Hammerin Josh Hanke 
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Re: “Burnt Ramen Pushes Back Against City of Richmond

As a Roadie, security, and member of the community most easily described as 'punk', nationwide, as well as part of the underground/outsider arts community, and having lived in similar places, roughly 35 years now- and having volunteered at Burnt Ramen in the past- I just want to say that places like this have long provided safe haven and a sense of family to people who may not get it anywhere else. And when people say that Burnt Ramen saved their lives, it's not an exaggeration; these places are put together by people for people who's eclectic personalities are drawn together. This isn't a 'scene' that people get into, or even a lifestyle we choose. That may sound phoney and pretentious to some, but it certainly isn't meant to- and my point is: I've seen too many lives lost to suicide and addiction and have witnessed first hand these little communities save people from that crap. The streets are rough, and many of us don't survive them. It's not for you to judge whether blow up dolls are art or not, or what's a visual joke. What's misunderstood is often persecuted throughout history. This is a case where an accident- a tragedy in Oakland happened, and now politicians are 'cleaning up' neighborhoods in the guise of safety. But this is a straight attack in the name of gentrification. We are not your enemies. In fact, in many instances, we are there where a cracked house, or shooting gallery could have been. Better than being homeless- which is where many will end up.

Posted by Hammerin Josh Hanke on 12/21/2016 at 8:21 PM

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