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Announcing occupationof the Albany Bulb tonight
For Immediate Release
October 2nd, 2013
Amber Whitman (Bulb resident)
phlamber.the.bull [at] gmail.com
Hundreds Camp at Albany Bulb to Protest Impending Eviction
Albany Bulb, Albany, CA -- On Wednesday, October 2nd, community members will gather to camp out at the Bulb, a live-in art installation in Albany, CA, to protest the City of Albany's plan to evict more than 60 residents who call the space home. The city has issued an order to its police force to begin enforcing the city's anti-camping ordinance on the land, beginning in early October.
The event will be a one night sleep-in to protest the impending eviction, and will involve a potluck dinner, live music, and the screening of two documentaries that have been made about the Albany Bulb. Attendees pledge to return in the event of a forced eviction in order to protest the removal of the landfill’s art and residents.
The Albany Bulb has been home to hundreds of otherwise homeless individuals over several decades, and currently houses about 60. The land was originally a solid waste landfill, but the hard work and artistic contributions of the Bulb residents and allied community members has turned the place into one of the most physically and psychologically safe places to be homeless in the Bay Area, as well as a much-loved hub for art and alternative culture. Many Albany residents have fond attachments to the art and the people at the Bulb.
A recreationalist group (Citizens for East Shore Parks), along with the Sierra Club successfully lobbied the City Council of Albany, urging them to destroy this community asset and to begin turning the land over to the East Bay Regional Parks District. They did this, knowing that doing so would force more than 60 people out of their home and onto Albany’s streets, where they would certainly face police harassment. Those fighting to prevent the eviction cite the City of Albany's insufficient shelter resources, as well as the dangerous environments in homeless shelters and on the streets, as reasons to preserve the Bulb as a haven.