Squats, Social Centers and Autonomous Spaces

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Date/Time: 09/04/2011 12:00 am

Squats, Social Centers and Autonomous Spaces
Saturday April 9th 2011 – 11AM
Tamiment Library
70 Washington Square South, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10012
Squatting is a key activist tactic to address the needs for housing
and space for political action. Together with occupation, this kind of
organized trespass is becoming increasingly important in our
repertoire of direct action tactics today. What is the present-day
experience of squatting as a political act? In other countries,
occupied social centers organize political activity in the cities. Is
U.S. squatting hopelessly disor…ganized? What have been the
challenges of opening new spaces? What have been the challenges and
rewards of passing on knowledge from one generation to the next?
This event is part of the Anarchist Bookfair, and a follow-up to our
“Space is the Place: Radical Centers for a Radical Movement” workshop
at the Left Forum a few weeks ago.
Discussion with:
–Ryan Acuff: Housing organizer and member of Take Back the Land
–Howard Brandstein: Homesteading organizer and Director of Sixth
Street Community Center
–Alan Moore: Co-founder of both ABC NoRio and Colab. [Live from Paris
@ La Generale, via Skype]
–Frank Morales: Episcopal priest, squatter and housing organizer
–Marta Rosario: A long time resident at Umbrella House Squat
recycler, improv performer, artist, and child advocate
Moderated by:
–Sebastian Gutierrez: Teacher in CUNY’s Hunter College Film & Media
program and documents video testimonials in NYC squats with Spanish-
speaking squatters
–Amy Starecheski: Oral historian, doctoral student in Anthropology at
the CUNY Graduate Center, and former squatter