AGAINST ART (GALLERIES, THEIR INVESTORS, APOLOGISTS, AND MEDIA LAPDOGS)

Last Tuesday Serve the People- LA was honored to be present at a meeting hosted by the Pico Gardens Housing Project community to discuss the presence of high-priced art galleries in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. In no uncertain terms, the assembled community members made their demands to the art galleries clear: Get the fuck out! You are NOT welcomed here!

Understandably, this has generated a lot of press and attention for Boyle Heights and the groups responsible for organizing this community meeting—the galleries, and the deluge of money and speculative investors who are hiding just behind them, are not used to a community of people unwilling to be compliant in the face of their violent removal, who are not fooled by the liberal rhetoric of “dialogue” after “dialogue” in an endless cycle of “evolving conversations” that serve only to distract the members of the community from their ongoing violent erasure from neighborhoods they fought to establish decent lives in.

In the aftermath of this meeting, we see the same tropes about the community, the same misrepresentation of their arguments, and the same mix of blind ignorance and malicious distortion being paraded about by yuppie artists, investors and their pro-development lapdogs in establishment media (like the LA Weekly) to discredit the community’s organizing efforts. These types want to paint the community as ignorant, lacking an appreciation of “art and culture” (that apparently was non-existent in Boyle Heights until it was blessed with the presence of shithouses like Maccarone and Venus Over LA, peddling modern-art commodities to yuppie crackers too rich and detached from reality to realize they’re being scammed). They want to portray the community as misunderstanding the relationship between themselves and “artists” and pass the buck for displacement elsewhere—onto developers or landlords or city councils, too ignorant (and dishonest) to recognize the important role they play in the these people’s plans to “revitalize” neighborhoods like Boyle Heights.

In the case of the yuppie artists and those clamoring for yuppie artist-status (including many folks within our own community), their positions range from outright racist tropes to belligerent repetition of arguments that do nothing to address the fundamental concerns of the community. Eva Chimento, of Chimento Contemporary gallery, has expressed that folks in the community are thugs, intimidating her into leaving by causing her to fear for her safety. Present at the meeting for many of the community testimonials, Ms. Chimento couldn’t keep her disgust for the community off of her face, scoffing and grimacing when the women leadership of Defend Boyle Heights took the microphone to detail their analysis of the impact of galleries on the community. It was all Ms. Chimento could do to stop from jumping out of her chair shouting about how ignorant she found the community to be. After speaking, she immediately stormed out of the meeting space to loud applause and shouts of “liar!” Good riddance.

Other artists want to redirect the conversation to one about “art” as a metaphysical force in the world, separate from its material effect on the community. Their arguments consist predominately of sentimental rhetoric about the role art played in saving their lives, the necessity of “art and culture” and a pity-party urging people in the community to “pretty please don’t demonize the poor artists”–completely lacking in their sob-fest is an analysis of how their yuppie art erases working class communities and destroys the lives of young kids forced to move from one neighborhood to another, unable to build lasting relationships with friends or schools, as they are chased around the city by yuppies, investors, and hipsters eager to colonize the next “low-income” ‘area. Lacking is a discussion of whose art and culture is being promoted, and, when the rents have quadrupled, who will be left to partake in this “art and culture”. Lacking is an honest acknowledgment of WHO, exactly, all of this “art and culture” is for.

These artists hope that by earnestly peddling these deflections and distractions that the community will be sidetracked and lose sight of what they understand to be true, because of their lived experience: their communities are under threat. They hope that the community members have a short memory and will forget how far “dialogue” with gentrifiers took the communities of Echo Park, Silver Lake, Highland Park, and other low-income neighborhoods that have been ravaged by this type of development and speculative investment. They hope that by adopting the language of care and concern, by hiding behind the brown masks of vendidxs in the community willing to do their bidding, that the people will get lost and demoralized down a path of never-ending “dialogues” and lose their militant, resistant spirit. These artists severely underestimate the spirit of the Boyle Heights community.

In the case of establishment media, the intention is to distort the arguments made by the community to portray them as ignorant or misunderstanding key facts of the issue: this is apparent in Hillel Aaron’strash column for the LA Weekly, which uses its lead sentence to wildly distort the position of the BHAAAD, Defend Boyle Heights, and the larger Boyle Heights community, claiming they believe art galleries to be the “driving force of gentrification.” Either Mr. Aaron is a remarkably poor journalist, or his article is a piece of shameless and intentional pro-gentrification propaganda. In an official statement from DBH, in an interview with a DBH organizer in his very article, in a statementdistributed by BHAAAD at the meeting, and in the numerous testimonials given at the meeting, the position of the community was made clear: art galleries and other high-end businesses are a key factor in the speculative development of neighborhoods like Boyle Heights. These galleries help to establish the perception among investors than an area is “up-and-coming” or is being “revitalized” into a place hospitable to the super-wealthy, further driving investment in the area and objectively increasing the property values in an area overwhelmingly populated by renters who will see the material effect of this increase in property value as an increase in their rents and ultimately the total loss of affordable housing options.

The LA Weekly further contributes to this distortion through their use of a photo of a mural outside the now-closed Moctezuma Cafe as the cover-photo for the article, with the headline “Boyle Heights Activists Demand that All Art Galleries Get Out of Their Neighborhood”–linking the community’s supposed opposition to “art” with the longstanding and world-famous tradition of murals in Boyle Heights, celebrating all aspects of indigenous, Chicanx, and immigrant cultures—in a subtle effort to paint those organizing around the issue of gentrification as heathens committed to the destruction of a culture that has made Boyle Heights an artistic icon since long before the arrival of galleries from New York and West LA.

These manipulations and distortions illustrate clearly the contradiction between media outlets like the LA Weekly and communities resisting gentrification. The establishment media has interests largely aligned with the same forces that seek to “redevelop” and gentrify our neighborhoods: they are not our friends. Every new coffee shop, hipster music venue, “bohemian” art gallery, is a new place for the LA Weekly  to distribute its hipster rag and a new market of hipsters with more money than is good for them for the advertisers in their magazine to sell their useless shit to. By pushing these distortions of the community’s stance onto their readers, media outlets perpetuate the belligerent argument that the community should focus on  the “real enemy”–the developers and “greedy landlords” (though they too, will pass the buck and excuse themselves from culpability in the process, pointing to politicians and city councils), unable to conceive of the community’s ability to target BOTH developers and their eager pawns in the art world.

But all of this dishonesty and ignorance notwithstanding, the community of Boyle Heights remains steadfast in their goals. They will not be manipulated and sidetracked or talked out of their resistance. The señoras of Pico Gardens know very well how hard they fought to win safe and affordable housing for themselves, their families, and their communities. They saw how the same people who rush to invest in Boyle Heights in 2016 turned a cold shoulder to the community when it was crippled with violence and neglected by the city for improvements to its schools or to the “beautification” of its streets 20 years ago. They see how these developers and art galleries and investors move in to leech and profit off of a community they did nothing to build and fortify, where their only interest is exploitation and profit with no concern for the destruction of communities they leave in their wake.

The artistic spirit of Boyle Heights is alive and well on every wall and every street and every trainyard and freeway overpass in our neighborhood—we know this. We know that “promotion of arts and culture” is code for the promotion of white supremacy and bland yuppie redevelopment. It is code for the erasure of our people from this neighborhood, and soon the erasure of any and every working class community in Los Angeles. We know that the spirit of resistance in Boyle Heights goes way back, and isn’t going to be derailed by the clever usage of “social justice” language, hiding behind “non-profit” statuses, sentimentality, or the usage of Brown vendidxs in our community to defuse and distract our anger.

One of the representatives from PSSST gallery spoke towards the end of the meeting (while members of the community hissed that he was a “liar”), claiming that this was an “ongoing conversation” that he looks forward to continuing, but he misunderstands something very crucial: this is NOT an ongoing conversation—the people of this community have spoken their piece and suffered through the lies as you spoke yours. Now it’s time for you to get out. As long as this community is under threat, the people will defend it by any means necessary!

Defend Boyle Heights – a call to serve the people!

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Boyle Heights, so close to a bustling, sanitized, safe, towering and trendy downtown Los Angeles, has attracted much attention from outsiders of the community. Boyle Heights, which sits just east of the Los Angeles River, has seen a growing amount of attention from west-of-the-river real estate agents, east coast art gallery owner Michele Maccarone (maccarone.net) and major developers (Metro, Fifteen Group, Adaptive Realty, etc.) and petite-bourgeois hipsters looking to relocate, redevelop and settle in Boyle Heights like 21st century colonizers.

On Saturday night, a group of people, mainly university students – a diverse but mainly white group –  including several urban planning students from the University of California, Los Angeles, embarked on a walking tour of downtown Los Angeles and attempted to explore historic parts of Boyle Heights.

Serve the People – Los Angeles (STPLA) and several residents of Boyle Heights contacted the organizers of the event, which was titled on Facebook as “6th St. Goodbye/Hello Spelunks,” several weeks in advance and had a meeting with them on Monday, Dec. 7 in Mariachi Plaza.

During the Monday meeting, STPLA members and other Boyle Heights residents expressed concerns/presented questions of the event, such as:

1.)    Why weren’t Boyle Heights people/organizations notified about this as potential partners from the beginning (or to check with them and see if it would be OK)?

2.)    Additionally, there’s a bad history of non-Latin@ people with no real community connection, trying to trivialize/tokenize our community’s needs and culture.

3.)    Who would be attending the walking tour event?

4.)    When non-Boyle Heights residents, especially affluent white people, visit Boyle Heights, some of us view it as a threat against people who have called this community home for years and generations. How would the event prevent this from happening? Are you aware of past events of non-Boyle Heights people coming in and basically “touring” Boyle Heights, such as Hopscotch/The Industry? (Which resulted in Boyle Heights residents confronting these gentrifiers and the kicking them out of Hollenbeck Park. Read more here and here).

At Monday’s meeting, the walking tour organizers expressed criticism against gentrification and empathy and regret in not having planned the event better and not having reached out to Boyle Heights organizations and residents, to which they explained was due to the informal nature of the walking tour.

Additionally, at the meeting it was decided that the individuals would report back to their respective collectives and discuss what the demands would be, of which the organizers of the walking tour event would respect.

STPLA and others decided that it would be best to tell the organizers of the walking tour event not to come into Boyle Heights and that STPLA and others would speak at the event to talk about our understanding of gentrification (not to convince the organizers necessarily, but rather to let the audience know why all such events not involving Boyle Heights input/support should be seen as a threat to the community, however seemingly trivial).

We communicated our demands to the walking tour organizers several days in advance, to which they said they’d be visiting Aliso Village, an almost exclusively-industrial section of Boyle Heights, to talk about gentrification. We, again, messaged them to say this violated our simple demand of not stepping into Boyle Heights. Furthermore, we said we would be meeting them during the walking tour.

STPLA walked near the L.A. River from 1st Street Bridge to the 6th Street Bridge on Mission Road looking for the walking tour. We headed back to the 1st Street Bridge where we ran into a group of approximately 40 people from the walking tour. We expressed our demands again and spoke briefly on why their event was seen as antagonistic toward residents of Boyle Heights, to which we all are.

We stated the following:

1.)    Boyle Heights is under attack in the form of gentrification and therefore must be defended.

2.)    Our priority is Boyle Heights and stopping gentrifiers from coming in and moving in.

3.)    In doing this, we commit ourselves in protecting our community by any means necessary, which means that outsiders should not be made to feel safe.

After a slight back-and-forth, which involved one of the walking tour attendees saying some #AllLivesMatter bullshit about members of all communities should feel safe anywhere – to which we said, while true, our priority is defending Boyle Heights – it was agreed that we’d escort them into the L.A. River and from there they had to leave Boyle Heights.

Some things need to be said.

While STPLA remains committed in building a multi-national/multi-racial/multi-ethnic/multi-gender diverse organization that has the political maturity to have a political line that encompasses all intersections of oppressive systems, we are against identity politics. Identity politics prioritizes individuals and identities divorced from liberation struggle (revolution).

Simply put, just because you’re brown or non-white does not exempt you from being a gentrifier, such as was the case with Palestinian immigrant Bana Haffar (formerly) of Adaptive Realty, a real estate firm that was pushing for non-Boyle Heights residents to buy up cheap homes in Boyle Heights back in May 2014.

Haffar designed a flier which invited people on a bike tour of Boyle Heights and publicized the community as “Charming, historic, walkable, and bikeable neighborhood” and posed the question in bold, “Why rent in downtown when you can own in Boyle Heights?”

The bike tour was called off after threats of violence and death were made against real estate agents of Adaptive Realty. Since then, there was been little-to-no publicity of Adaptive Realty in Boyle Heights.

In a quote in an LA Weekly story about the incident, Haffar said, “I’m of Palestinian origin … If anyone knows about displacement, it’s me. My family was displaced a number of times.”

No one should deny her seemingly good intentions of wanting to help people save money. Perhaps she didn’t think about the inevitable consequences of younger people with more finance capital moving into a working class oppressed community made up predominately of low-income families. However, good intentions matter little in the real world, in the political world.

Just because one was displaced or is oppressed does not negate their ability in being oppressive or displacing others. Putting politics, not identities, in command would argue that all oppressed and exploited people must organize toward serving the people, toward building with the people. Nothing else should lead us.

Similarly, at Saturday night’s walking tour event, the organizers and perhaps most of the attendees meant well. They wanted to talk about gentrification. They wanted to learn about the history of downtown Los Angeles and Boyle Heights with its rich Japanese, Jewish, New Afrikan, Chican@, Mexican and Central American immigrant history. But, again, in the end, intentions don’t matter as much as revolutionary politics.

Gentrification cannot be viewed as a gross, immoral growth of capitalism that can be combated in the legal realms of urban planning, city development and bourgeois reformism. It can be regulated, yes, and it can be stopped, but only momentarily somewhere; it will always make a resurgence. Because gentrification is a form of necessary violence that manifests under capitalism, a cannibalism that pits wealthier (powerful) individuals and organizations against poorer oppressed and exploited (powerless) communities.

We must look to revolutionary politics and strategies to fight gentrification, such as the Turkish communists of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front, Devrimci Halk Kurtuluş Partisi-Cephesi (DHKP/C).

DHKP/C, which traces its origin to 1978 under the name Dev-Sol (Revolutionary Left), has been waging a war against the repressive Turkish state for nearly 40 years. After a period of reformation, its activities accelerated in 2012, and has since been simultaneously building up an autonomous community with the power to kick out developers and other agents of the bourgeoisie. The oppressed and exploited people of Turkey, including religious and ethnic minorities, especially in Istanbul, support the DHKP/C wholeheartedly. They see gentrification as the direct and real threat to their way of life, and correctly see DHKP/C as an example of a popular people’s force capable of defending their communities. (See the short Vice documentary about them here).

Join STPLA and help us serve the people by giving out meals twice a week in Echo Park (Friday at 4 p.m. at the Belmont Art Space) and Boyle Heights (Sunday at 4 p.m. at Hollenbeck Park), while we defend Boyle Heights from gentrification and other nuanced, low-intensity assaults. Join us in building up community power to a point where we can effectively turn away developers and individuals from our communities and eventually connect with other communities in struggle in Los Angeles and outside of Los Angeles, outside of Southern California, all across the nation to say, there’s only one solution to the onslaught facing our disempowered communities; there’s only one solution to gentrification: revolution.

 

The Youth will lead the Revolutionary Struggle

“The masses are the real heroes, while we ourselves are often childish and ignorant, and without this understanding, it is impossible to acquire even the most rudimentary knowledge.” – Mao Zedong, “Preface and Postscript to Rural Surveys” (March and April 1941), Selected Works, Vol. III, p. 12.
“The world is yours, as well as ours, but in the last analysis, it is yours. You young people, full of vigor and vitality, are in the bloom of life, like the sun at eight or nine in the morning. Our hope is placed on you. The world belongs to you. China’s future belongs to you.” – Mao Zedong, “Talk at a meeting with Chinese students and trainees in Moscow” (November 17, 1957).

It’s good wherever there is struggle, wherever there is conflict, wherever there is confrontation. Because, ultimately, progress is made through struggle. One divides into two. Serve the People – Los Angeles (STPLA) organizes around this understanding, especially against gentrification.

Earlier today, Nov. 22, 2015, the youth of Boyle Heights protested the gentrifying hipsters of Hopscotch, a mobile alternative Los Angeles-based project of their parent company The Industry. The company is bringing opera to the masses, whether they want it or not.

Additionally, and more importantly, the company is bringing gentrifiers into Boyle Heights. The mobile opera performs throughout Los Angeles, with many stops at local historic centers and parks, including Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights.

What is the Hopscotch opera? Hopscotch tells the story of a Mexican immigrant woman, “Lucha,” who falls in love with a white American, “Jameson.” Jameson becomes obsessed with his scientific research at a jet propulsion lab. Lucha marries her best friend, Orlando. The rest of the story is of all characters reflecting on their lives. They pontificate on the complexities of the human condition, etc.

The Limousines drive around Los Angeles with performers and ticket-holders (with some tickets going for around $125). The limousines escort groups of people throughout Chinatown, Elysian Park, Boyle Heights and other places (most, if not all, places that have had or are currently facing gentrification). These poverty tourists temporarily invade our communities for the opera, but it’s through these projects that gentrifiers are convinced that they can settle in historically oppressed neighborhoods, that “Boyle Heights aint so bad. These brown people are nice, complacent.”

We first noticed Hopscotch invading the park in October. After seeing their exclusively white petite-bourgeois circus-like performance (complete with rollerskaters riding around with parasols, white paleteros banging on the paletero cart like a drum, and other sights of bourgeois absurdity), we spoke to the local park vendors, the families and other regular park visitors. There was a consensus of negative feedback about Hopscotch’s unwanted presence at the park. The vendors complained that they couldn’t understand what the singers were singing about. The vendors, much like the rest of the regulars at the park, are exclusively Spanish-only speakers. The vendors are predominately Mexican immigrant women. Several of the women complained about recent rent increases, about not being able to afford to pay rent and how Hopscotch Los Angeles and their supporters do not purchase anything from them.

After a confrontation, we urged Hopscotch to leave and never come back, that Boyle Heights is in the midst of a struggle against white petite-bourgeoisie and bourgeoisie-led gentrification and all threats to our community’s wellbeing and culture are to be taken with extreme seriousness. We warned them that other community members may not be as nice as our organization, that their very wellbeing is at risk. To read more about our previous confrontation with the company, go here(http://servethepeoplela.org/post/130515728865/against-gentrification-against-bourgeois-art).

But instead of taking our advice, Hopscotch reappeared one following Sunday with security, Chicano security. The liberal/bourgeois response in solving the contradiction of ethnic representation. Never mind structural oppression; the capitalist state, or a company, just needs more people of color/oppressed nationalities. But we are not liberals; we are communists.

Little did they know but both security personnel have been politicized against gentrification, one of which was displaced by gentrification as a resident of Highland Park, a neighborhood in North East Los Angeles which has lost big chunks of its community to gentrification.

Earlier today, local community members saw Hopscotch’s performance and quickly began calling on other Boyle Heights residents to come out to Hollenbeck Park and confront the company. At approximately 3 p.m. we were preparing the grocery bags for the day’s distribution when we received notification that a protest had erupted at the park and that STPLA should join. We immediately sent out two STPLA members while most of us stayed behind to prepare the rest of the grocery bags.

We arrived at the park at approximately 3:45 p.m. Marching band students from Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights were leading the confrontation with their horn and percussion instruments against performers and the company’s production crew. Some people held signs that read, “Your art is displacing people of color “AntiGentrification.” The crew and their performers, instead of seeing the clear and obvious message to get out, played their instruments, pranced around and attempted to make light of the community’s voiced grievances. However, little by little, the students, STPLA and supporters forced out all of Hopscotch from the park. According to Hopscotch’s website and various sources, today was the company’s last performance at the park.

After Hopscotch left, the students thanked us for our work. But we said, “No, you are the heroes; You are the leaders, and we are your supporters.”

We gave out more than 40 bags of groceries, spoke with the vendors, students and dozens of other people at the park. The consensus remained unchanged: Hopscotch Los Angeles and their art, their performers, their supporters, their capital, are not welcomed in Boyle Heights. One anti-gentrification activist said the company doesn’t understand why they’re so hated. He told them everywhere people of color/oppressed nationalities have gone, it has been met with white capitalists attempting to “discover” our neighborhood, our culture, and ultimately to displace us. He went on to say, “As indigenous people, we have been fighting this for 500 years. It never ended.”

STPLA commits itself, publicly and perpetually, to the defense to Boyle Heights, to our community and other communities that are fighting against gentrification.

We spoke to the students about connecting anti-gentrification and other mass work to revolution. The only way to effectively fight against the bourgeoisie and the vacillating petite-bourgeoisie is through revolution, where groups, classes and individuals can unite against the capitalist state.

There are numerous lessons here, and we will revisit this experience repeatedly to aid us in bettering our work in serving the people, but two things stick out immediately: 1.) the masses already know who the enemies are; communists need to understand this or else they (we) will fall behind, 2.) the youth, ultimately, are going to be the ones that inherit and lead the anti-gentrification and revolutionary struggle.

“Unlike simple charity programs, these revolutionary programs functioned as ways for people to seize control of their own lives and their own destinies, rather than being dependent on private charity or state-controlled welfare programs. We can see this being the case in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, when the Black Panther Party established “Serve the People” programs across the United States. We can also see right-wing/conservative analogues of this in the form of Hezbollah, and the power they draw from being in control of basic goods and services in the slums of Lebanon.
The development of programs that bring benefits to the people, by the people, also serves as a way to begin building larger systems of governing political, economic, and social life autonomous from and opposed to state and capital—institutions of the proletariat. As such, programs centered around controlling or delivering material resources forces radicals and revolutionaries to delve into questions of how to actually sustain such programs. How does one establish sustainable sources of funding? How does one establish and expand effective and efficient methods of resource distribution? How does one defend against possible attacks from counter-revolutionary forces? These are questions that force people to move beyond short-term acts of rebellion, and into the realm of longer-term questions of governance, and the optimal ways in which proletarian institutions ought to function, communicate, and evolve–and eventually, how they ought to replace the institutions of capitalism.”

Biopolitics, Dual Power, and the Revolutionary Characteristics of “Serve the People” Programs

Against gentrification, against bourgeois art

Today Oct. 4, 2015, as is customary on every Sunday, Serve the People – Los Angeles went out to Hollenbeck Park to serve the poor and working class community of Boyle Heights.

However, when we arrived we witnessed a group of exclusively white people strolling around the park; one person, dressed like a pseudo-vaudevillian in front of a paletero cart, playing it like a drum, a woman on the Hollenbeck Park stage playing the cajón, dressed like a forgotten purple Power Ranger, a woman on roller skates with a parasol, and a man, in a deep white V-neck T-shirt with a fedora singing, leading the entire absurd group.

A circus of white, privileged petite-bourgeoisie literally occupying a historically oppressed neighborhood that has and is fighting against gentrification.

The group was Hopscotch Los Angeles, a mobile alternative Los Angeles-based opera project of their parent company The Industry. The company is trying to bring opera to the masses, irrespective of the content of the Opera or its relation to the communities in Los Angeles.

After serving the people groceries, we confronted the all-white performers, the all-white staff and the all-white audience members, who each paid $125 to watch this vapid, boringly avant garde, anti-proletarian (bourgeois) waste of instruments, breath and time.

White tourists, exploring and fetishizing a predominantly Chicano/Mexican/Central American community.  Their responses were predictable, racist and colonialists.

Several members of Serve the People – Los Angeles interrupted their performance, heckled the performers.

“We’re not gentrifiers! We’re putting on an art show!”

“We’re entertaining the community!”

Hollenbeck Park is known for its huge lake with ducks. Some of our members fed and lured the ducks over to the performers, the quacking interrupting the performance. A spin on Malcolm X’s “by any means necessary.” By any quacks necessary.

But the oppressed nationalities of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles do not want empty art that says nothing of Chicano/Mexican/New Afrikan struggle and history. Our communities cannot afford, nor do they want, to follow around white performers singing in our parks, on our hills.

We told them that Boyle Heights is not a safe space for their circus, that the masses of Boyle Heights won’t tolerate gentrification, that they are, in fact, in danger, that they will get physically hurt. Not by us. But by the people.

At their behest, we spoke with an employee of the park. Unbeknownst to the Hopscotch Los Angeles crew, the employee himself is a survivor of gentrification and a resident of Highland Park (Northeast Los Angeles). The park’s employee was sympathetic. We urged him to send the message to the Hopscotch crew that Boyle Heights is not a safe space for gentrifiers. And for the sake of their safety, they should immediately leave.

The woman with the parasol and roller skates said she, and her crew, were not gentrifiers because they were not from Boyle Heights. This is an incorrect and incomplete understanding of gentrification.

Gentrification is the natural development of savage and developed capitalism, a sort of colonialism, where poorer communities and their culture are displaced by people with more capital. While it is true that the Hopscotch crew may not be developers or real estate agents, their inaccessible, white high-art is a cultural attack on the history and contemporary culture of Boyle Heights. Projects like Hopscotch open the doors for white artists and hipsters and gentrifiers and city council sellouts and city agencies who don’t give a fuck about building proletarian power and preserving community.

One of the facets of gentrification is cultural hegemony and white supremacy. And the only effective way to combat the totality of gentrification is by emphasizing its connection to capitalism-imperialism. And you fight capitalism-imperialism with war, a Peoples’ War.

Serve the People – Los Angeles is committed to the masses of Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, Echo Park and everywhere in the city where poor and working class people are struggling to survive.

Death to gentrification!

Gente si, gentrification no!

It won’t stop unless you stop it!

Down with capitalism-imperialism!

Build Serve the People – Los Angeles chapters! Run the hipsters out of our communities, our hoods, our barrios!

 

#MLM #BUILD THE PARTY #SERVE THE PEOPLE #GENTRIFICATION #BOYLE HEIGHTS #HOLLENBECK PARK #EAST LOS ANGELES