25.08.2011 § Leave a comment
Last friday saw around 200 civilians show up at unearthly hours of the morning to prevent Marshalls from Evicting a Ms. Ward in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Hipsters in broad attendance, and what better use for them than blocking the Marshall, right? Ms. Ward was prey to some wack debt scam, and her house (which she’s lived in for like 44 years) is in foreclosure. The eviction was successfully prevented and it seems there is some deal being struck with the “new owners”, some rando company. More info over at Organize 4 Occupation, the group bottomlining the biz: http://www.o4onyc.org/
Another action is being called for August 31st (see below) to pressure the powers that be to resolve things in Ms. Ward’s favor.
Organize 4 Occupation appears to be the newest iteration of a series of threads of struggle around land issues in NYC, which have usually either become dominated by non-profits and rendered obsolete, or slowed down and dispersed (some milestones in that – RECLAIM NYC; CAP Your Landlord; No More Affordable Housing Scams; Picture the Homeless, etc) This O4O appears to have wrangled in some of those folks who are relatively antagonistic towards non-profits, but mad active, which is tight, we hope it continues that way, and will come to any eviction blockade we can.
23.03.2011 § Leave a comment
Casualized Nurses, Tenants…. The Precariat is rising up….
A group of nurses have occupied the gallery of the Polish Parliament (the Sejm) to protest the casualization of their profession…
Besides the protest of angry nurses, tenants activists disrupted the City Council yesterday, telling the politicians that they should go home. ZSP and the Tenants Defense Committee recently announced that they would boycott meetings with city authorities who don’t intend to change anything and reiterated that they do not recognize the legitimacy of the local government. They are calling for popular control of public housing and informing that it would help people who cannot get housing to set up home in vacant units.
Tensions were particularly high after the murder of a housing activist from the Warsaw Tenants Association, which also took part in yesterday’s protest. The tenants groups blame the politicians for pushing through more and more inhuman turbocapitalist acts and chanelling the budget and their energies into projects beneficial for a small elite.
Besides these two actions in Warsaw, there has been an increase in labor protests this month, with large protests of postal workers and miners and serious threats of strikes on the railways, some educational institutions and in the Fiat plant in Tychy.
Read full article here: Warsaw Nurses occupy