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.
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.
For all its small size and general impoverishment the libertarian socialist movement actually runs a surprisingly large amount of real estate around Britain, all on non-hierarchical lines, by and for the people of the cities and towns we’re in. Housing co-ops, bookshops, bike collectives, archives, distros, printers and the like are all part of the
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