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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.

You can help stop the clear cuts, visit or East Bay Pesticide Alert.

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Day of the Dead Trees - November 2, 2013

Photos by Luke Hauser

Pre-march check-in.

Through the Berkeley Farmers Market.

Leafletting at the Farmers Market.

Past the old Berkeley post office, itself threatened with clearcutting in the name of development.

Winding through downtown Berkeley.

Leafletting along the UC corridor.

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Luke Hauser (aka George Franklin) is a freelance parajournalist in the service of the Goddess and planetary revolution. His photo-filled book Direct Action is an historical novel about Bay Area protests.
Photos 2013 by RQ. Please do not copy, reproduce, fold, spindle, mutilate, or otherwise use them without written permission (which we are usually glad to offer). Thanks!

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