Mar 26 2015

Occupy the Farm: An Unauthorized Grassroots Movement to Control Land and Food

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GUEST: Todd Darling, Director and Producer of Occupy the Farm.

More than six months after the Occupy Wall Street movement burst into existence in cities around the United States, an unusual incarnation of that movement made its mark in Berkeley, California. On Earth Day, 2012, a group of Occupy activists took over an tract of land owned by the University of California, and planted thousands of seedlings. They then set up camp and erected a banner that read “Occupy the Farm.”

Not surprisingly, officials did not take too kindly to this show of unauthorized grassroots control of land and food. Not only did riot police kick out the urban farmers but UC Berkeley sued 15 of the activists. Now, the inspiring story of how a group of activists attempted to live their vision for a just world is told in a new documentary entitled Occupy the Farm. The film has received rave reviews and has just opened in select theaters around the country.

Learn more about the documentary HERE, or follow Occupy the Farm Film Facebook Page.

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