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Richardson Grove Action Now invites you on a trip to Sacramento!

We plan to leave SOON. We’ll venture out on Wednesday, June 8th and will return June 10, Friday night.

We’re riding down in a bio-diesel bus. We will send a creative musical message to Gov. Jerry Brown and to people ALL OVER- which will be broadcast on the world wide web. Our serenade will demand that the highway expansion plan through Richardson Grove be canceled. We will be covering old classics like “One Demand, Cancel the Plan”, “Resist Invasion,” and “We want old growth, not corporate flow.”  

 

We will be bringing a loud temporary presence to Sacramento regarding the road widening- which would bring a PERMANENT impact to our lives and to the survival of ancient redwoods.

 

If you are not able to join us, in person, on this trip, please support the action by contributing food or money. We are trying to raise $650 for travel expenses. And the food is for the people.

 

If you really want to go and you think there is some obstacle, call us.

 

If you are in the Bay area, we would like to come there for the night and bring you with us!
We are also considering, on the way, visiting the spiritual encampment/action at Glen Cove.

 

Our phone number is 707.602.7551
Our email: rgroveactionnow@gmail.com

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The “soup wars” continue… If you don’t buy it, if you don’t sell it- you’re a criminal. And not everybody who eats free food is homeless. The State just wants to make sure people who are really hungry and don’t have money, can’t eat.

In PEOPLE PROJECT, we say “This ain’t charity, it’s survival!” We know that the only way we’ll all make it is through SHARING. Read about Grub-n-Grab‘s and PEOPLE PROJECT’s Good Morning Neighbors Breakfast Program.

More about Grub-n-Grab’s:

https://peopleproject.wordpress.com/2009/01/10/236/

More about Good Morning Neighbors Breakfast Program:

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More about Food Not Bombs:

THE STORY OF FOOD NOT BOMBS

or Read/Download:

The Story of Food Not Bombs

Here’s a small handout about Food Not Bombs, with a song on the 2nd side:


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The 3 PM rally in support of the right to sleep movement was well attended.
At least 100 people showed up and mingled and conversed in the plaza. (the consensus is that for every one that shows, ten more are quietly in support behind the scenes)

City Council member Eric Navickas obtained a permit for the rally. At 3:45pm the demonstrators marched down main street with many signs and a banner reading, “JUSTICE”. The course of the march led to the public library, then down Lithia Way and back to the Plaza. There were songs, chants, and
general support from the community as the march maintained footing in a single lane on the roads. The mood was joyous and hopeful, yet clear demands of recognition for the right to legally sleep were continually audible. The effect on the participants was an uplifting feeling of empowerment. Most felt that the rally was better than anticipated in overall effectiveness.

The homeless have continued to be harassed by the police since protests began last week in response to violations by the local police of their right to sleep.

Thursday’s private meeting between the mayor, police chief, city housing specialist, and community advocate Aaron Reed took place. The word from the mayor after the meeting is that there will be no policy change in how the police deal with houseless sleeping people. The police have indicated that they will cite and arrest houseless people at every chance that avails them.

When a critical mass of houseless folk and advocates is reached, positive political change will ensue. Look forward to more actions aimed at commanding the free expression and respect of basic human rights.

Join the re-evolution. Remember, we can overthrow the government by non-violent direct action.
Try reading Gandhi’s Autobiography for more insight into the workings of sustaining a viable political movement.
What kind of world do you envision?

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Comment from Mark

Good Morning—
I was surprised and amused to see this email. “Tell the President to do X, Y, or Z” is the rally cry of 10,000 political movements in an era when politics itself as a useful process has been co-opted. The danger of all this political faith is that it works directly against faith in SELF. Yes, every minute you spend at playing the rigged, corrupted political game is a minute of new frustration, and a minute lost to direct personal action – – the only action that will ever add beauty to your world. The political system consists of nothing but rubber handles offered to the helpless so they can play at being a part of the process. They are not. You are not. Your President and his delivery boys will spend their day meeting with rich, powerful global oligarchs and their delivery boys. Their concerns will become his concerns. He will not be reading your pleading emails for justice or fairness or even simple acknowledgment of your existence. From his bubble, he can not hear you. And doesn’t care about you.

To become free is a process of your own mind, independent of another’s actions. It depends not one iota on UN Declarations, or Mr. Obama, or Mrs. Boxer’s activities in the Senate. To be “free of” is the most important aspect of freedom. Free of depending on others you don’t really know and can’t influence. To be free of concerns you can not possibly impact in any meaningful way. To be free of the control of others who are simply using you as political canon fodder – votes to be pandered to. To be free of participating in corruption. Our political system manifests itself to common people as a gigantic illusion. Television programs and radio and newspapers and web sites all bearing political news and positions and arguments and causes and news and developments for you to get involved in – expend your energy on trying to influence. But it is all like a mere picture of candy. You can’t get satisfaction from a picture of a candy bar. It can only distract, frustrate and falsely engage you. Pick a flower. Give it to someone you love. You have just done more for the world than all the emails you will ever send to your President. Invest in reality, not illusion.

Do not wait for the authorities. It will be a very, very long wait. Don’t wait for anyone’s approval to be free. In fact, don’t wait for anyone’s approval to do what is right, what is good, what is healthy. You are free to take direct personal action – now! Today, no waiting required. No new law needed, no old law needs to be repealed. Only YOU can take matters into your own hands. Every power you ever dreamed of is fully available to you right now.

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Peace Protesters Call for an End to the Santa Cruz Sleeping Ban

Since July 4th, a couple dozen people have been protesting the Santa Cruz Sleeping Ban by camping each night from 8pm – 8am at the County Courthouse. Organizer Ed Frey says that the demonstration aims to “convince local and national government to stop breaching the peace, especially that of peaceful sleepers, and to instead use resources to discourage violence and warfare in all its forms.”

Indybay contributor Skidmark Bob spoke with Ed Frey, Robert Norse, and other campers who are participating in the civil disobedience in violation of the City of Santa Cruz Sleeping and Camping Ban, officially known as M.C. 6.36.010.

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/07/07/18652973.php

4th July 2010 Sleepout/Camping Ban Vigil at S.C. County Bldg. | Santa Cruz Courthouse Sleepout Day 3 |Free the Land on Peace Camp Night 3

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Support Tent Cities! Support Safe Sleeping spaces for ALL!!

The below account is from a mainstream T.V. station, Jan 28, 2010

Homeless Resisting Move from Downtown Encampment

More than a dozen homeless people in downtown Fresno are being forced to move from their makeshift camp.

The homeless people are living in tents and sleeping on the ground on privately owned property at the corner of Ventura and F Street.

Work crews began showing up to fence off the property before noon but many of the homeless people living at the vacant lot refused to gather their belongings and leave and actually engaged in a shouting match with city officials.

One homeless man said, “I do not give them permission to enter my home without a valid court order or search warrant. I’m homeless… I live out here… this is my home.”

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said, “The individuals that are on this property today are in violation of trespass laws. We are trying to work with them in terms of finding a solution; a long term and a short term solution.”

The city decided to extend the moving deadline until the end of the day to allow the homeless to gather their belongings and vacate the property. City officials say they are also giving out Section 8 housing voucher applications. [appropriately known as Section WAIT…]

If everything is not moved out by the end of the day on Thursday, the city will label the belongings and store them and the owners will have 90 days to pick them up.

Watch the TV news video: http://www.cbs47.tv/news/local/story/Homeless-Resisting-Move-from-Downtown-Encampment/7pXBprbjB0yCkkrEPOQtFQ.cspx

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