Manchester has been struggling along without a stable radical social centre since 2007, when The Basement was ruined by flooding, but that all changed in 2017. When Partisan Collective announced they had secured space for progressive events and projects it caused quite a stir. Below, collective member Madeline FJ writes about their efforts so far.
Radical social centres across Britain have run into financial issues recently, with business rates rises causing trouble for Larc in east London and the Cowley Club in Brighton this year. For the Common House however cash problems have followed on from the loss of their major funding grant — and they’re in dire need of
Freedom’s long-running US correspondent Louis Further does his monthly roundup of some of the lesser-known stories that have emerged over the last few weeks. Last month’s ‘Notes’ were long and depressing. So let’s make this month’s shorter. But – alas – depressing. It’s harder and harder to escape the conclusion that – because
This interview was originally published by Brighton Antifascists. Like everyone else we’ve been in lockdown, spending a lot of time at home with our stockpile of beans in our Antifa™ bunker. But we’ve also stayed active playing our part in local organising initiatives in Brighton and further afield – food banks, food deliveries, mutual aid
So, on day #38.5 of the quarantine, a lot of our only recourse for having fun is now arguing with people on social media. This has been particularly difficult, however, as the mass consensus outside of the Leftist bubble seems to think that tragedies, like the one currently occurring, are muddied or cheapened when talked
Believe it or not, this actually happened and it actually was the BBC operating this snake-oil wagon, but with less oblique references to cocaine. Check it out if you want to marvel at the headstone of creative aspiration: https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2020-03-23/bbc-scriptwriting-competition/? by Marc Magill
As we enter the New Year and days start to get longer again it’s time to get ourselves off the sofa and start Getting Involved. There’s a possible strike brewing with Sandwell bin workers, UCU strike ballots are due to close towards the end of the month if there’s no progress with talks and The
As winter creeps in a handful of locals decided that the councils apathy regarding the homeless simply isn’t acceptable and set about doing something about it. That something is called the “Manchester Winter Shelter”. Their aim is to provide a safe and secure space for the cities homeless from the 18th of December until the end of February.
What follows is an edited version of a brochure written in French and translated into several languages. The brochure is available here. To aid readability in web format I have changed the structure somewhat but the words and ideas remain the same. The text is comprised of a series of interviews conducted mainly by email
Is there really anywhere else quite like a good social centre? Peter Ó’Máille considers the value of rebel community hubs and updates on what’s happening in our libertarian networks. Whether heady with punky vibes and revolution like the Red and Black Umbrella (pictured above) was or more holistic community focused like Nottingham’s Sumac with its