June 14, 2020

Seattle’s CHAZ cooperative: The new People’s Park?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 1:11 pm


Boy did I have a wonderful time planting flowers in Berkeley’s miraculous People’s Park back in 1969 — until the National Guard arrived and stomped all over my geraniums.

And yet 50 years later there is still a People’s Park left in Berkeley today — even though we have to wear face masks and stand six feet apart if we want to go there to hug a tree. Yes, something of the old People’s Park ideal still lives on even now and even I, the most terrible gardener in the world these days, can still manage to get a few geraniums to bloom in my garden.

And now the Spirit of ’69 still lives on in Seattle as well — right down the street from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In the exciting new Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), people there are also trying out a better way of life as well — not one involving under-the-skin microchips, 1984-style surveillance ops, weird untested vaccines, tear gas, tanks and eugenics.

CHAZ is all about local community-building, freedom, workers’ co-ops and Art for Art’s Sake. No guns, authoritarian diktats, stock market manipulations, phony “second wave” fear tactics or racism is involved.

Let’s see how long CHAZ will last — and let us hope that it, like Berkeley’s amazing People’s Park, will still be around in another 50 years too.

Idealism is a good thing these days. Hope and kindness and cooperation and joy are good things too. Pleeze try to remember that, America. Law and order? Be careful what you wish for.


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