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

Revolutionary Mass Organization Disrupts Developer Meeting

By Gabriel Roshan Serve The People-Charlotte (STP-C) volunteers disrupted a developer’s meeting last Tuesday, carrying a banner that read “Ray Shawn Is Selling Out Brookhill” and chanting “Fight, Fight, Fight, housing is a human right.” Since the beginning of June, STP-C, a revolutionary mass organization has taken up the struggle to stop the imminent destruction of the Brookhill neighborhood from occurring. Before then, STP-C had … Continue reading Revolutionary Mass Organization Disrupts Developer Meeting

“Scum” Management Overwhelmed by Outraged Tenants on Move-In Day

By Mike Talavera On Tuesday, what was supposed to be the start of a celebratory welcome for new tenants at Ballpark apartments in southeast Austin quickly spiraled into a nightmare for property management when a group of tenants and their supporters accosted manager Logan Stansell for his abusive practices. In the morning, this group of protesters spotted Stansell walking on the grounds preparing for the … Continue reading “Scum” Management Overwhelmed by Outraged Tenants on Move-In Day

Dispatch from the Hood

By Ed Dalton In Austin Texas, revolutionaries, the working class, and other progressive community members have come together in the organization Defend our Hoodz. Unlike other organizations which talk about gentrification, DOH carries out confrontational action, powerful cultural and community events. On August 4th they held an energetic event in the working class neighborhood of South East Austin, which included a concert and community skits … Continue reading Dispatch from the Hood