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Carrboro Commune protest lobs ‘seed bombs’ at planned Carrboro CVS site

From The News and Observer

CARRBORO — A group “of “anti-capitalist” activists that briefly took over the site of a proposed CVS drugstore in downtown Carrboro last month returned Saturday and planted herbs along the property fence.

About 50 people gathered for the “Guerilla Gardening” event. Demonstrators decorated the chain link fence and trees and lobbed “seed bombs” made of clay, dirt and wildflower seeds over the fence onto the lawn.

Police charged one person chalking the street with impeding traffic, Police Chief Carolyn Hutchison said.
The demonstration followed a brief February takeover of a building at the site that ended when police warned those inside they would be arrested if they did not leave. That incident followed the takeover of a vacant former car dealership in neighboring Chapel Hill last fall.

Some of Saturday’s demonstrators participated in those events and also in the Occupy Chapel Hill-Carrboro movement, which did not endorse the building takeovers.

The “Guerilla Gardening” demonstrators said they wanted to make people aware of the CVS plan and the broader influence of corporations in Chapel Hill-Carrboro and beyond. (more…)

Carrboro Commune Announces Guerilla Gardening Action

From Carrboro Commune

Folks active with the Carrboro Commune have publicly announced an open day of guerilla gardening at 201 N. Greensboro St., one of the contested properties currently owned by CVS. The press release is below:

“On March 17, 2012, join us in Carrboro to grow plants and community through guerrilla gardening! The Carrboro Commune, an open affiliation of community members concerned about the corporate domination of public space, will collaborate with other local organizations to transform the unused lot at 201 Greensboro Street into a vibrant garden providing edible, medicinal, and beautiful plants for the general public. (more…)

Carrboro: Anarchists Seize Future CVS Building

From Carrboro Commune

At approximately 3:30pm today, Feb. 4th, a group of about 50 demonstrators marched from a monthly Really Really Free Market to a nearby empty building owned by the CVS corporation.

Within minutes the crowd had taken over the building, hanging banners from the roof and windows, erecting tables outside with free food, and handing out welcome packets to passersby.

Others arrived with carpentry equipment, wood, furniture, a literature distro, and tools, and began building benches and tables. Some painted a large, cursive “Carrboro Commune @” and large squat symbols on the walls. (more…)

Anarchist Bookfair This Weekend!

Carrboro’s second annual anarchist book fair will take place this Saturday, November 12. Prison books will be tabling there again this year. They now have
an updated schedule of events posted on their site  (on the schedule page), as
well as many more tablers confirmed. In addition to tabling throughout the day
on Saturday at the Nightlight, there will be workshops at Internationalist
Books (just down the street), a parade, and two assemblies the following day
at the Nightlight, as well as social activities at night. Go here

Chapel Hill News: Anarchists Take Root

(originally published in the Chapel Hill News)
BY LYNDA-MARIE TAURASI, CORRESPONDENT
CARRBORO – Pass any papered utility pole from Carrboro to downtown Chapel Hill, and you’ll see traces of their presence: The anarchists are everywhere.”You cannot avoid us. Even if you don’t like us, you know we’re there because our posters are [expletive] everywhere,” said self-proclaimed anarchist and Carrboro resident Neal Richards.Flip through a Merriam-Webster’s dictionary for the term “anarchist,” and you’ll find a person who rebels against authority. Delve deeper into the history of Anarchism and you’ll find a political philosophy far more complex than the idealistic, fringe group today’s anarchists are often dismissed as being.  (more…)