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DEFEND PEOPLE'S PARK
Date Saturday May 13
Time 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location Details
Saturday May 13th at high noon in People's PaRK(1/2 Block east of Telegraph between Haste & Dwight)
Event Type Party/Street Party
Organizer/Author
DEFEND PEOPLE'S PARK THIS SATURDAY, MAY 13, AT NOON !!!


Dear everybody,
Once again People's Park is having a serious conflict between those who would defend it as place that poor people and activists can assembly and provide mutual aid and the University of California and its police force. Over the last 2 years we have lost our Free Box first to UC frat boy twice. Since last fall we have rebuilt this box several times often at great expense only to have the University tear it down again. We waited sufficiently long to allow the UC police to go after the drug dealing in the park by which they have justified attacking our basic civil and human rights & the false claiming of the sidewalk as UC property to prevent sleeping there giving no 647j warnings any more, have strictly use a series of People's Park rules we have repeatedly challenged at the People's Park Advisory Board which was discontinued for 6 months when we did seizing people's possessions and preventing activists from bringing stuff into the park. Now they have set up barricades to further prevent access. Now they are threatening to cite anyone who brings and leaves clothes and/or food in the park.
On Sunday April 23rd Disabled People Outside Project activist Dan McMullan was coming into the park for a meeting to deal with these issues. Being in a wheelchair he asked his little boys to move the barricades so he could get access into the park. Being the rambunctious boys they are they kicked them down. UC officer Sean Aranas accused him of destroying UC property and put his hand on Danny's shoulder. Danny called loudly "Don't touch me!" in part to alert us fellow activists he was been messed with. Sean reportedly said he can touch whoever he wants and puts his hand firmly on Danny again. Soon Sean and another UC officer were pushing/yanking Danny out of his wheelchair down to the ground where 6 UC police officers got on top of him including one who repeatedly bet Danny in the stomach. Later despite Danny and my telling UC officer O'Connor that Danny is disabled with a false leg O'Connor insisted DAnny lean over the back of the squad car which we told him would hurt Danny. Because Danny needed to go to the hospital due to internal stomach bleeding from the beating he wasn't sent to jail. They want to charge him with trespassing(for knocking over the barricades), for resisting arrest. There are many witnesses that saw the incident and have verified what I have reported here.
WE have called a protest this Saturday May 13th at high noon in People's PaRK(1/2 Block east of Telegraph between Haste & Dwight) asking people to bring clothes and food to People's Park. Saturday use to be when churches brought food to the park but lately they are not doing so. Michael Delacouer has gotten a sound permit to speak on Haste St. near the park. Andrea Pritchard of Copwatch agreed to speak.
We are hearing the University plans to counter our protest with force.
Please help us reclaim People's Park from the University that is no friend of the People.
Added to the calendar on Friday May 12th, 2006 11:29 PM
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