Posted on July 30, 2017
PARC needs $360 more for August rent.
Please check out the below presentation we gave in April 2017 about the origins and work of Peoples' Action for Rights and Community. Also, here is an anti-war Radical Rap radio show that Verbena hosted on KMUD April 17, 2017: https://www.mediafire.com/?4ljyg6dw8y4ecob
WE THANK AND ACKNOWLEDGE ALL OF YOU who donate to PARC-- we know you support us from your Social Security checks, your as you struggle with health problems, while you raise a family, while you support your loved ones, as you work your asses off, even though you are thousands of miles away, while you struggle with injustice, as you create your art, as you teach, while you build or work to repair your communities, as you provide daily healthcare, as you rescue animals, and while there are so many worthwhile projects and movements and people to support. THANK YOU!
PARC Presentation to Veterans For Peace, Humboldt Bay, Chapter 56
PARC is an organizing and resource space that has been in Eureka CA, where it started, since Nov. 2007. Many of us who established the space had been organizing as PEOPLE PROJECT and Acción Zapatísta for several years. Earlier in 2007, we created a beautiful encampment in Arcata, the purpose of which was to expose and bring attention to: the fact that there is no free and legal place for people to sleep; the criminalization of people who are poor, homeless, and have no place for dignified rest; and the human rights violations that accompany an intentional politics of cruelty. Some of you might remember that 12 day and night encampment because Jim Sorter and other Vets For Peace would share dinner with us during sunsets.
So, PARC was created with that kind of organizing in mind- the need for space to meet and simply be, to work and build solidarity and power among the people, and a space that was welcoming, and often run by people of color and LGBTQI folks. In the summer of 2007, Martin Cotton II, a white homeless man with visible mental health issues, unarmed, was beat to death by Eureka Police in front of the Rescue Mission, and thrown in the jail- where he died. Those of us doing copwatch work realized that we needed a place where the many witnesses could safely come and talk about what they saw and experienced.
Those are the origins of PARC which we say is “focused on justice and care.”
We have run a modest, grassroots space for almost 10 years now- all donation-based, all volunteer. We're still dealing with the same realities that led to the PEOPLE PROJECT encampment, and have created other safe sleeping spaces in Eureka, weekly “End the War on the Poor” protests, a campaign to raise Eureka's minimum wage, and myriad projects against state violence. Many groups have used the space. Many military veterans plug in with PARC, as volunteers or to access resources. PARC is very active in the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS), working to end solitary confinement in CA prisons and jails and support the prisoner class led human rights movement. Currently, we are trying to end a torture campaign of sleep deprivation in CA's solitary confinement units. We have 4 phone lines-for the statewide PHSS, PARC, Jail Support, and Redwood Curtain CopWatch. We do court support and strategizing- for tenants' rights, for people getting put through the in-justice system, assisting people who've had their rights violated, child custody and family court support, help with restraining orders, homeless court intake, filing paperwork, documenting situations, and the list goes on. We also do a lot of dishes, laundry and vacuuming.
PARC is open 7 days a week, 9-12 hours a day, facilitating many essential community functions and what the Black Panthers would call “Survival Programs.” Unlike other facilities, we have a no paperwork, no hoops policy. No applications, no breathalyzers, no proof of id. A person does not have to meet any special requirements in order to receive experienced advocacy or have their basic needs met. No one is charged (or gets paid) for assistance, space, food, literature or other resources.
PARC is the ONLY place that provides jail support to assist people who've been arrested. Many of these arrests result from direct actions (environmental, anti-war, homeless rights, immigration rights, anti-police brutality). Also, jail support is provided for people arrested unexpectedly on the streets or in their cars. We help people successfully navigate through the complicated court proceedings resulting from arrest and organize more support.
PARC takes a stand against sexism, racism, heterosexism, homophobia, bullying, and state intrusion. PARC not only provide services and resources, but we ACTIVELY organize and speak against oppressive state forces of violence, intimidation, control, and harassment and discrimination from anyone in general. The daily PARC crowd is multi-racial, multi-generational, multi-gendered, and from a wide spectrum of life experiences. We assist people on an individual basis, understanding the 'big picture' injustices that have created such needs, traumas, and crises of humanity and planet.
PARC is excited to support radical, collective actions aimed at, for instance, destroying capitalism, halting the war machine, stopping nazis from marching, defending individuals against police and other state-sanctioned violence, and gaining release for all U.S. political prisoners. As we squeeze people, clothes, blankets, food, backpacks, dogs, tents, jackets, wet boots, wet blankets in PARC (quite skillfully), we are also recording radio shows, answering phone calls and emails from all over the country, responding to individual families' and to crises in our community, and organizing resistance. We actively oppose police and prisons, state violence and methods of torture and control, and economic oppression. We stand in solidarity with indigenous, black, brown, anti-colonial, and anti-capitalist struggle. With varying understandings and contradictions among us, we oppose the exploitation and abuse of human and other life.
The space is dog-friendly, has outlets for people to charge their phones and such, daily mail service, public computer with internet, phone with long distance, public restroom and shower, towels and toiletries, socks, jackets, other clothing, blankets, food, ACCESSIBLE RUNNING WATER, a yard for people to sit in, free info shop and book lending library; 24 hour outdoor community refrigerator; office printer and fax machine; bicycle tools; daily rides for errands, appointments, emergency room, pharmacies, etc; and for special events, we make available microphones, sound equipment, canopies, bullhorns, and a large collection of dishes and beverage equipment.
There is no drug or alcohol use allowed at PARC, but people can come as they are. We're constantly learning (or trying to learn) how to deal with many types of situations without the capitalist or non-profit handbook, but instead with dignity, mutual support, compassion, and understanding. Perhaps PARC's best resource is our reliance on the experiences, intuit and willingness of everyday people to take care of each other.
Donate to PARC:
Come by and drop off cash (or call 707.442.7465 & 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