RE: In NYC you can go to jail for being a community gardener: La Esperanza Update
It will take the most concentrated, industrial strength karmic soap to
cleanse the soul of Rudolph (Adolph) Giuliani.
Frankly, I feel sorry for a man who so vehemently opposes the expression of
natural life. I judge he can't possibly feel true happiness within.
If he and people like him would only move through their darkness to place
where they can bless life instead of stamp on it, the world would be
Meanwhile, I'm tending my own garden.
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> Subject: [cg] In NYC you can go to jail for being a community gardener:
> La Esperanza Update
> This morning I attended the pretrial motions of 26 of the 31 community
> garden activists who were arrested and charged in connection with the
> protests against the bulldozing of the La Esperanza Garden on
> Lower East Side last February. Before we entered the court at 100 Center
> Street, we were treated to a curbside puppet show by one of the
> retelling the events that led up to the bulldozing of this 20 year old
> community garden for the benefit of Donald Capoccia, a Giuliani campaign
> contributor and developer of luxury housing. Watching the expressions of
> court officers, attorneys and passersby were priceless. Then, of
> course, back
> to reality.
> These gardeners and garden activists are each facing several counts of
> trespassing and obstruction of government administration which could
> potentially land each of them in jail for about a year.
> There is movement from the DA's office to reduce the charges for some
> participants, the worst sanctions are reserved for those who
> climbed a tree
> at a City Hall protest last March and for whom no plea bargain deal is
> currently being offered.
> Currently, the pre-trial motions for the 26 defendants are being
> handled on
> a pro-bono basis by Ronald L. Kuby's law office (formerly of the
> law firm of
> Kunstler & Kuby) and will probably be handed over at some point
> to Legal Aid
> Should there be any need at a later date for
> letters/e-mails/telephone calls
> of support for the gardeners to the court, elected officials and media, I
> will certainly pass it on to this listserv.
> Currently, there has been no legal defense fund set up for these largely
> indigent defendant-gardeners. Should the need arise, I will of
> course let you
> all know where contributions can be sent.
> Happy Gardening,
> Adam Honigman
> Clinton Community Garden
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