Friday, May 26, 2006

Joan Baez, Others Tree-Sitting

Tree-sitting protesters vowed Thursday to peacefully resist eviction from a 14-acre urban garden on which the landowner wants to build a warehouse.

The inner-city site is "a place of safety and respite from the harshness of the concrete jungle. . . We just have to save it," actress Darryl Hannah said from the branches of an old walnut tree where she perched for the day despite her vertigo.

Below her, supporters had created a tent city in the midst of the flowers, bananas, edible cacti, sunflowers and other produce that is farmed by about 350 mainly poor, Latino families. (Altar picture at the base of one of the trees - link)

Hannah is among celebrities supporting the farmers and their effort to preserve the garden, a green swath in an industrial area southeast of downtown. Folk singer Joan Baez sat in the tree Wednesday, and musician Ben Harper and his wife, actress Laura Dern, Julia Butterfly Hill gave speeches.


Why can't we have some decent live news coverage of this and other events like it?


Eric Brooks Fri May 26, 05:55:00 PM EDT  

Wow... that's a lot of big names involved.

Sudeaux Lux Fri May 26, 10:35:00 PM EDT  

It really helps to get the famous people involved. It breeds more publicity and more participation. 8)


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