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(en) US, A Call to Youth and Students to Support the South Central Farm

Date Fri, 02 Dec 2005 17:58:21 +0200


Why is it important to support the South Central Farmers?
As a community, South Central has always had to deal with racism,
poverty, pollution, police brutality, and substandard education,
tracking youth into prisons instead of higher education. In spite of
this, the community, has always found ways to resist and fight modern
colonialism. Today in South Central there is a beautiful struggle that
has grown and is planting the seeds for a revolution.
After the 1992 rebellion, the city of Los Angeles gave the food bank 14
acres of land located at 41st and Alameda, that had been acquired
through the courts from property owner Ralph Horrowitz, for a community
garden to be started. Parts of an old building foundation remained on
the land, and much repair and clean up was necessary. Improvements were
made by dedicated and hard-working members of the community, and then
the garden was divided into 360 plots of land and has since been worked
collectively by 360 families. In 2003 the city sold the community garden
back to Horowitz. Since that time the South Central Farmers have been
tirelessly organizing and networking.

The South Central Farm is more than just a community garden. The farmers
are an example of a community building autonomy and relying on each
other instead of an oil-driven, war-mongering, white supremacist
patriarchal capitalist system that refuses to take care of us. What the
farmers are establishing is a system of mutual aid in which property is
owned and worked collectively, and people feel a sense of responsibility
to each other. They embody the spirit of "from each according to his
ability, to each according to his need." Furthermore, the South Central
Farmers disaffirm stereotypes that poor people are lazy and are too
ignorant to take care of themselves. They have founded a community based
on self-determination and started a grass roots movement of culturally
oppressed working class people. Their efforts and their victories could
give hope and inspiration to subjugated people across the globe.

The situation of the South Central farm is a reflection of what has gone
on throughout history (in particular Native Americans and people of
Mexico) and what is going on all over the world today (Chiapas, South
Africa, Palestine etc.). Land people use to grow food is being usurped
by corporations who exploit the land and indigenous people for profit.
Developers like Ralph Horowitz, policies like NAFTA (North American Free
Trade Agreement), and CAFTA (Central America Free Trade Agreement), and
organizations such as WTO (World Trade Organization), and IMF
(International Monetary Fund) exploit resources while forcing people off
land that they have deep connections to that is central to their
livelihood. Under the capitalistic agenda of these developers and
organizations there will be no future for us, or coming generations.

WE CALL ON ALL STUDENTS AND YOUTH TO TAKE A STAND FOR LAND, COMMUNITY
AND THE FUTURE!



What you can do to get involved:

-Organize your friends and your schools to build solidarity with the Farm

-Put pressure on and continue to protest Ralph Horrowitz (the developer
who is threatening to take the land away from the community). A protest
is scheduled for Friday December 2, 2005 in front Horowitz' office on
11911 San Vicente Blvd, Suite 310 in Beverly Hills from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

-Go to the Farmers Market on Sundays from 10am-3pm

-Attend the South Central Farmers Support Committee meetings Sunday at 4pm

-Sign up for the Phone Tree to be contacted to be a witness and/or a
participant in civil disobedience in defense of the farm

-Sleep over at the farm

-Take part in organizing an event

-Possible event: Sunday January 1st, 2006 Make your New Year's
Resolution Fighting for Justice


Call put out by Students for Social Change at Santa Monica College, an
anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian student organization contact us at
students4socialchange@lists.riseup.net



Visit www.southcentralfarmers.com
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