[Imc-uk-features] proposed feature: grand banks, social centre and autonomous spaces
wdean at chaosmagic.com
Thu Aug 26 17:31:14 PDT 2004
please polish this off and stick it up soon as - It's been so long since I did a feature I can't effing remember how!!
I think should add RampArt/ECF goings on, and UseYourLoaf update. And Euskal Jai?
FOR EVERY EVICITION…
Around forty police and 30 bailiffs smashed down the front
door of the Ex-Grand Banks occupied social centre in Camden, north London at 5.30am Wednesday(25th): http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/london/2004/08/296837.html
The centre had proven to be one of the most successful squatted community projects for some time. Previously another Camden building at 93 Fortess Road lasted for about 6 weeks before eviction, then on 28th February the Grand Banks at 156-158 Fortess Road was occupied, another building which had lain empty and unused for years. Over the last 6 months there have been lots of events and workshops including Anti-Copyright cinema, free healthy lunch for school students, children’s days, English lessons, music nights, and the fair trade cafe supporting Zapatista communities in Mexico.
Police harrassment at Ex-Grand Banks autonomous spaces meeting:
In the same week USE YOUR LOAF, an ex-bakery on Deptford High Street which had been occupied as a centre for social solidarity since summer 2002, was given final notice of eviction. http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/london/2004/08/296619.html. Bailiffs expected at 8am on Friday (27th August).
ST AGNES PLACE in Kennington is also facing eviction, after almost 30 years as an example of squatting culture and history. http://www.stagnesplace.org/
Another London space, the Chalk Farm Road AUTONOMOUS LAB, have already resisted eviction at the beginning of this month, and now expanded to include two shop fronts!
In Birmingham an ex-nursey has been occupied with the intention of creating a space for the local community and a resource centre for activists:
Following an international autonomous spaces meeting in Berlin there has been a call for several self-organised and autonomous spaces - from legally hired venues to squatted social centres – to accommodate an alternative programme of events during the ESF (14-17th October).
More info: http://www.altspaces.net/
RAMPART Autonomous Creative Centre :
LONDON ACTION RESOURCE CENTRE FILM:
LONDON SOCIAL CENTRES NETWORK(LONDON SCN):
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