NYC Squatters Face Imminent Eviction

Robert (101607.2566@CompuServe.COM)
14 Aug 96 13:38:58 EDT


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Date: 14.08.1996 00:19

Subject:NYC Squatters Face Imminent Eviction

NYC Squatters Face Imminent Eviction

August 12, 1996

Friends,

The tension is so thick can be cut with a knife on East 13th street in
NYC's Lower East Side. It's possible that in the early morning hours of
Monday an evicition could take place of dozens of squatters who've lived
in a row of five buildings on the block for the past 12 years.

Last years hundreds of cops armed with machine guns and supported by an
armored perssonel carrier (that looked more like a tank) evicted two of
the buildings and part of a third.

On Friday the appellate division of the NY State Supreme Court overturned
justice Elliot Wilks' order staying the eviction of the remaining
buildings. While all is not hopeless this is a very dangerous time for
the people of the Lower East Side since the cops are more than capable of
violating their own laws and court procedures.

At this hour people are moving their more important belongings out of the
buildings in preperation for a seige that may begin as early as dawn
tomorrow or later tis week. In past eviciton belongings have been seized
by the police and trashed or "lost" in the system.

The court's decision left an out for the squatters. One of the five
judges dissented from the majority leaving open the possibility of an
other stay pending the next level of appeals with the State Court of
Appeals in Albany. Also the decision was made based on the facts (the
court says the squatter didn't prove they had lived in the buildings for
an uninterrupted ten years, the minimum time limit to gain "adverse
possesion") and not on the law. Leaving open the possibility that other
squats can use the "adverse possession" argument in court. That could be
a major squatters victory.

"Adverse possession" is an age old common law provision goving title to
squatters who "openly and notoriously" live in abandoned property while
making significant improvements to that property. All the squats have
been protected and significantly upgraded by the squatters, a fact
admitted in court by the city.

You can support the squatters with phone calls in support of the
squatters to the Mayor's Action Center at 212-788-7585.

For more information call Blackout books at 212-777-1967.

The squatter's underground radio station, Steal This Radio, is on the air
24 hours a day with updates. Their frequency is 88.7 FM.

Paul DeRienzo
pdr@echonyc.com

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