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Fwd: [PhxPermaculture] L.A. South Central Farmers need ourhelp!

  • Subject: [cg] Fwd: [PhxPermaculture] L.A. South Central Farmers need ourhelp!
  • From: rainbowpauline@earthlink.net
  • Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2006 12:07:10 -0700

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Phoenix Permaculture <phxpermaculture@yahoo.com>
> Date: May 31, 2006 10:37:03 PM MST
> To: phxpermaculture@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [PhxPermaculture] L.A. South Central Farmers need our help!
> Reply-To: PhxPermaculture@yahoogroups.com
> So far, the farmers have stayed their forced removal for over a week
> now, partly due to heightened media coverage and high-profile support
> from the likes of Rosanna Arquette, Julia Butterfly Hill and Joan
> Baez... please take time to read this particular article.B  It explains
> some history about the Farm, and what will happen to it once the
> developers get a hold of it...
> B 
> SCF is also looking for monetary donations in hopes of buying the
> property outright if the option becomes available.B  I want everyone to
> know that all donations / fees that are collected on my behalf for any
> future workshops that I teach will be sent directly to the SCF fund!B 
> That includes this weekend's upcoming composting class and this fall's
> Permaculture Design Course.
> B 
> This is a serious issue, and an eventual "win" for these people could
> set a precedent for future centralized greenspaces to be set aside in
> our nation's largest megacities (including brownfield restoration in
> the Phoenix metro area!).B  Please help support the SCF!!!
> B 
> Jay
> B 
> B 
> South Central Farmers in Danger of Being Forcefully Removed
> B B B B B B B B B B  What:B Sheriffs Deparment will begin enforcing eviction
> notice
> B B B B B B B B B B B  When: Tues May 23rd, 2006 @ 10:00B am
> B B B B B B B B B B B  Where: 4000 S. Long Beach Ave. @ 41st St.
> B B B B B B B B B B B  Why:B  BeginB camping andB defense of the Farm
> B B B B B B B B B B B  Contact:B  (909) 605-3136
> B B B B B B B B B B B  email:  southcentralfarmers@yahoo.com  This email
> is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view
> it , www.southcentralfarmers.com
> (Los Angeles, CA) May 16, 2006, the Superior Court of the state of
> California has declined to hear the petition of the South Central
> Farmers against the city of Los Angeles, and the real estate
> developer.B 
>  The Court of Appeals ignored the law and sound public policy in
> overturning the injunction that  was in place on the property. The Los
> Angeles City Charter allows the City to sell real property it
> determines that it no longer needs. Before selling property it no
> longer needs, the City must comply with various procedures designed to
> ensure that the City does not squander resources by selling property
> it needs. The intent of the Charter is that the City sell only
> property it no longer needs. The Citybs sale of the garden property to
> the Horowitz interests did not comply with the procedures required for
> sale of property no longer needed by the City. The Court of Appeal
> held, nevertheless, that the City did not have to comply with these
> provisions because it had not determined that it no longer needed the
> garden property.
> This situation leaves the South Central Farmers exposed to the
> impunity of Ralph Horowitz, the real estate developer.B  In the past he
> has expressed extreme desire to completely demolish the community farm
> as soon as he would have  any legal teeth to hang on to.B 
> We are calling on all supporters to join against thisB environmental
> injusticeB against the poor working people of South Central Los
> Angeles.B  Please join us onB Tuesday 23rd, at the farm @B 10:00 amB press
> conference.B 
>  For 14 years, the South Central Farmers have worked to transform the
> land into a farm that meets the needs of a community regularly ignored
> and neglected by the City and its belectedb representatives. The State
> has failed Los Angeles residents who lack access to healthcare. The
> South Central Farmers grow medicinal herbs as an alternative to the
> high cost of prescription drugs. The City has failed to provide safe
> places for the children of South Central Los Angeles to play free from
> threats of violence and gang activity. The South Central Farmers
> welcome families and community into a veritable oasis.
> The South Central Farmers dispel the myth that the poor are poor
> because they are lazy. Many of the South Central Farmers work more
> than one job, and then farm the land at 41st and Long Beach Avenue.
> They grow staples such as corn, tomatoes, cactus, and other foods such
> as papalotl, pipicha, chipillin, alachi, quelite, and quintonil from
> Meso-America unavailable elsewhere in Los Angeles. The South Central
> Farmers provide fresh foods and a healthy alternative to the working
> poor. They have found a creative way to feed families without
> bwelfare.b
> The land at 41st and Alameda was given to this working-class community
> after the bL.A. Rodney King not guilty verdict,b when a Jury of
> wealthy citizens acquitted the four police officers who were filmed
> beating Rodney King half to death. People throughout Los Angeles
> County rebelled against such an obvious miscarriage of "justice."
> The 1992 rebellion put the spotlight on the poor of Los Angeles and of
> South Central L.A. in particular -b just as the spotlight is now on
> poverty conditions in New Orleans. (The government and media have
> called the people in New Orleans "looters" and "riotersb -- but know
> very well that the people of New Orleans are responding to a desperate
> situation resulting from conditions of poverty.) The government and
> media tagged the 1992 L.A. rebellion as blootingb and briotsb b-
> knew that the rebellion was a reaction to the bnot guiltyb verdict,
> and to conditions of poverty and hunger in South Central Los Angeles.
> While the world had its spotlight on Los Angeles in 1992, the L.A.
> City government expropriated the land where our farms now stand and
> gave it to the community to operate as a community bfarm.b The land
> was given to the community in South Central Los Angeles to cultivate
> farms that  feed hungry families.
> Fast forward, 13 years later when the cameras are gone but poverty in
> the area has increased. The City of Los Angeles and the Courts want to
> deny our community the right to healthy food that supplements the
> meager incomes of the working people of South Central L.A. They want
> to destroy the farmland that has been feeding South Central L.A.
> families for more than a decade. The South Central Farmers have
> transformed this barren piece of land that was previously filled with
> trash, rodents, weeds, broken glass and rock. Now, the City of Los
> Angeles and the Courts want to grant a venture capitalist the right to
> evict the South Central Farmers to replace the fertile farmland, and
> our precious fruits and vegetables, with a cement warehousing complex
> in connection with the Alameda Corridor!
> We are here to tell you that we are still here b aqui estamos y no nos
> vamos! But, this community farm is under attack by the wealthy that
> are supported by their political and judicial connections. But, the
> power of the people and of organized labor is the greatest force in
> society.B 
> We need your support and your help to save this life-giving Farm.
> http://www.southcentralfarmers.com
> Guiding Principles[1]:
> 	1.  	SCFsB  affirm the sacredness of the Earth, ecological unity and
> the interdependence of all species, and the right to be free from
> ecological destruction.
> 	2.  	SCFs demand that public policy be based on mutual respect and
> justice for all people, free from any form of discrimination and bias.
> 	3.  	SCFs mandate the right to ethical, balanced and responsible uses
> of land and renewable resources in the interest of a sustainable
> planet for humans and other living things.
> 	4.  	SCFs call for universal protection from toxic/hazardous wastes
> and poisons that threaten the fundamental right to clean air, land,
> water, and food.
> 	5.  	SCFs affirm the fundamental right to political, economic,
> cultural and environmental self-determination of all peoples.
> 	6.  	SCFs demand the right to participate as equal partners at every
> level of decision-making including needs assessment, planning,
> implementation, enforcement, and evaluation.
> 	7.  	SCFs protect the right of victims of environmental injustices to
> receive full compensation and reparations for damages as well as
> quality health care.
> 	8.  	SCFs consider government acts of environmental injustice a
> violation of international law, the Universal Declaration On Human
> Rights, and the UN Convention on Genocide.
> 	9.  	SCFs must recognize a special legal and natural relationship of
> Native Peoples to the U.S. government through treaties, agreements,
> compacts, and covenants affirming sovereignty and self-determination.
> 	10.  	SCFs affirm the need for an urban and rural ecological policies
> to clean up and rebuild our cities and rural areas in balance with
> nature, honoring the cultural integrity of all our communities, and
> providing fair access for all to the full range of resources.
> 	11.  	SCFs oppose the destructive operations of multi-national
> corporations.
> 	12.  	SCFs oppose military occupation, repression and exploitation of
> lands, peoples and cultures, and other life forms.
> 	13.  	SCFs call for the education of present and future generations
> which emphasizes social and environmental issues, based on our
> experience and an appreciation of our diverse cultural perspectives.
> 	14.  	SCFs require that we, as individuals, make personal and
> consumer choices to consume as little of the Earth's resources and
> produce as little waste as possible; and make the conscious decisions
> to challenge and reprioritize our lifestyles to insure the health of
> the natural world for present and future generations.
> [1] Adopted from the Environmental Justice Principles, Adopted,
> Washington D.C., October 1991, First National People of Color
> Environmental Leadership Summit
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