Posted on January 30, 2017
PARC Needs Rent $$: Peoples' Action for Rights & Community- principled and consistent through (and against) the crises
The first of the month is right around the corner, and PARC is in need of funds for February's rent ($630 more to go) and gas/electric bill ($64 by Feb 3rd). In one way, it feels quite insignificant, my plea for money for PARC, given the current national and international situation and fervor, the U.S. surge in racist targeting, the blatant fascism, the trashing of even a facade of government interest in education or civil rights, the attacks on the people who are trying to stop what could be some of the final human attacks on Mother Earth. However, PARC and other similar spaces, provide necessary and consistent asylum, and serve as education, legal support and action hubs.
The U.S. has always been despicable- genocidal, enslaving, destructive, aggressive, arrogant, and dishonest. This is a particularly intense moment of crisis and ugliness. And a moment of widespread resistance.
That resistance must grow. It might get uncomfortable for people who are usually comfortable, but that has gotta happen. Oppression gets worse without struggle and fighting back against it. Uprising. Solidarity with the most vulnerable. Discussion, informed understandings- listening, learning, and taking leadership from people who have lived in struggle and who have not had the luxury to avoid it. Learning from the past. Refusing to be complicit with the police state. “These are a few of my favorite things!”
The institutions and organizations that do not challenge the violent and unjust system, those that tell you to follow step, fall in line, control your anger (or don't have it at all), and shun rebellion if it involves disruption of traffic, work, commerce, a sunny afternoon, a “friendly” police event, or a football game- those institutions lack credibility and need to be dismantled or simply ignored. This is important. It will eliminate significant barriers so people can utilize their righteous rage, build genuine defenses against abuse and violence, and organize community that meets peoples' needs and is grounded in care, equity, justice, dignity, and great respect for the Earth. How much stronger our resistance and our society is when we honor people's lived experiences, understand each other's her/histories, defer to indigenous wisdom, and act based on cooperation and the shared realizations of what is at stake.
Suffering can be minimized through Solidarity, and Resistance to that which causes suffering.
I understand that, perhaps now more than ever, you are motivated to send money to Civil Liberties litigation organizations, to Standing Rock (to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline), to Arab-American Rights organizations, to Refugee Support organizations, to Anti Fascist groups, to Black Lives Matter organizations, to Haiti, to Humanitarian Groups working on the Mexican and U.S. border, to Prisoner Support groups, to Women's Rights groups, to Immigration/Migration Rights organizations, to Independent Media. PLEASE keep the donations flowing to these groups. And PARTICPIATE with them in whatever way you are able.
If you can, save a $20 here or there to send on over to PARC.
The people who frequent PARC the most these days are folks without shelter. Every day (and we're open 7 days a week) we meet new people at PARC who are forbidden from being anywhere, prohibited from lying down, treated with disdain, left to soak in the rain and freeze on the concrete, and deliberately injured by violent state agents and so-called “community members.” The daily PARC crowd is multi-racial, multi-generational, multi-gendered, and from a wide spectrum of life experiences. In a time when already vulnerable people are being subjected to further marginalization, safe spaces to meet one's needs are crucial. PARC works to meet those needs through gleaning, networking, donations, knowledge sharing, and volunteer time. PARC, for instance, is one of the only places where a houseless person in Eureka can sit down, charge their phone, and go to the bathroom without buying something or filling out paperwork.
I hope spaces like PARC proliferate. We need them everywhere. With foundations built on solidarity and organizing. PARC stands in solidarity with people who have endured police violence; incarceration; discrimination based on race, mental health, ability, class, gender, age, and sexuality; and heartless treatment in the “disappear, die or go to jail” policies used to control and hurt houseless people and keep them in a state of constant crisis. We assist people on an individual basis, and organize and function understanding the 'big picture' injustices that have created such needs, traumas, and crises of humanity and planet.
This is the 10th year for PARC, thanks to consistent, hard work in PARC and on the streets, and thanks to support from people locally and all over the country!
PARC is excited to support radical, collective actions aimed at, for instance, destroying capitalism, halting the war machine, stopping nazis from marching or talking, defending individuals against police and other state-sanctioned violence, and gaining release for all U.S. political prisoners. We are locally disheartened by the invited police presence at events (e.g. Pride Parade, Black Lives Matter demonstration, MLK Day, Women's March) that should be actions in defiance and resistance to state violence and sites of solidarity for historically oppressed communities and individuals. Organizing should NEVER allow struggles or spaces to be co-opted by police public relations campaigns or white notions of warm, fuzzy “peace officers.” Organizing should be led, informed by, and deferential to people who are most affected by systems of oppression. If you really don't understand someone's aversion to agents of the state, ask. Education comes in many forms.
We are here everyday. We want to help there be more liberatory and survival spaces for the people. As you continue your good works, or re-assess what work you need to be doing, please send whatever money you can over to PARC.
To donate to PARC, one can:
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
Send donations ONLINE with WePay.
This is the webpage where you can find the WePay button: parc.2truth.com
Or use this link: https://www.wepay.com/donations/79806