Protect community space
Letter to Editor, Times-Standard
Posted Feb 13, 2009
Recently, People’s Action for Rights and Community (PARC) volunteers were informed that their rent would be raised 33.3 percent by Consolidated Property Management Company until the managers find a “more suitable tenant.” PARC has been serving our community since November of 2007 and runs entirely on donations.
Previous tenants have vacated due to rent increases, including 3-2-1 Coffee and Silver Threads. While these businesses are missed, PARC is unique in providing free support to people whose human rights have been violated. It also serves as a workshop and organizing space for a variety of community groups, including the People Project, Icarus Project, Accíon Zapatista and more.
PARC provides resources, protection, and self-empowerment for the poorest and most vulnerable in our community. I have used the PARC office as a meeting space for the Northcoast Icarus Project, a radical mental health organization, and attended an informative and empowering “Know you rights?” workshop there. PARC is hub for grassroots knowledge-sharing. If we are to build a caring society we need such gathering places in order to create alternatives to oppressive structures. Incidentally, PARC also makes available free clothing, blankets, children’s books, and other necessities for those in need.
A valuable community resource is in jeopardy. In these times of economic need we need spaces like PARC more than ever. Your readers can address letters of support to the owner John Egan, then send them to PARC, e-mail , fax 707-442-7465 (call first), or deliver: 320 2nd St. Suites 2F & 2G in Eureka.