from Anarchist News.
Spring…the sounds and sights of lilacs blooming, starlings teaching their young to fly, and freshly tagged condo presentation centre… time for Montreal’s 6th Annual Anti-Gentrification Games!
There’s plenty of analysis on why gentrification is fucked, and everyone has their own reasons, informed by ideology and experience. Rising rent and increased enforcement of nuisance bylaws chase broke folks out of their homes. Condo developers profit off of an image of community that their developments work steadily to crush. And as gentrification changes the social and geographic landscapes of neighborhoods, spaces are sold out to the more easily controlled, and we (as anarchists, etc.) lose ground in our skirmish with society. Even if we don’t feel that we have true communities in these neighborhoods; luxury condos, the lifestyle they promise, and the measures of social control they require ensure that the types of lives we want to lead and the communities we want to sustain and create will never be possible.
Let’s create the spaces we want to live in, and destroy the ones we hate! St. Henri, Point St. Charles, Verdun, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve—this is your formal invitation to participate in Montreal’s 6th Annual Anti Gentrification Games!
Here are some ways in which one could participate:
– organize a neighbourhood block party
– resolve a conflict with your neighbor amoungst yourselves
– put up anti-gentrification, anti-police graff
– redecorate a condo presentation centre
– convince a yuppie that a neighborhood is ‘too dangerous’ to buy a condo in
– start a luxury car hood ornament collection
– redesign condo promotional advertising
– take advantage of a free sale at a gentrifying store
– be creative!
The only points you get for participating are -10 for taking yourself too seriously.
Get together, stay safe, and have fun!
–Montreal’s 6AAGG Organizing Committee
Invitation à participer à la 6e AJAGM (6e Edition Annuelle des Jeux Anti-Gentrification de Montréal)!
Le printemps… ses sons et le vue des lilas en fleurs, les étourneaux apprenent à leurs petits à voler et les bureaux de vente de condo fraîchement tagués…il est le temps pour le 6e Edition Annuelle des Jeux Anti-Gentrification de Montréal! Il existe plusieurs analyses pour expliquer pourquoi la gentrification, c’est de la merde, et tout le monde a ses raisons, influencées par l’idéologie et l’expérience. Les augmentationa du prix des loyers et l’application des règlements sur la nuisance ont pour effet de chasser les pauvres de leur maison. Les promoteurs immobiliers profit d’une image de la communauté qu’ils s’encharnent consciencieusement à détruire. Et alors que la gentrification tranforme profondément le paysage urbain et le tissu social des quartiers, des espaces sont vendus à ceux et celles qui sont plus facilement côntrolables et nous (en tout qu’anarchistes, etc.) perdons du terrain dans notre combat contre la société.
Même si nous ne sentons pas que nous avons de réelles communautés dans ces quartiers, les condos luxueux, le style de vie qu’ils promettent et les mesures de côntrole social qu’ils nécessitent assurent que n’y seront jamais possibles les formes de vie et les communautés que nous voulons créer. Faisons en sorte de créer les espaces dans lesquels nous voulons vivre et de détruire ceux que nous détestons!
St. Henri, Pointe St Charles, Verdun, Hochelage-Maisonneuve…ceci est une invitation formelle à participer à le 6e EAJAGM!
Cette participation peut prendre diverses formes:
– Organizer un party de rue de quartier
– régler un conflit avec des voisin.es sans la participation des flics
– faire un graf contre la police ou contre le gentrification
– redécorer le bureau de vente d’un condo
– convaincre un ‘bobo’ qu’un quartier est trop ‘dangereux’ pour qu’il y achete un condo
– commencer un collection des ornements de capot des voitures de luxe
– concevoir un nouveau design pour la pub d’un développement de condos
– profiter de la ‘gratuité’ d’un commerce gentrificateur
– faisons preuve d’imagination!
Les seuls points de participation sont: -10 points pour se prendre trop sérieux.
Organisez-vous, restez prudent.es, et amusez-vous!
–Le comité d’organisation de la 6e EAJAGM
from San Francisco Bay Guardian. (listen to the track there cos embedding doesn’t work)
“Hey gurl, where you moving to? Moving to the East Bay, living life the broke way. SF keep your money. FUCK YOUR MONEY!”
In-our-face drag performer Persia has teamed up with phantasmic trio Daddies Plastik to create an ecstatic dance punk anthem for our insane SF economic times, “Google Google Apps Apps.” It’s really catchy! Gentrify me, gentrify me, gentrify my love.
And it all comes from personal experience.
Persia told me (appropriately through Facebook):
It all began a few weeks ago, when I received an invite via facebook to “Save Esta Noche,” the only gay Latino bar in SF (where I perform every Saturday at 7pm and 11:30pm with Mitzy Lee, Vicky Jimenez and Lulu). Apparently the bar was in trouble, they had lapsed on some of their bills and the bar was on the verge of closing. Upon reading the invite, I realized that none of the Esta Noche performers were on the bill, so I made a few phone calls and put in my two cents. I was directed to the offices of David Campos, whose staff was behind organizing the event. I informed them that I found it appalling that there were no Esta Noche performers on the bill. They informed me that everything was done last minute and they were not able to contact us but they were very grateful that I called and wanted us. So, Lulu and Mitzy Lee and myself, were added to the bill. All while getting ready to be un-employed from my current job, SFMOMA, when it closes for remodeling.
Facing unemployed from possibly two places had me on edge. My stress level was at a maximum. However, it wasn’t until I saw my friends perform at the Eagle, Daddies Plastik (San Cha, Vain Hein, Tyler Holmes), that it dawned on me, “I should write a song, and have my friends help me.” Lately, the Black Glitter Collective (a group of artists and homies I’m in) have all been facing troubling life events; from couch surfing to having problems with our landlords, to losing jobs, having work hours cuts, moving to the East Bay, etc. So, as Daddies Plastik performed their last song, I wrote down lyrics on my phone. I wanted the song to be silly and in your face.
Two days later I went to Daddies Plastik’s home in West Oakland. They came up with a hawt tune, we structured my ideas in pop-music format and on May 18th we performed it live at Esta Noche, for their benefit. Then last night, we took the song to our producer Keith Tadashi Kubota aka I.VII.I.IX. and he worked his magic.
We, Daddies Plastik and I, will continue to collaborate. This summer we’ll be working on an EP, along the same lines as Google Google Apps Apps. Together, alongside the Black Glitter Collective, we’ll be working on music videos and other projects.
Sick of high-paid tech employees driving up rent prices, protestors in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood held a “Anti-Gentrification Block Party” and beat on a Google bus piñata before cops broke up the crowd. The area has long been home to artists and Mexican-American families, but they’re being forced out as techies move in, their employers set up shuttle stops, and housing prices skyrocket.
Mission district blog Uptown Almanac’s Kevin Montgomery was on the scene. He describes 30 to 40 people assembled at the neighborhood’s 16th street Bay Area Rapid Transit station. The spot is one of the dirtiest in the city — in stark contrast to fancy Valencia street just one block over where software engineers frequent posh restaurants and pricey bike shops.
Google, Apple, and Facebook all have shuttle bus stops in the neighborhood making it easy for their employees to live in the hip district while commuting south to Silicon Valley in style. The buses have become a symbol of gentrification. Dozens of police officers surrounded the rally, fearing it might devolve into violence. Last May a riot broke out in neighborhood with many businesses vandalized with “Yuppies Out” graffiti.
Montgomery says that around 2:30pm yesterday “the [protestors] did string up the piñata to a makeshift fishing pole and beat it mercilessly” as seen in the video below from YouTube user Krionni. Soon after, the police swarmed in and dispersed the group.
As a three-year resident of the Mission, I’ve seen the influx of money from the rise of Apple and Google’s stock plus the Facebook IPO change its character. When the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, local techies came out to spectate and record the chaos with their iPads. Cheap grocery stores and eateries have been going out of business, while trendy bars and cafes move in. Rent increased 29% from 2011 to 2012 alone.
Unfortunately, I’ve haven’t seen the tech giants who’ve colonized the neighborhood do much to give back. Funding some local education or beautification initiatives could go a long way to reducing the gentrification backlash.
At 6pm this Friday and Saturday night the standard flow of commuters and locals drifting between restaurants and bars on Errol Street, North Melbourne, will be interrupted by a twitching, turning, falling mass of dancers in a series of satellite performances.
The work in total is Action/Response, part of Dance Massive 2013, whose program has featured distinctive contemporary dance works around Melbourne this month.
Action/Response presents new performance works by a cross-disciplinary bunch of artists made in response to two written texts that describe everyday movements ¬– actions that also serve as metaphors for understanding the world. Curator of Action/Response Hannah Mathews describes this iteration – ‘Turning’ and ‘Falling’ – as her own response to living in a dense urban area and a desire to offer people an opportunity to pause and reflect.
“North Melbourne is becoming more and more gentrified. I wanted to see something here, just as it is now, something that will cause passers-by to stop and think about their everyday actions and their movement through the place.”
Mathews corralled 20 emerging and established performers to create the work (including Daniel Crooks, Alicia Frankovich, Nathan Gray, Bianca Hester and Laresa Kosloff). But first she needed something they could respond to and build the work from. In collaborating with writers Ramona Koval and The Age’s Chris Johnston, Mathews settled on the actions of turning and falling.
In describing the writing of the text ‘Turning,’ Koval says she approached it like she was herself moving on “some celestial dolly camera from out in the galaxy to coming right in to what happens on earth.” Koval’s early training as a scientist is evident in the text with its telescopic and then microscopic perspectives, ranging from planets turning in orbit, down to strands of DNA, that ‘turn and turn about an axis, like a twisted ladder, coding all of life.”
“The more I read the more I remembered,” says Koval, “I began to think the whole world is about turning – turning around the sun, the sun turning around our galaxy. And I thought why don’t I start there.”
“I’ve always been fascinated by microscopes and telescopes,” she continues. “The idea that there was an instrument that could make you aware of a world that you had no knowledge about…It’s also a little bit metaphysical. There are things that can go on in your world and you are not aware of them unless you are able to see a little bit closely or feel or pick up vibes or something.”
Peering through Errol Street shopfronts and then out onto the street, passers-by may chance to see something of themselves, ‘Turning on, turning off, turning over, turning round’ or ‘Falling in love, falling down, falling apart.’ Everyday actions reflected back, some banal, some beautiful.