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From the Website of the Monroe Park Occupation:
RPD continue to kick people out of other parks and camps in Richmond.The Monroe Park Occupation is now having people who get kicked out of places like Kanawha Plaza come to join the camp. A lot of the time though, RPD does not let people grab their belongings before kicking them out. So more blankets/tents/tarps/food/entertainment is crucial.
The Occupation had about …8 people show up in the middle of the night last night and folks are excited that the Occupation is a safe place to sleep, but would also like it to be warm!

To contact the Occupation come to the corner of Main and Laurel. You may also email monroparkoccupation@gmail.com or visit http://www.monroeparkoccupation.wordpress.com for more updates.

The Monroe Park Occupation is a group of people forming a community in Monroe Park near the corner of Main and Laurel.
They are a multi-issue Occupation that has been encamped in Monroe Park since 4pm on Monday March 7th.
A City Official informed the Occupation on Friday March 11th that City Administrators wanted to negotiate with the Occupation.

However, the Occupation will only meet to discuss demands once the City gets the cops to stop busting up all homeless camps. Once that is agreed upon, folks from the occupation will meet with City Officials in the park at 11 at night.

Current Demands:
– Don’t cut down trees in Monroe Park
-Legalize Squatting in Richmond
-25-100% of Monroe Park should remain open at all times
-Stop destroying/busting up homeless camps (more…)

Today the Commonwealth Times, VCU’s student ‘news’paper included another article about the Monroe Park Renovations.

The article incorrectly calls the IWW the International Workers of the World- they clearly mean the Industrial Workers of the World, a local branch of the international radical union.

The inclusion of interviews is definitely a positive aspect, but the amount of misinformation also in the article is frustrating. The article seems to give VCU more credit in the renovation planning than is due, while mostly overlooking the role of the Monroe Park Advisory Council. The plans also, do not as this article states, include the plan to fence and gate off the park post-renovation.

In fact, the main concern of Food Not Bombs and the Wingnut Anarchist Collective for the immediate future is the part of the plan to fence off the entire park for the whole length of renovations, 18 months or more. BOth organizations are demanding that a section of the park be left open and accessible to the public at all times during the renovations- at least 25% of the almost 8 acre park.

Monroe Park Renovations Stir Emotions

There is a new website about Monroe Park and keeping it open throughout the construction process.

check out http://www.monroepark.org

Monroe Park is Richmond’s oldest park, and is one of few large green spaces in downtown Richmond. Current plans for renovation, backed by the Monroe Park Advisory Council, the VCU administration, involve closing the entire park off for 9 to 18 months and then reopening it under the control of a private non-profit corporation. This site is part of an effort to coordinate the activities of people who oppose the closure and privatization of the park.