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#6 SOON TO BE PICTURESQUE RUINS
Some friends and I put up about 750 of this, the second MYEP poster, on three nights in April and May 1999. I got arrested the last night of postering. The cops raided my apartment the following day. I didn't end up doing any real jail time for this, and the police raid drew more attention to a radical opposition to gentrification than anything I could have done with my posters. (See the documents on the Mission Yuppie Eradication Project website.)

The first MYEP poster was only in English. That was a major drawback, since the Mission District is predominantly Latino. This second poster was in Spanish and English. I think it's stronger than the first one; more mocking, provocative and funny. Humor communicates a subversive message more effectively than anything else. If you can get someone to laugh you may not change their mind, but they will be more inclined to remember what you were trying to say.

If you look at the first two posters of of context, they appear to only be calling for vandalism, and have no larger perspective. But as Bakunin said, the urge to destroy is also a creative urge, and when these posters are seen in their social context they have a much richer meaning. Again, the vandalism itself is not as important as the larger message that the threat of vandalism carries with it.

    


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