Jan 18, 2014

another creative way to bring a conflict very literally 'home'

University of Michigan students got fake eviction notices slipped under their dorm room doors last month.   The notices said EVICTION NOTICE, in large letters, and then:

"If you do not vacate the premises by 13 DEC 6PM, we reserve the right to demolish your premises without delay.  We cannot be held responsible for property or persons remaining inside.  Charges for demolition will by applied to your student account.

But then they went on to say that notices like this are given arbitrarily in Palestine, told more about what that is like, and said across the bottom, this is not an actual eviction notice (see image below).  Do these students now know what it feels like to get an arbitrary eviction after having a heart stopping few seconds until they read further down? Of course not - but maybe it helped them imagine for a moment what that might be like.  It was certainly effective in raising awareness and generating discussion.  Within 24 hours of the eviction notice action, the hashtag #UMMockEviction had thousands of tweets

full article here.

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