This is the 3rd edition (Fall 2013) of the Homes Not Jails squatting zine. While the guide comes from a group based in San Francisco, many of the tips would be helpful for anyone squatting regardless of their location. It includes tips on finding comrades/friends to squat with, finding a building, securing a squat, dealing with the law and/or property owners, and more. Some of the San Francisco specific references will need to be overlooked for your local context, but most municipalities have similar resources for researching property. It’s one of the best zines on squatting.
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Excerpt from It’s Vacant, Take It!
If food, clothing and shelter are basic necessities for life, to forcibly take those away from people is to prevent their survival. Any act to resist this is, by definition, self-defense.