Self-Organised London Social Space has now been opened in a squatted office building near Elephant and Castle.
Eileen House on 80-94 Newington Causeway, a 1960s office building, has now been empty for years. Its redevelopment has been subject to a protracted and contested debate between Southwark Council, Oakmayne developers, local residents, the famous nightclub “Ministry of Sound” (located opposite Eileen House) and – the mayor of London (see PDF). After numerous months of haggling and bureaucratic warfare, it’s time to reclaim Eileen house for the public and the interests of the Elephant’s residents!
On Tuesday night, 19th February, a number of social centre collectives squatted Eileen House as a direct action against gentrification. As a selforganised London Social Space, we want to propose & exchange ideas for radical alternatives, serving the needs of the many vibrant and organic communities around E&C!
For this reason we will put on a number of events, talks, discussions, film screenings, music nights and much more for the first week (see below). All residents and Londoners are more than welcome to pop in for a cuppa, discuss matters, attend our events or just have a good chat! During this first week we are really happy for people to come mby, have a look around the building and maybe give us a hand with setting up the space, while on the long run, the opening times will be from Wednesdays till Sundays, 2-10 pm.
From the newswire:
Fight gentrification! Reclaim regeneration! For self-organised spaces... | Siege of The Elephant | first protest on london shard viewing platform | News from the Library Street Social Centre | Southwark Council leaks it's own Confidential Regeneration Agreement
The Hovefields Gypsy/Traveller site in Essex has been evicted this week. At the time of writing, a group of these families are still on the road without anywhere to stop, having been also evicted from two other sites they tried to move on to, all within 24 hours. In fact it is illegal for them to stop anywhere as a group, as they are more than six live-in vehicles.Read more >>
The Crown Court cleared three activists of the charges of "obstructing the police" on Friday.
The Inner London Crown Court ruled that police surveillance of a public political meeting had not been proved to be lawful and that the police had failed to provide any evidence that they were pursuing a "legitimate aim". The three activists were arrested at a meeting called by London NoBorders in June 2008 when they protested against the surveillance of the meeting by "Forward Intelligence Team" - Report.Read more >>
80 days ago the democracy village set up on parliament square. Now it has gone. After losing the court hearing on 16th July (press release), and sending a call out to stand up for democracy, the eviction started just after 1am on Monday night. The public square was fenced in and democracy out (pics | video), and the two people in D-locks couldn't stop this. No one was arrested, but calls were made for a day of non-violent direct action today and a people's assembly this Saturday 1pm.
See the democracy village newswire at
The appeal by Democracy Village after last week's High Court ruling will be heard at 10.30am this Friday (9th July) at the appeals court. In the meantime the camp is still going on strong, having started 'Operation Rolling Thunder', more – an ongoing programme of non-violent direct action. The village is calling out for people to come down and help on multiple fronts: to come and do actions, to help with the site, keep it tidy and maintain the gardens. There is a particular call-out for those with direct action skills and experience.Read more >>
Very near Myatts Fields and not far from Laughborough Junction station, the Library House stands right behind Minet Library (and it looks like it used to be part of the library services but left empty?).
It is run by a group of local south londoners that are currently fixing it up and already dreaming and preparing events. It aims to be an open house for the local community, and right now lots of work is going on, specially to sort out the electricity.Read more >>
The Wembley 'Tent City' Occupation located on Wembley Park Sports Ground, was opposed to the plans for a privatised Wembley Park Academy school to be built on one of the few remaining green areas accessible to the local community for sports training. The campaign is in keeping with the wave of resistance [more] to new school academies up and down the country. The Wembley Ark Academy is an American and British educational charity sponsored and run by a group of millionaire merchant bankers and currency speculators, led by french/swiss and multimillionaire Arpad Busson. The Ark Academy is estimated to cost around £30 million of public money yet it would be privately run.
The re-establishment of the 'Tent City' started on the 30th of June, following last year's permanent occupation of the site that lasted six months, and which saw tree houses being built. The site was then only vacated when the protestors won a year’s extension on the lease. Wembley teachers and their local supporters argue that after more than two years of campaigning to keep the community sports grounds out of the private sector, they are now not going to give in without a fight, as the building of the planned Wembley Academy is part of Brent council's drive to privatise schools, turning education into a profit making business instead of a basic human right beyond the 'logic' of the market.
On Tuesday 15th July Brent Council representatives sought a court order for the immediate eviction of the site, but by the afternoon around 50 local people had turned up to show support, and the eviction didn't take place. On Wednesday 16th, teachers and local people continued the occupation despite renewed threats of forced eviction and possible arrests. They took permanent positions on the roofs of the building next to the sports grounds, with at least one protestor locking on to the main mast. By then it was generally expected that the final eviction attempt would happen soon and 'by surprise, probably in the early morning, and so they renewed their call for urgent solidarity and for people to go up there and show their support. On the early morning of Friday 18th, the teachers and their supporters' expectations came true when specialised bailiffs turned up at 6.30am and finally removed the last protestor resisting on the roof, who had the support of the crowd that had gathered at the site's gate [Report and Video]Read more >>
The weekend kicked off on Friday evening with a social meetup and info night with fils and cafe at the rampART social centre and acoustic bands and performances at the NOID gallery.
On saturday, the newly opened social centre opened it's doors with an art-exhibition, films, workshops and discussions. It also hosted a free shop and very popular squatters estate agency. Also during the day there was a demo at a homeless hostel in London.
Saturday evening saw several hundred people partying at the Hackney Social Centre at a benefit gig for the Advisory Service for Squatters with Headjam, Skints, Ras Simeon Judah, 52 Commerical Rd and Pinstickers. Another benefit took place at the Wominspace.
Also see international days of action summary.Read more >>
The weekly vegan open picnic has recently faced growing repression from Police and consistent support in the community.
People taking part in Brixton's Reclaim Your Food weekly action faced arrest last Sunday 2nd March 2008 as they challenged the legitimacy of a Dispersal Order issued by the Lambeth branch of the Metropolitan Police.
Police (consisting of a mix of PCs, CSOs and higher-ranking officers) were waiting for the collective before they even arrived. They came equipped with a mobile surveillance van, 2 regular Police vans and 2 Police cars.
The first arrest came as a result of a refusal to comply with the Dispersal Order placed upon the group, the second for attempting to establish the legal basis for such an arrest. The Dispersal Order, made possible by the controversial Anti-Social Behaviour Act, was issued in response to an alleged Section 5 Public Order offence - defined as causing harassment, distress or alarm. However, when questioned, the Police failed to provide adequate evidence to suggest that such an offence was taking place.
Thankfully, the long arm of the law did not stretch to the Bicycle Repair Workshop or those making Puncture Repair Kits and Wallets from recycled and sustainable materials. These were welcome additions to the Town Square, which was reclaimed as a fully-functional public space for all...with room for a bit of a dance to the chilled reggae/dub soundsystem!
Despite all the Police intimidation and generally not fantastic weather, a good time was had by most people who turned up or happened to be passing by! - Same as today 9th of March when there were no arrests.
The collectives involved in Sunday's action are keen to welcome anyone who is interested in any aspect of the project to come along - Bring food to share. Instruments. Sound Systems. Practical Social Activities. Or just yourself!! All welcome.
The project will continure to meet at Brixton Town Square (by Coldharbour Lane, opposite the Ritzy Cinema) from around 2/3pm every Sunday. The town square is well on it's way to being a free public space, for anyone to use. This does not figure in the plans of the Police and Local Government, who are intent on seeing through gentrification of the area. Every Sunday at approx 3pm in BRIXTON TOWN SQUARE, opposite BRIXTON LIBRARY
Video: 3 march (1)Read more >>
UK Social Centres Gathering 28/29 November
New Installation - 'Activist Investor by Rupert James Baker Ltd.'
Fuck Gentrification - Join the Fuck Parade....Part 3!
East London Rising, August 2015
Fuck Parade needs you!
The Fuck Parade Strikes Back! - Reclaim Camden, Reclaim the Beats
Magna Carta - Festival For Democracy
LATEST LIVE FEED OUTSIDE OF THE KETTLED LONDON PROTEST -
pary-style protest in london today:
Free protest party, Trafalger Square
Mayday! Reclaim the Beats!! - Join the Fuck Parade!
Runnymede needs You! Eviction Resistance ॐ
Mayday - Reclaim the Beats
Letter from Lerwick
Solidarity needed at Yorkley Court Community Farm
Curo Housing building work stopped by
Trip to the edge of the world
***ASN BLOC*** for Free Education [Nov 19]
Grow Heathrow: You can't evict an idea (VIDEO)
Grow Heathrow eviction Resisted Successfuly!!
Open Day: Meet The Neighbours & Open Mic Acoustic
Peoples Kitchen returns to Hackney this week!
195 Mare St Evicted.
List of events for Free School next week at 195 Mare Street!
COPFS Letter sent with following evidence
Meeting on new ideas for anti-capitalist/anarchist actions
Builders force entry to damage 195 Mare Street – help needed
New Social Centre in Hackney Needs Your Help
Colorama to become yuppie flats (you can't afford)
#126: the Common House, Bent Bars, anarchism in Brazil & DJ BPM
Occupy Firgrove: Destruction of the trees
Occupy Firgrove call for hellp
Where Am I To Go? London Roma Evicted
121 - Hackney Renters, ZAD - Klaxon Radio, 52 Commercial Road, DJ Al
London Queer Social Centre: Location Announced & Programme of Events
WORLD PREMIERE: Grasp The Nettle (21/6/13)
Roads to Nowhere - National Rally against Roadbuilding July 13
Naked Cycle Cock Up
HoB: The London Queer Social Centre Opening Day
Dissident Island Radio - 17 May 2013 - Episode 119
Solidarity benefit for Greek autonomous spaces and social fighters
Brighton squat trial - longer update
Callout for South London Eviction Resistance, Tuesday 28/5/13
Brighton squat trial resumes tomorrow
May 6th Greek Info Night @ Pogo Cafe
eviction of the famous "Z.A.M"(Autonomy Zone Milano) in Milan
South London benefit gig on Easter Sunday with Captain Hotknives.
JSA & ESA South London Claimants Union
Events coming up this week from the unrooted @ Eileen House
Jobseekers & ESA Workshop this Wednesday 4pm @ Eileen House
Self Organised London still alive and kicking!
Central London cafe is haven for dangerous ideas
Greek Solidarity Night & Belarus ABC Infotalk this week
RECLAIM IT! Direct Action in London on International Women's Day.
Bash Back! themed Queer Dance Party tonight!
Critical Mass Trial Starts this coming Monday
Eileen House occupied by squatters...
Bexhill Camp Resists
Friern Barnet People's Library Latest: Report and Photos
Battersea Park Adventure Playground Occupied
Vauxhall Squat Raids
Critical Mass Defence: Urgent Callout
News from the Library Street Social Centre
Week 7, Runnymede Eco-Village.
Declaration from the dispossessed
Occupy London - Finsbury Square
Mayday Workfare Demos Shut Ox St. Stores - report
leyton marsh resistance this morning - report/pics
news from leyton marsh and call to action
Fire station beats IPO
Private/Public Space and Too Many Rules
New G20 convergence space opened
Dissident Island Radio tonight - October 17th
London FreeSchool Weekender....
At the Library House next week, Social center Camberwell
infousurpa & offline london
Freedom not fear - some links
07-10-2008 13:02 | 2 additions
Dissident Island Radio Tonight - October Dirt
Infousurpa out now
New social centre in camberwell
26-09-2008 22:25 | 1 addition
Opening Event in New Autonomous Space Camberwell: THE LIBRARY HOUSE
Freedom not Fear
London FreeSchool Benefit
GRASS: The Battle For Wembley Park Sports Ground Video
London Food Not Bombs feeds Wobblies
'Positive squat' about to feature on BBC London News
Workshops Announced for London FreeSchool Week!
The Grauniad supplement: "Landlords welcome 'positive squatting'"
Common Ground Community Garden Celebrates Success with Party!
Free Films, Live Music TONIGHT, Final Monday Love
Olympic Handover to Free Hackney
Brian Haw - 7 years on, still going strong
FREE Monday Love Carnival After Party with Movimientos
A week of free workshops, discussions & skill-sharing
London Olympics: a new phase in the waste of money
Post-Climate Camp Tat Audit
Monday Love-18.8.8.-Amnesty/Climate Camp/Gaza/Live Music/DJs
Post Climate Camp Legal Call Out
16-08-2008 10:44 | 2 additions
The road to Kingsnorth.
Public sector cuts