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One of Few Local Opponents of #OccupyTheFarm

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Published on May 7, 2012

One of very few represented opponents of #OccupyTheFarm speaks during the 5/7 Albany, CA City Council meeting.

A good number of Albany residents came to the meeting to speak in favor of the #OccupyTheFarm use of the Gill Tract. Only a few voiced displeasure.

On April 22nd (Earth Day) hundreds of farmers, students, and activists planted a farm on the Gill Tract, a UC Berkeley owned plot of land which the farmers have called "the last and best soil in the urban East Bay".

Recently, the UC has redesignated the Gill Tract in its latest Master Plan from "academic reserve" to "recreation and open space." There is a concern that this may result in ballparks presently in University Village to be moved to the Gill Tract, a concern that was addressed at this meeting.

Activists at #OccupyTheFarm are in ongoing negotiations with UC Berkeley officials regarding the occupation of the Gill Tract and its use. The UC has asked the activists to leave the land under threat of arrest which prompted #OccupyTheFarms most recent response which includes shared use of the land. The entire response can be found at http://takebackthetract.com/.



For my pictures and live-tweets from this and other events:

http://twitter.com/bobsterrrob

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