This past week, the Asheville Police Department delivered letters to defendants issuing a ban from ALL Asheville City Parks for a period of three years. These bans were issued on the grounds of “commission of a felony,” for which none of the recipients have been convicted. Some recipients had not been otherwise notified of pending charges.
This is one act of many in a campaign against our ability to conduct weekly food shares in parks, and aligns with the City’s broader attempts to restrict food access in public spaces across the city.
We, the defendants, would like to reiterate that the City’s efforts are NOT keeping Asheville safer. They are NOT punishing criminal activity. They are jeopardizing mutual aid efforts. When some members of our community are unable to meet their survival needs, we all suffer.
We will not be silent in the face of repression. We need everyone in our community to stand in solidarity against the city’s efforts to harm our homeless neighbors.
CALL TO ACTION: MAKE SOME CALLS!
Call APD Chief Zack’s Office 828-259-5813
Call City Manager Deborah Campbell’s office at 828-259-5604
Call the District Attorney’s office at (828) 259-3410