Mission District 9, Save San Francisco ! Save Station 40 !


The Mission District in San Francisco is under siege, again ! A diverse, ethnicly- rich, vibrant working class neighborhood is once again at the center of a collision between wealthy development players and the everyday citizens who struggle to survive.

White-colonizer supremacy and gentrification takes on new monstrous proportions which brings to mind one of the creepiest sci-fi films we encountered back around 2010, as an in-flight movie ( released in 2009). We had to switch channels before the end, as it was truly freaking us out. Too close to home, to us, nomadic aliens! ;)

The plot : ” A tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa… They were the last of their kind, and in order to accommodate them, the government of South Africa set up a makeshift home in District 9 as politicians and world leaders debated how to handle the situation. As the humans begin to grow wary of the unwelcome intruders, a private company called Multi-National United (MNU) is assigned the task of controlling them. But MNU is less interested in the aliens’ welfare than attempting to understand how their weaponry works. Should they manage to make that breakthrough, they will receive tremendous profits to fund their research.” ( from Fandango ).

This plot weaves heavy social fiction into the scenarios of  racist attitudes, and hired private military to deal with an unwanted populace, that is not too far from South Africa’s still tormented and unresolved realities as the so-called “post-apartheid” land festers w/ brutal race+class divides. And so many implications for global struggles in cities just about anywhere ! … Though granted the film muddies the waters of both immigration + indigenous struggles. And in our remix above we’ve flipped the situation, making the (grotesque) aliens the gentrifiers. We’ve been wondering all day, if this is too confusing a culture jam to represent solidarity for the diverse inhabitants of the Mission in SF. Well, if you’ re reading this far, at least we got you thinking about a complex analysis.

Of course this juxtaposition will tend to come off as extremely sensationalist as any Peter Jackson brand of Hollywood escapades… Nonetheless, we’re an outsider arts+praxis journo outlet, attempting to stab at your eyeballs in a war for your attention, in a rising sea of internet overdoses … So we’ll take the over-dramatized agitprop approach, in the hopes we get a few xtra savvy rebel-ready readers. And always some little abstract hope to get a little viral action, not for the attention, but for the utility of mobilizing the hood in the times of front door crises ! [ Though we've long lost any trust or gusto for a neutral net and web games. "The Internet, It fails us now! " ... c/should be the new Gang of Four anthem for the well-fleeced digital natives. Check the original G04 version.]


{ foto: 48 Hills }

For a more down to earth analysis, we recommend Tim Redmond’s short and sweet and spot on summary of the latest fight to save the Mission neighborhood in 48 Hills, the new outlet from the former SF Bay Guardian editor. But it’s probably not gonna agitate as much as fringe journalism can… and should !

So you can also listen to the inspiring and incredibly well-formulated stand taken by the not-exactly new Rebel Tenants ( and Friends of ) of Station 40 at Indybay.org

FOLLOW THIS STORY ! SPREAD IT ! SUPPORT THEM ! ENGAGE.. the fight is ON ! … and if there’s any scenario that can help trigger reaction from a wider public, this is one of the best chances left to defend against the rapidly ’sterilizing’ forces shaping San Francisco… in this current tech wave ( and neo-liberal agenda ) Boom !

And we’ll take it a bit further into the emotionally tumultuous … personal anecdote… cathartic… and pissed-off variety below… in an attempt to get YOU more ‘invested’ in the struggles… and even to re-convince ourselves …

stay tune ! work-in-progress …


{ from press conference at 16th St. Bart, 3.3.15 }



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