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Gardens being demolished in SF
by Freedom
Thursday Jun 13th, 2013 6:45 PM
Humming birds in threat of extinction, 7 people arrested, 2 hospitalized, one was cut out of a tree 30 feet and fell to the ground.. all for defending a community garden in San Francisco
BREAKING: This mornings' cop-raided Gezi Gardens, former Hayes Valley Farm, has been found to be the home of The Allen Hummingbird, making it Federally protected land. Press Release "### FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ###

Press Statement - June 13, 2013

Former Hayes Valley Farm raided by police, Activists plan return tomorrow

The large open space formerly known as Hayes Valley Farm has been a site of peaceful protest for the last 11 days, as community and local urban farm activists call for a halt to the development of the farm into luxury apartments. The protest camp was raided by police this morning, leaving 2 activists hospitalized and 7 arrested.

Developers began bulldozing the gardens and cutting down mature trees within hours of the police raid, but paused midday, apparently due to new reports and photographs evidencing that the land is home to the Allen Humming Bird, a unique animal protected under The Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, (16 U.S.C. 703). A consultant biologist (hired by the development company) was reportedly called in to perform an adhoc survey of the nesting sites, but independent experts have expressed concern that such a hasty survey could not have been appropriately conducted.

Neighbors and farm activists have made numerous attempts to communicate concerns to the district supervisor, London Breed, but her office remains unresponsive. Supporters are encouraged to call her office to urge action, as well as the offices of Barbara Boxer, whose office has expressed interest in the issue.

Activists are calling for a reconvergence to retake the land tomorrow, Friday June 14th, at 6pm, meeting at Patricia’s Green on Octavia Street between Fell and Hayes.

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by owlfeathers
Thursday Jun 13th, 2013 8:03 PM
I was just wondering how many tree-sits were active at the time of the the raid, what happened with them, and how the 2 people got hurt?
by A Planner
Thursday Jun 13th, 2013 8:11 PM
All the developer has to do if the bird is not listed as federally threatened or endangered is wait until nesting season is over. Typically in California, nesting season for migratory birds is March through September. Once nesting season is over, bird exclusion devices can be installed and construction can begin.
by A Planner
Thursday Jun 13th, 2013 8:34 PM
The Allen hummingbird is not listed as an threatened or endangered species by either the Feds or California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife. Thus the bird is protected only during nesting season. If no nests or hummers are found, construction can move ahead now.
by Zachary RunningWolf
(runningwolf.zachary [at] Friday Jun 14th, 2013 10:10 AM
The KKKowardly early morning was expected of the Hall Monitors (aka Police -FTP and ACAB) but the participation of SEIU on the destruction of a sacred Indigenous Burial Site and a vital area for over 200 migrating Humming Birds. The 'Do Anything for a Dollar' labor Union SEIU crossed into a Hate Crime against the Indigenous community and assisted in harming numerous Tree People (TuK Pikuni) and this is not the First for these boot licking city workers. They also during the Port Shut down came in the early morning hours to assist the police to take down the Oscar Grant Plaza tree-sit. Labor Unions are in essence the slave of the Industrialists who are assaulting Mother Earth but SEIU made it personal and now it is on. We support working people but not RATS who will do anything for a Dollar.