June 19, 2020 | Misinformation at The Circle

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Friends and neighbors:

Sometime in the past few days, someone posted a flyer around The Circle claiming that Friends of the Fountain and Walk had removed a banner that had been hung on a nearby fence.

That is not true, and, as far as I can tell, whoever posted that information did not contact our organization to ask if it was true before doing so.

So to set the record straight, here is a response we posted next to one of the flyers (which we also have not removed). There are more around The Circle than we can counter easily, so we hope this will answer any questions about this.

Thanks for reading.

— Michael Gray for the Board of Directors, Friends of the Fountain and Walk

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  • Tam Gray says:

    Never thought of Berkeley as ‘silent’ on any issues! But the fountain is not the place to initiate a grievance … don’t we have enough to deal with at the moment? And Berkeley provides (as noted below) many venues to break silence about issues.

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