Solidarity Callout

Update:  To view the callout in French check it out here. Thanks to our comrades at eskarbille for the translation.

A few weeks ago we posted a call-out asking for support in lieu of our pending eviction. After receiving many questions concerning logistics and the space itself, we have decided to issue the lowercase call-out part II to clear up any confusion.

As many of you now know, the state is planning to evict the lowercase collective squat in approximately three weeks. The foreclosure and eviction of our home is one of many in this neighborhood and many other neighborhoods. Our resistance is a response to not only the attack on our home, but also to the attack on all people facing eviction as well as the system from which evictions are born.

During the weeks that precede our eviction, we are asking for the help of our friends and the greater radical community. Mutual aid, folks! These are the things we need right now:

-wood + nails
-bricks
-paints
-headlamps
-extension cords
-electricians
-batteries
-sheets (fabric)
-canned food
-storage bins
-ladders
-ornaments (bulb kind)
-muralists & artists
-self-defense classes
-ropes
-netting
-pulleys
-generators
-large amounts of water
-welders
-medic training
-lightbulbs
-mothballs
-trash bags
-medical supplies & straight-edge (alcohol-free) tinctures
-lawyer contacts
-candles & rewindable flash lights
-propane tanks
-propane stoves
-indoor plants, dirt & seeds
-money
-several 10 gallon buckets
-dental floss

Aside from these material needs, we need a physical presence in this space. This will be crucial as the eviction date gets closer. We want to be clear: this is our home and we have policies in place that allow us to maintain our collective as a safe space. They are as follows:

Oppressive behavior: Any language or action perceived to be racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise oppressive will not be tolerated.

Consent: Our consent policy states that if you have ever been accused of assault, you are not welcome to stay here. Other than that, anything other than an explicit “yes” means no. “I’m not sure” means no. Silence means no. This applies not only to sex, but also touching, entering someone’s room, etc.

Drugs: Don’t bring them into the space. We don’t want to give the cops a reason to come in.

Vouching: someone who lives at lowercase or someone who is a close friend of ours must be able to vouch for you if you intend to stay here. This is not to exclude folks that want to help out, but we need to know we can trust the people we allow into our house.

Our house is comprised of mostly people of color, and if that makes you uncomfortable you can fuck off.

Alright then! So now you want to stop by- what next? Give us a call, email us, send us a message on facebook/myspace/twitter, whatever. But contact us first! We are sitting by our computers and our phones waiting to hear from you.

Contact us at:
lowercasecollective (at) riseup.net
friends of the lowercase collective facebook group

the landline

phone or any collective members’ cell phone

<A3 The Lowercase Collective

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