Waiting for News from the War Tax Resisters Strategy Conference

I had hoped by this time to have something to report of the NWTRCC National Strategy Conference in Brooklyn . I was not able to attend this year, and so will be relying on reports from other people.

As I mentioned , NWTRCC announced that they’d be holding a press conference last , but if anybody from the press showed up they didn’t file any reports that I’ve been able to find on-line. None of the war tax resistance mailing lists and other such on-line resources have any news yet either.

Perhaps they’ve decided on a strategy of going underground and staying quiet. Or perhaps I just need to be more patient…

Those of you Los Angelenos who are thinking of going freegan may like this:

Fallen Fruit is a website run by people who encourage you to grow fruit on the perimeter of your property and allow others to harvest it. They also have maps of Los Angeles neighborhoods that are bearing lots of free fruit.

Sarah Rich writes in the issue of ReadyMade: “CalArts professors Dave Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young are accidental farmers. After discovering an arcane Los Angeles city law that makes any fruit overhanging on sidewalks public property, the trio founded Fallen Fruit, a mapping project that promotes access to the city’s free and forgotten oranges, bananas, and apricots.”

Where I live, there are plenty of grapefruits, figs, persimmons, and guavas. I also have some olive trees, but I bit into an olive and it burned like acid.

Now’s about the right time to go olive picking, but don’t eat ’em raw. You’ve got to cure ’em in rock salt or a lye bath. I salted some olives last year — ones from trees that I’d found in a road median in Oakland — and they turned out pretty well. Anybody know of any olive trees on public property in San Francisco?