South Los Angeles Activists Take a Page From Defend Boyle Heights and Demand Art Galleries Leave – California News

South Los Angeles Activists Take a Page From Defend Boyle Heights and Demand Art Galleries Leave – California News

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 7:20 a.m.

The anti-gentrification movement in Boyle Heights has taken two tacks. On the one hand, there is the fairly conventional fight against new, large-scale apartment complexes like the Wyvernhood and the Sears Project. At the same time, a smaller, younger, more radical group has taken to protesting art galleries and, more recently, a coffee shop.

Both of those tactics have recently been seen in South Los Angeles too.

Recently, a group of activists showed up to protest outside an art show at Dalton Warehouse, an artist space just east of USC. On Facebook, the name of the event was “Fk White Art,” a reference, perhaps, to the now infamous message spray painted on one art gallery in Boyle Heights last year. The description on the Facebook page read:

Join us in disrupting the party of some gentrifying artists that recently moved into our neighborhood. As a historical black community with an influx of economic refugees from south of the border, it is very alarming to see white artists from chicago swoop in and begin to displace workers and families.

With the time and luxury to create abstract art that doesn’t relate to the actual struggles of our communities who are constantly attacked for our mere existence, we have already expressed to the hipster neo-colonizers that their presence puts our lives in danger.

We are not trying to have dialouge or negotiate. Our demand is that they close up shop and leave South Central immediately.

According to an artist who rents a studio in the Dalton Warehouse (he asked not to be identified, fearing reprisals from protestors), the space…

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