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Uploaded on Dec 18, 2011
Filmed December 18, 2011, 12pm. A community get together at CHARAS/El Bohio marking the 10th anniversary of the eviction from the building at 605 E. 9th St in the East Village/Lower East Side, New York City.
The party -- led by elements of the Hungry March Band, and the Rude Mechanical Orchestra -- marched over from Tompkins Square Park to the boarded up building. Performers roped off an impromptu stage and began entertaining the crowd. Perfomers included Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping "Earthalujah" choir; Great Small Works performing "the true story of charas"; and several speakers including carlos chino garcia. The occupy wall street statue of liberty puppet also made an appearance.
At the end the crowd was asked to join in on a protest action involving banging on the blue construction fence with wooden sticks. As they did so, the police began mobilizing and several arrests were made. Gregg Singer the developer was also seen walking past the building.
correction: that was not gregg singer, but bill jones.
------ the song sung by hungry march band: we need a home, home of our own. we're going to take back something they stole we need a home, home of our own. the city's taken our home and we won't let it go. we need a home, home of our own.