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United States Postal Service maintenance workers remove Berkeley community garden


According to Zint, the garden was put in place for the people of Berkeley to claim ownership of land that belongs to the community.

By Simmone Shaw
June 23, 2016


The community garden located outside the Berkeley Post Office was removed by United States Postal Service, or USPS, maintenance workers Wednesday, after two years of ongoing disputes between the post office and protesters.

The garden was put in place in late 2014 when homeless activists began occupying the grounds in protest of the sale of the post office to a privately owned property management company. The homeless encampment was disbanded in April, after city police and postal service workers informed the protesters that they were trespassing on government property.

Although the removal of protesters in April had no effect on the garden, a fence was set up around the garden approximately one month later, making it impossible for community members to access and tend to the garden.

“There was no reason to put up the fence, except to show who is in charge,” said Mike Zint, a member of Berkeley’s homeless community and co-founder of homeless advocacy group First They Came for the Homeless, in an email . “This is a slap in the face to the hundreds of people who fought against the theft of the commons.”

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