“La revolución no es una cena de gala. No se hace como una obra literaria, un dibujo o un bordado. No se logra con la misma elegancia, calma y delicadeza. Ni con la misma suavidad, amistad, cortesía, moderación y generosidad. La revolución es un levantamiento, un acto de violencia en el que una clase inválida a la otra.” Mao Zedong ALBANY PARK, Chicago – Desde … Continue reading Unidad y lucha: Informe y Análisis Sobre la Guerra de Pandillas en Albany Park
The “gang war” comes at a time of worsening economic conditions and a prolonged effort to gentrify the neighborhood. Continue reading UNITY AND STRUGGLE: Reportback and Analysis of Albany Park “Gang War”
In June 2019, the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) auctioned off 144 vacant properties. The sale of these properties gave PHA $8.4 million. This wasn’t the first time the public housing giant auctioned off a large number of vacant properties. PHA’s first auction was in 2011, where 341 properties were sold for $6.1 million. Since then, every year has had large auctions of publicly-owned properties to … Continue reading PHA and the City of Philadelphia Serve Gentrifiers!
If the government does not provide housing, then the people must take it for themselves. North Philadelphia resident Jennifer Bennetch and other community members connected through #OccupyPHA quietly started moving families into vacant properties upon the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020. Long before the coronavirus outbreak, Bennetch was already tracking vacant properties owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority as part of her long-term effort to … Continue reading On the Revolutionary Fight to End Homelessness and Gentrification
FTP Chicago With the publication of Block Club Chicago’s recent piece, we find it necessary to both respond to the claims made in the article and to analyze the contradictions that have heightened since its release. The primary question of this debate seems to be one of methods and strategies: which method is more capable of addressing the structural dynamics and contradictions that are … Continue reading Guerilla Gardening and the Problem of Property: An Analysis of Our Situation and Response to Block Club
February 6, 2020 CHICAGO: Over the last week, revolutionaries took a stand against the newest face of gentrification in the Chicago neighborhood of Albany Park by wheatpasting flyers against the soon-to-open Khepri Cafe. The flyers were titled “Gentrifiers Out Now!/Gentrificadores Fuera Ya!” and demanded the relocation of the cafe–a small yet significant action for the purposes of organizing the working masses and to initiate a … Continue reading If We Do Not Hit It, It Will Not Fall: Gentrification in Albany Park and How Our Class Fights Back