On Sunday Berkeley’s famous People’s Park marked the 44th anniversary of its founding with a celebration involving live music, kids’ activities and food, as well as a little political activism.
Organizer Dana Merryday had urged people to “mark the anniversary of this iconic and sometimes controversial social experiment.” He promised “political action with an emphasis on Drones, dancing, prayer flag making, great free vegan meals from Food not Bombs, drum circle and good vibes.”
People’s Park was created during the height of Berkeley’s radical political activism in 1969. Today it is principally a daytime sanctuary for the city’s homeless population who, along with others, receive regular meals from East Bay Food Not Bombs. The park also features an organic community garden as well as a ‘people’s stage.’
Berkeleyside contributing photographer Ted Friedman was at Sunday’s event to capture some key moments.
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