AUSTIN: Gentrifier Instigates Fight with Arts District Picketers, Cops Arrest Protester

By Mike Talavera Last Saturday, picketers descended on the opening event of the Riverside Arts District in southeast Austin, Texas, causing a disruption that culminated in a brawl with one protester being arrested. The big tent art exhibition hosted by nonprofits Almost Real Things and Pump Project was held across the street from the Ballpark, Quad, and Town Lake apartments currently under threat of being … Continue reading AUSTIN: Gentrifier Instigates Fight with Arts District Picketers, Cops Arrest Protester

AUSTIN: Gentrifying Business Stickered on Three Year Anniversary of Crossing Community Boycott

By Dmitri Sans On Saturday during a community picket of gentrifying business Blue Cat Cafe in East Austin, masked protesters covered the windows of the storefront and adjacent food truck with stickers that read “Love Cats / Hate Nazis / Boycott Blue Cat Cafe.” The protest was called to condemn the cafe’s three year anniversary and its decision to cross the community boycott of F&F … Continue reading AUSTIN: Gentrifying Business Stickered on Three Year Anniversary of Crossing Community Boycott

Revolutionary street vendor disappeared after facing off with law enforcement

By Ulrike Salazar UPDATE: At approximately 1 p.m. yesterday, Yudis Leonel Cruz was confirmed as being safe at home. Supporters are still investigating matters. It is unknown at the moment if he was apprehended or arrested and then released. What is known, however, is that witnesses saw California Highway Patrol officers single out Leonel as a militant leader. Witnesses last saw Leonel running away with … Continue reading Revolutionary street vendor disappeared after facing off with law enforcement

Anti-Gentrification Group Makes Bonfire Out of Art-Washing Magazines

By Jamie Haynes Wednesday night, Austin organization Defend Our Hoodz – Defiende El Barrio (DOH) continued their offensive against Presidium Group’s scheme to leverage a “pop up arts’ district” into zoning changes that threaten to accelerate the systematic displacement of working class and student populations living in the Riverside neighborhood. Rally goers passed out hundreds of flyers, chanted slogans, and destroyed copies of Almost Real Things, self-described as an “Art zine for … Continue reading Anti-Gentrification Group Makes Bonfire Out of Art-Washing Magazines

Protesters Throw Snakes at Developer Agent’s Face

By Dmitri Sans What was supposed to be an orderly and expedient City of Austin planning commission meeting Tuesday night turned into a ruckus when protesters interrupted the proceedings, culminating with two demonstrators throwing rubber snakes at real estate attorney Michael Whellan. The Tuesday meeting marked the first time that the rezoning case for the Ballpark and Town Lake apartments, a development move that has … Continue reading Protesters Throw Snakes at Developer Agent’s Face

Anti-Gentrification Group Declares Boycott Against Art District

By Mike Talavera On Monday, Defend Our Hoodz – Defiende El Barrio – Austin (DOH) published a statement announcing a boycott against the Riverside Arts District, with a message to artists that “if you side with the developers, we will treat you no differently than we treat them, as unwelcome invaders.” The arts district, conceived by local nonprofit Austin Creative Alliance and developer Presidium Group, … Continue reading Anti-Gentrification Group Declares Boycott Against Art District

‘Community’ and ‘socialist’ organizations cross picket line against Self-Help Graphics

By Ulrike Salazar On Wednesday, the commemoration of the Chicano Moratorium in Boyle Heights was met with contention from anti-gentrification organizations when groups and individuals crossed the picket line against pro-gentrification nonprofit Self-Help Graphics & Art (SHG). The well-known militant Defend Boyle Heights (DBH) anti-gentrification coalition issued the boycott against SHG as well as all new gentrifying art galleries back in December 2016. Soon thereafter, … Continue reading ‘Community’ and ‘socialist’ organizations cross picket line against Self-Help Graphics