Squatters move from the streets to the classroom

Squatters photo via Mike Brodie

Did we miss a law change or gutter punk call to arms that’s making squatting all the rage again? First came the Trade School’s “Squat the Condos” class aimed to inspire a new counter-culture movement, and now two more squatting seminars are planned in coming weeks” “The Once and Future Squatter,” at the always entertaining Pete’s Candy Store on Monday will discuss squatter’s efforts to create a research archive with evidence of the there’s-no-place-that-isn’t-home movement, plus a discussion of squatting as a global phenomenon; this Saturday at the Judson Memorial Church (in that other borough), pro squatters and scholars will host “Squats, Social Centers and Autonomous Spaces” to discuss the political aspect of what they call “organized trespass,” as part of the Anarchist Book Fair, obvs. Both events, naturally, are free. Is this the sign of a new kind of gentrification coming to the city? Hell, maybe Brooklyn’s landlords are worse than we thought.

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