[Noisebridge-discuss] getting sleepers to leave without calling police

Garrett Smith dhtmlkitchen at gmail.com
Mon Dec 2 16:02:35 UTC 2013

On Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 2:40 PM, Jake <jake at spaz.org> wrote:

> Hi Al and everyone else,
> I appreciate the effort you're putting in to help noisebridge avoid
> becoming a squat and being used inappropriately.
> I know that there have been situations in the past when calling the police
> was necessary, but I think that in many situations it can be avoided, and I
> think that we should call the police only as a last resort.


> Unfortunately, if someone like you or I is at noisebridge and finds a
> sleeper who won't leave, it can be hard to find alternatives if there are
> not other noisebridgers who are willing to back us up.  In that situation,
> I would want the 311 system (it used to work if you would dial it from the
> payphone) to be able to summon noisebridgers who live nearby and are
> willing to come down to the space on little notice.

Email me off list. I'm nearby.

> If there are already other noisebridgers present (or after they arrive
> because of a 311 call) I recommend discussing the problem with them before
> confronting the sleeper again.  Remind them that three or more people
> presenting a unified stance that they have to leave now is much more
> effective than a single person saying so.  Hopefully they will overcome any
> fear of this unpleasant situation enough to at least stand silently beside
> you while you confront the person refusing to leave.
>  Agree. We're an anarchist hackerspace. Resorting to government thugs --
who are trained to always escalate the situation, is counter to principle.
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