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(en) US, San Francisco, CA. Call to Housing Action

From "mccarron" <autonomous@mutualaid.org>
Date Thu, 30 Jan 2003 01:45:59 -0500 (EST)


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Monday January 27 2003 at 9pm the squatters at 2161 Sutter Street in
Pacific Heights were forcibly evicted
by the police from a property owned by United Dominion Realty Trust.
Please phone United Dominion 925/224.8670
(Fax: 925/225.8657 http://www.udrt.com) and ask United Dominion why they
prioritize profit over housing for the poor.
The squatted building had been bought from the Macedonia Baptist Church on
the same block where it had once been housing
for women with mental disabilities and then left to sit empty for nearly a
year.

Corporate greed and political repression have been the cause of the total
erradication of the neighborhood's history and the
disempowerment of the community there. Being the site of major Black
Panther Party organizing in the past, the area
surrounding the block the squat was on had once been a large black
neighborhood. United Dominion has since built an
apartment complex there which dominates the entire block except for the
Macedonia Baptist Church and the evicted squat
standing next to it. This same block had been also the home of Winterland,
a very popular music hall, where Janis
Joplin performed her last show.

In a city where the political climate has been advocating the
criminalization of homelessness, the occupation of an abandoned
building in this affluent neighborhood is a bold statement against big
money squashing people's rights for profits. The San
Francisco Planning Commission needs to block the further development of
expensive over-sized lofts and commercial spaces
that, with the economy as it is at present, sit vacant and unoccupied
while people die on the streets in the cold. It must take
steps to preserve the rich cultural history of the many communities that
make San Francisco important and beautiful.
Homes Not Jails and the Autonomous Collective had been organizing
self-managed social housing at this location ongoing
for an unprecedented five months or more. It was providing shelter for at
least 30 persons at the time of eviction, eight blocks
from callous "Care Not Cash" district Supervisor Gavin Newsom.

This Saturday at noon there will be a rally, march and more. People are
encouraged to meet at Western Addition
Public Library at 1550 Scott (at Geary). Muni 22 and 38 Lines, Take Bart
to 16th St. Transfer to Muni # 22.
Homes Not Jails, Autonomous Collective
Contact HNJ 415/346.3740 or email the AC autonomouscollective@mutualaid.org
Tell United Dominion that evicting homeless people to make way for
overpriced trendy yuppie apartments is wrong!!
Deman all new units be turned into self-managed low-income social housing
now!!

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