CHICAGO, Illinois – a message from our friends in Chicago:
The Lowercase Collective has existed for over three years now. It has been
a public squat for two years, and opened its doors to countless people,
projects, and events. One would be hard pressed to find an anarchist who
has travelled through Chicago without ever spending time in this space.
When a place becomes so integral to the collective ethos of a community,
as Lowercase has in Chicago, its destruction can be simply debilitating.
On December 18th, we received an eviction notice for our landlord, who is
in all likelihood a fictitious entity. Shortly thereafter, we proved to
the state that we ourselves have been responsible for paying the bills for
the past years, making repairs, etc. Unfortunately, our attempts were only
able to buy us a few more weeks, as the eviction notice for all occupants
came like a cold wind. Despite the machinations of the Federal National
Mortgage Association, or any other partial owners, we have no intention of
leaving this space without a fight.
Social tension has been percolating throughout our neighborhood for some
time now. There is a general hatred of the police, all the more so with
the existence of gangs on our street. Within a two-block radius, three
other families have already been evicted in the past few months. A month
ago, a black man just riding his bicycle was knocked off it by the police,
beat up, and left without his bike in front of the watching eyes of the
neighborhood. With all of this occurring in the context of our neighbors
reproducing capital and themselves on the daily, this situation could
prove explosive, as we look to push those tensions to the breaking point.
As the legal situation surrounding the house crystallizes, we will be
announcing the time in which we want to invite our friends, in Chicago,
the Midwest, and elsewhere, to join us for the most crucial aspect of
solidarity: collective action on the day of eviction. We hope to create
something truly wild around the very place we eat, sleep, fuck, dream, and
share ourselves with each other. We hope for solidarity actions from
friends who can’t make it here, but are more hopeful to see your faces.
Defending space in which we live, share, and combat capital is integral to
revolutionary movements. Our past has connected us to so many different
trajectories, and in the near future, perhaps together through our actions
we can give ourselves the time and space to create so many more.
contact them at lowercasecollective (at) riseup (dot) net