Wall Street perfidy? Damed straight. Foreclosures? Hell yeah. Police Repression? Hella yeah. And farming? Yup, that too.
Today, Earth Day, a couple of hundred occupiers from around the Bay marched from Berkeley, CA to a plot of land in Albany, CA (just to the north) known as the Gill Tract, then began
violent destruction of property pulling up weeds and planting seedlings. They call themselves Occupy the Farm. At the intersection of Marin and San Pablo in Albany The Gill Tract is
… the last remaining 10 acres of Class I agricultural soil in the urbanized East Bay area. The Gill Tract is public land administered by the University of California, which plans to sell it to private developers.
For decades the UC has thwarted attempts by community members to transform the site for urban sustainable agriculture and hands-on education. With deliberate disregard for public interest, the University administrators plan to pave over this prime agricultural soil for commercial retail space, a Whole Foods, and a parking lot.
The plan was kept sooper-seekrit. Marchers did not know where they were going until they got there. Police were not there ahead of the game. An Occupy Oaklander told me that even though the banners for the farm occupation were done in his back yard, even he didn’t know the target. The initial occupation appeared to be well-planned and well-executed.