland) and Mother Earth. We came to light in the longest Urban tree-sit in US history in a 648 day long tree-sit at the Oak Grove at the University of California. We are an Indigenous (elder and pipe carrier) led group who follows Indigenous ways of the Four directions (Medicine Wheel) which is the four colors of the People (inclusive) and diversity of tactics. From singing to Kumbaya to out right (self) defense of Life of Nature (trees) as our elder has said to the Media and community "if you come up 40 feet in the air and endanger my safe keeping, I will throw you out of the Trees in self defense". We have defended other actions like the ongoing 44year struggle at Muwekma (Peoples) Park, Diamond Park and the Occupation of Oscar Grant Plaza.
by anonymous
Thursday Jun 13th, 2013 2:16 PM
really happy yall are doing this,but i think that it would there would be more support if this action was called "occupy"xxxxx , this way the media network that the occupy movement built would have been really useful , and two it would have tuged the occupy movement to the environment side ,not just monetary,financial also why,why,why are you still using gmell -fazebook,etc ,corporate owned. here are community operated/owned software http://prism-break.org/