St. Louis: Squats Served Eviction Notices

As you may already know, some of the squats in St. Louis received sad news earlier this month: eviction notices.

In case you’ve never had the chance to meet them in person, the houses are part of a six-and-a-half year old squatter community. Some of them are quite small and others quite large. Always with the desire to push ourselves in terms of what we thought we were capable of, we created an orchard, vegetable and medicinal herb gardens, an outdoor movie theater, and a wood-working studio in the squatted houses and surrounding lots. Three years ago we started a social space, A Boulder on the Tracks, which itself is the base for benefits, reading groups, discussions, parties, shows, a pamphlet and book distro, a lending library and a weekly food-sharing with our friends and neighbors. An apothecary and darkroom are near completion. A bathhouse/ observatory (bathervatory) is often dreamed about.

When the squats first started, we tried our best to make them our homes: well-rehabbed, coming and going openly and keeping more than just a few belongings and a mattress there. We’ve given so much of ourselves emotionally, mentally, physically and materially over the years (though relatively nothing monetarily), and gotten so much back in return. They’ve inspired unknown numbers of other squats locally, regionally and nationally.

Practically, the houses have met so many of our needs – housing, friendship, and a space to experiment: what it means to live collectively while also keeping a sense of our individuality, a place to sharpen our knives, and a setting to learn how to care for each other better. Materially, they’ve relieved so much of the drudgery of money, and, in that, some of the constraints of work, externally imposed self-discipline, and the deferment of our day-to-day dreams. They’ve also managed to out-live other precarious living situations (jesus, how many times does one normally have to move in six and a half years?), and have functioned as a place for friends who’ve suddenly needed a place to stay or needed to leave an unsafe environment.

The squats have also pitted us against Paul McKee, may he never know love or fulfillment, and his ilk. Their kind has more than once boarded up the houses and called them unlivable – what a complete and total inversion of the world if there ever was one! We return the condemnation a million-fold against this city, this country and this world. We hate and pity McKee’s kind for seeing money, profit, property and an obstacle – not lives shared amongst friends and comrades – when they look at our homes.

By most accounts, what started out as a small experiment hoping to last a month (maybe three if we were lucky) has been quite a success.

Those of you who have gotten to experience the squats – knowing full well they would someday end – have probably secretly thought to yourself, “but maybe they won’t…” Well, maybe.

Over the next month we’re planning a smorgasbord of parties and events – to mourn, celebrate and scheme. If you aren't able to come, remember: love isn't so much a feeling, but an action.

Greetings to fellow squatters in California, Spain, Greece, Russia and anywhere else comrades are living in contest liberated space.

For us here, this is only the beginning.

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i remember someone reading this at the crimethinc convergence.

much much love to all of yall. we ve got your back.

Anti-eviction pickets!

With stuff to block the streets.

They're doing that in Italy, and it works!

Anti-eviction actions in Torino, for inspiration and reflection:

http://wp.me/p1pqK9-oK

Power to you, friends! Remember you're doing one of the most radical, subversive, revolutionary, liberating thing that can be achieved in the pacified nightmare of North America.

- anabraxas from Antidev

Good luck folks, I hope you can muster enough support to keep your homes! My heart goes out to you and what you're trying to build there- it sounds amazing!

Who does one have to call to ask them to lay off your squats? & what is there office or private telephone number(s)?

Lots of squat evictions happening everywhere. Seems like a global strategy from the ruling elites to eliminate autonomous spaces that may nurture resistance.

I heard in the EU at least, it's part of an agenda for 2015 to evict all squats. As things are going, looks like it's about to fail.

As long as people resist the evictions, it's never a done deal.

http://antistatestl.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/c5.pdf

Anti-State STL needs to get updated or better informed.

Your response to this article was so scour an anarchist website from the same town as the subject and drag up some old, unrelated shit? You clearly a troll, but fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck you.

AntiState STL is where alot of information like this comes from...
Why did people stop supporting the Cleveland 5 ?

Have their been any legal strategies used in the pre eviction times? It may be worth while to look into fighting some kind of fight in the courts, not because you will win, just so that you have a place to live a little longer before you are forced out of your squats and into homlesness. Just the buying time strategy.

It would also send some sort of message to realty companies in the area. That if they choose to evict sqauts, it will be a pain in their ass and use up hella resources.

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a dirty sqauter

I hear that they were running an escort service and selling crack cocaine there,

It's a new age cult. One of my friends was trying to escape all last year, but they kept pulling her back. They have a core special group that they drug and 'encourage' to have sex with the police and local officials to keep the squat 'legal'. They're isolated from their real friends and family.

good.

looks like a liberal just made a stroll through the comments section, lol

either a liberal or a pig...or worse yet, a liberal pig!!!!

sometimes liberal pigs lose their minds and start killing other pigs. cool stuff.

Wtf... you're joking, right?

It's anarchist news. The posts on 4chan are more believable.

these squats are great. as are the people there. solidarity to STL. if they're going to take you out, make it long and painful for the pigs.

bathervatory after bathervatory, til we reach the insurrection.

Thanks for your example. Solidarity.

Please stay in the neighborhood. Plenty of other empty houses that need people to live in them....

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