Protesters blocked a private Google shuttle in the Mission District of San Francisco today.
"In the video, a Google employee who hopped off the bus shouts down Erin McElroy, a protester who also heads the eviction mapping project. 'How long have you lived in this city?' McElroy asked him. He shouted back 'Why don't you go to a city that can afford it? This is a city for the right people who can afford it. You can't afford it? You can leave. I'm sorry, get a better job.'"
Concern over increases in cost of living in San Francisco are becoming more of a focal point for discussion, as seen in a recent NYT blog post, Dystopia by the Bay.
In China, people are being evicted from their homes
at an alarming rate, according to a recent report
by Amnesty International. Eager to spur economic development, local Communist Party officials have used violence and intimidation to force people out of their homes and farmland, including employing private gangs to attack residents who won't comply with eviction orders. In Hebei Province, however, one father-and-son duo, both devotees of Bruce Lee and facing a gang of over 30 men outside their house, decided to fight back--and won
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"It seeped through the walls. It wafted up stairwells and elevator shafts. It was so bad, it rendered the other units on Nowell's floor unrentable. It was so bad, it made people dry-heave as they walked down the hallway. It was so bad, it caused the inspectors who examined Nowell's unit to gag and tear up. It was so bad, it attracted vermin. It was suffocating, overpowering, disgusting, distressing. It smelled like sour milk. Like diarrhea. Like mold." [The Man Who Smelled Too Much
Last year, Yang Youde learned that his land had been requisitioned. Since the compensation terms for breaking the contract had not been settled, he has refused to move out. "The evictors said many times that they will move on me." Earlier this year, Yang took measures to protect himself. He took a hand-truck and removed the front. Then he put in a set of rockets for use as an artillery battery.
Three days of rioting and protest across Denmark,
fueled by an influx of supporters from outside the country
, was the result of the Danish police's sudden eviction
of long-standing squat Ungdomshuset
). It was the last such social centre in Denmark, whose self-governed municipality of Christiana
also began as a squat
(though its future remains in question
, the act of taking over abandoned property (sometimes surreptitiously as a way to secure housing for the homeless, sometimes publically
as a way to exert political pressure) has a long history, and often meets with intense repression, though has sometimes been instrumental in city-building. In New York City's early days, homesteading
was how many neighbourhoods began, and the squat movement
which birthed the now-legal ABC No Rio
community centre is linked to the city's community gardens
, as well as its independent arts culture through publications such as World War 3
. (WW3's co-founder Seth Tobocman receives continued attention
for his graphic novel War In The Neighbourhood
has already begun.
L.A. South Central Farm Receives Eviction Notice
350 families have been growing organic produce on 14 acres in inner-city LA for over a decade. Now the owner wants them out -- so a warehouse for Wal-Mart can be built on the site. LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he wants to see the farm saved, but the city can't afford to buy the land
Meet the Landlord.
Mr. Bobby Veal, a class act guy, decides to harass and rape mothers living alone on Section 8. Oh, but it gets better, when they refused sex and began to complain, he'd evict them, change the locks and keep their furniture inside. Even after an eventual trial and conviction, what are the women doing now? Living in cars, furniture stolen by Mr. Veal and waiting for the court settlement that many believe will never come. Poverty ain't pretty.
The Bottom Line: Manhattan court rules to evict club.
A New York City Greenwich Village landmark, The Bottom Line Cabaret
, which has let the music play from such stars as Bruce Springsteen for close to 30 years, has been evicted
after falling behind by nearly 3 years with is rent and not being able to work out a long-term with it's landlord: New York University (NYU)
This comes despite the cash contributions from celebrities like Springsteen and Viacom's CEO, last-minute corporate sponsorships from AT&T and others, and the efforts of fans around the world. Even the best efforts of fans at SaveTheBottomLine.com
weren't able to save the club, which says it may consider shopping around for some new digs. But, as of now, The Bottom Line is homeless.
Annihilation Time in Milwaukee
An abrasive flier for a house show on Sept. 11th, leads to a visit from the FBI an subsequent house eviction. Life under the Patriot Act or repeat of the assassination ball
Mugabe's secret plan to evict all whites
Robert Mugabe plans to expel all white farmers from Zimbabwe before next year's elections, according to a secret document obtained by The Telegraph. [...] Entitled Operation Give up and Leave, it reads: The operation should be thoroughly planned so that farmers are systematically harassed and mentally tortured and their farms destabilised until they give in and give up.
Yet another case of zero intelligence.
Two days after Tiffani Ann Alvera notified her public housing resident manager that she had obtained a restraining order against her husband for domestic violence, she received a notice to vacate the apartment within 24 hours. The notice said, "You, someone in your control, or your pet, has seriously threatened immediately to inflict personal injury, or has inflicted substantial personal injury upon the landlord or other tenants," and specified her husband's assault.