the only on-going autonomous zone I know of is in Minneapolis. George Floyd Square memorial. Not a week goes by with Mayor Frey or Councilwoman Andrea Jenkins talking about opening the street up again…for a bus line. Instead of taking a two block detour.
It's also open to the public, there's a green house, a library, a (clean!) clothing swap, there's really a lot there without the barrier of commercialization. Local News coverage showed it as a place of vitality and community when they were there for the conviction so it has broad support for an Autonomous Zone in the city now, most of the pearl-clutching libs have switched positions since even the haughty rich neighborhoods have "NO JUSTICE-NO STREET" signs in their yards and windows.
The main lady there, Marcia, is a teacher and sort of anarchisty. They have 24 demands before they open it up to cops, if ever…many of the demands are more radical than any transitional programme I've seen. Every Friday the WDA does a movie there and there's anarchist stuff everywhere, but it's not a bunch of white LARPers like CHAZ was, it's the actual people who live there and are sick of police terror in s minneapolis.
Getting rid of it would be a really bad look to the woke electorate of minneapolis, there's at least two dozen idpol groups with varying level of class-consciousness here but all of them with a lot of clout. And the FRSO, SAlt, and WDA-controlled unions in the twin cities would a raise too much of a fuss about it.
On Mayday a bunch of trade unions were there, you could build a toolbox at the carpenter union's table, etc.
Honestly it's Black Radicalism done right. In many ways Gazi is a twisted funhouse mirror version of Marcia or Camille.
Just wanted to share an inside look.