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  • “Come inside!” shouted one of the kids. “It’s beautiful in here. Come inside and make it your own.”

    But out of the hundreds of folks in the street, very few entered the building. They stood and they looked and it seemed like they weren’t quite sure what to think. After all, wasn’t this breaking and entering? Wasn’t this trespassing on private property? Didn’t the movement commit to non-violence? Was this actually violence at all? Was damaging property the same thing as violence? What would be the moral thing to do? They never mentioned this at the General Assembly — who organized this? Didn’t they pass a GA resolution two nights ago pledging solidarity with reclamation of unused and abandoned spaces for community services? Is this that? Was this all part of the plan? But who organized it? Was it those people in black?

    A man appeared in front of the building. “Mic check!” he yelled.

    “Mic check,” the crowd repeated.

    “Mic check!” he yelled again.

    “MIC CHECK!” the crowd repeated, louder.

    “We seize this building in this moment of crisis,” yelled the man.

    “WE SEIZE THIS BUILDING IN THIS MOMENT OF CRISIS!” answered the crowd.

    “To meet our immediate needs.”

    “TO MEET OUR IMMEDIATE NEEDS!”

    “To start a new world.”

    “TO START A NEW WORLD!”

    “Where everything belongs to everybody.”

    “WHERE EVERYTHING BELONGS TO EVERYBODY!”

    “To our friends and comrades...”

    “TO OUR FRIEND AND COMRADES!”

    “We are here.”

    “WE ARE HERE!”

    “To the rest...”

    “TO THE REST!”

    “We are coming!”

    “WE ARE COMING!”

    Eight blocks away there were 300 cops stepping out of their cars and into riot gear, and they were coming too.
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