AUSTIN: Protest and Combative Action Carried out Against Gentrification

By Ed Dalton Yesterday, revolutionary community organization Defend Our Hoodz (DOH) carried out a confrontational demonstration against nonprofit Austin Creative Alliance (ACA), which has been collaborating with developer Presidium Group, by protesting a gallery exhibit of artist Jean-Pierre Verdijo. Protesters filled the small space at ACA headquarters, condemning sell-out artists like Verdijo and far outnumbering those attending the event. “There is no peace between developers … Continue reading AUSTIN: Protest and Combative Action Carried out Against Gentrification

AUSTIN: Militant Boycott Leads to Closure of Gentrifier Business After Three-Year Struggle

By Mike Talavera The Blue Cat Café has officially closed. The site of a three-year anti-gentrification struggle, the gentrifying business could not remain profitable at East Cesar Chavez area thanks to the militant resistance of local community members led by revolutionary organization Defend Our Hoodz. “For all those who have stood with us, and seen through the lies, the distortions of gentrifiers, and even attacks … Continue reading AUSTIN: Militant Boycott Leads to Closure of Gentrifier Business After Three-Year Struggle

LOS ANGELES: City and Metro Meeting Disrupted by Anti-Gentrification Coalition

By Matt Handocerdos Militants and supporters led by anti-gentrification coalition Defend Boyle Heights (DBH) disrupted a Metro and city-planned community meeting at Boyle Heights City Hall yesterday morning. The meeting was on the “LA River Path Project,” a plan for continuing the development of an 8-mile bike path alongside the Los Angeles River stretching from the City of Vernon, through downtown Los Angeles and Boyle … Continue reading LOS ANGELES: City and Metro Meeting Disrupted by Anti-Gentrification Coalition

AUSTIN: Lou’s Bodega Faces Militant Anti-Gentrification Protest

by Mike Talavera At 1900 East Cesar Chavez Street in Austin, TX on Saturday, a crowd led by revolutionary organization Defend Our Hoodz descended on the newly opened Lou’s Bodega to protest the gentrifying restaurant’s shameless disrespect of Chicano culture. Backed by McGuire Moorman Hospitality Group, “bodega” owners Lou and Liz Lambert leased the property that formerly hosted Leal’s Tire Shop and then Gomez Tires. … Continue reading AUSTIN: Lou’s Bodega Faces Militant Anti-Gentrification Protest

LOS ANGELES: FBI Investigation Exposes Chinese Imperialism’s Hand in City Council Corruption

By Ulrike Salazar A federal investigation into the Los Angeles City Council has exposed collusion between Chinese developers and public officials and further corroborated the critical role nonprofits play in gentrification. The ongoing investigation goes far beyond 14th District City Councilmember José Huizar, whose house was raided first by federal agents on November 7, 2018. Other city council members, their aids, and their families are all … Continue reading LOS ANGELES: FBI Investigation Exposes Chinese Imperialism’s Hand in City Council Corruption

CHARLOTTE: Architect Offices Vandalized Amidst Anti-Gentrification Struggle

By Gabriel Roshan Gentrifying architecture firm Shook-Kelley’s (SK) windows were tagged with “Terry Shook watch your back” last week. Shook-Kelley is a self-described “renegade” architecture firm founded in 1992, with offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and Los Angeles, California. Founded by Terry Shook and Kevin Kelley, their philosophy on design is embodied in the slogan “we convene.” In LA, Shook-Kelley renovated and did brand marketing … Continue reading CHARLOTTE: Architect Offices Vandalized Amidst Anti-Gentrification Struggle

AUSTIN: Anti-Gentrification Organizers and Community Win First Round of Fight Against Arts District

By Ed Dalton January 1, 2019 was supposed to mark the opening of Presidium Group’s Riverside Arts District, located in the heart of the working class neighborhood of Riverside in central east Austin. Thanks to the poor planning of developers and the resistance of community members alongside local anti-gentrification organizers, the district’s opening has been delayed six months or more. The Presidium Group developers and their … Continue reading AUSTIN: Anti-Gentrification Organizers and Community Win First Round of Fight Against Arts District