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Another piece of occupied land: People’s Park

More than 40 years on, the creation of People’s Park remains an inspiration for modern movements

by Mary Pacios, Contributing Writer

The year was 1968, the place Berkeley, Calif. When eco-activist Chuck Herrick was killed in a car accident, a few of Chuck’s friends planted trees and flowers on a piece of public land at the corner of Dwight Way and Telegraph Avenue, near the University of California. We called the small area Herrick Peace & Freedom Park. The Berkeley Barb, an underground newspaper, called it a “people’s park.”  For a few months, in Chuck’s memory, we served free soup and bread at the small piece of “liberated land.” Continue reading