It’s always weird when you see pictures of your friends playing in their bands on Tumblr. The punk world is so so small.
"A few blocks away, Maggie Larios, 30, a latina single mother sharing a cramped apartment with her two children, is all too aware of that choice. She earns just enough from a care-home job to pay the $685 monthly rent. But the landlord who owns the block is trying to evict her and other tenants who have complained about mould, cockroaches and broken windows. They suspect the neglect is intended to oust them so he can get in more lucrative tenants.
"The mould has made me sick," Larios croaks, indicating her throat. "When we went to court one of my neighbours had bugs on her. You should’ve seen the judge’s face." With her budget, Larios stands little chance of finding another apartment in Oakland. "I don’t want to be homeless. My kids and I went through a very bad experience in shelters." But inevitably they will be priced out, she says. "It’s gonna happen. A few years ago, to see a white person here was unseen footage. Now you see them walking the street even at night." Resistance could perhaps slow but not halt gentrification, she says. "Money talks, bullshit walks." Larios has kept one asset in reserve for emergencies: her long, luxuriant hair. "When the time comes I can sell it for $400.""
This very same shit is happening on my block RIGHT NOW. Literally right now. It started with the classier looking super markets, then the white people, now the neglect has gotten so bad our buildings is starting to mold. Ceilings falling (one time it fell while my brother took a shower Idk how he didn’t get hurt when it happened). Police coming into our building exercising excessive force on folks that normally hang with the people who live here. A lot of police presence started coming with the amount of white people showing up around here. We had to limit the times we go to the super market we been going to for over a decade and go to cheaper ones cause ever since white people started showing up they started bumping up the prices on everything making it harder for us to afford that shit. Gentrification is real as fuck, and it’s happening in Washington Heights so fast I’m scared we’ll lose our vibrant ‘Little Dominican Rep.’ community in exchange for more white people, starbucks and overpriced food markets and fucked up buildings waiting to kick out minorities that don’t have the privileged pay of a normal white person in the city.
by Nicole Ouimette
The revolution will not be cited. It will not have a bibliography, or a title page. The revolution will never happen in the seclusion of the ivory tower built by racist, sexist, and classist institutions. Professional academic researchers in the social sciences of many colleges and universities exploit the struggles of oppressed peoples. Oppressed peoples are left stranded with little to no resources after researchers leave their communities high and dry.
Researchers steal value from oppressed peoples by making them the subjects of theoretical research without lending them access to information that could better help their communities. Articles, books, and dissertations written about marginalized populations are written for academics, not working people, and as such have little impact on the people whose lives are the subject of this research. Liberal academics and social scientists are more concerned about developing the wealth of academic literature than addressing the immediate material concerns of the communities they research.