Help Keep PARC Open For the People

For: Peoples' Action for Rights and Community
Organizer: Verbena Lea
Help Keep PARC Open For the People  (Peoples' Action for Rights and Community)
$10,563
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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 July 30, 2017

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.

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Donate to PARC:

ONLINE: parc.2truth.com/donate

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:

PARC
P.O. Box 5692
Eureka, CA  95502


Posted on July 2, 2017

Posted on July 2, 2017

PARC: Open every day, but can't pay the rent

Please help us pay rent for July.  We have already borrowed several hundred dollars, but we still need $60 in order to send the rent payment on Monday, July 3. Thank you for your support!

Donate to PARC:

ONLINE: parc.2truth.com/donate

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:

PARC
P.O. Box 5692
Eureka, CA  95502


Posted on June 24, 2017

Posted on June 24, 2017

PEOPLES' ACTION FOR RIGHTS AND COMMUNITY (PARC)

You may have noticed that we've not asked for money donations for about two months. Fortunately, we were blessed with generous donations from the Veterans for Peace, Humboldt Bay Chapter 56 that covered some of our May rent, partial June bills, and full June rent. A few humble, longtime PARC supporters continue to send donations our way which has ensured that we have toilet paper and other necessities, and we were able to help a small family with rides and bus passes. Now, however, we need to pay rent and partial bills, and we're starting over at $0.00.

We ask that you take our pleas for rent and bill money seriously, and hope you know that you're very important to keeping PARC open. Any amount contributed is vital, matters, and is greatly depended upon.

WHAT'S GOING ON?

PARC has been active in supporting justice for David Josiah Lawson , a young black student who was murdered in Arcata on April 15, 2017 outside a party. Here is the May 2017 Radical Rap from KMUD radio, a free-flowing conversation with the show's host, Verbena, talking with Josiah's girlfriend, friend, and other supporters of Justice for Josiah.

PARC continues to be active with the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition. A lot of that work for the past two years at PARC has been to end so-called “security/welfare checks” in solitary units throughout CA state prisons. On top of the torture of being in solitary, prisoners are jarred every 30 minutes which causes serious sleep deprivation and related physical and psychological suffering. From May 25, 2017 through June 1, 2017, people in Old Folsom Prison ASU went on Hunger Strike for demands including adequate access to courts and legal assistance; meaningful education, self-help courses and rehabilitative programs; permission to have televisions; provision of a food bowl and cup; and an end to the cruelty, noise and sleep deprivation of the welfare checks. Full list of demands here

On Sunday, about 1pm, Sarah will play “Music for the People” at Clarke Plaza (3rd and E St. Eureka, CA) before Food Not Bombs feed anyone who is hungry at 3pm. Music for the People is a frequent Sunday thing, and it's really nice when the sun is out.

Below, someone who has a way with words graciously wrote about her experience at PARC.

Ways to donate are explained at the bottom. Please forward this to more people who might be able to donate. Thank You.

~Verbena and Sarah

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I was BROKE, financially, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Pain was my constant companion. My smile was as fake as the rehearsed words of so many professionals paid to provide services to the hurting, the hungry, the heartbroken with no where to go and no one to love them. My hope had been stolen quietly and covertly over time by agencies offering rapid rehousing, harm reduction, and safety – apparently without knowing the true definition of the terms they were using. Everything I owned had been stolen for the 3rd time this month by others, seemingly driven to desperation many times because of hurt inflicted on them by the very institutions supposed to help them.

I was exhausted, I was alone. All I wanted was to hide. Harassment by ignorant cops, harsh cruel words and cold stares from those whose privilege gifted them with only fear, was more than I could handle... The coming of another night being cold, hungry and having to walk in endless circles because I had no where to go, loomed ahead.

What to do? I did not know. I couldn't think. The only thing I was certain of was that due to the Avascular Necrosis in my ankle, every step I took would be excruciatingly painful. With an audible sigh I sat down on the half wall of a closed business I found myself in front of. A single tear escaped. Frustrated at my lack of control, I brushed it away.

I don't know how much time passed. It felt like years yet in reality it was really minutes. My thoughts chased each other like children in a playground, but there was no laughter. I was truly and completely lost and at my Breaking Point.

“PARC PARC” I didn't know then if it was God, desperation, or if I had finally lost my mind for good, but it was there - a small yet steady voice delivered by the wind. With no conscious thought I was on my feet (wincing at the pain) and heading towards PARC... They helped me once before after coming to behind a dumpster, bleeding and unable to remember my own name... So many lifetimes ago... last year after the MAC had kicked me out, around the first time I began to question my sanity.

The sign on the door says “please knock”. I didn't know that when I did, it would change my life. I knew I needed rest and food and, for everyone else's benefit, a shower (being more often then not houseless over the last 5 years, I had stopped noticing the smell of the street which I wore) What I didn't know I needed was the love that was so freely given.

PARC gave me food and water. They provided me with a comfy cot to sleep on within the safety of a yard. I was offered clean clothes and a shower. All of this I needed and was grateful for, but that was just the surface stuff. Previously, when I had been at the MAC, I appreciated my time there. With its funding, the food had been larger portions and more often. They didn't have to worry about where the food to feed the next hungry person would come from. Yet the food that PARC shared with me nourished my soul. It was the same with the showers. At the Mission, there was soap, shampoo etc... but there I still never quite felt clean. Soap alone can not wash away rape of body, mind and spirit... It seems as though that sweet smelling herbal shampoo at PARC, stretched and shared among many, along with the honest comment, “you look nice” given from a smiling friend, can begin to make clean what I never thought could be... ME.

A week after I timidly knocked on PARC's door I had: a room of my own, a soft bed with plenty of blankets, a place to cook, a washer and dryer, two dogs that sleep with me, and seven days clean and sober.

The list could go on... Most importantly though, is the fact that two giving, beautiful women who are part of PARC and now cherished friends gave me a safe space filled with love to begin healing.

PARC gave me my basic human needs, and...

The beauty in Sarah's music made me smile and allowed me to cry, and the light in Verbena's eyes and tenderness of her smile boosted my will to press on.

They let me share pieces of me I never could before...there was conversation, encouragement and laughter.

I visit PARC as much as possible because my soul needs it, for the hope, the laughter, and the strength... and because my friends are there!

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

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:

PARC
P.O. Box 5692
Eureka, CA  95502

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