University officials gave Berkeley's latest crop of protesters until Saturday to vacate the vacant tract of land the group had occupied last month, which they've used as an urban farm.
On Friday, Berkeley officials issued a stern warning to the Occupy the Farm, demanding the group leave the 10-acre Albany property, known as the Gill Tract, by Saturday night. In return, the university said it would start a public dialogue to find ways to continue "urban farming" on the land, which the university currently
uses for agricultural research.
But Saturday came and went, and occupiers remained on site, which, we're guessing, was a stellar spot to view the super moon. As of Sunday, Berkeley officials told the press they were still waiting for the group to leave, and by Monday morning, when occupiers still hadn't budged, university officials said they were "weighing their options" to clear the site.
"We did not get a response as we hoped and expected last night, so we're disappointed," Mogulof said Sunday. "At this point we'll need to evaluate other options to ensure that research can go forward."
Occupiers have been hanging out on the land since April 22 -- Earth Day -- when they marched down to the site and declared it a new community farm. Since then, they have been tilling the land and planting thousands of seeds.
Occupiers said they plan to meet with university officials again today to come up with some resolution. "We don't want a raid -- we don't want police action," said protester Gopal Dayaneni.
Still, Dayaneni noted that "it won't end well for them regardless.
"We're very committed to seeing the vision of the farm preserved and we have an enormous amount of community support, both in the immediate communities and in the wider area," Dayaneni said.