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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…)

Yates Defendants Protest Court, Avoid Jail Time

raidFrom News and Observer

BY TAMMY GRUBB

HILLSBOROUGH — Seven people arrested in connection with a police raid on the Yates Motor Co. building last fall will avoid jail time if they stay out of trouble. An arrest warrant is out for the eighth after she failed to show for court.

Judge Charles Anderson awarded four deferred prosecution verdicts and three prayers for judgment Monday for charges filed in the Nov. 13 occupation of the vacant car dealership building on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. (more…)

Pack The Courtroom this Monday, Jan. 30th!

All the folks who were arrested at the Yates Building occupation have court this coming Monday, Jan 30th at 9am. Come out to the Hillsborough Courthouse to show your support for them and to take a stand against the police raid.

The DA’s office wants to close the court cases on Monday. They want to quiet the outraged voices that have come from so many different corners of our communities. Come out and show them that we won’t be intimidated, that we will fight the city government’s attempts to suppress political speech and action. Come out and show them that no matter what happens in the courtroom, we won’t stop organizing against the violent police–we won’t stop organizing for community control.

For autonomy and dignity.