A beautiful hot day greeted us as we prepared for the city to show up and try evict us. Yesterday we got a notice that at 4 pm today, that we would be evicted from the place we have made home next to the Hanlon creek. All day the camp was a buzz with activity, food making, kitchen building, greeting visitors, and crews digging trenches to keep vehicles away from the site. In a field nearby, off Laird road, a city crew was busy constructing a road and a fenced off official protest site. As sweat gathered on our brows, we couldn’t help but laughing at the thought of relocating our “protest” to the cordoned off area, far from the creek we are protecting and quietly taking their offer for the “right” to protest.
We had such a wonderful out pouring of support as people brought food by, kids and their dads and dogs came to say hello and walk through the mosquito infested old growth woods. Elders came out to support us around the hour the city was supposed to come, and there was a baby in arms too.
As the hour of 4 approached, we gathered around the fire circle, the lunch dishes washed and a sense of anticipation in the air. There was music and a few people spoke some inspiring words reminding us all of our strength in each other and our connection to the earth. The hour of 4 came and went and we saw no city officials or police. Media wandered around, hoping for a story. Some breathed a sigh of relief. Folks on top of the look out tower kept the binoculars to their eyes.
Maybe they aren’t coming now. Are they waiting until the media is gone, when the world can’t watch their actions?Maybe they wont come at all. Maybe they will finally accept what is true; that the HCBP is a waste of time and money, that it is an environmental disgrace and that wild space is becoming too rare to continuing such destruction. We will be here until September 15 and we will continue to protect this place. Not only for our selves, but also for the blue heron who flew over again at 4 o’clock, for the trees and birds and creek and salamanders and mosquitoes and for what they create together, a community.
Thank you to all those wonderful people who continue to support us in such amazing ways! See you soon!