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Tree Sit Now Underway in Muwekma (People's) Park in Berkeley - Call Out for Support: video & photos
In the evening on October 31st, Halloween night, advocates for People's Park climbed into the trees to take a stand against the ongoing destruction of the park by UC Berkeley, with the encouragement of the Telegraph Business Association, and to protest the dwindling resources available to the city's homeless population. The tree sitters have renamed the park "muwekma" for the Ohlone word for "people" -- the Ohlone being the original peoples indigenous to this area. They are calling for supporters to come out and participate or otherwise assist their effort to defend the park.
Zachary Running Wolf discusses the reasons for the new tree sit, including a new curfew in the park enforced by police, and asks for resources to be donated to the effort, such as food and money, and/or for people to personally participate up in the trees. [video 2:29]
The tree sitter describes how George Beier, one of the candidates for Berkeley's District 7 in the upcoming November 2nd election, has stated that he wants to see a museum and soccer field replace the park. The university has already been slowly mutilating the trees and vegetation in the park. [video 1:24]
This is the treesitter interviewed in video above.