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PARC’s Presentation to Veterans for Peace

Please check out the below presentation we gave in April 2017 about the origins and work of Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community.  Also, here is an anti-war Radical Rap radio show that Verbena hosted on KMUD April 17, 2017: https://www.mediafire.com/?4ljyg6dw8y4ecob


WE THANK AND ACKNOWLEDGE ALL OF YOU who donate to PARC– we know you support us from your Social Security checks, your as you struggle with health problems, while you raise a family, while you support your loved ones, as you work your asses off, even though you are thousands of miles away, while you struggle with injustice, as you create your art, as you teach, while you build or work to repair your communities, as you provide daily healthcare, as you rescue animals, and while there are so many worthwhile projects and movements and people to support. THANK YOU!

PARC Presentation to Veterans For Peace, Humboldt Bay, Chapter 56 

PARC is an organizing and resource space that has been in Eureka CA, where it started, since Nov. 2007. Many of us who established the space had been organizing as PEOPLE PROJECT and Acción Zapatísta for several years. Earlier in 2007, we created a beautiful encampment in Arcata, the purpose of which was to expose and bring attention to: the fact that there is no free and legal place for people to sleep; the criminalization of people who are poor, homeless, and have no place for dignified rest; and the human rights violations that accompany an intentional politics of cruelty. Some of you might remember that 12 day and night encampment because Jim Sorter and other Vets For Peace would share dinner with us during sunsets.

So, PARC was created with that kind of organizing in mind- the need for space to meet and simply be, to work and build solidarity and power among the people, and a space that was welcoming, and often run by people of color and LGBTQI folks. In the summer of 2007, Martin Cotton II, a white homeless man with visible mental health issues, unarmed, was beat to death by Eureka Police in front of the Eureka Rescue Mission, and thrown in the jail- where he died. Those of us doing copwatch work realized that we needed a place where the many witnesses could safely come and talk about what they saw and experienced.

Those are the origins of PARC which we say is “focused on justice and care.”

We have run a modest, grassroots space for almost 10 years now- all donation-based, all volunteer. We’re still dealing with the same realities that led to the PEOPLE PROJECT encampment, and have created other safe sleeping spaces in Eureka, weekly “End the War on the Poor” protests, a campaign to raise Eureka’s minimum wage, and myriad projects against state violence. Many groups have used the space. Many military veterans plug in with PARC, as volunteers or to access resources. PARC is very active in the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS), working to end solitary confinement in CA prisons and jails and support the prisoner class led human rights movement. Currently, we are trying to end a torture campaign of sleep deprivation in CA’s solitary confinement units. We have 4 phone lines-for the statewide PHSS, PARC, Jail Support, and Redwood Curtain CopWatch. We do court support and strategizing- for tenants’ rights, for people getting put through the in-justice system, assisting people who’ve had their rights violated, child custody and family court support, help with restraining orders, homeless court intake, filing paperwork, documenting situations, and the list goes on. We also do a lot of dishes, laundry and vacuuming.

PARC is open 7 days a week, 9-12 hours a day, facilitating many essential community functions and what the Black Panthers would call “Survival Programs.” Unlike other facilities, we have a no paperwork, no hoops policy. No applications, no breathalyzers, no proof of id. A person does not have to meet any special requirements in order to receive experienced advocacy or have their basic needs met. No one is charged (or gets paid) for assistance, space, food, literature or other resources.

PARC is the ONLY place that provides jail support to assist people who’ve been arrested. Many of these arrests result from direct actions (environmental, anti-war, homeless rights, immigration rights, anti-police brutality). Also, jail support is provided for people arrested unexpectedly on the streets or in their cars.  We help people successfully navigate through the complicated court proceedings resulting from arrest and organize more support.

PARC takes a stand against sexism, racism, heterosexism, homophobia, bullying, and state intrusion. PARC not only provide services and resources, but we ACTIVELY organize and speak against oppressive state forces of violence, intimidation, control, and harassment and discrimination from anyone in general. The daily PARC crowd is multi-racial, multi-generational, multi-gendered, and from a wide spectrum of life experiences. We assist people on an individual basis, understanding the ‘big picture’ injustices that have created such needs, traumas, and crises of humanity and planet.

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Every Tuesday gather in solidarity and strength. END THE WAR ON THE POOR.

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These photos are from April 20, 2010.

Sleep Is a Human Right -and NECESSITY!


In the Rain


Decriminalize Houselessness

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Do you know what to do if you’re stopped by the police? Do your children? Are you tired of your rights being violated? This workshop focuses on the law “on the street” — what your rights are and how cops try to trick you out of them. We want to share strategies to ‘survive’ police encounters.

Know Your Rights!
Workshop: How To Handle Encounters with Police

FREE

at P.A.R.C. [Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community]
on Q street, take a right into the alley between 3rd and 2nd streets
in Eureka

ALL AGES WELCOME

SNACKS, COFFEE, JUICE

workshop hosted by Redwood Curtain CopWatch
for info, call (707) 633-4493

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“End the War on the Poor!”

All wars are wars against the poor, the Earth, and the most vulnerable. The wars on the poor take many forms, including heavy military recruitment of poor youth, persecution of immigrant families, 500 years of violence against and incarceration of indigenous and black communities, militarized policing and industrial poisoning of poor neighborhoods… PEOPLE PROJECT wishes to join in struggle with all poor communities. Please join us to end all wars.

Millions of people are struggling to survive, to live in dignity, and provide for basic necessities. Millions more are a step away. To make it even more difficult, local ordinances and historic prejudice allow sheriffs, police and the criminal (in)justice system to harass, intimidate, jail, abuse, and fine some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

We Must Decriminalize Houselessness in Humboldt County!

Types of Criminalization Measures

Legislation that makes it illegal to sleep, sit, or store personal belongings in
public spaces, though many people, out of necessity, are forced to live in these areas.

Selective enforcement of public property laws so as to only target
people profiled as poor or houseless.

Selective enforcement of seemingly more neutral laws, such as loitering or
open container laws, against houseless persons.

Sweeps of areas where homeless persons are living,
frequently resulting in the destruction of those persons’ personal property,
including important documents, medication, and survival gear.

Media and sick societal attitudes that deem houseless people to be disposable
and deserving of abuse.

Laws and police harassment which intimidate and punish people for first amendment
activities of begging, panhandling, and holding signs asking for work.

In addition to direct action and litigation to decriminalize houselessness,
with your support, we will petition the Board of Supervisors and City Councils to:

1. Eliminate all ordinances that violate constitutional laws and basic human
rights.
2. Stop the deliberate campaign of cruelty, disappearance and deprivation by
local government against houseless people
3. Relinquish a sizable piece of city or county property to us so that we can
cultivate a safe sleep and community space.

Demand Social and Economic Justice

Trillions! of dollars and lives have been stolen from us by the Financial Industry’s Fraud, Corporate Greed, Prison Industrial Complex, the overkill Military Budget, the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is time for new priorities. We demand health care, child care, housing, education and good jobs.
Protest! Rally! March! Stand Up! Speak Out! Organize! Unite!
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PEOPLE PROJECT

GROCERY NEEDS

–Beans (canned or dried)
pinto, garbanzo, adzuki, black, kidney, mung, etc.

–Olive Oil !! –Nuts

–Soy, Rice, Almond MILKS –Organic Sugar

–Produce: onions, squash, garlic, mushrooms, fruit, potatoes, yams, greens,
peas, etc.

–Organic Coffee

–Tortilla Chips

–Green Peas

–Tamari/Soy Sauce

–Brown Rice

–other Grains (quinoa, wild rice, steel cut oats, etc.)

–Flour Tortillas

–Bread

–Herbal Teas

–Juice

–Vegenaise (mayonnaise with no dairy or eggs)

–Organic Corn Meal or Polenta
To print the PEOPLE PROJECT grocery needs list (for good meals at the protests, Good Morning Neighbors! Breakfast, and meetings) click HERE

Please see our ‘Donation Requests’ page in this website.

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All are invited to Anti-War Protests to

END THE WAR ON THE POOR

every Tuesday, in front of the Humboldt County Courthouse in Eureka

3-6pm

Dinner shared on site

For more information contact PEOPLE PROJECT:

(707) 442-7465
peopleproject@riseup.net

Gather every Tuesday to build strength with neighbors and other community
members to END the WAR ON THE POOR!

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The war on the poor takes many forms. PEOPLE PROJECT understands that all wars are wars against the poor, the Earth, and the defenseless. The war on the poor includes lack of affordable housing, lack of access to healthcare, abuse of millions of animals in factory farms, slaughterhouses and labs, and heavy military recruitment of youth for global wars on the poor. The war on the poor includes state violence against refugees and houseless people, corporate exploitation of working people, lack of decent jobs, and the injustice of the prison industrial complex.

A main focus for PEOPLE PROJECT is to stop the criminalization of houseless people. Please join us to speak out and build strength to END THE ‘WAR ON THE POOR’, however you experience it.

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PEOPLE PROJECT is hosting another GRUB –N– GRAB!!!

ALL DAY, Wednesday, March 26th

PEOPLE PROJECT invites community of all ages and at any time between 8am and 7pm Wednesday to come eat and pick up adult, baby & kids clothes and shoes, cooking utensils, etc. Or just come and hang out in a dignified space of sharing.

WHERE: on E and 10th (big grassy area) in Eureka

PEOPLE PROJECT wants to inspire compassion, sharing, empowerment, community cooperation…

Because it’s a big deal to give things away for free…
because it’s a big deal to feed people for free…
and in public…
and feed people ya don’t know…
because PP wants to create and encourage spaces and activities where we can re-imagine and experience what community looks and feels like –where we value dignity, health, and respect for all, with value having nothing to do with money….
We’re doin’ the Grub-N-Grab!!

PEOPLE PROJECT focuses on houseless and poor peoples’ rights and building dignified community. Direct Action and open dialogue are central to this grass-roots ‘project’.

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