Carrboro Alderman Dan Coleman has sent a letter to Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt offering his insight into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro anarchist community, and his willingness to be a liason between the group and local officials.
In an e-mail Thursday, Coleman says he has worked with the anarchist group who sponsors the Really Really Free Market in Carrboro and provide weekly coffee for day laborers, in the past and has found them, "congenial and idealistic, giving considerable thought to how social structures might allow for a more just and democratic society."
"Nonetheless, nothing that I know of in their history or demeanor suggests that they would initiate any violence against any person and I want to stress that I have found these individuals to be quite approachable," Coleman writes.
Read the full e-mail below.
I write, in the spirit of cooperation between our towns, to offer my assistance should the Chapel Hill police again find themselves in a situation where they feel unable to communicate with our local anarchist community. I make this offer sincerely with the assumption that these are among the same people who have peacefully "occupied" the Carrboro Town Commons one Saturday afternoon a month in recent years for the Really Really Free Market, an event for the free sharing of goods and food. I worked as interface between the town and RRFM at one time and had no problem working with the group and coming to a mutually respectful solution.
In that context I have met some of the individuals in question and have found them to be congenial and idealistic, giving considerable thought to how social structures might allow for a more just and democratic society, a critically important topic too often neglected by the rest of us. As well as the RRFM, their work in the community has included a weekly coffee service at the Carrboro day labor corner and a project to provide books to prison inmates around the southeast.
Of course, CHPD has seen a different, more confrontational, and less law-abiding face of this group particularly in their recent actions at Greenbridge. Unquestionably, some of their actions bring to bear the legal necessity for local government to protect private property. Nonetheless, nothing that I know of in their history or demeanor suggests that they would initiate any violence against any person and I want to stress that I have found these individuals to be quite approachable. Like most of us interested in politics, they do spend much of their time talking about it.
Obviously, I have no official standing to make this offer but sometimes one is just in a position to help out. Nor am I suggesting that you could not open lines of communication to Chapel Hill's anarchist community yourself. They are, after all, your constituents. Please let me know if I can ever be of assistance in this regard.