Saving Ron Finley’s Gangsta Garden

I’ve previously posted about Ron Finley, aka “the Gangsta Gardener,” the world’s most famous “guerrilla gardener,” but I wanted to make a special post today as Ron and his team fight to save the beloved South Central Los Angeles community garden that has inspired so many people worldwide. Not only has Ron kept urban youth out of gangs and helped turn around health issues that directly stem from poverty — by  addressing the problem of food deserts in his area, he also started a movement with supporters and activists all around the world.

Here’s the TED talk that put Ron on the radar of so many movers, shakers, social justice warriors, and innovators:

Ron Finley’s ripple effect is huge! Along with Colette at Bealtaine Cottage, Ron was a key inspiration for me to accept the 2012 challenge of this crazy, horribly broken and ugly yard in Goshen. As David and I prepare voluntarily to transition elsewhere, Ron faces unwelcome and massive pressure from Strategic Acquisitions, Inc., who have threatened to evict him and destroy the entire Gangsta Garden if they don’t pay $500,000 by the end of this week. I’ve already signed the petition, donated, sent Reiki and also wrote a letter on their behalf to Strategic Acquisitions. Amazingly, they have raised over $318,000 from gardeners, fans, and high profile supporters like Bette Midler and Jason Mraz.

But they need more. If you click through to the latest update, you’ll find quotes from inspired people from around the world, including part of my letter urging Strategic Acquisitions to consider the opportunity for modeling community capitalism. It turns out that Maureen (“Mo”), the campaign manager knows Goshen well! Small world, but she visited here many years ago and wrote to personally thank me not only for my letter but also because she knows that Goshen “needs the love” I’ve poured into it these past 4.5 years.

Ron and his community have poured love into the Gangsta Garden for longer than that, and they’ve built a network of kindness, support and empowerment. This is much more than a garden. It’s a movement, and I hate to see some rapacious corporation devour all that love, nature, better health, and effort. If you feel so moved, please consider signing their petition, donating and/or sending a whole lotta love and Reiki their way. They’ve done a beautiful thing in South Central L.A. and touched hearts around the world.

I find myself crying as I type this, wanting so much to see humanity rise beyond those who would control our food, bodies, minds, hearts and souls. People like Ron and his Gangsta Garden crew have overcome so much and been the change they wish to see in the world. May they find whatever they need and receive fourfold blessings from this ordeal.

Heartfelt thanks and blessings to anyone who feels led to offer your support.

9 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for sharing and giving me the opportunity to help! ❤

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  2. Posted by Mitch on April 3, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I just called Strategic Acquisitions, no one wants to comment. One things folks who want to donate should keep in mind, if Ron’s group is forced to vacate, the funds collected will go to find another location so please don’t hesitate to help just because it may seem like a lost cause, Ron’s in this for the long haul. Thank you for posting this Laura!

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  3. Thank you, Allison! ❤

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  4. Ah, Mitch, I imagine they’re getting quite a few calls and letters! Yes, I figured if they come up short for this property, they will find something better and own it. Lots of movement these days, but I do hope they get to stay put. 🙂

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  5. Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:

    Just a quick note amidst all the war mongering and insanity: Ron Finley and his team did it! They raised the impossible seeming $500,000. At the same time, I have witnessed other equally unlikely healing and empowered steps take place among a wide variety of people. Don’t believe all the doom and gloom. Energies are trending upwards. We just need to know which things we support and take ACTION to empower and activate those things. Some step in the direction we choose. Small or bold, just choose with your action and determination. Miracles are happening right this very moment.

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  6. Such a wonderful post.. A great Man. And so amazing they raised so much.. There are similar things happening in the UK.. Not a million miles from me is this town.. Here is what this town did.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjUkUqEDvgw I hope you enjoy and can get used to the local accent. 🙂

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  7. Oh, yes! I love Pam and Todmorden! That has been an ongoing inspiration, too. 🙂 Thanks for the link.

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  8. 🙂 you are welcome x

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