UK Free Spaces Newswire Archive
27-08-2006 07:34A CALL-OUT for help has been made by the Camp Titnore protesters in Worthing, West Sussex, who fear an eviction attempt is likely to be made this week.
On Tuesday morning an appeal hearing is to be held into the eviction order issued by the High Court in London.
We (4 wobs, two supporters) chose our ususal target - the High Street branch on the top of the Royal Mile.
The area was teeming with people as it's mid-Festival.
26-08-2006 15:44Birmingham City Council have auctioned and sold community buildings all over the city, while the number of newly built community and social buildings has dropped to a shameful zero.
This is a 'slide show', prepared to show you some recent squatting activity in the Radford area of Nottingham.
People young and old from all over the world are being activated to participate in this GLOBAL Art/Peace project taking place in communities everywhere Sept 16/17th
This effort follows the success of smaller localized Chalk4Peace events in London since 2003
and in various locations around the world notably @ The Museum of Modern ARF
23-08-2006 16:09!! Odd gaps, missing background, a bias that seems further "pro-war" than in favour of israel or palestine, patriot or internationalist, is the strange "odour you dont see" that comes from pretty much ALL the press in the last couple of weeks - regardless of its alleged position in the "spectrum of opinion" - - - - as odd events in the middle east seem to try to blow any peace chance, -"immigration" buttons!!
23 July, 2006
The Cottage of Content, a community and youth centre in Sparkbrook closed by Birmingham City Council last year, was occupied on 9 July, 2006, by a group of activists, who, along with local people, aim to put the building back into community use.
Since the start of the occupation, the collective who organised the take-over have been issued with various letters from Birmingham City Council demanding they vacate the premises. The latest letter received was a court summons, scheduled for Thursday, 24 August. Members of the Collective are planning to defend their actions and the occupation of the Cottage at the hearing, which is taking place at Birmingham Civil Justice Centre (33 Bull Street, Birmingham) at 11:20am.
The first public meeting of the Cottage Occupied Social Centre took place on 10th July, 2006, where the occupiers and members of the neighbourhood expressed their common desire for the place to be returned to public social use. A petition to "save our community centre from property developers" was drawn up and circulated in the neighbourhood. This was followed by a general public meeting on 21 August, where local residents expressed their anger at the loss of a valuable community resource without being consulted by the Council, and their desire to have it back. There will be another general meeting on 29 August, where representatives from the Council, local Councillors and the local MP will be invited to face the local people.
Whilst building up a campaign to compel the Council to re-instate this valuable community resource, the space is being used for a wide range of activities, from DIY and educational workshops, screenings and socials, a community library and Internet café, to a meeting place for various grassroots groups, including Birmingham Food Not Bombs, Birmingham NoBorders, Indymedia Birmingham, Women Fight Back, Birmingham Solidarity Federation and the West Midlands Anarchists. A local playgroup is also using the building to meet up regularly, and a local dominoes team is going to meet up there soon. Regular, open meetings are held every Monday at 7:30pm.
22-08-2006 13:24The occupation of the Sparkbrook social centre known as the Cottage of Content is ongoing, yet while court proceedings and legalities are set in place against the occupation, the renovation and revival of the community asset is continuing unabated.
22-08-2006 13:19The Sparkbrook community centre neglected by Birmingham council, known as the "Cottage of Content", is approaching its seventh week of occupation, with encouraging progress and community participation increasing.
Dub Roots Sounds , no techno
Fancy Dress Eviction Party
Elvis Sound DJ's MC's
Ishu. Minty & Andy (urban warfare)
+ surprise guests
19-08-2006 15:44A big operation has begun to evict up to 1,000 immigrants, who have been occupying a former student hostel in Cachan, on the outskirts of Paris, for over 5 years. The block, which is mainly occupied by undocumented immigrants and homeless people, is one of the biggest squats in Europe.
18-08-2006 16:03- in fact - a comment about recent revelations in german literature instead of a redo of the "i love the pope - the pope smokes dope" t-shirt variety - ie. recent news from gunther grass, with a radical angle to the odd but fast-reacting euro media, then a brief resume of why he is both VERY good with his timing, yet even further - that to "uncondemn" him - with others in the same "boat "- frees all of us
17-08-2006 21:27HELP SAVE DAWSON STREET GARDEN - OXFORD.
16-08-2006 21:49We are calling for all people who can to arrive in Leeds from Monday August 21 and head to the Common Place, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds LS2 7EQ. This is to build all the infrastructure ready to occupy the site. This is a mammoth task and the more people we have the more infrastructure is ready when we occupy the site and the less has to be built there. No DIY knowledge is needed as the highly skilled site practicalities group will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly!
16-08-2006 15:04Nameless "old hacks"s brief gist of a "what the papers aint saying" - accenting the "key background info missing" - that asks why - with a "spin" towards practical "peace process / ceasefire enacting " that asks why THAT isnt already happening _( terms : - "big" peace = israeli/lebanese peace + palestine,syria, iran. A "bigger" peace = end the manufactured "clash of cultures"("war of errorism") + !