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75River: A Victory for What Will Be

by 75riverite
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.

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