imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

The impending eviction of San Francisco's Station 40

by Kevin Keating Saturday, Mar. 07, 2015 at 5:08 AM

As ye sow, so shall ye weep...

The self-styled "anticapitalist community events and organizing space" Station 40 is located on 16th Street near Mission Street, across 16th from the BART Plaza, at the virtual ground zero of today's tech-boom-fueled galloping ruin of San Francisco's once predominantly working class Mission District. Over an almost two year long period, from 2010 and 2011 and into 2012, I tried to get the "crew" at this self-styled "anti-capitalist" subcultural identity space to either let me organize or themselves organize a meeting about the then-accelerating gentrification of SF's Mission District. In a fight against gentrification timing is everything and trying to get something rolling at an early point was going to be crucial. The Station 40 people hemmed and hawed and eventually Station 40's perpetually sanctimonious Cindy Milstein told me to my face that the Station 40 "crew" were not interested in hosting or organizing a meeting about the gentrification of San Francisco's Mission District.

"We’ve hosted and/or organized hundreds of anticapitalist-oriented events, including fund-raisers, critical discussions, film screenings and performances, assemblies, book releases, art shows and workshops, and indie media projects, contributing to the rebel spirit of the Bay Area," says Station 40's Hanna Quevedo, in a statement that can be seen here: newsitems/2015/03/02/18769420. php

"Hundreds of meetings" at Station 40 -- but not a single public meeting at Station 40 about the main impact that the capitalist system was having on the neighborhood where Station 40 is physically situated. By public meeting, I meant a discussion open to working and low-income people in the neighborhood at large, with the location and date of the meeting on flyers posted on walls and phone poles that are impossible to miss throughout the neighborhood, and not just another navel-gazing subculture event attended by the usual ruck and run of sluggish scenesters and passive consumers of spiky dogmas.

Now Station 40 has been served with an eviction notice by the landlord of the property, and Station 40 is falling victim to the larger social forces that the Station 40 people were too self-absorbed, timid, or a-political to help oppose at a much earlier phase of the problem. Boo-hoo-hoo: as ye sow, so shall ye weep. For a sustained period of several years the people at Station 40 were indifferent to the escalating negative changes in the neighborhood while continually proclaiming themselves to be uncompromising enemies of the capitalist system. Now, in several public statements, people involved with Station 40 and their friends are engaged in truly shameless lying about their wholly imaginary resistance to gentrification, and, of course, all this is in the context of what great rebels against the social order they fantasize themselves to be.

It is an objective and undeniable fact that from 2010 through mid-2013 the Station 40 crowd were unwilling to host or organize even a single public meeting that would be open to working class grown-ups in the neighborhood at large. A few slumming hipsters hiding in an alternative scene rabbit warren and slurping forties while grumbling about the yuppies is not a credible real world response to the problem. And a handful of the exact same extremely small number of people who always show up at easily ignored housing protests in San Francisco showing up at a press conference for Station 40 on the BART Plaza on March 2nd doesn't constitute any real outpouring of community support. Rather it drives home the fact that Station 40 has been an irrelevant and easily ignored left-liberal fringe phenomena.

No one can pretend that the Station 40 crowd helped defend the overall working class character of San Francisco's Mission District. Working people and renters in the Mission owe the scenesters at Station 40 the same indifference that Station 40 has shown the Mission District. This "anticapitalist" social center has had a long-term passively parasitic relationship to the Mission and the disappearance of Station 40 will not be a loss for working people and renters in San Francisco's Mission District.

Kevin Keating

Report this post as:

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM


lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Creative Destruction Hack Diamonds Windows/iOS/Android - Creative Destruction Generator S19 12:51AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Creative Destruction Hack Mod Generator S15 3:49AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Propagande de virus, virus de propagande S10 7:34AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

Sweatshop Lodge Ceremony Continues in US Fed Prisons Led by Inmates S08 6:17PM

Paraphysique de l'origami S08 7:11AM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Du réussissement putréfié S06 10:55AM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Log S06 4:25AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

Ex-voto de réification S03 10:24AM

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh A31 10:45PM

Paraphysique d'exploitation occultation A31 10:24PM

Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council A31 2:10PM

Is the Financial Crash 2.0 Coming? A31 10:07AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy