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Muwekma Park / People's Park, Berkeley California Treesit
The Ohlone Name for people is Muwekma. People's Park has experienced some overzealous clearcutting and pruning. The cops are supposedly trying to bust drug offenders. Which is stupid, because if they can't do already they must not be trying very hard. The park actually needs the trees, the ecosystem is beginning to dry out and pretty soon it won't be People's Park it will be People's dustbowl. UCB would love nothing more than to build more tenement slums, I mean to say co-opted student housing and soccer fields and the like etc. It's a 41 year old protest, what can I say? The trees on the east end especially don't need to be pruned for any reason, and the smaller trees that they hack and slash on the west side could have been easily replanted elsewhere. The UCB administration is run by a pack of vicious fascist dogs, their campus police rent a cops aren't any better. The hippies returned the land back to the people because the administration couldn't move fast enough. I suppose they want to waste more money on policing and reinforcing the totalitarianism that their administration dictates. Tree sitters welcome!
Thanx 4 your help Matt...
Midnight worked the initial shift since Halloween this year at Muwekma park.
I didn't have an opportunity to photograph in the trees during the Oak Grove tree sit, so this was a special treat for me.
Making a tree his home, Midnight helps to defend People's Park against the ravishing arborists hired by University of California Berkeley fascists and tree haters.
Midnight proving how photogenic he is, and defending the park from being clear cut...
Matt says that there was only a spot light shined in his face the night before last. He also says that other than asking the arborist people on the hydrolic portable lift not to cut his between tree "life line" (they didn't) it has been relatively hassle free.