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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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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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PLUS PHOTOS!!!
TWO MESSAGES:  EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION, AND SCROLL DOWN FOR A MESSAGE FROM DANIEL AND THE REST OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL FARMERS SUPPORT COMMITTEE.

<><>Emergency Demonstration! Emergency Demonstration!

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March 25th Coalition Initiating Sponsor of Protest for South Central Farmers
_Where: Los Angeles Mayor’s Mansion – 605 S. Irving Blvd, 8 blocks west of Western (off Wilshire)__Why: Save the South Central Farm  – Stop a potential Wal-Mart Warehouse__When: Tomorrow – Friday, June 2nd from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM__Contact: (323) 936-7266__The March 25th Coalition which initiated the action that brought one million into the streets of  Los Angeles on March 25th and the successful nationwide boycott on May 1st is calling on all who believe in justice to demand the city act immediately to stop the racist eviction against the primarily Latino and immigrant farmers located on the South Central Farm. For the city of Los Angeles to be willing to use the power of eminent domain almost 14 years ago to attempt to force a garbage incinerator on the community yet today not lift a finger to save a farm that provides much needed food, oxygen and green space in South Central is tantamount to actively supporting environmental racism against this community.__What will reside on 41st Street and Alameda in Los Angeles? – A farm serving the needs of children in South Central or a possible Wal-Mart warehouse preparing for their exploitation?__We must make the mayor hear the united voices of justice in Los Angeles so that, together, we can decide

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<><>Friends,
I’ve been staying at the farm when I can.  There is
much hope there.  Please find a way to help out.
Please don’t ever believe that you are powerless to
shape your world, your city, community, or yourself.
All things are possible, and we need to work together,
everyone of us, so we can see miracles.

– Daniel French
http://www.southcentralfarmers.org

Below is a note from the support committee of the S.
Central Farm…….

We still need your support!

Day 9 of the Community Encampment:

As the threat of impending eviction looms, South
Central Farm needs your support to preserve the
nations largest urban farm, which serves as a 14-acre
oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle. This 14-year
old community gem functions as an active farm for more
than 350 families and fills a local community need for
fresh produce, green space and a safe haven in a
poverty-stricken region of Los Angeles.

What you can do:

1) Come to South Central Farm to join in our community
encampment and tree sit.

2) Attend an informational training session at the
farm tomorrow (Thursday) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to
learn effective strategies to support the farmers. If
you cant attend the whole session, come for as long as
you can!

3) Donate to support the South Central Farmers effort
to buy the land and maintain it as a community farm.

4) Drop off supplies used for camping and food at the
farm.

5) Walk around the farm every morning, from about 5
a.m. to 9 a.m..   Some believe the sheriffs will
attempt an eviction at dawn, which means really early.
It would be helpful for us all if there were
witnesses who just happended to be walking by, or
doing their morning walk etc… to be there, hopefully
with cameras, just in case something goes down.

6) Candlelight vigil every night at the farm, 7 p.m.
A profound procession in support of the S. Central
Farm.

7) Forward this message to friends and family!

To find out more or make a donation, please go to
http://www.southcentralfarmers.org.

By saving this farm we are establishing a precedent,
which prioritizes central, local food production, safe
open space for children, and the greening of America.

Julia Butterfly Hill, who is tree-sitting in the heart
of the farm, and has been fasting for 16 days,  said
today We have to make our cities more livable so
people stop leaving them in order to live. Until
recently, the concept of sustainability has been
predominantly an option available only for the
wealthy. This project is about making sustainability
available for all.

Join us. Support the South Central Farmers to resist
the destruction of the South Central Farm.

Thank you,

South Central Farmers Support Coalition

southcentralfarmers@yahoo.com
http://www.southcentralfarmers.org
1-888-SCFARM-1
41st St & Alameda, Los Angeles

<><>Rosa Romero_(a woman out standing in her field!)_©2006 Emma Rosenthal All rights reserved

<><>Julia Butterfly Hill _(taking a break from tree sitting)_©2006 Emma Rosenthal All rights reserved

<><>Julia Butterfly Hill tree sitting, to save the farm.  At the time this photo was taken, she had been fasting for 12 days._©2006 Emma Rosenthal All rights reserved

<><>Darryl Hannah, tree sitting to save the farm_©2006 Emma Rosenthal All rights reserved

<><>Under the walnut tree._(Home of tree sitters:  Julia Butterfly Hill, Darryl Hannah and John Quigley.)_©2006 Emma Rosenthal All rights reserved

It takes a village                              ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All rights reserved


Activist Andy Griggs, at the farm_©2006 Emma Rosenthal All rights reserved

Farmer            ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All rights reserved_(I didn’t catch her name.)

nopales             ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All rights reserved

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Come down to the farm!!!!

(Scroll down for photos)
On Sunday I made it down to the South Central Farm, along with (with the help of) Andy (Griggs) and my son Leon.  We wanted to give our support, and I wanted my son to see this amazing place before it’s too late.  We keep a small garden and try to get most of our vegetables from our own labor.  It isn’t easy; between my disability and Leon’s teenager agenda, which often does not include weeding and mulching.  I am trying to impart to him the importance of sustainability, alternatives to consumerism and the deep understanding of the subversive resistance of ordinary seeds.
For those who haven’t visited the farm, your presence there is greatly needed to stave off the impending eviction, which could happen any day now, but would require a brutal act by the sheriff’s department against a broad cross section of the Los Angeles community; children, undocumented immigrants, students, activists, lawyers, movie stars (well, one when I was there,) environmentalists, writers, greens, mechistas and the farmers themselves.  Conspicuously missing were the politicians who supposedly represent and historically hale from the community.
The farm is situated in the middle of an industrial belt of warehouses and blight; a lifeboat of green in a sea of grey.  It takes up two entire city blocks and consists of a matrix of 350 rectangular family plots, each with its own fence and gate, within a grid of walkways.  One could walk for hours through what feels like a maze of (well) maize. In addition to the maize (corn) are rows of cabbage, the end of the winter gardens, chard, the beginning of summer vegetables; tomatoes, zucchini, pumpkin, chayote, strawberries, raspberries, chiles, peas and beans and perennials, including fruit trees, nopales, sugar cane, avocados.  A few of the farm plots were overgrown with bolting cabbages and lettuce, the end of winter among the weeds.  But most of the farms were still vibrant with new growth; seeds in defiance of bulldozers.   The farm is bisected by a road down the center.  And to the right, as one enters, is a small clearing underneath a three story walnut tree that currently houses three tree sitters.  Underneath the tree are a ring of candles and several tents, as a significant community has taken up camp on the farm to stand down the impending eviction.
When we were there,  Julia Butterfly Hill was tree sitting with Darryl Hannah and John Quigley.  I also ran into ISM activist, Garrick Ruiz  (from olive groves in Palestine, to corn fields in South Central.)  Philip Koebel was there, as was Anna Kunkin of Global Voices for Justice, Sarah Nolan, Dele, and many others.  We arrived in time for the farmers market, but had to leave before the evening program that included music, dance etc. all of which was set up along the road that divides the market.
In the road, a large tarp was erected, under which many people, including children and a group of mechistas from as far away as Las Vegas and Santa Fe, were engaged in banner painting.
This would be an important victory for immigrant and indigenous rights, sustainable agriculture, the L.A. left, future green space and models of city management.
There’s a vigil every night at 7 pm and people are also needed around the clock.  So, head down to the farm.  It’s located at: 41st and Alameda in the heart of Los Angeles’ industrial and warehouse blight.  And if you are among the privileged few that can make a donation towards the purchase of the farm, it’s tax deductible.  It seems a crime that in a city that produces movies that make hundreds of millions of dollars, that pay movie stars millions of dollars to star in the films, that someone can’t just WRITE THE CHECK!!!
Such a contrast; those of us scraping by while defending human rights and those who bring in millions every year on one or two movies. It would seem to me that someone might decide to live off of the income (for the rest of their lives) from just one film and donate the rest to human need and social justice.  Must be a difference in priorities.  It is beyond my ability to comprehend what anyone would do with that much money that would have a greater legacy than human rights.
For more information about the farm, including the history of how the farm came into being and the back room deal that has threatened this environmental treasure and how you can make a donation:_http://www.southcentralfarmers.com/
The photos below are copyright.  Permission must be acquired before publishing the photos to other sites and publications.
Today I offer photos of the farm plots.
Wednesday I will publish photos of the banners and art that is being created at the farm.
And Thursday I will publish photos of the encampment,  tree sitters, farmers and activists who have gathered at the farm.
Peace with justice, and for a world free from GMO’s, corporate greed and back room deals.
Emma Rosenthal_Café Intifada

Plants in Pots                              ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

The Bisecting Road with Musicians and Stage in Background_©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Nopales and a Ladder_©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

A Walk in the Garden                   ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Farmers in their Family Plot with Industrial Warehouses in the Background_©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Several Family Plots With Warehouses in the Background_©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Cabbage, Corn and Other Crops        _©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

Against the L.A. Skyline                          ©2006 Emma Rosenthal All Rights Reserved

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