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"Riot" at Greenbridge: Three Arrested at Anti-Gentrification Occupation in Chapel Hill, NC
...class war in the neighborhood...
On Saturday, June 18th, dozens of anarchists and other community members staged an angry protest against gentrification and green capitalism at Greenbridge, a “green” development of condos for eco-yuppies. Demonstrators held banners outside while others occupied the lobby in an expression of outrage against the displacement of renters from the neighborhood. Three people were arrested and charged with felony “inciting a riot” and misdemeanor property destruction, and have been released on bail. The demonstration drew attention to the ongoing tolls inflicted by the development, which was built by a coalition of multi-millionaires over the protests of community members to profit off the bourgeois craze with all things “green.” But money is the only thing green about Greedbridge, as it has been nicknamed by neighbors.
Green Capitalist Development and ResistanceFor more than the past two and a half years, anarchists in Chapel Hill, NC have joined a broad constituency of tenants, homeowners, churchgoers, service workers, and students to fight the construction of a massive luxury eco-condo called Greenbridge. Many believe that the development has hastened the pace of gentrification and displacement in nearby Northside, a historically African American neighborhood that, despite influxes of students, remains largely multi-racial and working-class in character. This neighborhood is also home to anarchists, who along with other neighbors and friends have lost homes due to development companies and speculators buying up all available real estate and raising rents.
The protest that occurred Saturday, June 18th against Greenbridge was only the most recent act in a long narrative of resistance to this project. This resistance has taken many forms, including community forums at a local radical bookstore, church-hosted gatherings, media hoaxes designed to undermine the project's image, banner-drops, a call for a city-wide boycott signed by over 60 Northside households, smashed windows at the development's office, an “eviction” of the project's general contractor, the founding of a center aimed at preserving Northside residents' life stories and history, graffiti, and literally thousands of wheatpasted posters, and telephoned bomb threats. This struggle has deepened longstanding fissures between the predominantly White liberal Left, who maintain a strong political hegemony in Chapel Hill, and various groupings of local black institutions, students, tenants, service workers, and anarchists (which are overlapping demographics).
Encouragingly, despite the support of wealthy developers and the local Left, the opposition (along with an economic recession) has succeeded in bringing the development to its financial knees. Greenbridge has only been able to sell 36 of its 97 residential units and has been unable to pay back its debt. Almost the entire first floor of commercial space remains empty and unfinished, and Bank of America recently began foreclosure proceedings. While foreclosure is currently on hold, there is a lien on the property, preventing Greenbridge from selling more units. Without more investment capital, they are dead in the water and ripe for occupation. Speaking more qualitatively, the highly public opposition has succeeded in rendering a supposedly welcomed, popular project into a highly controversial symbol of racist liberalism and wealthy elitism. Though the amorphous process of rent increases and gentrification has continued, a panel of mayoral candidates unanimously declared last year that they want “no more developments like Greenbridge,” and even the City Council has called for a moratorium on development in the area. In Chapel Hill, “greenbridge” has become a dirty word.
The text of the flyer distributed at Saturday's occupation
OCCUPY THE OCCUPIERS!We're here to express our rage about the displacement of renters from Northside. Greenbridge has been instrumental in causing property values in the neighborhood to skyrocket; families and households have been forced out as investors like Engelhardt Ventures buy up all the property. This demonstration is the latest chapter in a narrative that has included public opposition, a boycott campaign, posters, graffiti, and more.
In the midst of a nationwide housing crisis, it is especially ironic that so many tenants have had to leave their homes on account of a development that remains mostly empty. This shows how the system of property rights prioritizes capitalist investment over the human beings it affects.
Well-behaved citizens will object that we are disturbing the peace. Have they so much as batted an eye as families have been forced out of this community?
Developers will charge that not all of us live in Northside. But they can bring in investors and wealthy homebuyers from the other side of the country to finance the developments that make it impossible for us to live here.
Property owners will object that this is private property. But before this was a high-rise gated community defended by key cards and security guards, it was the church that hosted the charter school, the Ethiopian restaurant. This space used to be a part of our community; now the wealthy have stolen it from us.
Politicians will insist that we should focus on bureaucratic reforms when the solution is obvious: the displaced should be permitted to move into the empty units in Greenbridge itself.
This isn’t just about Northside. The displacement of renters from Northside is a microcosm of the story of all the service workers and poor people in Chapel Hill. We are constantly being forced to relocate, working in town but commuting from Durham or the country. This makes it impossible for us to maintain ties and stand up for ourselves together; it means that the privilege of being a recognizable community with legitimate interests is reserved for the property-owning middle class.
This protest is the only meaningful alternative we have to being silenced and written out of history. Against landlords and developers - Occupy the occupiers!
More information on Greenbridge and local resistance:
http://zinelibrary.info/files/sustainabilityzinetotal.pdf “Sustainability, TM” Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay convincingly debunk the myth of “green” industrial architecture and development, focusing on architect William McDonough, who designed Greenbridge.
http://www.dailytarheel.com/index.php/article/2010/01/g...lized - news article on more anti-Greenbridge activity
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/07/greendbridge-pr...s.php a friend of millionaire Greenbridge co-founder Tim Toben laments the anti-capitalist rage against “green development”
http://www.chapelhillnews.com/2011/04/17/63817/a-brief-....html - news article discussing the impending foreclosure of Greenbridge by Bank of America
And finally, http://www.orangepolitics.org/2011/06/breaking-rioters-...25272 a hilarious posting from a blog popular among Chapel Hill liberals (anarchists armed with anvils!)
Sat 26 Jul, 02:17
In a time of hardship, Miami-Dade County Ramps up Foreclosures 09:40 Thu 20 Dec 0 comments
In a time when people are experiencing unparalleled hardship, Miami-Dade county is ramping up to steamroll more foreclosures. This news comes as rents are rising in Miami spurred on by international speculators and investors, and people losing their homes. Nationally homeless is increasing due to the pervasive unemployment, sub-poverty wages of the lowest tier of the working population, and the multi-decade long attacks on housing safety nets. We are now witnessing a homelessness that includes young able bodied people some of whom are working while homeless.
Unchanged: Progressive Disillusionment in the Age of Obama 12:44 Sat 24 Nov 0 comments
Now that President Obama is “safely” ensconced in the White House for another four years and “disaster Supreme Court decisions” are averted, liberal and progressive voters need to join radical activists in the fight against endless war, ecological destruction, and austerity. Obama no longer has an incentive to make any pretense of throwing a single crumb to liberals – resignation and acquiescence on “pragmatic grounds” will allow bargains that are hostile to the interests of the working class.
[Quebec] Health Care Action In Saguenay 10:57 Mon 08 Nov 0 comments
Yesterday, November 6, the Collectif Emma Goldman of the Québec UCL, along with the student employee's union of the University of Québec in Chicoutimi organized a demonstration against the privatization of health care and fees for service. The following is translated from the original French at the Québec City Voix De Faits Blog. More details and photo reportage are available at the Collectif Emma Goldman site.
Military Surveillance of Anarchists in Washington State 11:40 Thu 06 Aug 2 comments
A request for the public records the city of Olympia, Washington keeps on anarchists, Wobblies, and members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) has forced into the open a military infiltrator who posed as an anarchist for two years, in clear violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.
Whose Streets? 03:25 Fri 10 Oct 0 comments
Seattle today is a tale of two cities. For developers, government officials, and many new residents, Seattle is about its places of plenty: shopping opportunities, property values, beautiful views, and potential profits. Look beyond the skyscrapers and a different image of Seattle emerges: that of a blue-collar port city with an immigrant soul--a place of strength, survival, and struggle against racism and poverty. When these two Seattles collide, it's called gentrification: the displacement of poor and working class people by upper-income residents. It's a conflict over values, over purpose: who is claiming the city?
Protests in Juchitan against wind companies 05:44 Thu 04 Sep 0 comments
For more than seven months, we, communal land owners from Juchitan de Zaragoza, Union Hidalgo and Xadani, have dealt with the irresponsibility of the civil judge of Juchitan de Zaragoza, Oaxaca, in front of whom we've placed more than 120 claims for the nullification of contracts we were deceived into signing with transnational wind energy corporations.
Another Successful Eviction Blockade for Boston's Working Class Housing Movement! 03:54 Fri 18 Jul 0 comments
On the July 15th eviction blockade led by Paula Taylor and the City Life/ Vida Urbana Bank Tenants Union
Anarchism and Libertarian Currents in the Oaxaca Insurrectionary Movement 22:37 Fri 13 Jun 6 comments
Between June and November of 2006, the Mexican state of Oaxaca lived through a popular revolt that both astonished and shocked the world. While the mass media took its characteristic perspective on the conflict, the people of Oaxaca rejected Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz (URO), of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and took the capital city demanding his ouster as the starting point for the creation of a new political and economic order to wipe out the huge social inequalities that submerge the mostly indigenous state.
Oaxaca--APPO Clash 01:05 Tue 20 Feb 0 comments
Just days after admitting the use of "excessive force" in clearing the streets of protesters in Oaxaca, Mexico, a second demonstration calling for the ousting of governor Ulises Ruiz has been attacked and eight people arrested.
Anti-war protesters rush Capitol building in Washington DC 22:55 Fri 02 Feb 0 comments
During a large anti-war protest in Washington DC Sat 27 January an anarchist led breakaway attempted to gain access to the Capitol building, the seat of the USA Senate and Congress.more >>
What's in a Name: Grounding Housing Justice in Class Struggle Nov 22 0 comments
When considering creating an "Eviction Free Zone," you have to remember that it is only a rhetorical tool in the advance of a class-based agenda. [Italiano]
In the housing defense movement, we often get bogged down in legal approaches and the banking fraud we use as leverage. But what about situations when it is merely a lack of funds for the person living in the home? It is at those moments that you see the most crucial element of the struggle, and how you can use this organizing to transform the conversation about housing.
Occupy is Dead. Now What? Dec 27 5 comments
How do we move beyond movement moments, and start taking strategic advantage of the moment in such a way that strengthens our efforts decades down the road? Did we gain strength from involvement in the Occupy Wall Street movement, or not? Is the idea of Occupy Wall Street a short-sighted route to building mass revolutionary movements?
A movement is born. Across America and around the world occupations have spread. We witness the beauty and struggle of a new protagonist joining the fight against oppression and exploitation.
Film Screening: The Chicago Conspiracy Apr 25 0 comments
A documentary based in Chile that explores the legacy of the Pinochet dictatorship, the current political conflict and the response by radical social movements.more >>
WSA statement of solidarity with Wisconsin Workers Mar 01 WSA 0 comments
WSA extends solidarity and our most sincere wishes for victory to the workers of Wisconsin in their current fight. And to all public sector workers now struggling against attacks on their pensions and their rights.
Anarchists Against The Wall, North American speaking tour Jan 21 AATW 0 comments
Schachaf Polakow, a member of Anarchists Against the Wall, will be touring the U.S. and Canada from February 1st to March 9th. His presentation will include film and photos, and will focus both on AATW's recent work in solidarity with Gaza and our ongoing work in the West Bank.
200 Soldiers Invade Zapatista Land Jun 10 0 comments
"Comrades of the Other Campaign in Mexico and other countries, we ask you to be on the alert because the soldiers said they’ll be back in two weeks. We don’t want war. We want peace with justice and dignity. But we have no other choice than to defend ourselves, resist them, and eject them when they come looking for a confrontation with us in the towns of the Zapatista support bases...All we can tell you is to look and see
Statement on the Murder of Brad Will and the Situation in Oaxaca Nov 01 NEFAC, NYMAA 0 comments
A statement by the New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists, endorsed by the anglophone secretariat of NEFAC, on the murder of Brad Will and others, and the situation in Oaxaca.
Boston Actions in Solidarity with the People of Oaxaca! Oct 03 Boston Anarchists for Popular Assemblies 0 comments
On Saturday, September 30th, as Mexican military helicopters flew over Oaxaca City with the intent of threatening and intimidating the peaceful movement of the Popular Assemblies of the People of Oaxaca, Boston activists gathered at the Boylston T stop to spread awareness about the imminent invasion of Oaxaca City by the federal Mexican Army. This small educational action marked the beginning of an on-going campaign of Boston solidarity with the movement of the popular assemblies in Oaxaca. Read more for ideas on how to get involved!more >>