Saturday, November 10 2007 @ 02:42 PM PST
Contributed by: Anonymous
The Bike House is a squat thats been active for close to 5 years in downtown Salt Lake City. It was founded in March 2003 by a group of kids looking to save the world, well at least their own lives from the mediocrity of modern life and the life of a community suffering from crippling poverty. The property was discovered and the boards taken off the windows and the house reclaimed.
Salt Lake City: Bikehouse Squat Needs Help
The Bike House is a squat thats been active for close to 5 years in downtown Salt Lake City. It was founded in March 2003 by a group of kids looking to save the world, well at least their own lives from the mediocrity of modern life and the life of a community suffering from crippling poverty. The property was discovered and the boards taken off the windows and the house reclaimed. The only livable section of the house was one room in the back. As the years progressed we opened the entire house while replacing walls, rebuilding the floors, building rooms, laying concrete, fixing pipes, painting the house, basically rebuilding this abandoned, forgotten, dilapidated building and turning it into a positive space aimed at making positive change in the world. this was a place where inspired kids lived inspirational lives that really affected and touched the people around them.
Think about all the ideas, actions, protests, local movements, and changed lives that actually took effect through conversations and meetings at this house. The end result has proven staggering. also travelers from all over the country were welcomed to stay, and over the years we've met hundreds of kids that way.
The bike house was a home for us and a home away from home for many other people.
Fast forward to September 2007.
This house has kept its DIY ethic, at the same time remaining a home for several people. While the lineup has changed drastically over the years, the spirit remains the same. After catching up on the property's back taxes, keeping up with the current property tax, and remodeling this left for dead building, the landlord unexpectedly showed up.
Basically it was "thanks for paying my bills and fixing my house, now I can sell it." While that possibility was always in the back of our minds, we never thought we would see the day. If we had lived here for just two more short years the house would have been legally ours by adverse possession.
Now this motherfucker wants to cash in on our collective years of effort and leave us without the home we all built.
Legally he can take the house from us, the house he threw away over 5 years ago. Is it moral? His only interest is money.
In December we are taking a stand.
We will push this as far as we can, taking this away from us will not be easy. This isn't only for us, this is for a community, this is to raise awareness of housing issues and the realities of poverty. This is about saying "fuck you" to the ones who try to profit off our basic needs.
The house is lost, but the fight isn't over.
This is where you come in. this is a call for help to anyone and everyone who has been involved with the Bikehouse one way or another over the past 5 years,
This is even a call for help to those of you who may have just found out about this place,
We need your support! the goal is to fill this house with as many people as possible so if he wants to force us out he will have to take us all on.
This is a once in a lifetime chance to be on the front lines of a worthwhile fight against a man motivated by greed and the police that protect him.
This is going to be huge. who knows what will happen but we'd like everyone to come take part in the cathartic destruction of the house, because we're not going quietly.
If you don't want to participate the least you can do is read the story, absorb it, and pass it on. think about the hundreds if not thousands of abandoned buildings in your city
That could be put to use for something positive and strong. think about the homeless that flood your streets because our "authorities" wont let them stay in thrown away houses.
And finally think about all those motherfuckers with more space and material items then they know what to do with but never reach out to help.
This isn't only about a physical structure, this is about a feeling, a feeling that we can take with us and an experience that can change the world around us,
And the symbolism of the hope and passion of a few revolutionary kids against the heartless face of authority.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, CONTACT ME! THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE SHORTLY AFTER THE 10TH OF DECEMBER. REPOST PLEASE!!
[xburningdiamondsx] [at] [hotmail] [dot] [com]
Thank you for your time.