#GillTractDefense Rally at Sprouts
Sprouts “Farmer’s Market” Walnut Creek Retail Store
1530 Geary Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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This is a Call for Support! In the early morning of Thursday, February 26th, UC Berkeley’s office of Capital Projects brought in a huge demolition team and police force to clear-cut 53 trees on the south side of the historic Gill Tract. For 20 years, the local community, students, and faculty have attempted to create a visionary research and education center on this public land. In
2012 Occupy the Farm’s successful land occupations pushed out Whole Foods from the development, and saved 10 acres for 10 years. But 5-6 acres of the southern half of the Gill Tract is now under threat of imminent development, and our ability to create a 20 acre community-driven living laboratory for a Just Transition could disappear in an instant.
Why focus on Sprouts? We’ve kicked out Whole Foods, and we can kick out Sprouts, setting back the entire development project. Not only is Sprouts “farmer’s market” the anchor tenant on the Gill Tract development, it is also a big-box, union-busting corporate chain supermarket that ships in food from all over the world and relies on food system injustices to make a profit. Their use of the word “Farmer’s Market” confuses the public and undermines local farmers who rely on real farmer’s markets for their livelihood. Read more here.
What else can you do right now?
- Tell us what you’re into. From web design, to farming, to social media and outreach, we need all hands on deck. This quick survey will help us connect you to the action, no matter where in the world you are.
- Call and Email Ted Frumkin, Sprouts’ Senior Vice President of Business Development. Tell him: “DON’T BUILD YOUR NEW STORE ON THE GILL TRACT!” firstname.lastname@example.org; 602-682-1556
- Join our social media campaign: Take a photo of yourself with your definition of a farmer’s market, letting Sprouts know we see through their greenwash, and tweet or Facebook : @sproutsfm Don’t pave the Gill Tract for your fake farmers market! #BoycottSprouts #GillTractDefense #OccupyTheFarm
- Donate on our website, occupythefarm.org. We run almost entirely on people power, but things like fuel and website domains add up.
Thank you for your continued support, love, and vision. Hope to see you Saturday!
In soil we trust,
The OTF Collective
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