Save Humboldt's Community Halls

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Susan Dobra
3 days ago
I'm signing because we're being sued by the California Grange under the same suspect claims. When our beloved Norton Buffalo Hall burned to the ground in the Camp Fire, along with the rest of my town of Paradise, neither the California Grange nor the National Grange so much inquired as to our wellbeing, but they wasted no time suing us for control of the scorched property. Their argument is that they own it, even though our community bought it, built on it, paid taxes and insurance on it, maintained it throughout the years, and lovingly made use of it for concerts, open mics, workshops, community gatherings, and so much more right up until the fire. And speaking of insurance, guess who sued for the payout on the burned up building--you guessed it, the California Grange. Sound fraternal to you? Not to me.

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Kathleen Vogelsang
6 days ago
I am signing because I want the Bayside Community Hall to remain a community hall.

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David Phelps-Zink
4 weeks ago
Not only did Grangers build local halls for their communities, according to The Frank Patron blog the Grange bylaws, marketing documents, and Journals of Proceedings at the time most halls were built all supported the idea of full local control and ownership. Those Grangers did not have the same intent for their buildings as did the Masons. If they saw the damage the Grange has done to communities (like Magalia and Paradise) with these lawsuits they would roll over in their graves. Trust the communities. This petition offers an excellent solution. Thank you! from Paradise Community Guilds.

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Phyllis Parent
1 month ago
I believe in the ownership of independent Granges in Communities, especially in these rough times.

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Chip Sharpe
1 month ago
In the 48 years that we have been here, Bayside’s community hall has been an essential gathering place for fundraisers, dances, recitals, memorials, community discussions, birthday parties, and so many other functions. Seeing how the hall flourished with the dedicated support of civic-minded individuals, we were drawn into also giving our support and now feel that we are an inalienable part of this community.

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Maureen Winston
1 month ago
The proposed comprised listed by this campaign seems perfectly sensible. Let the Halls support the communities they were built for.

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Ritchie B
Jul 31, 2021
The Halls have always been build and funded by our local communities, with never any help from the Grange.
1) They claimed ownership in the courts, based on a previous Church case, where the Church still owned the land the buildings were built on. In our cases, our community owns the land, not some dishonest outside organisation, who are only interested in financing themselves and their cronies.
2) Look at the start of all this: California Prop 37, (a GMO labeling Bill), which attempted to support local farmers, who wished to grow healthier food.
This threatened the profits of Monsanto. They are close Grange neighbors in Washington DC. The Grange has even represented Monsanto in a number of court cases.
National Grange President Ed Luttrell stated "The Grange is a supporter of GMO products".
125,000 farmers were recently awarded $10 billion, against Monsanto, for contracting Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Cancer, from their chemicals. The judge obtained court documents showed Monsanto wrote their own safety studies, and were fully aware of the toxic nature of their product.
In Frank Patron blog (thefrankpatron.blogspot) based on Grange Tax returns, he asks "where did the National Grange get $7 million to $10 million to spend on the minimum 11,000 hours of attorneys fees, for litigation against California Guild?'
These people are hurting farmers, and destroying our communities. I'll never have anything to do with them.

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Shannon Ewald
Jul 26, 2021
These are community landmarks! Weddings, memorials, baby showers, wedding showers, anniversary celebrations, birthdays, graduations! So many special memories in those places for hundreds of thousands of families. These need to be preserved.

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Jeanette Jungers
Jul 8, 2021
Community halls should belong to the communities they serve. The bayside Grange holds many different kinds of fundraisers. They host memorials, weddings and many other celebrations. Please work to save our community Granges.

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Suellen Rowlison
Jul 8, 2021
I'm signing this petition because some years ago the National Grange changed their bylaws to reflect that the National Grange owned all the halls whereas before that time, the halls were locally owned. I like the proposed compromise.