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For: Peoples' Action for Rights and Community
Organizer: Verbena Lea
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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 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."


Posted on January 30, 2017

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.

Thank You.

~Verbena
PARC

707.442.7465

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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:

PARC
P.O. Box 5692
Eureka, CA  95502

707.442.7465

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


Posted on December 9, 2016

Posted on December 9, 2016

PARC NEEDS RENT AND BILL MONEY FOR THE NEW YEAR


Please send what you can.  We will try to put together an update email soon.  We would like, in the very near future, to collaborate with you for the upcoming December 21st, Homeless Persons' Memorial Day.


Keep generating prayers and good thoughts to alleviate suffering for those close to you and all around the world.  Learn, ORGANIZE, work hard...


"You have to understand that people have to pay the price for peace. If you dare to struggle, you dare to win. ... Let me say peace to you, if you’re willing to fight for it."   Fred Hampton


~Verbena


IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT RENT:
Over the past 7+ years, because of our generous and supportive landlord, we've had a lot of leeway paying rent late- by the 6th or 7th of the month. Unfortunately, this is not the case anymore! PARC has a new landlord. We need to get rent together sooner every month so we can pay on the 1st.

To donate to PARC, one can:

Come by and drop off cash (or call & we'll come to you!) 707.442.7465
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


Donations can also be send 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

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