Help Keep PARC Open For the People

For: Peoples' Action for Rights and Community
Organizer: Verbena Lea
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The Story

Peoples' Action for Rights and Community (PARC) is not a huge space, but it's a safe space and facilitates many essential community functions, taking on needs that are often ignored.  PARC is open 7 days a week and is one of the only places where people can meet, organize, and access various resources at no charge.  We need your support.

PARC relies entirely on donations and volunteers, staying open every day of the year (with a few exceptions). PARC has/shares a community kitchen; clean towels and free toiletries; working computers with internet, printer, fax, and copy machine; nutritious food; toilet paper; clothes, shoes, and blankets (always need more); donated food; a guitar; art supplies; a copy machine; bicycle loans; emergency tent space; lots of important reading material and book lending library; mailing address (for receiving packages, help to get a job, living space, letters, etc.); community posting spaces; tea and some herbal remedies; and coffee for those who drink it. Plus, it's a dog friendly zone.

Every day, PARC volunteers assist people who've had their rights violated.  We also help people with their defense in court, filing paperwork, tenant rights issues, documenting their situations, and other overwhelming stuff. We also work on connecting people and connecting with people to imagine and create a healthy and supportive world. 

No one is charged (or gets paid) for assistance, space, food, literature or other resources. 

WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT, PARC WILL CLOSE.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 29, 2017

Posted on April 29, 2017

Last Minute Plea for PARC $$ Support (April 29)

Due to a couple of emergency matters happening around PARC, we haven't had the time or forethought to ask for rent donations until today.

We are expecting a "pay the rent & bills"-sized donation this month (tell you more about that later), but we need to pay the rent to the out-of-town landlords on May 1st, before that donation comes in. 

Sorry for springing this email on you last minute. Honestly, things have been overwhelming lately.

Happy May Day!  International Workers' Day and Immigrant Rights Day and SHUT THIS SHIT DOWN Day! Organize and Defend!

To donate to PARC, one can:

Send donations ONLINE: parc.2truth.com/donate

Come by and drop off cash (or call & we'll come to you!)
Address Money Orders to Kimberly Starr
Address Checks to James Decker
and/or mail any of the above to:

PARC
P.O. Box 5692
Eureka, CA  95502

Thank You!!

~Verbena
707.442.7465

Check out our archived updates: https://www.youcaring.com/other/help-keep-parc-open-for-the-people-/153592


Posted on March 29, 2017

Posted on March 29, 2017

Neil Urges You To Support PARC

My name is Neil and I have known about PARC for over two weeks now. Since then I have been able to utilize another shower or two a week in addition to the other resources available locally. This makes a big difference and helps boost my confidence and self-esteem. Being able to shower and keep up on hygiene, I have found to be crucial while homeless. Being able to keep my head up and smile at others and engage in social interaction is what keeps that spark of hope in my life. Because I have so many medical issues at once right now, I don't always make it on time to other resources. So it helps for me to be able to consistently come by here to get a meal, shower, charge phone, use the restroom or even seek advice or counsel from the ladies that work here. They are very caring and educated and knowledgeable in so many areas. That's one of the reasons I find myself already at ease and comfortable here when I come by. In addition to these valuable services, I have found that sometimes I simply need a push in the right direction or help in knowing what that might be. I believe that is what they are best at here. Thank you
Neil Thompson
March 28, 2017

We're thankful to Neil for writing this for PARC's monthly "need money" update. After almost 10 years of trying to be creative every month and explain some of the organizing and daily goings-on at PARC so we can make rent and bills, we are glad that Neil volunteered to share his words with you. So far, we have $410 toward PARC's $750 rent and $160 phone and utility bills.


Please reach out and talk with your friends, family, and comrades, and urge them to donate to PARC, Peoples' Action for Rights and Community.  Learn more about PARC by calling 707.442.7465, or checking out archived updates at https://www.youcaring.com/other/help-keep-parc-open-for-the-people-/153592

To donate to PARC, one can:

Send donations ONLINE: parc.2truth.com/donate

Come by and drop off cash (or call & we'll come to you!)
Address Money Orders to Kimberly Starr
Address Checks to James Decker
and/or mail any of the above to:

PARC
P.O. Box 5692
Eureka, CA  95502


Other needs:  • coats • warm hats • shoes • blankets/sleeping gear • underwear • body soap • dish soap • shampoo • conditioner • razors •

THANK YOU!!


Posted on February 24, 2017

Posted on February 24, 2017

Survival - Resistance - Water - Sleep - PARC Rent and Bill $$


“Yesterday.... now I need a place to hide away.”

On February 22, 1943, three German students, Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, and Christoph Probst, were executed by guillotine for their role in urging students to rise up and overthrow the Nazi government. They were members of the White Rose, who organized nonviolent resistance to Hitler, and were arrested for printing and distributing anti-Nazi flyers.

“Why do German people behave so apathetically in the face of all these abominable crimes, crimes so unworthy of the human race? … The German people slumber on in their dull, stupid sleep and encourage these fascist criminals …. Now that we have recognized [the Nazis] for what they are, it must be the sole and first duty, the holiest duty of every German to destroy these beasts.” from one White Rose pamphlet

White Rose: The Germans who tried to topple Hitler http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21521060

Memories of the White Rose (from Dr. George Wittenstein, White Rose member, survivor)

Yesterday, at PARC on Wed, Feb 22, 2017, we had an intense but relatively slow day. Opening at about 9:30am, we had a guest (friend) who came in to brainstorm about some survival and human rights work. He sat in the yard for a while and then inside PARC. He said that PARC reminds him of a place he used to go that was place for people to come in, learn, and leave a better person.

The rain and sleet and hail have made living outside so difficult. And no one who has to live outside seems to have enough sleeping gear. We gave out about 10 pairs of socks yesterday. Also, about five people got whole outfits from the PARC clothing shelves and four people took hot showers. Fifteen to twenty people came by for snacks and six people had hot meals.

We have 15 lockers in the yard here at PARC, and lately, a few lockers have become available. Yesterday, two people got lockers to store some of their belongings in, for as long as they need it. There is no safe place for people on the streets to leave their belongings, except on their backs.

Also,on Wed Feb 22, 2017, Indigenous Water Protectors and supporters faced a massive government attack (“eviction”) on their historic gathering of prayer, community survival, and direct action to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tribes and visitors from all over the continent and the world have been uniting in solidarity in the land of the Great Sioux Nation since April 2016, and also organizing campaigns in their respective home towns/cities to divest from banks and other huge investors in the Dakota Access Pipeline. The fight is not over. It cannot be. Water is Life. #NoDAPL

Over the past week, we've learned of three people who died in Eureka after doing heroin. The people we knew were two native women, living without shelter, who were just recently at PARC. We are sad. And we are sad for their families and community. Sadness and fear are going around right now. We're grateful for Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR) and Public Health for having Naloxone kits (for overdose), but a major problem is people being ALONE when they use drugs. So many humans are stuck in public view and forced to hide by police and other mean people, just to sleep or sit down--  just to exist.  It is easy for people to end up hiding all alone! And then if they are heroin users, there is not necessarily someone around to help in the event of overdose. People at PARC remember out loud the people who recently died. We send kind thoughts and prayers for their spirits, and for their families. We ask people to stay safe and buddy up with each other so no one is alone.

More happenings at PARC yesterday:

  • A person enduring a difficult court case did a bunch of work on PARC's public computer.

  • People plugged in to charge their phones and other electronics (there are power strips inside PARC and in the yard).

  • Folks used the toilet (one of the only open bathrooms in Eureka).

  • Various people used the PARC phone regarding appointments, to get in touch with family, and in attempts to get housing.

  • We distributed mail to five people (of the 30 or so who receive mail at PARC's office address).

  • We fixed our printer/copier/fax machine!

  • PARC is one of the places that does intake for Homeless Court, and yesterday we prepared (made phone call and copied calendar) for Friday's homeless court session.

  • Someone was reading Black Power [1967, Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) and Charles V. Hamilton] from our book lending library.

  • A companion dog chilled out on the couch for a few hours, in from the cold rainy streets, and he gave puppy love to folks coming into PARC.

  • I spoke on the phone with a new volunteer with the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS) and set up a meeting to get to work. I shared information with her about: the origins of PHSS; the CA Prisoner Human Rights Movement- its Hunger Strikes, lawsuit, and Agreement to End Hostilities; the PHSS website; legal visits with people in solitary; and the Human Rights Pen Pals.

Below are our current bills, which are a bit more than usual.

$135.00 PG & E: gas and electricity

$38.00 Post Office Box, 6 month fee: The P.O. Box is used for PARC and for 3 other “projects.” A lot of mail comes there from people in prison.

$111.00 Phone Bills Currently answering 3 different lines, and used by the PARC office and people who need a phone and/or a message number.

$750.00 PARC Rent

We also need: • warm hats • shoes • blankets/sleeping gear • underwear • body soap • dish soap • shampoo • conditioner • razors •

If a hundred people donate $12 each toward our rent and bills, we would have it covered. Can you chip in and ask one friend to do the same? Maybe skip dessert when you go out to eat, or if you can't afford to give a donation of money yourself, please spread the word that PARC is a great resource and worthy of the people's time and money to keep it running.

To donate to PARC, one can:

Send donations ONLINE: parc.2truth.com/donate

Come by and drop off cash (or call & we'll come to you!)
Address Money Orders to Kimberly Starr
Address Checks to James Decker
and/or mail any of the above to:

PARC
P.O. Box 5692
Eureka, CA  95502

Thank You!!

~Verbena

P.S. Sarah and I drove to Redway Monday night (Feb 21, 2017) to produce the monthly “Radical Rap” radio show on KMUD. Here's a link to that show: http://archive.kmudfm.org/archive/mp3/kmud_170220_190000montalk.mp3

Starts at about 11 seconds. It features various people speaking out about the sleep deprivation torture inflicted on people imprisoned in CA solitary confinement prison cells. Every 30 minutes, night and day, guards jarringly wake prisoners up for so-called "security/welfare checks."

In this hour show you will hear: the words of people experiencing the sleep deprivation; recordings (speakers and music) from demonstrations against the sleep dep torture; and plenty of information to help you take action to oppose the "checks."

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