It’s 50 years since the energy of the post-’66 student rebels, which sparked a wave of squatted autonomous social centres across West Germany, reached Wuppertal. The most well-established of the centres that followed, Wuppertal Autonomous Centre (known as the AZ), has existed on Gathe Street for 23 years, but is now in a fight for
The Common House, an activist collective that had provided meeting space for radical groups in Bethnal Green, London, since 2013, closed down its physical venue in 2021. During the pandemic, many members had to drop out and those who remained decided to wind things down gently with care while they still had some energy left.
In the latest threat to Baile Hoose, Glasgow City Council are taking the occupation to court this Wednesday, 24 November 2021, seeking possession of the building and immediate eviction. Ordinarily eviction would require a 21 day notice period, but the Council are seeking permission to remove this obligation. This curtailed process would leave the Hoose vulnerable
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Elephant & Castle lies 56A Infoshop. Volunteer-run and 100% unfunded, it is a radical social centre, bookstore and archive. What is a radical social centre? Social centres have many different influences. One is the long history of squatted buildings in England which opened themselves up as places for
The much-loved South London activist centre and venue has announced it won’t be reopening, having initially shut for the Covid lockdown. The future of DIY at its home in Ormside Street was up in the air around the time lockdown began, and the group has now been given the boot by the landlord. In a
To mark the one-year anniversary of a radical social centre appearing in the Granite City, Rob Ray talks with the organising collective about their experiences, dreams — and advice for groups looking to set up new spaces. Note: This article was written before Covid 19 became an issue. As is the case with every other
Squatting is the housing equivalent of the cover of A Kestrel for a Knave. A giant fuck you to all the evil controlling scum that seek power over the lives of ordinary working class folk.
Eight years ago, near enough to the day, a handful of activists and homeless had some plans. The rain was chucking it down as we were stood outside our goal sizing the building up. It had been sitting empty for years, neglected and falling apart, a local icon left to fade. It was a suitable
This new column for Freedom News aims to support and publicise what’s happening at radical social centres around Britain. Social centres are fantastic hubs for their communities and the gathering points for rebels and revolutionaries. These bastions of liberty provide an inestimable service to the people who use them. They should be supported at every
On Tuesday, two people were arrested in A Coruña in relation to the events that occurred during the eviction of A Insumisa social centre. The arrests follow the social centre eviction conducted in late May when the local police turned up at the door, and were met with locals gathered outside to defend the space.