Bell Foundry Evictees
On December 5, 2016 law enforcement officials evicted artists at the Bell Foundry (an art studio) in Station North Baltimore without notice—giving them only 1 hour to vacate the premises, forcing them to leave their art and belongings behind.
According to officials the massive eviction is due to fire code violations, but what we are facing here is an even larger human rights violation on behalf of Baltimore City.
This reactionary ambush under the guise of a fire hazard (when they were well aware of this situation and possible code violations for much longer) echoes the biases of an unjust system with prejudices against a majority of people living in Baltimore.
Many of the Bell Foundry's artists were POC & Queer identifying, who in fact had a legal lease. The city has not offered them relocation assistance as it is needed and tonight many are left in darkness.
These artists, friends, and loved ones of ours need your support now. This eviction was a direct attack on the artist community & the unwillingness of the city to hear the Bell Foundry out (and work humanely on moving forward) only reverberates this point.
This money will help the relocation of studios and artists of the Bell Foundry & any legal fees they must attend to in their fight for justice. We are eternally thankful of your support.
Please give what you can and share this with who you can, peace & love!
My name is Emily Eaglin, I am a local filmmaker, activist, & Bell Foundry frequenter.
I've lived in MD as an artist my whole life & was heartbroken to hear this news this evening, as I was just at the Bell this weekend. I'm friends w/ Qué Pequeño (Nkemakolam) & am forwarding all funds raised to him & Bell Evictees. The funds are to be used for emergency aid & legal fees (or however else the victims of the evictions see fit), many of them are artists and are in need of financial support immediately especially if they cannot access their art/studios/equipment.
It has been made clear to us that we will not be permitted further access to the Bell Foundry. That being said we want to reiterate that this money will not be able to go toward getting the Bell Foundry building back or bringing it up to code, but as we have said it will go towards emergency relief & potential legal fees. The Bell family will be meeting in the next couple weeks to figure out what our financial and legal needs are, and what projects could be on the horizon, we will stay in touch with lawyers and the press about any updates. Thank you so, so much for your support!
-Em & Georgia
If you live in Baltimore or the DMV please come out, mark your calendars, & invite your friends/loved ones to this.
I'm talkin' Abdu Ali, Dan Deacon, Elon, a reading by Jana Hunter...and many more acts!
This is officially about to be lit & I hope to see & meet many of you there.
Sending good vibes from the Oakland/Bay Area community. This conversation now goes deeper-how can we have alternative, creative communities that have existed for a long time balanced with safety and not getting evicted. Our areas need to push for a similar law that exists in NYC. Spread this to your local communities. http://nyclofttenants.org/loft-law-101/