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PROTEST, LOS ANGELES: Israeli Consulate on June 29, 4 pm_PROTEST, LONDON: Parliament Square on June 30, 5:30 pm _PROTEST, VIENNA: Israeli Embassy, June 30, 11 am_FREE POSTER (above): Download, print, and display publicly!
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Planting seeds of resistance:

art and agriculture

“To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves.”  Gandhi


Gathering to save the farm, in addition to the farmers themselves, are activists, artists, movie stars, environmentalists, organic gardeners, lawyers, teachers, union members, musicians, poets, hip hop artists, old hippies, new immigrants, healers, mothers, fathers, grandparents, children.
Why does it mean so much to us? What would it mean to lose the farm?
If we lose the farm we will have lost more of what makes us human, whole, connected.  Certainly it is the farmers themselves who have the most to lose, but the loss is greater than the sum of 350 family plots.  The vigils, letters, donations, phone calls, tree sitters, artists and ordinary seeds stand in marked contrast to the gray blight of the surrounding area:  corporate greed, police force,  backroom deals and government official worried more about campaign contributions, corporate kick backs and future six figure job opportunities.
If there ever were an argument for the use of eminent domain it would be the purchase of the farm for its perpetuity. The farm is green in a sea of gray. The farm is classroom and laboratory:  a germinal history, a museum of sustainable indigenous agriculture, of innovative city planning.
We all have much to gain from saving this farm, much to lose in its destruction.  A victory could pave the way for demands for more green space.  We should insist that public parks plant fruit trees instead of ornamentals so that as the tree grows, the community might feed themselves. We must insist on pesticide, herbicide free landscaping in all city parks.  We must demand that for every seizure of homes under eminent domain, to build a new corporate center,  shopping mall, Walmart,  football stadium,  and prison that ten community gardens be erected.  We must insist upon the seizure of blighted land for the construction of community gardens:  box stores that came, profited and left, empty lots that collect junkies’ needles, old tires, industrial waste.
The artists; adults and children, students from as far away as New Mexico,  gather under a tarp as bandas play rancheros and Anna Kunkin prepares to dance to the Enzo’s drum beat.
Come down.  Make the trip.  They need you at the farm, every evening at 7 pm, but also during the day.  Destroying this treasure should not be easy for the beasts of industry, the captains of capital.  Stand down the helicopters and the threat of eviction.  Make a donation to the farm in the hope that it isn’t too late;  it isn’t too late.  The farm breathes, the farm lives, the farm stands.  It stands in defiance of corporate greed.   It stands for collective memory:  for heirloom seeds, for collectivity,  collaboration.  It stands in the way of bulldozers and greed and oppression.  It stands for justice, hope, the future, the children.
The farm is located at 41st and Alameda in the heart of Los Angeles’ industrial and warehouse blight.
Go before it’s too late.  Go now.  If we win, we win a new path in city planning, the ground for more demands for more green space.  If we lose, we lose seed, hope, green space, and we lose ground, not only the dirt, but political ground in the fight for sustainable use of public land, or the privatization of public land for individual and corporate greed.   Go now to bear witness to the wonder that is the farm: thirty foot high walnut trees,  ten year old banana trees, sugar cane, corn, nopales, children growing food in the shadows and footsteps of their grandparents.  Go to save it.  Go to see for yourself the treasure of the farm.  The richness of the soil, the abundance of fruit, vegetable.  This is wealth.  This is wealth!
From the olive fields of Palestine to the milpa of South Central Los Angeles; the land belongs to those who work it, love it, tend to it, sustain it as it sustains them.
Peace with justice and above all else, love,
Emma Rosenthal
To make a tax deductible donation to save the farm and for more information: http://www.southcentralfarmers.com/


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All photos are ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved.  Permission must be received to publish and distribute these photos.

Welcome to the farm                        ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Justicia           ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved


Tu mundo nos destruye. Nosotros construimos el nuestro I_(Your world is destroying us.  We will construct our own!
©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Tu mundo nos destruye. Nosotros construimos el nuestro II_(Mechistas from Las Vegas and Santa Fe)
©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

So our children can soar I_  ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

So our children can soar II_  ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Save the farm                 ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Community art III                 ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Save the farm II                       ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Corporate greed _(Ralph Horowitz is the developer that is trying to have the farm destroyed.)_Banners like this one surround the farm.  _  ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

We cannot seek acheivment for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community -Cesar Chavez_  ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Aqui estamos y no nos vamos_We’re here and we’re not going!                                ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

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Farm update from Daniel

Hello,
Here is a brief update on ways to have fun and get involved with saving the largest urban community garden in the United States, in one of the poorest
areas of the country.  This Sat.’s parade is going to
be AMAZING!

– Daniel
South Central Farmers Support Comittee

WWW.SOUTHCENTRALFARMERS.COM …updates/actions/events
WWW.SOUTHCENTRALFARMERS.ORG…history/info/issue/videos
WWW.SAVEOURGARDEN.COM ……….. history/info/photos

—– INVITE FRIENDS to COME WITH YOU ——

JUNE 23-25

*Friday- 9:30am
City Council meeting at City Hall…..meet up at City Hall @ 9:30am, meeting starts @ 10am  We’ve been making a very big statement at city hill, we need 150 people there tomorrow.  Power in numbers…

*Saturday- 2pm-5pm (meet up at 1pm)
Parade at Venice Beach boardwalk, and its gonna have some flavor so dont miss this.

*Sunday- 9am-10pm
The farmers market will be goin off with food, music, arts activities, etc….

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*SATURDAY-

SOUTH CENTRAL FARM PARADE!!!

The Friends of the Farm invite you to a PARADE to raise awareness about the struggle to save the South Central Farm. The parade will be led by the campesinas and campesinos and we are inviting supporters and organizations to join us for a lively afternoon of family fun on the Venice boardwalk in solidarity with the South Central Farmers. Come dressed as your favorite fruit, vegetable, of flower or wear green. Bring sunscreen, umbrellas, and
water, whistles, noisemakers, tambourines, etc.

When and Where:

This Saturday, June 24th.
Well be gathering at 1pm in the parking lot of the Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291.

Well begin the parade at 2pm walking down S. Venice Blvd toward the Boardwalk.

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*SUNDAY-

Please join us this Sunday for our weekly South
Central Farmer’s Market! We will be on the north side
on the Farm (ON THE STREET) on MLK, between Long Beach
& Alameda.

After the farmer’s market, a benefit concert will take
place (artist to be announced.)

That’s right…whether we’re on inside of the Farm or
on the outside, we will not be stoped! Our traditions
will continue! Please come out to the Farm and show
your support for the South Central Farmers!!!!!

LA LUCHA SIGUE!!

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Not the Last Word on The Farm!

I just received this email.  I have no more information.  What a crime the destruction of this farm would be.  Amy Goodman reports now, interviewing Darryl Hannah who, for the time being, remains in the walnut tree, along with John Quigley and I understand at least one other activist, with others on the ground.  She and other activists have been tree sitting for several weeks.  Apparently there is a tremendous show of force: riot gear, batons, tear gas, bolt cutters, assault weapons, crops are being stomped by sheriffs deputies, cutting down fences.  People have been forcibly removed from the farm.  Hannah sounds very calm, determined, clear and resolved.  She states that she is holding her ground along with the people under the walnut tree, who she states are on lock down mode, that they are chanting “¡Aqui estamos y no nos vamos!”  (We’re here and we’re not going!)
The full 16 million dollars ransom money for the farm was raised, a mere 11 million dollar profit for developer Horowitz, from the 5 million dollars with which he bought the farm from the city.   Such greed.  Such greed!
Justice, justice, justice.
What reparations are due!  What wealth we will  have to redistribute!
Emma
——– Original Message ——–
Subject: [change-links] South Central Farm eviction has begun Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 06:02:29 -0700 From: sasha <sasha@greens.org> Reply-To: change-links@yahoogroups.com

South Central Farm eviction has begun sometime before 6am_Network TV news coverage and KPFK

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SAVE THE FARM:
If you can, go down to the farm and join the protest outside of the farm.  People are gathering at 41 and Long Beach. Or, send a letter to the city council, the mayor, etc.  It’s really easy, go to:
http://www.southcentralfarmers.com/politicianform.php
there’s a form there, with email addresses for all city officials.
This police action, corporate greed, land grab, cannot go unanswered.  There will be a price to be paid for this destruction.
Below is the message I sent to city officials via the web page __http://www.southcentralfarmers.com/politicianform.php
The resistance of ordinary seeds!!!!!
Emma Rosenthal_Cafe Intifada
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STOP THE EVICTION!_SAVE THE FARM!

GREEN SPACE
FAMILIES FEEDING FAMILIES_ORGANIC HEALTHY FOOD
GREEN SPACE
A GATHERING PLACE_FRESH FRUIT_MILPA_SUGAR CANE_SQUASH_A 40 FOOT WALNUT TREE
GREEN SPACE
INDIGENOUS AGRICULTURE_SELF SUBSISTENCE_SELF RELIANCE_COMMUNITY POWER
GREEN SPACE
HOPE_HEALTH_FOOD_SUSTENANCE_EMPOWERMENT
GREEN SPACE
WATER_SEEDS_SOIL_EARTH
GREEN SPACE
THE CHILDREN_THE FUTURE
EMINENT DOMAIN_SAVE THIS FARM!
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What follows is an important editorial in light of Israel’s brutal attack on families on a picnic by the sea in Gaza.   He refers to war crimes and international law.  I would like to add the following: the international (U.N.) definition of genocide, written after WWII by Rafael Lemkin,  a Polish Jewish lawyer and survivor of genocide. I detest the word ethnic cleansing.  As if genocide were an act of purification (I have similar dissatisfaction with the word holocaust.– a burnt offering of purification to God.)  There is nothing sacred or purifying about mass murder.  (Such terminology actually implies that the perpetrators are the priests in these cleansing rituals!)  If one includes the number of  Palestinian children, held in Israeli prisons, without education, health care, family contact or legal representation,  Israel meets all five criteria for genocide.

>From the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
Adopted in December 1948
established in January 1951
(a) Killing members of the group;(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group
Sam Bahour serves on the Advisory Board of ¡Cafe Intifada!

Peace with Justice,

Emma Rosenthal
Cafe Intifada

Begging for a Response 

Israel’s ongoing air strikes on Gaza are politically motivated 

By Sam Bahour
The Israelis are a stiff necked people.  They refuse to accept anything less than full acquiescence by anyone involved in their plans, no matter the cost — human, political, financial, or otherwise.  Israel’s non-stop aggression against Palestinians – averaging two Palestinian deaths a day for several years now – is much more than what is popularly being coined in Israel and abroad as low-intensity warfare.  If international and humanitarian laws are to be used as a measure, the ongoing Israeli killing spree is taking on the shape of a sustained campaign of war crimes aimed to remove the Palestinians from Israel’s way.
The recent Israeli shelling of a crowded Gaza beach full of Palestinian civilians spending a weekend by the sea is the latest tragedy in an unrelenting effort undertaken by the newly elected Israeli government to provoke Palestinians, in specific, the Hamas-led Palestinian government.  The carnage of this latest Israeli attack (the afternoon attack, not the morning one) left a toll of 10 dead and over 50 wounded.  The entire incident, like the hundreds prior, quickly become a footnote in some Israeli military report that will most likely also carry an empty apology for the large numbers of children and women among the dead.  President Bush refused to condemn the attack and the United Nations, like a large slice of the Israeli public, will most likely not even take note of it.
In a world that has become numb to Middle Eastern carnage, except if the dead are Israeli, it does not come as a surprise that, at most, the dead are merely counted, hardly ever are they named.  The lack of world leadership has moved the international community to completely lose any moral compass whatsoever.  The basic fact that one party, the one burying its children on nearly daily basis, is an occupied people, the Palestinians.  The other party, the one launching air and sea strikes on civilian populations, and constantly shelling the Gaza Strip is the occupying party, Israel.  This core fact of the conflict has become lost in some misguided desire to create symmetry between Palestinians and Israelis.  International and humanitarian laws classify an occupied people as “protected persons,” and every signatory to the Fourth Geneva Convention, including the US, has an obligation to interfere to stop this cruel and inhumane Israeli collective punishment of Palestinians.
Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention defines war crimes as: “Wilful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, including…wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement of a protected person, …or wilfully depriving a protected person of the rights of fair and regular trial, …extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly.”
International law does not release from responsibility an occupying force because it apologizes for killing those it occupies, especially an occupying force that has instilled a mode of operation of systematically killing and then cynically apologizing.
Israel kills with purpose.  Following the rise to government of the hard line Hamas movement to the Palestinian government, Israel is optimizing on the US led campaign to bring a full collapse of the democratically-elected Palestinian government, by killing on a daily basis of what the world’s media has sadly accepted as “targeted assassinations.” There is a clear political agenda in the latest round of Israeli attacks.  Israel is begging for Hamas to react in kind by breaking its one sided truce that Hamas has held for over a year, despite Israel’s continued provocations.
Israel knows that as it continues to cage Palestinians in pockets of living hell, it is human nature that sooner or later the Palestinian government or even Palestinian individuals will be forced into reacting by trying to defend its population, never mind that the Palestinians do not have the means to even dent the Israeli military powerhouse.  Nevertheless, by the Palestinians striking back, and sadly taking Israeli lives in the process, Israel can then kick into action its well-oiled public relations spin machine to turn the tables on the entire Palestinian cause for independence and self-determination and thus, further continue the delegitimization and the demise of the Palestinians.
Israel’s renowned planning efforts forgot one elementary fact of life.  Like with slavery, there was a right and wrong and in the end right prevailed and slavery ended.  And, like with South Africa’s Apartheid, there was a right and wrong, and the racist Apartheid system fell flat on its face.  The Israelis have forgotten that militarily occupying the Palestinians — for over forty years now — is wrong too, and their occupation will come tumbling down in due time.  Sadly, as Israeli politicians do cartwheels to sustain their oppression of Palestinians, or maintain their popularity with the dead bodies of Palestinians, both Palestinians and Israelis are paying the price with their lives.

The writer is a Palestinian-American living in the besieged Palestinian City of El-Bireh in the West Bank.  He is co-author of HOMELAND: Oral Histories of Palestine and Palestinians (1994) and can be reached at sbahour@palnet.com. 

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6/1 Urgent Updates! Sheriffs at South Central Farm!

From: uprising@sbcglobal.net –Breaking News–

Sherrifs met with farmers today, said they need to get out, and they (the sherrif’s) will be coming soon.

Calling all those in solidarity with tha farm out TONITE tonite TONITE outside or inside the farm!

41st and alameda st.
los angeles,

coming from 10 frwy, exit alameda and go south roughly 2 miles, farm on right hand side.

Banana Trees at the South Central Farm_©2006 Emma Rosenthal all rights reserved

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