Excerpt from Marc Bousquet, “Introduction”:
The Occupation Cookbook is a “manual” that describes the organization of the student occupation of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences that took place in the spring of 2009 and lasted for 35 days. It was written for two reasons: to record what happened, and to present the particular organization of this action in such a way that it may be of use to other activists and members of various collectives if they decide to undertake a similar action.
What does it mean to “occupy” a school? A school occupation is not, as the corporate media like to portray it, a hostile takeover. A school occupation is an action by those who are already its inhabitants — students, faculty, and staff — and those for whom the school exists. (Which is to say for a public institution, the public itself.) The actions termed “occupations” of a public institution, then, are really re-occupations, a renovation and reopening to the public of a space long captured and stolen by the private interests of wealth and privilege. The goal of this renovation and reopening is to inhabit school spaces as fully as possible, to make them truly habitable — to make the school a place fit for living.
Introduction by Marc Bousquet. Translation by Drago Markisa. London, New York, and Port Watson: Minor Compositions, 2010. Originally published by the Center for Anarchist Studies, 2009, <www.anarhizam.hr>. For more information, visit <slobodnifilozofski.org> and <www.slobodnifilozofski.com>.
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