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Announcement :: Organizing : Social Welfare
Community Groups Mix Art and Protest in Four Corners Block Rebellion
10 Mar 2010
March 10, 2010

City Life/Vida Urbana and Greater Four Corners Action Coalition are planning a unique protest this weekend that will kick-off what they calling a block rebellion in Dorchester’s Four Corners neighborhood. According to the groups, the neighborhood was chosen because it has a high number of housing units under foreclosure and many tenants and home owners face eviction in the near future.
The kick-off event, which will be held on Saturday evening, will include a walking tour of the neighborhood, with foreclosed tenants and owners speaking in front of their homes. After the tour there will be a break for food, provided for free by Food Not Bombs, followed by the main event of the evening: an audiovisual intervention entitled 72 hours. The windows of several homes in the neighborhood will be lit up with projections of silhouettes evoking the lives of residents before and during the foreclosure proceedings. In addition, one vacant home will be opened for a sound installation to which visitors will be invited.

Four Corners will be the location of City Life’s second block rebellion, an ongoing strategy that focuses on small neighborhoods that are especially affected by the foreclosure crisis. A condensed series of protests, vigils, actions and other events, such as 72 Hours, are staged to draw attention to what they call the “lived experience of foreclosure victims” in the neighborhood, while making urgent demands on the banks to stop all foreclosure proceedings, accept rent from no-fault tenants and sell the properties at their real value back into the hands of the community.

The block rebellion model was first used by City Life last September and was seen as very successful, resulting in the occupation of a vacant bank-owned home and the resale of fifteen homes in the neighborhood, at real value, to former owners and tenants. But the use of audiovisual intervention as a tactic is unique to the Dorchester event and the project’s creators hope it will help people to view the struggle against foreclosure and eviction in a new way.

72 Hours is the project of John Hulsey and Ilaria Minio-Paluello in collaboration with City Life/Vida Urbana. The group hopes that the project will “breach open debate about the lived calamities of the foreclosure crisis, raise public attention about foreclosure, and put public pressure on property-owning banks to resell homes at current real value.”

John Hulsey, who conceived the project, believes that it will serve as a relevant kick-off to the block rebellion by “transforming the private neighborhood into a public space, the projected images and sounds create an arena for dialogue, debate, experience, resistance, and action.” For more information on the block rebellion or 72 Hours, contact City Life at 617-524-3541 or visit their website: www.clvu.org.

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