From the first days of the nation's longest urban tree-sit the UC Berkeley Police were determined to criminalize this free speech action. As a consequence, UCB entangled over 200 participants (mostly young people) in the legal system and directed some to the county jail. The frequent brutality experienced by these tree activists by the campus police was eventually directed at the Oak Grove itself. Today only a very few trees and scrubs remain where the Memorial Oak Grove once stood. Our Berkeley community actions serve as a reminder to all those of what is in store for those who dare to stand-up against environmental injustice and the corporate forces (axe) of the University of California Regents.
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- Tree sitters to star in Berkeley Film Festival
Documentary 'Big Game' — which is 'not about football' — screens this Sunday
Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune October 3, 2007
- Glitterati Need Not Apply....The Berkeley Video and Film Festival is homespun.
Rachel Swan, East Bay Express, October 3, 2007
- Moving Pictures: Festival Brings Out Best in Indie Cinema
Justin DeFreitas, Berkeley Daily Planet, October 5, 2007
- Berkeley Film Festival Showcases ‘Untold Stories’
Sarah Dawud, Daily Californian, October 8, 2007
The "Big Game" was the recipient of the Grand Festival Award for documentary community activism at the 2007 Berkeley Video and Film Festival. Honor Earth
Photos by Frank Tapia and Matthew Taylor
“The Big Game” Grand Festival Award
Documentary Community Activism
Berkeley Citizen: A documentary on Berkeley's urban tree-sit at the University of California campus and community efforts to save the endangered oak grove from the axe of the UC regents.