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31-05-2010 20:32 | 4 comment(s)
JB SPRAY Squat, Nottingham Under Threat of Eviction
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18-05-2010 17:34 | 1 comment(s)
Sumac Centre Spring clean and Maintenance day
20-04-2010 17:37 | 1 comment(s)
Poppy Appeal billboard 'vandal' apologises
02-11-2009 15:48 | 12 comment(s)
reclaim the earth centre walkabout
19-10-2009 09:07 | 1 comment(s)
meeting - reclaim the earth centre
15-10-2009 09:17 | 1 comment(s)
distribute - reclaim the earth centre
10-10-2009 00:09 | 1 comment(s)
Defenders of the Earth Centre!
Sumac Garden Project, looking verdant 2 [Food for the Future]
Yoga this Weds @ JB Spray Factory, Russell St, Nottingham
Grot Vs Squat? continued Nottingham Council inaction on empty properties
16-07-2009 16:18 | 3 comment(s)
Riseup! Radio 17: Struggle in Our Cities
Forest Fields World Folk Dance Day @ The Sumac, Nottingham 2
Forest Fields World Folk Dance Day @ The Sumac, Nottingham 1
19-05-2009 19:44 | 1 comment(s)
Sumac Garden Project, looking verdant [Food for the Future]
19-05-2009 00:52 | 1 comment(s)
Programme for Veggie Pride UK
14-05-2009 18:41 | 1 comment(s)
New protest camp at Rolls Royce Rayensway, Derby
09-05-2009 22:40 | 3 comment(s)
Live bands & performers at Veggie Pride UK
Dissident Island Radio - latest show ready for download!
Critical Mass! Nottingham pictures...
24-04-2009 19:41 | 9 comment(s)
Forest Fields Latest: CCTV
11-03-2009 17:33 | 3 comment(s)
Creativity alive and well in Nottingham
Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns Part 32
18-02-2009 23:24 | 1 comment(s)
"You are the Sumac" Skillshare programme announced!
13-02-2009 18:40 | 2 comment(s)
Thursday 19th Feb - Rally for the right to play
11-02-2009 10:56 | 1 comment(s)
Nottingham University Gaza solidarity occupation violently evicted : pix 2
03-02-2009 12:12 | 4 comment(s)
Nottingham University Gaza solidarity occupation violently evicted pix 1
03-02-2009 12:08 | 3 comment(s)
Nottingham Gaza solidarity occupation violently evicted
01-02-2009 22:49 | 7 comment(s)
Minipodcast from the third night of the occupation at Nottingham Uni
31-01-2009 03:33 | 1 comment(s)
Riseup Radio February- Occupation Special
Petition to support Occupation Nottingham
Breaking News: Student Occupation at Nottingham University
28-01-2009 23:24 | 3 comment(s)
Play Parade - 'Rally for the Right to Play'
09-01-2009 17:51 | 35 comment(s)
Vic Baths: Nottingham City Council Exposed
06-01-2009 21:26 | 1 comment(s)
Letters from Bologna parts two and three have arrived
09-12-2008 23:27 | 1 comment(s)
Finally, Letters from Bologna have arrived
The Sparrows' Nest - A centre for anarchist education and culture
Chase Centre Latest - - Please Help
Riseup! Radio #10 - The November Show
What is the future of NDC owned Tennyson Hall? Questions need raising.
27-10-2008 09:46 | 8 comment(s)
Special Events at (and around) Sumac
Chase Neighbourhood Centre Project Closing
22-10-2008 22:22 | 2 comment(s)
Tomorrow: Sumac Debates
20-10-2008 09:59 | 1 comment(s)
'Stuff of Life' Events at Hedley Villas Park, Sherwood Rise : pix 2
'Stuff of Life' Events at Hedley Villas Park, Sherwood Rise : pix 1
Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns Part 30
14-09-2008 23:47 | 1 comment(s)
shirkers circus - playspace starting most tuesdays at sumac centre
09-09-2008 19:52 | 1 comment(s)
Britain's Racist Police
15-08-2008 16:34 | 8 comment(s)
Bodge House (Shipley) coal tunnellers evicted after week underground
Short audio - Bodge House eviction
Sumac Garden Party
Eviction gets go ahead - Bodge House
19-07-2008 14:07 | 2 comment(s)
Highlights from the Sumac Diary
Leave it in the Ground… in Court and a protest
26-06-2008 22:51 | 10 comment(s)
Climate change protestors occupy Derbyshire open cast site
18-06-2008 04:59 | 1 comment(s)
Lodge House open cast mine site occupied
18-06-2008 04:51 | 2 comment(s)
Sharp Hill to Swallow
12-06-2008 19:14 | 1 comment(s)
Sounds on the Downs, Nottingham University - Info & Stalls
07-06-2008 10:28 | 2 comment(s)
Sounds on the Downs, Nottingham University - Bands
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Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns Part 29
04-06-2008 23:37 | 2 comment(s)
Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns Part 28
violent squat eviction overseen by Notts police
09-05-2008 11:55 | 5 comment(s)
Squat days of action summary...
14-04-2008 11:48 | 1 comment(s)
Nottingham New Squat Occupied: Day 2
Nottingham New Squat Occupied: opp. Galleries of Justice
11-04-2008 13:28 | 4 comment(s)
Nottingham's Old County Hall Occupied
Announcing The New Squat: Location (Nottingham)
Events schedule - Squatting days of action
09-04-2008 14:32 | 1 comment(s)
Leaflets for Nottingham squat days of action this weekend
ASBO Squat: Destroyed & Now Evicted
03-04-2008 22:57 | 2 comment(s)
02-04-2008 18:29 | 5 comment(s)
Bookbinding & Juggling Workshops - 12th April
23-03-2008 21:17 | 1 comment(s)
Action for squats and autonomous spaces in Nottingham
Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns Part 27
08-03-2008 20:58 | 1 comment(s)
Sankofa Foundation in Crisis
ASBO, The Last Days
03-03-2008 00:44 | 15 comment(s)
Nottingham Speakers’ Corner Officially begun
23-02-2008 23:49 | 3 comment(s)
Nottingham's Speaker's Corner
12-02-2008 17:57 | 2 comment(s)
Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns Part 22
05-10-2007 12:40 | 1 comment(s)
Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns: Part 21
The Sumac Centre Reopens After Radical Revamp
20-09-2007 23:06 | 3 comment(s)
Hill Holt Woods Project 2
Hill Holt Woods Project 1
Sumac Centre Reopens Today After Maintenance and Redecorating Work
Time to stop Beeston Tesco?
28-08-2007 17:39 | 8 comment(s)
Climate Camp needs Us!
16-07-2007 01:40 | 1 comment(s)
Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns: Part 20
10-07-2007 18:29 | 3 comment(s)
Sumac work-month - get involved!
Sharphill Under Threat?
Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns: Part 19
16-06-2007 07:33 | 1 comment(s)
Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns: Part 18
Sounds on the Downs, University of Nottingham
09-06-2007 23:06 | 3 comment(s)
Sounds on the Downs - Wind Turbine Set-up
Sounds on the Downs
Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns: Part 17
Mayday Events at the ASBO Centre 2, Nottingham Night Events
08-05-2007 17:01 | 2 comment(s)
Mayday Events at the ASBO Centre 1, Nottingham Day Events
Reclaim the Square! - Summer picnic
30-04-2007 08:58 | 1 comment(s)
25-04-2007 12:38 | 5 comment(s)
16-04-2007 13:53 | 7 comment(s)
Nottingham Spring into Action :: Seeds, Stencils, and Social @ Sumac
Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns: Part 16
Spray Building 'spring into action' open for business
05-04-2007 23:15 | 2 comment(s)
Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns: Part 15
City Council Exec lose their rags
04-04-2007 12:07 | 3 comment(s)
Spring Into Action Central Venue Announcement
03-04-2007 16:23 | 3 comment(s)
Reclaim Our City! - leaflet text for Nottingham's Market Square reopening night
24-03-2007 21:15 | 1 comment(s)
A true story of everyday life for Nottingham town folk
11-03-2007 21:35 | 12 comment(s)
Travelling School of Life Workshop at KnowledgeLab 4 in Nottingham
19-02-2007 11:52 | 1 comment(s)
The JB Spray squat in Radford, Nottingham is under threat of eviction. The occupiers, who have been in the building since May 2009, have been served with notice of a court date for 3rd June. The landlord is intending to gain a possession order and make homeless the many people who have been living in the building for over a year. The occupiers have stated that they intend to resist any attempts to evict them and are asking people to support them.
The former lace factory, which was empty and unused for many years, has been occupied and used for social and community purposes a number of times in the past. On previous occasions squatters were evicted quickly. This is the first time that people have been able to settle and make a proper home in the building.
Those wanting to help with resistance to the closure of this free space should call 07817493824 or email jbspray[at]hotmail.co.uk.
Squatters have once again returned to the JB Spray Factory in Radford. The occupiers, a loosely formed collective currently going under the name “Squat Lobster,” have been occupying the old lace factory since late May, and have been working on the building ever since.Residents of the squat are keen to encourage more people's projects and ideas within the space and are welcoming people who want to pop round, stay round or set something up and use the space!
On the newswire: Grot Vs Squat? continued Nottingham Council inaction on empty properties | Beyond Borders weekend | Discussion on Public Services | radical discussion: education - weds 24 June, JB Spray | Squatters in the JB Spray Building, prevent water company from cutting them off | J.B. Spray: Squat Lobster's First Event
Previous features: Nottingham's Old County Hall Occupied | End of the Road for ASBO | Spring Into Action Now! | J B Spray Building Occupied / Evicted / Reoccupied | YES, we're open ! | Abandoned for over 7 years... | New Squatting Project in Nottingham
Students who had been occupying a lecture theatre at the University of Nottingham have branded university authorites a "national disgrace" after they were violently evicted by university security. Around 10 security staff used force to remove the occupants into the snow outside. Students were forced to wait in the cold and only alowed in one by one to pick up their belongings. They were forced to give ID in order to be allowed entry.
The occupation of B62 in the Law and Social Science Building at the University of Notttingham was today violently evicted by university security. The occupation which has been taking place since Wednesday is in solidarity with the people of Gaza and is one of a wave of university occupations which have taken place across the UK following the recent Israeli assault against Gaza. Although the occupiers have been clear throughout that they had no intention of disrupting other students' education, the university had refused to follow the lead of Kings College in London and negotiate with the occupying students.
Previous Feature: Nottingham university occupied in solidarity with Gaza
Newswire: Eviction video & post occupation statement from Nottingham Uni | Nottingham University Gaza solidarity occupation violently evicted 1 | 2 | Nottingham Gaza solidarity occupation violently evicted | Nottingham University Authorities: A National Disgrace
Recent Gaza Demonstrations: Nottingham Gaza Emergency Protest 1 | 2 | Gaza Public Meeting at Bobbers Mill Community Centre | Nottingham Gaza Protest 'candle-lit' Vigil 1 | 2 | Nottingham Gaza Protest March Through Nottingham to Market Sq 1 | 2 | Nottingham University Students Occupation in Solidarity with Gaza 1 | 2 | Gaza support protest at Nottingham BBC | Tash's 'Collected' actions Piccys 2009
Sunday saw the opening event of a new centre for anarchist education and culture in St Ann's. The Sparrows' Nest, named after local anarchist publication The Nottingham Sparrow, hosts a large collection of material on anarchist theory, local struggles and workers' struggles. The Sparrows' Nest is largely the work of local Anarchist Federation members and was inspired by a squatted infoshop in Ljubliana and similar projects in Carrara, Italy.
At the opening a selection of pamphlets and books were on display in four sections: The Classics (of anarchism), Neither Left or Right (referring to anarchism's opposition to fascism and the authoritarian left), Work (workers' struggles and the struggle against work) and Anarchy and Action in Nottingham. People were also able to watch films and browse the extensive library.
Newswire: The Sparrows' Nest - A centre for anarchist education and culture | Sparrows' Nest Anarchist Library & Archive, St Anns : opening event | Rebel bulletin The Nottingham Sparrow - March 2008 - No.3 | 'Rebel' bulletin - The Nottingham Sparrow - May 2007 - no.2 | New 'rebel' bulletin - The Nottingham Sparrow - March 2007 - no.1
The past few months have seen a number of bad news stories for Nottingham's community centres. The Chase Neighbourhood Centre in St Anns has made 30 staff redundant and is rumoured to be on the brink of closure, whilst there are reports that Neighbourhood Development Company (NDC) are looking to sell Radford's historic Tennyson Hall youth and community centre. The Chase Centre is in need of local support.
It has been suggested that with the credit crunch hitting Nottingham, local authorities may drastically cut funding for community centres and other community projects. This underlines the need for autonomous community centres, such as the Sumac Centre in Forest Fields, which continues to develop.
Previous Feature: End of the Road for ASBO
On Friday July 18 UK Coal were granted a possession order for the Squatted farmhouse on the planned Lodge House open cast coal mine site near Smalley in Derbyshire. It is anticipated that an eviction is imminent, particularly as the climbing team used against road protesters has been seen around the site.
On Tuesday June 18, climate campaigners from ‘Leave it in the Ground’ occupied the UK Coal’s Lodge House site in Derbyshire by barricading themselves in a disused farm building and taken to the trees on the site of the open cast mine. Under the cover of darkness activists secured themselves in the Prospect Farm building, on the site which is about to be devastated by huge machines. and claimed squatter’s rights.
Newswire: Police try and enter Bodge House | Pictures from the Bodge House opencast - 13/07/08 | Bodge House - Eviction Alert! | Eviction gets go ahead - Bodge House | Call out for help at Shipley Bodge Site | Ongoing Open Cast Coal Mine Occupation, Derbyshire - update from court | Activists disrupt work at site of opencast coal mine | Leave it in the Ground… in Court and a protest | Shipley Bodge squatted coal site recieves papers
Since a few days, a group of people have occupied the Old County Hall on High Pavement as part of the international days of action for free culture and autonomous spaces. Also see feature article. The building, also known as 'the Judges' Lodgings' has both a fascinating history and is a building of outstanding beauty. So what is its history? Who's been living there over the years? And why has been sitting empty for so many years?
"For many years it was used as the Judge's Lodgings, and behind it is a really charming garden which forms an oasis of greenery which it is very difficult to see from anywhere else than the windows of the schoolrooms of Halifax Place Chapel. It is a 17th century house which was greatly altered about 1833, about which time it was purchased from the Fellows family, who had removed thither from a smaller house a little to the west. Before their time it was occupied by Lady Hutchinson, the mother of Colonel Hutchinson." That's an extract from an article on Notts History, an online collection of copyleft articles on Nottinghamshire's vibrant history. Reading through articles about the history of the Judge's Lodgings, one thing is certain. And that is that some very high ranked individuals have lived here over the centuries.
Location announced: Old County Hall, 23 High Pavement, NG1, See article for more details.
Activists across Europe and beyond have dubbed April 11th and 12th as days of action for squats and autonomous spaces. This weekend, in Nottingham, a group of people have vowed to open up a new squatted space and put on various events. In an article published on Notts Indymedia they say: "By visibly taking a space in the city centre, we intend to raise awareness of squatting and so contribute to a future of squatting in Nottingham with more long-term squats elsewhere in the city."
One goal for the weekend of action is to "inspire and empower people" who have previously been unfamiliar with squatting. Discussing campaigns and sharing knowledge and skills we can support one another and be empowered ourselves, as well as drawing in new people by creating a vibrant and exciting place to be.
On the newswire: Events schedule - Squatting days of action | Leaflets for Nottingham squat days of action this weekend | Bookbinding & Juggling Workshops - 12th April | Action for squats and autonomous spaces in Nottingham | Notts Indymedia Free Spaces Topic Page
Previous squatting related features: End of the Road for ASBO | J B Spray Building Occupied / Evicted / Reoccupied | YES, we're open ! | Abandoned for over 7 years... | New Squatting Project in Nottingham
According to an undisclosed source, squatters at the ASBO centre have been given notice to quit the premises by 27th Feb.
Social activists, who initially squatted the building to provide a community space, have long since left. The remaining occupants have been implicated in a string of violent attacks against the Sankofa Foundation, a project supporting asylum seekers in the lower part of the building. An attempt to reopen another part of the building was also violently repelled.
The disastrous end of the squat has prompted some to question why the wider community who benefited from the ASBO haven't helped to sustain the project.
Background: Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council drops by at the ASBO | ASBO welcomed by community! | Nottingham Squatting Project, The Tidy-Up :: The pictures | Council serve eviction notice | New Squatting Project in Nottingham | Notts Indymedia Free Spaces Topic Page
Campaigners representing “Planning Disaster” , a coalition of Britain's leading environment organisations, today drew up a spoof planning notice for a new nuclear power station to be developed on the current site of Nottingham Forest Football Club. The action was to highlight the Government’s proposed changes to the planning system.
The current planning system allows people to be part of the decision making process. They can have their say on proposals for major developments such as new roads or nuclear power stations. But reforms proposed in the Government's White Paper on planning will remove the public's democratic right to challenge projects at public inquiry. Planning decisions will also be taken out of the hands of accountable politicians and handed over to an unelected, unaccountable new body called the Infrastructure Planning Commission.
Links: Planning Disaster Coalition | Nottingham FOE | Planning for a Sustainable Future: White Paper: website or PDF | House of Commons debate on the issue on 21 May 2007