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Day of the Dead Trees - November 2, 2013
Berkeley Activists Protest Tree Cuts and Pesticides
Photos by Luke Hauser
East Bay activists organized by CUIDO (Communities United in Defense of Olmstead - a disabled rights group that has been active in fighting social service cuts in recent years) staged a colorful march around downtown Berkeley to raise awareness of impending clearcuts of thousands of tall trees.
In addition to the tree cuts, plans propose extensive use of herbicides for up to ten years.
The official rationale for the cuts is fire danger, but the project's sponsors (which include the City of Oakland and UC-Berkeley, friends of neither people nor trees) dismissed alternative approaches.
CUIDO has helped anchor the local fight against state social service cuts, and some of the "Stop the Cuts" signs for the trees action were recycled from those protests.
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