Monday, June 7, 2010
Recently, my best friend Julie sent me a New York Times article describing the labors and challenges surrounding a group of freegans in Buffalo, NY and their evolving relationship to a squat started years ago. Check out the article here. Note that the author has researched freeganism's philosophical genealogy, tracing it back to Gerrard Winstanley and the English Diggers. The author also mentions the Digger's 20th century San Franciscan reincarnation which, I think, The Free Farm's spirit is deeply connected to. Please do check into the history of the Diggers, it is infinitely fascinating. I promise.
And so my mind is set to work. How can I help but make connections to the Buffalo freegans and the work at the Free Farm? I can not, and don't really want to, speak for the whole Free Farm community. I only know that I view the United States' brand of capitalism as remiss in meeting human needs at best, and at worst a violent, dehumanizing structure that maintains and legitimizes unjustifiable inequalities and wanton luxury all in the same breath. One of the long-term residents from the article is quoted as saying, “Many of us in the house see the whole system of private property as being something that oppresses people...”.
And we're in good company. Lately I keep coming back to Martin Luther King Jr.'s refrain from his 1967 speech "Beyond Vietnam" calling the United States to "undergo a radical revolution of values." King explains, "W
Here are some pictures of our love in action this past week. We've started giving out produce regularly each Saturday to anyone who walks by and has need.
P.S. Stay tuned for information for our composting toilet workshop, June 19th, with Laura Allen from Greywater Action!