by theoaklandcompound

When:   Sunday December 30   @   3 PM

What:   “Not if, but Why?”   Compilation of writings about occupied spaces.

Full PDF here (formatted for printing)

Some Introductory Remarks

The following texts have been collected for discussion during this time when a deeply loved space, the  Hot Mess//RCA compound, is under the threat of imminent eviction.  The urgency of this situation brings into focus many of the tensions that surround squatted or occupied space.  Because of this, it seems like an appropriate time to reevaluate our commitments to and practices around such spaces.

This pamphlet has no intention of replacing concrete engagement in the defense of the compound with a theoretical discussion.  It would also be inappropriate to critique oneself out of participating in the Compound’s defense because the space falls short of one’s ideas about the proper form of a free and antagonistic space.

These texts are meant to sharpen our practical analysis, to fuel our conversations at the barricades, to galvanize our spirits with the liberatory potentials of this space- No struggle for space is, in and of itself, capable of attacking the whole of patriarchal, white supremacist, capitalist society. Starting from the humble compound, armed with our friends and our analysis, how can we expand the struggle for this space into a struggle that necessitates the destruction of the entirety of society’s misery and oppression? Furthermore, in our defense of the space how can our practice of friendship articulate itself as a practice of revolutionary solidarity?

Three texts are included here:

  • Against the Legalization of Occupied Space
  • From Autonomous Space Towards Liberated Space
  • Excerpts from “Let’s Destroy Work. Let’s Destroy the Economy.”