On May 1st a number of groups and individuals assembled in downtown Durham to celebrate May Day, joining hundreds of thousands of protesters and strikers worldwide. This year was arguably the US’ biggest May Day since 2006, when immigrants filled the streets and organized school walk-outs all over the country. Over a hundred cities held May Day events across the country, with unpermitted marches, attacks on yuppie restaurants, luxury cars, corporate stores, and police precincts, and strikes happening in Seattle, Oakland, San Francisco, and New York among many others. Nearby, Greensboro had a rally and brief breakaway march that resulted in one arrest. Read the rest of this entry
(Albany, Calif.), April 22, 2012 – Occupy the Farm, a coalition of local residents, farmers, students, researchers, and activists are planting over 15,000 seedlings at the Gill Tract, 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. Read the rest of this entry
Wanted to make available this bilingual handout on the origins of May Day. The handout offers a brief history of May Day, as well as an explanation about anarchist practice and a few critiques of leftist and liberal models that we are likely to encounter in the streets this May 1st.To view a pdf of the design for printing, go to: http://trianarchy.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/maydayhandout1.pdf Read the rest of this entry
This morning at 9am, dozens of people started gathering around an empty home at 2633 Pebble Meadow Lane in Raleigh. While some entered and locked themselves inside, others stood in front in the yard and driveway. The occupiers were there, with the support of the original homeowners, to actively reoccupy a home that had been taken by the bank. Read the rest of this entry
Protesters tossed bombs over the fence around the empty building at the proposed CVS site in Carrboro on Saturday — bombs made of clay, compost and seeds.
Members of the Carrboro Commune, Carrboro Greenspace and Croatan Earth First! participated in a peaceful guerilla gardening event to oppose the proposed CVS at 201 N. Greensboro St. Read the rest of this entry
March 17, 2012: Today, the Carrboro Commune firmly rooted our presence at 201 North Greensboro Street. Corporate giant CVS, who intends to develop this lot as a 24-7 megastore, enclosed it in a chain link fence after the previous building occupation on February 4th. After camping overnight across the street on a public greenway, we kicked off the morning of guerilla gardening by streaming recycled cloth garlands over the fences and chalking in the street. No sooner than we began, police arrived to serve and protect capitalism, detaining and arresting a peacefully chalking gardener in a crosswalk. Other gardeners broke ground and prepared a neglected raised bed for planting. They established a burgeoning garden, extending around the fence, full of basil, cabbage, yarrow, marigolds, tomatoes, morning glories and other medicinal herbs, flowers and vegetables brought by the community. A wooden sign painted with moss was installed encouraging passersby to Garden Everywhere. Gardeners threw seed bombs into the neglected lot in hopes that more plants will take root, in spite of CVS’s efforts to keep the community from utilizing and enjoying this contested space. Festive banners, suncatchers, pinecone birdfeeders, and educational signs adorned both the garden and the encampment. Thanks to our friends at Croatan Earth First! for their support and partnership. And thanks to friends, neighbors and perfect strangers who stepped out of the bounds of everyday life and joined us.
Next Meeting of the Carrboro Commune – Corner of Weaver Street and Greensboro – Carrboro
Monday March 19th 6pm
Posters have been going up all over town advertising the gardening day at 201 N. Greensboro St. A handbill is now also available, and can be downloaded off our resources page.
The gardening day is March 17th – gather your friends, your picks and your shovels, your soil and your seedlings!
The following are some corrections to and comments on the recent article printed in the Independent on the recent building takeover, by one Carrboro Commune participant. Probably there are many other corrections and comments to be made – I’ve tried to focus on my own observations and some of the more sly implications of the article at hand. The original article can be found here. Read the rest of this entry
Folks active with the Carrboro Commune have publicly announced an open day of guerilla gardening at 201 N. Greensboro St., one of the contested properties currently owned by CVS. The press release is below:
“On March 17, 2012, join us in Carrboro to grow plants and community through guerrilla gardening! The Carrboro Commune, an open affiliation of community members concerned about the corporate domination of public space, will collaborate with other local organizations to transform the unused lot at 201 Greensboro Street into a vibrant garden providing edible, medicinal, and beautiful plants for the general public. Read the rest of this entry