Family day went off wonderfully, with a wonderful diversity of ages, cultures, and genders. Well over 150 people were in and out of the site throughout the day, with many babies in arms of mothers, dogs, elderly couples, and new folks. Thank you to everyone who came out!
A huge meal was served, with soup, bread, carrot cake, deer, and much much more. People have been sharing sing alongs throughout the evening. People are working together in ways that are rarely seen in ‘normal’ life. This occupation is opening all of our imaginations as to what life can really be outside the confines of our roles in society and it’s normal processes. We now have a permanent roof on our kitchen and a plethora of food, and a new structure to protect us from the sunny skies. Some of us saw a really interesting dragonfly today with a teal body and red wings.
In response to numerous allegations:
Mayor Karen Farbridge says she is concerned we are harming the environment. Perhaps she should see for herself the construction she authorized Drexler to do. Come and see the 4-lane scar acros the land, count the 150 rings on the cedars they cut down, and feel the sterility of the soil now that the meadow has been stripped. This is violence. We are here preventing this construction, and the blue heron, wild canaries, blue jays, frogs and toads have come back to the stream and frolic every day.
We carry in our own firewood to use for fires, and have re-used abandoned cedar fence posts for our structures. In the wake of this destruction, today we planted numerous native trees to help repair the streambank. Piles of shredded trees have been carried in wheelbarrows to fill in potholes. Neighbours have donated tarps and camping gear, and we are living very lightly on the land. This is an example of communal sustainable living.
The Mayor also says she is ‘concerned for our safety.’ The space we have collectively created here is far safer than the dominant culture. Here we have ground rules for getting along together in ways that address power dynamics between genders, and we are working on creating a safer space where people can feel free to be themselves. Conversely, the new city hall has security guards to prevent visitor access to the mayor’s office, and security cameras adorn the outside of the building.
We are most concerned for our safety due to the continuation of this development. We cannot afford the loss of any more ecosystems to ‘economic growth.’ We need cleaner air, safer drinkining water, and a guarantee that this world is worth bringing children into. The HCBP must stop.
Great big hugs and thank yous to all the new people who come in by the hour. Thanks to the General Manager of a business across the Hanlon who pledges support, all those who brought homemade food, neighbours who brought chips and provided information on undercover police, the kids on the old growth forest walk, the music makers, firekeepers, those who bury the compost toilet, the monarch butterflies, the deer who are still walking these woods, the moon who is filling up. We love you all.