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More New Centers Occupied : networking mutual aid

The squatter movement is strengthened with new occupations in Maresme and networking, creating islands of freedom and sanity in capitalist chaos.  from La Directa, shared and translated with thanksImage result for Premia de Mar, Can Sanpere

Closed municipal offices, abandoned hotels, banks and vacant lots are some of the properties that have been occupied in recent months for self-managed projects along the Maresme coast and around Catalonia (see map).

Last week, the first meeting of the group Recover Masnou town was held, in a building located at number 2 Avenue Joan Maragall, a former Bankia  bank ; the first open assembly produced all sorts of proposals to give it life from a library to a community food bank, from workshops to a popular gym.

Last month the Occupied Social Center ‘Ca La Luna’ took off in Canet de Mar-  a new space that plans to offer various activities for residents and raise money to help out prisoners and other ”’victims of the system.”bruna

La Bruna..Occupied ex hotel

Weeks before, a squatter community recovered an old abandoned hotel in Calella, in a ceremony full of symbolism for a population seriously affected by mass tourism. La Bruna is a vegan and feminist space, and has been well received by the people.  ( see article here:   We’ve Occupied an Abandoned Hotel ..La Bruna.. for a Self-run Social Center:) Continue reading More New Centers Occupied : networking mutual aid

Guide to Collective Direct Action: time for Rebellion that Wins

From CrimethInc.via  

by CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective  ..  Direct action, simply put, means cutting out the middleman: solving problems yourself rather than petitioning the authorities or relying on external institutions. Any action that sidesteps regulations and representation to accomplish goals directly is direct action—it includes everything from blockading airports to helping refugees escape to safety and organizing programs to liberate your community from reliance on capitalism. Here we present a step-by-step guide to organizing and carrying out direct action, from the first planning stages to the debrief at the end, including legal support, media strategy, and proper security.

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There are countless scenarios in which you might want to employ direct action. Continue reading Guide to Collective Direct Action: time for Rebellion that Wins

DEFEND La Chispa CSO.. LAW made for the RICH .. SOLIDARITY for the REBELS

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main report by by Sergi Bertran and Sonia Perez at La Directa.  … translated summary by The Free  ..en català abaix

….We are on the outskirts of Lleida city (in Lleida province). This area has undergone a major change in recent years… where there were small family orchards and country houses today they have built fast food chains, department stores, hotels and luxury villas. The companies and new owners of the land have been moving out the locals, buying up their land at high prices…

After a lengthy legal process  against four ex-occupiers the vibrant, active, self-managed SPARK project among the orchards of Lleida is condemned to be evicted  by capitalist speculation.  ”The Court Sentence against La Chispa condemns the people judged to  3 months / fine at the rate of 5 euros a day. The ruling also agreed to the eviction of all persons who are in the CSO Chispa and that the speculative company (UA sl) be reimbursed for ‘damage to property’. We want to make clear that this house. if not for for being squatted for nine years, would have already collapsed due to the state of abandonment; and that the only intention is to demolish the house to speculate on the price of the ground”. Continue reading DEFEND La Chispa CSO.. LAW made for the RICH .. SOLIDARITY for the REBELS

We’ve Occupied an Abandoned Hotel ..La Bruna.. for a Self-run Social Center


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A little less than a month that a group of villagers decided to squat the property owned by Industrial SA Roigé to make a self-managed space, which opened on  Saturday 28 January       by Xavier Puig

it’s the 6th ofJanuary afternoon and in Calella,  a seaside town near barcelona, , there are hardly any cars or people on the street. When temperatures drop, tourism vanishes and the streets are dead….The abandoned Hotel Gaviota at some point had  3 stars but for more than ten years  it’s been semi abandoned. On one of the walls a sign announces that  on Saturday 28 January it transforms into the Autonomous Social Center LA BRUNA !!.

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see also> KAN BICI RURAL SQUAT CENTER STILL SURVIVES… JUST

 A little less than a month ago a group of villagers decided to occupy this space owned by Industrial Roigé SA to make “an alternative space and really set apart from the institutional context in the village of Calella, “says Lola, one of the project participants. The work of adapting the space does not stop at any moment.

Canvas cloth, bottles and iron occupy what is seems to have been a bar. As they explain, the first objective is to rehabilitate the first of the four floors and make it accessible for people with reduced mobility.

The idea of inclusivity is the most stressed , says Lola: “we want to have a place also with animals. We talked a lot about the issue of children, because many of us are in the world of entertainment and we believe it is important to have a space where kids can participate and  parents have a place where they can go with them. ” Within this vision, we also emphasize that this is a  non smoking vegan space._mg_1898-650x433

 

The outdoor patio is the point of contact with the street and the neighbors and for now, they say, the relationship is good, “in fact, the neighbor next door is the daughter of the family who built the the hotel has a pretty good relationship. ”  explains Lola, who stresses the desire to maintain good ties with the neighborhood.

More important still is giving care and the emotional component “has been treated very early on in  the Sunday assemblies so that we all we feel comfortable when making decisions, “La Bruna is  more than a political project separate from the personal, it has become a personal and political project where we feel comfortable. ”

translated from Radio Calella and La Directa with thanks


see also

squat-lleidachispaLa Chispa! (The Spark): Rural Occupied Social Center resists Capitalist Speculation Eviction https://thefreeonline.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/la-chispa-resist…ulation-eviction/


original en català

 La Bruna: un hotel okupat al cor de la Calella turística

Fa poc menys d’un mes que un grup de veïnes del poble va decidir okupar l’immoble, propietat d’Industrial Roige SA, per fer-hi un espai autogestionat, que s’inaugura demà dissabte 28 de gener
Dissabte 28 de gener s’inaugura el centre social autogestionat La Bruna
per Xavier Puig….     Són les sis d’una tarda de gener i al carrer Diputació de Calella, a l’Alt Maresme, amb prou feines hi ha algun cotxe despistat. Lluny queda el tragí estiuenc de pells vermelles i xancletes amb mitjons que omple aquest carrer, xamfrà amb la Riera de Calella, fa anys convertida en ressort turístic de discoteques, bars, hotels i llums de colors. Quan baixen les temperatures, el turisme, l’activitat predilecta del poble -fins i tot hi té un museu dedicat- s’apaga i amb ella bona part dels carrers queden morts.

Hotel Amaika, quatre estrelles, silenci;

Hotel Les Palmeres, quatre estrelles, silenci; Hotel Marítim, tres estrelles, silenci; Hotel Terramar, tres estrelles, silenci; Hotel Gaviota, en algun moment havia tingut unes estrelles que fa més de deu anys que han caigut, remor darrere la tanca. En un dels murs del darrere, un cartell anuncia que dissabte 28 de gener s’inaugura el centre social autogestionat La Bruna.

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L’Hotel Gaviota, havia tingut unes estrelles però fa més de deu anys que han caigut / Xavier Puig

 

Fa poc menys d’un mes que un grup de veïnes del poble va decidir okupar aquest espai, propietat d’Industiral Roige SA, per fer-hi “un espai alternatiu i realment autogestionat al marge de l’espai institucional dins el context poble i en concret el context Calella”, explica Lola, una de les participants del projecte. Les tasques d’adaptació de l’espai no s’aturen en cap moment; cal que tot estigui a punt pel primer acte del primer espai d’aquestes característiques al municipi.

“Treballem sense referents ni història. Fer que la gent es tregui els estereotips tan pesats com els que suposa una okupa i construïbles dins el seu imaginari d’una manera diferent, integrada dins la realitat local, és potser el més difícil”, relata Lola. Després de l’okupació no han tingut gaires problemes amb la policia ni la propietat, més enllà de la denúncia de rigor per part d’aquesta i la identificació, per part dels Mossos d’Esquadra i la Policia Local d’una noia que estava participant de les jornades de treball, asseguren.

Ella mateixa reconeix que, tot i que en principi aquest edifici atrotinat de balcons de fusta, parets blanques i esporàdiques rajoles de ceràmica, no era la prioritat, “és genial que sigui un hotel perquè té un pes simbòlic molt important a Calella. Pesa molt dins les vides de totes, d’un costat, per l’odi als guiris i al que representen, i de l’altre, perquè totes acabem treballant precàriament en aquest engranatge”.

La Bruna serà un espai sense fum i vegà / La Bruna

 

Sacs de ciment i eines s’amunteguen entre jardineres i el que en algun moment havia estat una font de pedra. Lones de tela, garrafes i ferros ocupen el que s’intueix com una barra de bar. Segons expliquen, el primer objectiu és rehabilitar la primera de les quatre plantes i fer que l’espai sigui accessible per a persones amb mobilitat reduïda.

La idea d’inclusivitat és de les que més remarca Lola: “En general volem que hi tinguin cabuda, també les animals. Hem parlat molt del tema de les nenes, perquè moltes estem al món del lleure i creiem que és important que tinguin un espai on poder participar i també que els pares i mares tinguin un lloc on hi puguin anar amb elles”. Dins aquesta visió, també remarquen que aquest és un espai sense fum i vegà.

Que La Bruna porti nom de noia no és en va, tampoc. Un dels eixos que travessa l’espai és l’abordatge del gènere des d’una perspectiva feminista. “La majoria de la gent que va formar part de l’okupació som dones i el paper d’aquestes dins l’espai ens sembla molt important. Tenim totes molta consciència del nostre cos i de què significa el rol de gènere sobre nosaltres com a ties que som”, exposa Lola.

El pati exterior és el punt de contacte amb el carrer i les veïnes de la zona amb les que, per ara, diuen, la relació és bona: “de fet, la veïna del costat és la filla de la família que va construir l’hotel i la relació és bastant bona”. Així ho explica Lola, que reivindica la voluntat de mantenir bons vincles amb el veïnat.

Més importància encara diuen donar a les cures i al component emocional que “s’ha tractat molt des del principi a les assemblees dels diumenges perquè totes ens sentíssim còmodes a l’hora de prendre decisions” i recalca que era molt important per a elles “sentir que la Bruna era alguna cosa més que un projecte polític separat d’allò personal, que era aquest projecte personal i polític que desitjàvem i on sentir-nos a gust”.

tfrom Radio Calella and La Directa with thanks

Kan Bici rural squat center still Survives… just

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 REPORT FROM KAN BICI (GALLINERS)

Precarity: Lack of resources and sufficient financial means, poverty and misery
Precarious: lacking resources and sufficient financial means:

A civilian judgment which demands an “eviction due to precarity” is nothing less than the

frontal attack of the bourgeoisie against the poor, by the powerful against people who lack
sufficient economic resources to pay a rent and also lack properties. (note: the landlord of Kan Bici has at least 40!

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The judicial apparatus, the repressive forces and the press are the tools of the rich
to perpetuate their power everywhere. Almost all the properties are in their hands,
they own banks, commercial centers, businesses, shops, houses and land etc…occupy

…And we, who are squatting houses they have abandoned, we are in the target point of the
bourgeoisie, they denounce and if necessary they kick our asses out in the fuckin’ street-
through their mercenary riot cops. Continue reading Kan Bici rural squat center still Survives… just

Can Sanpere: Biggest ever 9,000 m3 Squat by 21 Collectives faces eviction/demolition Jan 13th

It’s gigantic, 9,500 m3 of factory and yard were occupied in 2013 in Premià de Mar, to be run collectively by open assembly without personal profit.15492297_1176531152442158_7666747520295066652_n

Crowds of young people from the tightly packed dormitory town joined in and soon there were 21 collectives with everything from counseling, circus, dance, role play, a radio, a soccer pitch, a huge workshop of plastic arts, music bands and concert halls, several migrant groups and a library where teachers from schools in the municipality have  offer free classes, etc

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The derelict textile factory is owned by Nuñez and Navarro, shady speculator builders whose directors have just finished a  prison term for open bribery. Finally they have obtained an eviction date of January 13th 2017 with permission for immediate demolition. Continue reading Can Sanpere: Biggest ever 9,000 m3 Squat by 21 Collectives faces eviction/demolition Jan 13th

IV Marcha de antorchas contra la carcel de Ponent y los centros de reclusion del estado; concierto La chispa.

by Cruz Negra Anarquista

MARXA DE TORXES

Hace mas de 500 años que la prisión existe, y en todo este tiempo no han dejado de haber robos, tráfico de drogas, de personas y mucho menos se han acabado los maltratos, asesinatos o violaciones y esto es así, aparte de porque somos una sociedad enferma, porque la prisión, que fue creada para reeducar a las personas que han roto la ley, no ha cumplido ni cumple esta función, porque la prisión no es ninguna solución sino que es parte del problema.

Y decimos que es parte del problema porque nosotros queremos señalar los verdaderos intereses que se esconden detrás de las instituciones penitenciarias: por un lado mantener este sistema social y económico injusto y por el otro hacer que nos creamos la mentira de que las prisiones son necesarias.

El col·lectiu okupant tem que "aquest procés judicial acabi derivant en un desallotjament que posi fi a aquests nou anys de lluita en defensa de l’horta de Lleida i l’okupació política d’espais socials" Dànae Quiroz
El col·lectiu okupant tem que “aquest procés judicial acabi derivant en un desallotjament que posi fi a aquests nou anys de lluita en defensa de l’horta de Lleida i l’okupació política d’espais socials” Dànae Quiroz


Continue reading IV Marcha de antorchas contra la carcel de Ponent y los centros de reclusion del estado; concierto La chispa.