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Demonstrator Marcus Henderson—a natural builder with a background in urban sustainability—is at the forefront of a newfound community garden initiative.

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During his conversation with the Times, Henderson referred to the initiative as “guerrilla gardening” and called it “a story of reparations,” referencing widespread loss of property.

“We’re dealing with a question of how Black people have been disenfranchised for so long, pulled out of the economic system,” Henderson told Seattle-based newspaper The Stranger on Friday. “One way of doing that is not giving people access to land.”

The community gardens took shape after officers vacated the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct last Monday, amid ongoing rallies protesting police violence and systemic racism following Minneapolis resident George Floyd’s death in custody at the end of May. Civilian protesters have populated the area since then, giving rise to what participants call the Free Capitol Hill movement. Those involved published a list of demands on the website Medium last week calling for major justice system reforms.

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