Los Angeles

South Central Community Garden Update

Our friends at the California Food and Justice Coalition have shared the following information with us regarding the efforts this week to save the South Central Community Garden.

Below is a schedule of actions taking place this week to try to save the 14-acre farm in South Central Los Angeles. If you are in LA and able to attend the events please come and show your solidarity with the farmers. If you are not in LA please support the farmers with your calls and letters to the Mayor’s office (details below).

“Aqui Estamos y No Nos Vamos!” with the South Central Farmers Support Coalition
Schedule of Actions for the week of 3/5/06-3/11/06

EVICTION NOTICE POSTED!! A revised eviction notice was posted on the gates of the South Central Farm by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department March 2, 2006. According to the notice the 14 acre farm (the largest urban farm in the nation) needs to be vacated by Tuesday March 7, 2006. Until the end of that day, it will still be legal for the farmers to remain on the land. The farmers are undertaking the necessary process to halt this eviction through legal appeals. To our knowledge, we can only be guaranteed to stall the eviction for days. This week will be critical in the history and fate of the farm. The farmers have been keeping up this fight for three years, but its victory is in the hands of the people. We’re asking everyone to participate in these actions organized for the week:

Flood the offices of the Mayor and Council Representative Jan Perry via telephone, email & fax. Demand a town hall meeting, to intervene with the eviction and to be responsible to their community!!!

Mayor Villaraigosa: Email: mayor@lacity.org Phone: (213) 978-0600
Council Representative Jan Perry: councilmember.perry@lacity.org Phone: (213) 473-7009

Tuesday, March 7: Art Party/ Paper Mache mask making 7pm @ the Farm

Wednesday, March 8: Attend City Council Public Comments. 9am @ Los Angeles City Hall. Wear Green!

“Mr. Horowitz, Do the Right Thing!” Candlelight Vigil in support of the Farmers at 7pm. Intersection of: N. Woodburn Drive and W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Thursday, March 9: USC, the Planners Network, hosting a screening of the 10-minute “South Central Farmers” documentary w/Fernando and Alberto of the SCF. @ 7PM. Doheny Library (2nd floor) @ USC

Drum Circle at the Mayor’s House; 7pm, The Getty House @ Windsor Square, 605 S. Irving blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90005. 8 blocks west of Western (off Wilshire). http://www.metro.net for public transport to area

Friday, March 10: Community Support Demonstration and Community Voicing during City Council meeting’s public comments.Los Angeles City Hall 9am, 200 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Saturday/Sunday: Concerts at the Farm!! Details TBA.

For info regarding the scheduled events, please contact Rosa @ (310) 867-0696

Interested in camping at the farm with the campesinos? Contact Brenda at brendaealvarez@msn.com to coordinate days & times.

The farmers are continuing their 24 hour vigil to protect the farm which started in July of 2006. Please bring supplies of food, water, flashlights, batteries, firewood, sleeping bags, blankets, tarps, tents and anything else we may need in the days to come.

For information on the South Central Farmers visit www.southcentralfarmers.com. You may contact us through our website or contact Fernando @ (909) 605-3136; southcentralfarmers@yahoo.com