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75River: A Victory for What Will Be
by 75riverite
Sunday Dec 4th, 2011 4:38 AM
Three days ago, we took a bank. We occupied 75River for over 75 hours. In response to heavy, increasing, and underhanded threats from city officials and police on our community, we agreed by consensus to withdraw from 75 River Street, and did so earlier this evening. The case for community self-empowerment stands stronger than ever. For every occupation repressed, a dozen will rise in its wake. This is just a beginning.
Three days ago, we took a bank. We occupied 75River for over 75 hours. Hearts and minds worldwide were set afire by our reclamation of this building as an inclusive community space instead of leaving it another vacant landhoarding of the 1%.

Over the last three days we used this warm and well-equipped building to rejoice in sharing food and resources, to provide shelter and safety for those without, to create inspired art and music, and to organize ourselves through direct democracy. We sparked abundant discussions within and abroad on the problems of private property and wealth inequity, and on modes of community response. Imaginations have soared around how such repurposed infrastructure can benefit grassroots self-organization and serve to meet human needs.

In response to heavy, increasing, and underhanded threats from city officials and police on our community, we agreed by consensus to withdraw from 75 River Street, and did so earlier this evening. Though our establishment in this physical space was unfortunately brief, our goals were in part successful: to show that through courage, determination, and action, we the disenfranchised can seize our dreams.

The case for community self-empowerment stands stronger than ever. For every occupation repressed, a dozen will rise in its wake. This is just a beginning.

We express a heartfelt thanks to those who have, and continue to express their solidarity and support for the occupiers of 75River.

[photos and more at link below]

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by 1061c
Monday Dec 5th, 2011 3:16 PM
"Three days ago, we took a bank." No you didn't. You occupied a vacant building for a few days. Now a lot of you are going to be facing criminal charges. I personally asked several members of the group that occupied 75 River why they didn't occupy an ACTUAL bank. 75 River sits between two banks, BofA and Wells Fargo. I was able to point to both of them and ask "why didn't you occupy that bank?" The first response I got was an absurd "we like this building, it's pretty." Another person I asked said they didn't want to get charged with a felony. Well it looks like you are going to get those felonies and you didn't do much to stop corporate greed. If you had taken over and closed down an actual financial institution you might have made an impact, instead all you did was trash an empty building and tuck tail and run before you were forcibly evicted.
by sad day
Monday Dec 5th, 2011 4:21 PM
I have worked next to 75 River for a few years now. A couple times a week I make the trek across Water to get a burrito for lunch. I always noticed little homeless encampments tucked into the corners of this building. Seemed like a nice spot to get some rest sheltered from the elements without a lot of hassle. Before your little occupation no one really cared because those camping there weren't causing any trouble. Today I made my regular visit to Los Pericos to get some food, but this time the scene was very different. The building is surrounded by a chain link fence with barbed wire and a security guard standing by. You guys totally blew up their spot. You pushed, and "the Man" pushed back. Now no one will enjoy the spot. Well done.
by (a)
Tuesday Dec 6th, 2011 10:23 AM
Yeah, we are responsible for police repression. Logic much?
by =P
Tuesday Dec 6th, 2011 11:48 AM
Action: Reaction. You can't possibly believe that there would be no response to your actions. You aren't that delusional.