Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
- MEAT AT SOUTHBANK OUTSIDE NT AT 6PM ON SAT
- EACH GANG NEEDS TO BE DISTINGUISHBLE, MAKE YUSELFS DISTINGUISHED.
- OBVS U NEED 2 BRING BIKE.
- THEN WE FIND OUT WHUR THE FIRSS LOCATION IS , GET WITH UR GANG AND GO THUR. AT EACH CHECKPOINT WE FIND WHER THE NEX 1 IS, UNTIL IT IS THE END.
LUK AFTER UR CREW, THEY R MOST IMPORTANT THING. BEST BRING LITES, BRING CRASH HAT AND SAFE GOGGLES.
PASS IT ON. MAY WORST SQUATTERS WIN
p.s if youdont lik biks / cant sikle whatev meat at 6pm stil at southbank or call squattastic fone for detels of final locaton whur we burn things drink win. fone is 07757009150. rit now it is lost but we hop found by sateday.
pps ALSO if u want to hilp on a chekpont/ do a chikpint email firstname.lastname@example.org SOON, asap, ta thank y bye. x
Friday, 2 December 2011
A diverse group of autonomous people are currently squatting(1) 3 Bristo Place in central Edinburgh. The 3-storey building has stood empty and unused for over 3 months since August 31st 2011. The non-hierarchical group are taking direct action to reclaim this space for use by the community. See the website: http://peoplescafe.noflag.org.uk/
The squatting of the building began yesterday afternoon with more than 100 people including families occupying the space, cleaning, organising a kitchen area and discussing how the building could be used for the benefit of the community. Banners were painted including 'The Peoples' Cafe' and displayed in the front windows.
3 Bristo Place has previously been utilised by The Forest Cafe as a volunteer-run, collectively-owned, free arts and events space. After Edinburgh University Settlement the owners of the building went bankrupt(2), it was appropriated by Price Waterhouse Coopers to administrate and The Forest Cafe were forced to vacate on 31st August 2011 despite a high profile and popular campaign to retain the space(3). Those currently squatting the building are not directly affiliated with The Forest Cafe but recognise that its closure is part of an ongoing eradication of free, non-corporate spaces in Edinburgh City Centre. Direct action has been taken to ensure that the space is not left unused but can be reopened for the benefit of the local community.
The action deliberately coincided with the November 30th UK-wide strikes over pensions. Amy Douglas, a 32 year old youth worker from Edinburgh who has been in the building since yesterday said, “While massive cuts are being made to public services and workers bear the brunt of these through much diminished pensions, the banks responsible for the financial crisis continue to profit. Cuts to public services also threaten community spaces and the same banking system is responsible for the detrimental impact this has had on communities across the country(4). By squatting and reopening 3 Bristo Place we resist the banks' continued profiting at the expense of those who are already suffering from the cuts.”
Today there will be meetings to organise a programme of participatory events which will be open to the public. It is hoped that the building can be used as an organising space for community projects.
For Access Call: 07799737995
(1)While there is no legal right to squat in Scotland, squatting in this context means to settle on or occupy property, especially otherwise unoccupied property, without any title, right, or payment of rent.
(2)Edinburgh University Settlement were declared bankrupt and forced into administration in October 2010.
(4)For more information on the impact of cuts-related community centre closures see http://www.guardian.co.uk/edinburgh/2010/may/18/edinburgh-community-centres-saved-gorgie-mem-colinton-mains-longstone-council and http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/mar/25/public-sector-cuts?intcmp=239
Sunday, 27 November 2011
A regular Dinner/Meeting/Party at different squats in South London.
The next one is on Thursday 1st December at 7pm,
81 County Street SE1 4AD (Elephant&Castle)
The venue for the one after that will be decided there.
Saturday, 26 November 2011
17th November, from Bristol Indymedia:
"At approximately 2 am this morning, the office of Maggs & Allen estate agent in Henleaze, Bristol was attacked with hammers. The windows of their shop front were totally annihilated.
This action was taken in solidarity with The Factory, and dedicated to all autonomous spaces in Bristol past and present.
Against property speculation, the gentrification of our communities and the evictions of our homes and social spaces.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
If you agree with the popular sentiment at the moment of 'fuck the fucking fuckers' we have the meeting for you!
Bristol Squattastic are next meeting on Friday 25th November at Kebele, 14 Robertson Road, Easton @ 6pm.
Bring plans and ideas for defending our squats!
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Posted on Occupied Times, http://theoccupiedtimes.co.uk/?p=796
Westminster’s war on squatters will hit protest camps next, housing activists have warned.
Members of Squatters’ Action For Secure Homes issued a call for solidarity this week after 15 appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court charged with unlawful assembly for their part in an overnight protest outside Parliament.
The activists’ lawyer Raj Chada said last week he had won a two-week adjournment to lobby Crown prosecutors to drop the case, since the charges stem from legislation which has technically been repealed.
The Serious Organised Crime and Policing Act bars “unauthorised” demonstrations within a square kilometre of Parliament — but the government’s Police Reform Act, which has been passed but not yet come into force, scales down the scope of the ban to protests in Parliament Square directly outside the House.
Mr Chada appeared confident of an acquittal, saying the Crown had until 23 November to decide.
But spokesman Rueben Taylor warned the vilification of squatters and the Occupy movement was “intimately connected.”
“We are being ruled by a government who believes that property is more important than people, and is passing violent and draconian laws to silence those who are losing out.
“Certain Tories have also made it clear that if they would like nothing better than to extend these laws against squatting to cover other types of properties, and thereby to criminalise occupation as a form of protest – in universities, workplaces, and public places.”
Meanwhile the current proposals were “just a test”.
“If they are allowed to get away with it, we will undoubtedly see even more repressive laws being pushed through in the coming months,” he warned.
The charges stem from a 150-strong campout near the Houses of Parliament earlier this month after justice secretary Ken Clarke rammed through an amendment criminalising squatting in residential buildings.
Police ordered the demonstrators to disperse, then kettled around 50 protesters who refused to leave.
The amendment – tacked on just six days before it was passed and before publication of the government’s consultation report – threatens homeless people in residential buildings with fines of up to £5,000 and up to a year behind bars.
Around 35,000 people in Britain will lose their home between now and Christmas, according to estimates from housing charity Shelter — an average one person every two minutes.
Court case adjourned again. The judge took into account our human rights arguments and adjourned the case to the higher authority of Central London County Court where a two day hearing will take place in a few months time. This means we’re here at least until the new year!
After months of negotiations the landowner decided to take us to court and try to remove the community project. John McDonnell MP came to court to speak as a witness to highlight the benefits the project provides as a community resource and how he is strongly against any possible future eviction. However he wasn’t even called upon to speak as the judge made his ruling after only an hour and half.
Speaking outside court Grow Heathrow member Rachel Greene said:
“This ruling today is unheard of for squatting cases. It shows the importance of community spaces as the government violently cuts public services and criminalises squatting. In Sipson we will keep fighting to put derelict spaces back into use to the benefit of community life.”
Saturday, 19 November 2011
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
IF U CANT BIKE NO MATTER DO A CHEK POINT . MAILE: SQUATTASTIC@GMAIL.COM WITH IDEAS AND KUESTIONS, OR IF YU CRU WANT TO RUN CHEK POINT
THANKYU FUR TIME, BYE NOW. X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
-legal observers when resisting evictions/on demos
-help getting legal representation
-help with fines
-prisoner support if they end up inside
-and a bunch of stuff we haven't thought of yet...
Monday, 7 November 2011
yesterday we made a little action in prague to support the struggle
against the criminalisation of squatting in UK and to send our love and solidarity to our friends and comrades from Orange Fence and The Factory. Our attempt to occupy the british embassy failed but we at least managed to block the front door with our banner and spread some english/czech flyers:We are here today to show our solidarity with the English squatter’s movement which is now facing a wave of repression and as well the government efforts to criminalise it.
The UK parliament is planning on Tuesday 1st of November to take the first step towards the criminalization of squatting, voting a clause that makes squatting in residential building a criminal offence, with up to 51 weeks of imprisonment. In the mean time anarchist squats like The Factory in Bristol and The Orange Fence in London are already under treatment of eviction and they are currently fighting to resist that abuse:
“We will always lose in their courts. We will always lose in their
elections, their wars, their boardrooms and all their other games.
The only people who win in these settings are the people who already have money and power.
We’re not going to win our freedom fighting rigged battles within their system.
We will win together, outside of and against that system: in the streets; in the squares; in the occupied spaces.”
Criminalization of squatting doesn’t mean end of autonomous spaces. It will not suffocate our desire of self-organization and it will not even stop us from liberating houses from the capitalist machine.
We want and we need homes not shopping malls, banks and posh hotels. Here in Czech Republic, in UK and everywhere else.
HANDS OFF THE FACTORY, ORANGE FENCE AND ALL THE OTHER SQUATS!
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Friday 4th November
The storm is coming... Are we gonna ride it?
Join us to resist 2x evictions in one morning, starting at 8:30am, 184 Well Street, and moving swiftly on to 320 Mare Street for 9:45am.
Bring Banners, tea and music, spread the word. THEIR LAWS, NOT OURS!
STILL WE SQUAT, STILL WE RESIST.
The UK Government is trying to criminalise squatting in residential buildings despite 95% of responses to their own 'consultation' being opposed to any change in law.
There are enough empty buildings in the UK to house every destitute person in this country. It is criminal that people are forced to sleep in the cold whilst thousands of properties are unused and left to deteriorate.
Criminalising the homeless is no solution to a housing crisis, it will only marginalise homeless people further.
HOUSING SHOULD BE A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE
March with us against the change in law on Saturday 5th November.
Meet at Victoria Gardens at 12pm, bring your instruments, your friends, and your best friend squatdogs!
For more info see..
See you on the streets!
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Friday, 28 October 2011
The Government want to sneak through the criminalisation of squatting, which will be voted on in Parliament this Tuesday 1st November 2011.
Over 95% of responses to the ‘consultation’ on squatting were against the criminalisation.
Despite this, the government is still going ahead with their proposals - effectively bypassing democracy.
SQUASH have tried engaging with the democratic processes but despite overwhelming support to not criminalise squatting we have been ignored.
Our only rational response now is to call for people to TAKE ACTION. We have been forced into this position. See you on the streets!
MONDAY 31st OCTOBER : CALL OUT FOR A MASS SLEEP OUT
MEET AT HIGH KEN TUBE STATION 6.30PM - EVENING STANDARD HQ - NORTHCLIFFE HOUSE, 2 DERRY ROAD W8 5TT.
CRITICAL MASS (BIKES) MEET AT WATERLOO BRIDGE 7PM
BRING SLEEPING BAGS!
if you would like to propose an event to hold during the sleep out
- teach outs, comedy shows, face-painting, music, cardboard house making, trick or treating, pumpkin soup kitchen
- get in touch, or just make it happen! remember, we're going to be there all night, so bring things to keep everyone warm and busy!
TUSESDAY 1st NOVEMBER: EN MASS REGISTRATION OF HOMELESSNESS
9am - Outside Westminster Housing Options Service, 101 Orchardson Street, LONDON NW8.
THIS ACTION IS TO SYMBOLISE THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF CRIMINALISING SQUATTING ON THE ALREADY STRETCHED HOMELESSNESS SERVICES
THIS CALL OUT EXTENDS TO OTHER CITIES TO TAKE ACTION OUTSIDE THEIR REGIONAL HOMELESS PERSON UNITS WITH MASS SLEEP OUTS, SOUP KITCHENS, AND OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT.
FOLLOWED THE NEXT DAY BY A SYMBOLIC MASS REGISTRATION OF HOMELESSNESS.
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
THURSDAY 27TH OCT: ST. PAULS OCCUPATION, 4PM
FRIDAY 28TH OCT: MANCHESTER, OKasional CAFE 6PM
SATURDAY 29TH OCT: BRADFORD, 1in12 CLUB, 7PM
might be a good opportunity to get together and talk about wot to do regarding the fuckwits (see previous post).
they are a bunch of fuckwits and their democracy is a joke. this is really bad and we need to take action.
Government 'bypasses democracy' to sneak through anti-squatting laws
Housing charities, MPs, squatters, property consultants, activists, lawyers and artists have accused the government of sneaking in an amendment to the Legal Aid and Sentencing Bill announced today by Justice Secretary Ken Clarke to “make squatting in residential buildings a criminal offence”. Campaigners say the amendment will not take into account the thousands of consultation responses submitted earlier this month and will not add any further protection to residents.
Over the past 3 months the government have been undertaking a consultation process entitled “Options for Dealing with squatters” which came to an end on October 5th. Squatters Action for Secure Homes (SQUASH) have accused the government of “ignoring the consultation” by rushing through anti-squatting laws only 3 weeks after the consultation has ended.
The amendment states that making squatting in residential building a criminal offence will “end the misery of home-owners whose properties have been preyed on by squatters”. However strong legislation already exists to protect residents from having there home squatted. Last month 160 leading legal figures wrote an open letter which was published in The Guardian explaining that under Section 7 of the Criminal Law Act 1977 it is already a criminal offence to squat someone’s home.1
SQUASH spokesperson Paul Reynolds, said:
“ The governent is ignoring the results of its own consultation which shows that the criminalisation of squatting in empty residential properties will do nothing to protect residents who are already protected by strong legislation. This amendment will criminalise the homeless in the middle of a housing crisis who use squatting as the last remaining option to keep a roof over their heads.”
John Mcdonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington said:
“By trying to sneak this amendment through the back door the government are attempting to bypass democracy. There was over 2,200 responses to the consultation on squatting so there is no way the government could have acknowledged all the evidence”.
FROM THE FUCKWITS:
Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has announced a raft of tough measures to better protect people from intruders, dangerous criminals and excessive no-win no-fee legal costs.
He set out plans for the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill as the latest in a series of radical moves to reduce reoffending, improve sentencing and reform the legal aid system.
The amendments include measures to:
Make squatting in residential buildings a criminal offence to end the misery of home-owners whose properties have been preyed on by squatters.
Strengthen people's rights to use force to defend themselves from intruders in their own homes.
Give magistrates power to hand down bigger fines.
Ban the referral fees which have allowed middle-men to profit from encouraging others to make unnecessary compensation claims.
The new measures will be debated in the House of Commons next week and, if passed by vote, will be added to Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill which is currently progressing through Parliament. The full amendment notes can be found here.
If you are interested in continuing to receive updates on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, you can register on the MoJ website.
MoJ response to the consultation http://www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/dealing-with-squatters.htm
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Saturday, 22 October 2011
The Factory social center in Bristol has received court papers for possession for next Wednesday the 26th of October. A demonstration to the courts has been called for that day. Meet outside the building at 12 noon in Portland Square.
Friday, 21 October 2011
photos from Marien Van Os' flickr
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Find out how groups in Sheffield are actively challenging the absurd abundance of empty buildings by reclaiming and redefining so-called private property. Squatting makes use of unused buildings to meet real needs such as for a home or a social space. Come along and discuss why it’s necessary and how you can you get involved.
It makes no sense. We have tried negotiating to come to some agreement from the start but they will now only let us speak to their lawyers. They have no plans for the land and as it is greenbelt land they can’t get planning permission to do anything. All that will happen is a return to a site where regular activities include car scrapping, car breaking and contamination of agricultural land. We will not let this happen!
What can people do to support us in the run up to court proceedings?
- Sign the petition for court – http://www.petitiononline.com/
- Send a supportive testimony to email@example.com or to Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, West Drayton, UB7 0JG (Full list of statements so far found at www.transitionheathrow.com/
- Follow us on Twitter @transheathrow. #defendGrowHrow
- Get down to Uxbridge County Court for 9.30am on Thursday 17th November for a big show of support outside the court.
Spread the word. http://www.transitionheathrow.
Monday, 17 October 2011
UPDATE - EVICTION UNDERWAY - SUPPORT NEEDED
In a perfect example of how squatting can be a positive experience, the organisers have held conversations and meetings with the current owner of the building and have not only negotiated a temporary stay with the opening of the exhibition to the public, but also the possibility of some rent-free space at a local theatre school to continue the exhibition on an 'official' basis.
The new centre can be found at 2-4 tufnell park road n7 0dl just behind the holloway road multiplex odeon.
The organisers are asking for artists, photographers and other creatives to donate work towards the exhibition, highlighting the contrast between the recent rising demonisation of squatting with a celebration of diy culture, a look at the history of squatting and positive images of successful squatted social centres. they are looking for photographs or art works on the theme of squatting, travelling and protest.
the exhibition will also focus on the stupidity of having empty buildings unused when homelessness is increasing due to the "austerity cut" assault on the poorest people in our society.
opening times will be announced shortly and more info will be available athttp://squattershousingactiongroup.wordpress.com/
and contributors can access the site before wednesday by contacting the current caretaker on O7721375374
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
We are people who live in or use the Factory Social Centre, the building on the corner of Cave Street and Portland Square. A company called the PG Group wants to develop the building we are occupying. They plan to turn it into luxury flats, offices, a cafe, an art gallery and a small health centre. Aside from the possible health centre, we don’t see their development plans as good for this area. Also, when all other information suggests that the NHS is cutting back on public outpatient nursing, we have doubts about what kind of heath centre it would be and if it will really happen.
We don’t want to be moved on and we don’t want this building to be developed. We are asking for your support.
We have worked hard since we squatted here a year and a half ago to turn this building into a home and into a space for free activities, creativity and political discussion. All of these things are under threat from this development. They are also threatened by similar developments in many other places.
We don’t believe that St Pauls needs more luxury flats and offices. On Portland Square alone there are three buildings full of empty offices. We don’t want to be removed in order to create more “beautiful” sterile vacant spaces. We see the PG Group’s proposal as part of a process that is changing our city – and St Pauls in particular – by making more places that are only comfortable for people with more money. This process – often called gentrification – pushes up prices and displaces existing residents, destroying the relationships that people have built with their neighbours and their neighbourhood. It leads to even more security cameras and police to stop people gathering in public space. We want this to stop.
The PG Group say that their aim is to “improve the environment of their community and, if possible, to make donations to charity.” However, nearly all of their developments are luxury accommodation – which is useful to only a small section of the “community”. For example, they developed the flats and serviced apartments on Portland Square. They were also part of the failed onedovelane development, which proposed building the second-highest skyscraper in the UK in St Pauls.
In addition to this, the main aim of the Grant Bradley Trust, the organisation PG give money to, is “the advancement of the Roman Catholic and Christian faith in any part of the world.” It is a religious, rather than a charitable, organisation. Despite what they say, the PG Group are a development company like any other – who just use some of their profits to promote their own beliefs.
The PG Group are trying to get us to leave voluntarily by holding out the promise of another building that we could use. So far all they have offered is a shipping container for storage and the use of some meeting rooms. We reject this offer.
We want to make it clear: even if they offered us a suitable building, we do not want to leave. We believe that, in this situation, accepting another building in order to vacate this one for development would be the same as supporting what the PG Group want to do. We do not want to help them promote themselves as ethical and caring as they continue to damage neighbourhoods. We do not agree with their development and we do not intend to cooperate with it.
We are squatting this building. We do not legally own it. However, we believe that buildings should belong to the people who use them and open them up for others to use together, not to those who only want to make money off them. Laws exist to protect the interests of the rich and keep the rest of us shut out. That is why, if we have to, we will defy them. We know that this means that we are likely to face violent eviction but we believe that resistance is essential. We have to take a stand.
We are staying where we are and we call for those who support us to join us in struggle – for this building, for free spaces and against eviction and gentrification.
Saturday, 8 October 2011
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
- a first part (one hour) where people/representative of groups will give a brief account of what they’re doing and updates on housing in hackney.
- a second part (one hour) for all of us to discuss the practicalities of creating an anti-eviction network.
Saturday, 1 October 2011
After some discussion with --------, we in occupation at 101 Liverpool Road would like first to reassure you that we have every intention to assist and facilitate the TUC stewards' planned use of the building over the next two days. We will work with the stewards so that they can have full access to the building as the need and we'll even make tea and coffee.
The following excerpt was taken from a blogpost on Occupy Manchester, and outlines briefly why its important we work alongside groups like the TUC.
Posted on September 29, 2011
This weekend we are all in Manchester to march against the Conservative Party conference and to occupy part of the city to take a stand against the cuts and policies of a government no one voted in.
Once again, every aspect of our lives is under attack by a Conservative government. Under the smokescreen of crisis and austerity working class people are seeing their wages stagnate, their rents rise and the last scraps of the welfare state being taken from them and sold on.
And, once again, the conservative government is planning to criminalise squatting and with it student, workplace and shopfront occupations. This would criminalise people’s ability to house themselves in the middle of a housing crisis, put the tens of thousands currently squatting out on the streets and on the doorsteps of homeless charities already overworked and underfunded, affect the rights of tenants, and would be a serious assault on the use of occupations as a form of protest.
It can be found at the (former) Castlefield Centre, 101 Liverpool Road, Castlefield. It's opposite the Museum of Science and Industry, check the map...
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Occupation Phone Number: 07521906793
See you later.x.
Thursday, 29 September 2011
TAKES TO THE STREETS
THIS WEEKEND 1st/ 2nd oct IN MANCHESTER
meet at victoria bus station friday 30th for 3pm coach, or see this site for details of meeting place friday evening, (squattastic phone on 07757009150)