Dona Spring Speaks Out at the Berkeley Oak Grove
Berkeley, CA June 22, 2008
Dona Spring speaks out at the Berkeley Memorial Oak Grove press conference on the university campus. Councilmember Spring came to the endangered oak grove to show support for the urban tree-sit and for those protesters still lodged in the trees.
She emphasized the need to provide them with adequate food and water. Spring said that the city needs to realize this is a "human rights crisis" and that they need to "get off their duff and act." The campus police have restricted ground supporters from supplying any food or water to the remaining tree sitters.
Dona was the first elected official to take action to protect the grove after the tree sit began in December 2006. We now know that her call for the temporary injunction against the cutting of the oaks was critical in shielding the grove from the axe of the UC Regents. This was the 568th day of the tree-sit and also marked Dona Spring's last public appearance.