Posted on February 24, 2017Survival - 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 pamphletWhite 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:
P.O. Box 5692
Eureka, CA 95502
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."