Coinciding with the Europe-wide days of action in defence of free spaces a new squatted social centre was opened in Shoreditch and a series of events took place in autonomous spaces around London starting on Friday evening with a social meetup and info night at the rampART and acoustic bands and performances at the NOID gallery. On saturday, the newly opened social centre opened it's doors with an art-exhibition, free shop, films and a squatters estate agency. On saturday there was also a demo outside a homeless hostel in Hackney. In the evening around 300 ppeople turned up a the Hackney Social Centre for a gig raising money for the Advisory Service for Squatters and another benefit took place at the Wominspace. On the Mall, there was a banner drop from squatted crown property.
After the Space Is The Place and other contributions to the call out for decentralised actions in support of squats and autonomous spaces, what next?
After this last weekends decentralised actions for squats and autonomous spaces we'll be having a followup event at the new Bowl Court social centre. It will be a chance to hear about what went on in other cities in the UK and elsewhere in the world. There will be videos and slide shows of actions and exhibitions of photos and artwork. The squatter estate agents will also have been updated and open for business again.
More importantly it will be a chance for people from different spaces to get together (everyone was too busy during the days of action themselves) and discuss some of the issues raised. Part of the aim of the days of action was to bring autonomous spaces together and create interconnections for better collaboration and mutual support in the future. Of the various social centres in London, three are close to eviction within the coming weeks (the wominspace is due to be evicted this wednesday 16th). How do we move forward together in defending the autonomy we create? How do we extend the links between existing social struggles and our autonomous spaces? What roles can and should these spaces be playing in producing radical social change?
Please invite your friends.
London wide autonomous spaces network meeting and a meal.
Saturday 19th April
Open from 2pm for squatters estate agents and to view exhibition/photos
Network meeting 6pm, music after.
Venue Bowl Court Squat off Plough Yard, off Shoreditch High Street
More details to follow.