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Declaration of the Bulb Autonomous Zone
by DefendTheBulb
Thursday May 15th, 2014 1:05 PM
In Solidarity with People whose homes are threatened,

In Honor of unpermitted public Art,

In Defense of spaces free and wild everywhere,

To Keep the Albany Bulb Natural and unlandscaped,

To Preserve Habitat for Birds, Insects, and other migratory Animals, including Humans,

We Declare the Bulb an Autonomous Zone , a space where Art and Music continue to flourish,
where People assemble Freely, where Dogs run unleashed, and where long-term Residents
can continue to maintain and improve their Homesteads.
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DECLARATION OF THE BULB AUTONOMOUS ZONE

In Solidarity with People whose homes are threatened,

In Honor of unpermitted public Art,

In Defense of spaces free and wild everywhere,

To Keep the Albany Bulb Natural and unlandscaped,

To Preserve Habitat for Birds, Insects, and other migratory Animals, including Humans,

We Declare the Bulb an Autonomous Zone , a space where Art and Music continue to flourish,
where People assemble Freely, where Dogs run unleashed, and where long-term Residents
can continue to maintain and improve their Homesteads.

Come and create this place with us. So many things can happen here, as they have for decades--
concerts, feasts, workshops, classes, theater, art projects, plant walks, treasure hunts, home building, and anything else one can manifest.

This declaration is a direct response to one of the last homes at the Bulb being destroyed by bulldozers. We are committed to defending the remaining homes and keeping the Bulb free and wild forever.

We welcome all walks of life to share in the enjoyment of this unique and magical space.

We will converge nightly for a potluck at the stone structure by the beach at 7pm and hope you will join us!

Love and Solidarity,

The Bulb Autonomous Zone
B.A.Z.
§One of the 6 remaining barricades!
by DefendTheBulb Thursday May 15th, 2014 1:05 PM
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by Rochelle Nason
Thursday May 15th, 2014 5:18 PM
The people who are promoting this not only made an horrific mess out there with toxic old paint, but left a couple of dozen old cans of the stuff in a public location frequented by kids and dogs. If they really cared about nature they would clean up after themselves (or maybe even refrain from fouling the environment in the first place). Disgusting.
by Bulb Supporter
Thursday May 15th, 2014 11:11 PM
That paint was dropped off by a random person and the space where that paint is has been a graffiti spot for a long time... Also how do you know this paint is toxic? Is it lead paint? I am a young man that has been promoting these events but also I regularly pick up trash around the Bulb and would be happy to remove the paint from the entrance tomorrow (especially if it is toxic). I am unaware if it is toxic and felt paint is a nice thing to keep around a space known for its art..
by Rochelle Nason
Friday May 16th, 2014 7:21 AM
Thank you, Bulb Supporter (Elliott?), it would be appreciated if you would remove the paint - at least the cans and other materials, it may take serious equipment to remove the paint from the Cove artwork itself.

Paint can vary greatly in toxicity - as a rule, the older the paint, the greater its potential toxicity, as EPA regulations have gradually eliminated the most damaging ingredients. That is why I was so upset to see all those very old cans. But even the most modern and least toxic paint should be handled with care, and should not be left around in places frequented by kids and dogs (places where paint is drying should be off limits to them until the paint is set).

Often people don't realize that the Cove itself is a piece of art, a 'landwork' by an artist named Carlo Ferretti, they think it is just a communal firepit. I hope you can educate protesters about this. If you have to do grafitti in a public park, the best way is to paint a piece of plywood and put it up (as you did with the sign at the barricade as shown in your picture, thank you).

A more fundamental question is whether you are really doing Amber and Phil any favors by encouraging them to 'resist' the effort to get them to move into housing. Consider the words of former Bulb camper Doris Sanchez: “So far, since I moved out of the Bulb, I’ve gotten an apartment, I got my ID, not doing drugs,” she says. “I go to counseling for that. I have my teeth being worked on, and I got my glasses . . . I feel like I’m a human being now. I feel like I’m part of the world now,” Sanchez says. “I pay my rent and I’m just like, part of the world. I’m not living out in the city dump, you know, for free. I had the best view out there, though, I tell you.”
http://kalw.org/post/indoors-again-after-years-albany-bulb

Wouldn't you like to see a similar outcome for Amber? Have you not noticed how much worse her teeth have become over the past year? Do you really want to encourage her to put her SSI and Medi-Cal benefits at risk, which could easily happen if she runs into legal trouble?

There just has to be a better way to demonstrate for a more just society, and I hope you can find a better path than this before any further damage is done. Thanks for listening and for caring.