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Two weeks ago they came for Atenco Now they come for the South Central Farm

by Autonomous People's Collective Wednesday, May. 24, 2006 at 5:50 PM

We, members of the Autonomous Peoples Collective (APC) and the Eastside Café (ESC), as subscribers to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and the "Other Campaign" denounce the imminent eviction of over 300 families who currently work the 14 acres of land considered the largest urban farm in the U.S., located in South Central Los Angeles, California.

Two weeks ago they came for Atenco Now they come for the South Central Farm

May 23, 2006

Los Angeles, California

United States

We, members of the Autonomous Peoples Collective (APC) and the Eastside Café (ESC), as subscribers to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and the "Other Campaign" denounce the imminent eviction of over 300 families who currently work the 14 acres of land considered the largest urban farm in the U.S., located in South Central Los Angeles, California. We also denounce the lies of the Los Angeles Mayor, who during his campaign promised to help the urban farmers retain 14 years of hard work, a medicinal treasure, a biospheric haven also known as the Lung of South Central. We denounce the constant disrespect of the L.A.City Council, particularly Jan Perry, who has from the very start attempted to sabotage and evict thefarmers. Last but not least, we denounce

the ongoing harassment by the Police Department aimed at terrorizing the farmers and making them quit the 14 acres they have cultivated for over 12 years, known to all as the South Central Farm (SCF).

Recently many farmers and supporters have reported what appeared to be police tactical maneuver in preparation to take over the farm. Such military drills have included the use of trains to block the west side entrance, ostensibly to keep supporters from reaching the farm, and the possible use of a helicopter to raid the farm and evict its tenants.

On Friday, May 19th, between 9pm and 11pm, during a concert in support of the SCF, an unidentified helicopter flying at an extremely low altitude flashed its search light in an intimidating manner on the

main entrance to the South Central Farm on Long Beach Avenue.

This is a direct attack on the human right to autonomy and self determination. As subscribers to La Otra Campaña and the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, we equate this attack in Los

Angeles, California, to the attacks that Mexican campesinos have suffered when defending their land in Chiapas, Oaxaca, and recently, Atenco. La Otra Campaña supports the struggle of the South Central Farmers.

Thus, as subscribers we denounce these illegitimate actions of Ralph Horowitz, the mayor and all other parties who have led to the illegitimate purchase and appropriation of the SCF. We denounce

all the legal actions against the South Central Farmers and forcing an unjust eviction of over 300 families off the land that they have been working on for many years.

We denounce the Los Angeles City Council--especially Jan Perry--for its inability to support the farmers and come up with the funds to purchase the farm from Ralph Horowitz. They all promised to

green L.A., but are unwilling to challenge big corporations interests on this contested piece of land.

We denounce the Los Angeles Sheriff and Police departments for conducting Militarized Police Raid Tactics on and around the South Central Farm for the last several months. As the Sexta Declaración

points out and as we have seen throughout La Otra Capaña, neoliberalism requires buying up everything, in addition to the destruction and demonization of all collective efforts to save the land. It requires the squelching of all commons and the privatization of everything. Neoliberalism requires the use of military force to enforce the illegitimate and unnatural processes of this spurious system. And although we dont expect the type of violence carried out in Atenco against the campesinos who were defending their land, we do see a connection in the military force used to suppress the right of these people to work their land. After all, it was NYC Mayor GuilianiWilliam Brattens boss--, who was hired by Mexico city Mayor, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, as a global consultant to train this citys police departments on the art of crushing urban protests, resistance movements and peaceful rebellions. Plus, the US government has been pouring military aid to the Mexican governments for the past 10 years with the excuse of the War on Drugs. An infamous Chase Bank memo, dated January 13, 1995, warned Mexican officials that "the government will need to eliminate the Zapatistas to demonstrate their effective control of the national territory and security policy. "(

Thus, it is clear to see whose law and order is maintained by this low intensity warfare waged on the true owners of the land. In full agreement with La Sexta and La Otra we believe that when Emiliano Zapata verbalized his deep conviction of la tierra es de quien la trabaja, he wasnt just talking about Mexico.

Lastly, we denounce, the Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa who poses as a progressive. Villaraigosa and the rest of those in the City Council who swear they are progressive are not. They

have all shown us that our systems electoral process does not produce change. They have all shown us the degree to which this system is corrupt and with great ease they have lied to the people,

particularly the poor. Antonio has shown us that there is no more listening to the people, that is-- nomore democracy.

As subscribers of La Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona and as members of La Otra Campaña we understand and believe that it is through a broad and diverse movement of people at the bottom--

utilizing civil and rebellious peaceful means-- that a new system is possible --even in the belly of the beast.

Spanish Version:

Hace dos semanas vinieron por los campesinos de Atenco Ahora vienen por los campesinos del Sur Central

23 de Mayo, 2006

Los Angeles, California

Estados Unidos

Nosotr@s, miembros del Autonomous People’s Collective (Colectivo de Personas Autónomas) y del Eastside Café, y como adherentes a La Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona y La Otra Campaña denunciamos el inminente desalojo de más de 300 familias que trabajan los 14 acres de tierra, considerada la granja urbana más grande de los Estados Unidos, localizada en el Sur Central de Los Ángeles, California. También denunciamos las mentiras del alcalde de Los Ángeles, quien durante su campaña electoral prometió ayudar a l@s campesin@s urban@s para que conservaran los 14 años de trabajo duro, el tesoro medicinal, el oasis de diversidad biosférica, también conocido como el pulmón del Sur Central. También denunciamos la constante falta de respeto del Consejo de la Ciudad de Los Ángeles, particularmente la concejal Jan Perry, quien desde un primer momento intentó sabotear y desalojar a los campesinos. Finalmente, denunciamos el hostigamiento constante del Departamento de Policía, con la finalidad de aterrorizar a l@s campesin@s y hacerl@s dejar las 14 acres que han cultivado por más de 12 años, conocidos como el jardín comunitario del Sur Central (South Cenctral Farm).

Recientemente much@s campesin@s y sus defensores han informado acerca de presuntas maniobras tácticas de la policía en preparación para ocupar el terreno. Tales ensayos militares incluyeron el uso de trenes para bloquear la entrada del lado oeste, evidentemente para evitar que los defensores pudieran llegar hasta el predio en el caso de una ocupación, y el posible uso de un helicóptero para realizar una redada y desalojar a l@s locatarios.

El viernes 19 de mayo, entre las 9 y 11 de la noche, durante un concierto en apoyo al SCF, un helicóptero identificado voló a baja altura sobre el jardín comunitario e iluminó con sus focos de manera intimidatoria la entrada principal de la Avenida Long Beach.

Este es un ataque directo al derecho a la autonomía y la auto-determinación. Como adherentes a La Otra Campaña y la Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona, equiparamos este ataque en Los Ángeles, California, a los ataques a l@s campesin@s mexican@s por defender sus tierras en Chiapas, Oaxaca, y recientemente, en Atenco. La Otra Campaña apoya la lucha de los campesinos del Sur Central.

De este modo, como adherentes denunciamos las acciones ilegítimas de Ralph Horowitz, del alcalde y de todos los que han participado en la compra ilegítima y la apropiación del SCF. Denunciamos todas las acciones “legales” contra l@s campesin@s del Sur Central y el desalojo forzado e injusto de más de 300 familias de su tierra, que han estado trabajando por tantos años.

Denunciamos al Consejo de la ciudad de Los Ángeles—especialmente a Jan Perry—por su inhabilidad para apoyar a l@s campesin@s y asignar los fondos para comprar el predio a Ralph Horowitz. Todos ellos prometieron “reverdecer” la ciudad de Los Ángeles, pero les falta la voluntad política de desafiar los intereses de las grandes corporaciones sobre este terreno.

Denunciamos a los departamentos del Sheriff y de la Policía de la ciudad de Los Angeles por conducir tácticas de redadas militarizadas en las cercanías del jardín comunitario del Sur Central en los últimos meses. Como señala la Sexta Declaración y como hemos estado observando en el curso de La Otra Campaña, el neoliberalismo requiere la adquisición de todo, además de la destrucción y la demonización de todo intento colectivo para salvar la tierra. Requiere también de la liquidación de los bienes comunales y la privatización de todo. El neoliberalismo requiere el uso de la fuerza militar para hacer cumplir los procesos ilegítimos de este sistema espurio.

A pesar de que no esperamos que ocurra el tipo de violencia que se llevó a cabo en Atenco por las fuerzas policiales contra los campesinos que estaban defendiendo sus tierras, vemos una conexión en el uso de la fuerza militar usada para suprimir el derecho de esta gente del Sur Central para trabajar su tierra. Después de todo, fue el alcalde de Nueva York, el señor Giuliani—jefe de William Bratten--, quien fue contratado por el alcalde de la ciudad de México, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, como asesor para entrenar al departamento de policía de esa ciudad en el arte de suprimir protestas urbanas, movimientos de resistencia y rebeliones pacíficas. Además, el gobierno de los EEUU ha estado enviando ayuda militar al gobierno de México durante la última década con la excusa de luchar en la Guerra contra las drogas. Un memorando infame del Banco Chase, fechado el 13 de enero del 1995, advertía a los oficiales mexicanos que “el gobierno debe eliminar a los Zapatistas para demostrar su efectivo control del territorio nacional y las políticas de seguridad.” ( De este modo, se hace claro de quién es “la ley y el orden “que son mantenidas por medio de esta guerra de baja intensidad desatada contra los verdaderos dueños de la tierra. En total acuerdo con La Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona y La Otra Campaña, sabemos que cuando Emiliano Zapata verbalizó su profunda convicción de que “la tierra es de quien la trabaja,” no se estaba refiriendo solamente a México.

Finalmente, denunciamos al alcalde de Los Ángeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, quien se hace pasar por un político progresista. Villaraigosa y el resto de los funcionarios del Consejo de la Ciudad que juran ser progresistas, no lo son. Tod@s nos han mostrado que nuestro sistema electoral no produce cambios. Nos han mostrado el grado de corrupción, y con qué facilidad les mienten a la gente, principalmente, a los pobres. Antonio nos ha mostrado que no le interesa escuchar a la gente, es decir, que no le interesa la democracia.

Como adherentes a La Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona y como miembros de La Otra Campaña comprendemos y sabemos que es solamente por medio de un movimiento amplio y diverso desde abajo—utilizando medios pacíficos de rebelión civil--, que un nuevo sistema es posible, aún en las entrañas del monstruo.

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