#Amsterdam: #ADM sympathizers squat in city center

Originally published by Squat Net.

The fringes of Amsterdam also belong in the city center

After hearing alderman Kock’s proposal to move the ADM to Almere in two years, many were stunned. One could not believe that the alderman had so little understanding of the social added value that Free-spaces & Fringes have for the city of Amsterdam. Recently, even in the media it was pointed out that

the city loses its soul now that the fringes of Amsterdam are in Zaandam. Does Kock really want to move the fringes of Amsterdam to Almere? Continue reading “#Amsterdam: #ADM sympathizers squat in city center”

Fraguas: Occupiers of Abandoned Village resist Eviction, Fines and Prison

    #Fraguasrevive ”Justice” condemns the re-occupiers of Fraguas to a year and 6 months of prison, eviction and 50,000 euros fines.

sign petition: NO To EVICTION OF FRAGUAS  *74,000 so far!

Pancartas de apoyo a los okupas de FraguaIf we’re not kicked out there’ll be a Ziccini Garden

  • The defendants fear their entry into prison for not being able to pay the 50,000 euros in fines imposed by the judge
  • Failure to comply with the sanctions translates into three years of imprisonment for each of the defendants
  • The defense will argue in its appeal for the ‘legitimacy’ of the project and the possibility of resolving it by administrative means


first part by Raquel Gamo  @gamopascual    06/08/2018 –

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CSO La Chispa ‘The Spark!’ Finally Evicted and Demolished. Demos Today

Desallotjament i enderroc del C.S.O. La Chispa..~ 10 anys d’okupació

 Han desallotjat i enderrocat el C.S.O. La Chispa! Aquesta tarda a les 19:00H concentració a plaça ricard vinyes! Demá manifestació a les 19:00H a plaça europa!

Four activists have been condemned and fined this year for ”damages” to the abandoned buildings which have now been demolished for land speculation

 

SLAP! ..Squatters of London Action Paper.. Issue 7 read here

 

SLAP! – Squatters of London Action Paper

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[UK] SLAP! Squatters of London Action Paper Issue 7

Issue seven of Squatters of London Action Paper
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Defend La Esperanza …Mass occupation, Gran Canaria

by Julius Gavroche  en español abajo)    In Spain, the “La Esperanza” okupation on the island of the Gran Canaria is an amazing example.  In early 2013, at the initiative of the Federación de Anarquistas de Gran Canaria (FAGC), some twenty apartments were occupied, providing housing for dozens of people unable to meet their most basic of needs; today they are some 71 families, made up of 250 persons, the majority of which are minors, occupying a residential complex baptised “La Esperanza”/”Hope”, the largest residential okupation in spain and the largest experiment in libertarian self-management in the country, carried out by people who are not for the most part anarchists.

On March 14 twenty residents of the 250 in the Community “La Esperanza” (the state’slargest occupied and self-managed community) received an administrative notice in which they were informed of the decree of the mayor of Guide Pedro Rodriguez: This decree gave them one month to leave their homes and threatened them to cut off water and light.

The community has always demanded the comples become  public housing with a social rental scheme to compensate the dozen buyers who have invested in the building. We have also claimed that the electric supply be regularized, so that we can put a counter and pay for the electricity, and  running water be connected so as to stop paying expensive barrels daily. Since mid-2014 we have put on the table these claims the mayor Pedro Rodriguez has always turned a deaf ear…

They can not evict 77 families, 202 people, with more than 100 children without guaranteeing us decent and affordable housing as a low-income alternative. Their policies, which have left us for years unemployed, have made it impossible to access to housing….

We will not allow them to take our homes with impunity. We demand that we be given a housing alternative and or let us stray where we are. Until either thing happens ..the Streets will keep on Shouting!

Let no eviction go unanswered.


In early 2013, unemployment on the Canary Islands stood at 35%, with house evictions during that same year reaching 4,000.  Today, more than 30% of the population of the archipelago lives below the poverty line, with some 16% of the Islands’ families having all of their active members unemployed.  This poverty then manifests itself at various levels, among which housing; on the Islands, there are 130,000 unoccupied houses and some 21,000 families in need of homes.   The role of the FAGC has nevertheless been central throughout this whole process and this in a context of extreme economic hardship….       La Columna.Cat 27/12/2015)

Housing is thus a territory of struggle … Continue reading “Defend La Esperanza …Mass occupation, Gran Canaria”

Election day eviction for Homeless Irish families

As talk revolves around an Irish economic recovery, the growing number of homeless families say they see no sign of it.

by Caelainn Hogan |

evictions are becoming more common despite thousands of empty properties
evictions are becoming more common despite thousands of empty properties
Dublin, Ireland – As the Irish go to the polls, the face of Ireland’s prime minister smiles down upon them from a poster at Mountjoy Street, a beaten row of Georgian redbrick and council houses on Dublin’s north side.
“Let’s keep the recovery going,” he urges.

But for eight-year-old Molly Rose Richardson, today is not about the vote. It is the day her family has been told to pack their things and vacate their rooms, along with 13 other homeless families.

“I don’t want to leave. All my friends are there,” Molly told her mother, Aisling Kenny, the day before, staring defiantly from behind pink-rimmed glasses. “Even though we’re not allowed to play with each other, because of the rules.”

The family has been living in emergency accommodation in Mountjoy Street for the past nine months, in buildings privately owned but used by the city council to house people temporarily.

On the eve of the election, Molly sat on the floor of the grey-carpeted lobby outside a Dublin City Council office, where her parents and a few other families had come to make a stand.

In their hands they held pieces of paper printed with their demands: “Protected housing rights, tenancy protection and the safety of a home.”

They wanted to stay where they were or be given more permanent options, not shifted to a single hotel room for weeks, or placed in other emergency accommodation.As many Irish head to polling booths to vote, homeless families living on Dublin’s Mountjoy Street are being evicted [Caelainn Hogan/Al Jazeera]

“I know beggars can’t be choosers,” said one of the women. “But we have rights.”

Rents have been skyrocketing in Dublin, where tech giants such as Google and Facebook now have headquarters. After a crippling recession and harsh austerity measures, people are eager for signs of recovery, some buoyed by talk of a “Celtic Phoenix”.image

But volunteers providing support to Dublin’s homeless speak of people sleeping in tents in parks, living in cars and dying of cold on the streets.

A shortage of affordable housing is forcing a record number of families on to the streets. In January alone, 134 families became homeless in Dublin, including 269 children, an increase of 148 percent from that time last year and the highest monthly rise in homelessness ever.

Focus Ireland, an agency working with homeless families in Dublin, has reported that the “vast majority of these families are becoming homeless due to economic factors,” although Paudie Coffey, the minister for housing, said that “relationship breakdown” was the leading cause “and not issues in the private rented sector”.

Aisling, Molly and Carol, another resident of Mountjoy Street who is losing her accommodation today [Caelainn Hogan/Al Jazeera]
Homelessness – ‘I thought it would never happen to me’

Molly’s mother, Aisling, a 32-year-old with three children, had been renting for nearly a decade with her partner in north Dublin. For five years they had lived in a modest house in Coolock, where she grew up.

She worked nights with a cleaning company sometimes. Her partner had a job in a supermarket, but fell ill and ended up unemployed for more than a year as a result.

In 2014, the landlord decided to sell the house. He gave the family notice just a few weeks before Christmas.

“The tree was already up,” Aisling remembers. “We stuck it out in the house until the owners were knocking on the doors. We tried to find another place but the rents were too high.”

The city council advised them to register as homeless.

“I knew of people it had happened to,” she says of becoming homeless. “But I thought, it will never happen to me.”

At Mountjoy Street, they settled in and started to find their feet again. Her partner started working as a gardener through a back-to-work scheme.

Then, last Thursday, representatives for the council knocked on her door at 8.30am and told her they would have to leave the accommodation the next week.

From the window of their room, they can see a crane poking out of the side of a derelict, boarded-up building across the street.

“My ma doesn’t care if it’s a boarded-up house or what, there are lots of them houses in Dublin,” says Molly. “She would clean it and make it her own. She just needs somewhere.”

In the windows of homes a few doors down, posters for Sinn Fein and left-wing independent candidates are stuck next to messages of solidarity. “I support the Mountjoy Street families facing eviction,” they declare.

Supporters of the homeless families say Ireland is facing a housing crisis and that affordable houses need to be built [Caelainn Hogan/Al Jazeera]
‘Whose economic recovery?’

Teresa, a 56-year-old mother of seven who has lived for more than 30 years in council housing nearby, has lost faith in a government she believes has turned its back on a crisis.

Two of her daughters are homeless and waiting for housing.

“One was told two days ago that she wouldn’t be entitled to be housed for another two years,” she says. “What am I meant to do when I find [her] dead?”

Her two sons have also struggled to find housing, “because rents are too high”. A five-minute walk away, a basic two-room apartment is being advertised for €1,600 (around $1,766) a month.

Séamus Farrell, a 24-year-old volunteer with the Irish Housing Network, a nationwide coalition supporting the families, blames the government’s reliance on public-private deals to provide such accommodation.

“Instead of building social housing, [the government] is pushing people into rentals, which is leading to [more] evictions,” he says. “It’s an affordability crisis. You need to build affordable houses for people.”

According to a statement by Fine Gael, the senior partner in Ireland’s ruling coalition, more than 13,000 new social housing units were delivered in 2015 and the government has committed to 500 “rapid-delivery housing” units this year for Dublin families currently in emergency accommodation.ElectionPostersGE16_large

But privately owned apartments, houses and B&Bs are still being sourced to provide emergency accommodation, which in the case of Mountjoy Street has ended with families such as Aisling’s unsure where they will be living on election day.

The council confirmed that the buildings on Mountjoy Street were no longer available because “the commercial contractual arrangements with the private landlord have ceased”.

While parties such as People Before Profit and Sinn Fein Ireland, as well as several independent candidates, have publicly supported the families, Fine Gael’s Coffey has warned that other parties are trying to “politically exploit” the situation of homeless families.

When asked what party she would be voting for, Aisling shakes her head. “We’re not allowed to vote,” she says. Like many, she thinks that because she is homeless, she isn’t allowed to register.

Who did she vote for in the past, when she had a home? “Fine Gael,” she sighs.

“It makes me feel sick, the way they speak about this so-called recovery,” she says. “Who’s recovering? Not me.”

Source: Al Jazeera

Dublin: Squat City

[Dublin] Squat City has been liberated!

Spread the word friends. The warehouse will soon be full of words; the garden has begun regrowing community; music and paint about to burst across the city.

At the lower end of Grangegorman and where the block continues along North Brunswick Street, acres of warehouses and yards and houses and space space spaces have been laying vacant far too long, once again. From developers to NAMA to developers to judge’s friendsand back to developers for more and more money while people and places rot.occupy Ireland

We who need a home have housed ourselves. We who need good work have found it. No pay — no problem. We invite you to join us for fun and struggle. Stay tuned for updates and events — we intend many things — and a brilliant surprise event is in the making to warm up your cold winter hearts for what’s to come. Continue reading “Dublin: Squat City”

The 1% own half the World: Property is theft: here’s why…

1444959513104Squatting & the property question – Personal Possessions & Communal Property v Private Property
After an illegal eviction on Phibsborough Rd. in June much debate arose surrounding the legitimacy of the squatters and their rights to take over empty and unused properties and put them to use. This piece looking at the issue of squatting and property rights was written by a WSM member and an An Spreach member who were evicted on that day from the property.

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—Personal Possessions & Communal Property v Private Property—

While one’s immediate reaction to using and living in an empty home or putting workplaces/land to use that is legally owned by another individual or company may immediately be that it is illegitimate or morally wrong, this article aims to deconstruct the argument that individuals, legal or real should be able to dominate and/or control property for their exclusive use, or to leave it rot at the expense of others.

see also: Richest one per cent owns more than half the world’s wealth ..

The ideas and justifications for private property go to the heart of the capitalist/statist system and its ability to control resources and the means to life to the exclusion, exploitation and detriment of the majority of the planet’s population.

What is private property?—’property is theft!’

Within the capitalist world, capitalist ideologues use the word ‘property’ to mean anything from a toothbrush to a workplace, this understanding of the word property has filtered into everyday use—however this is a false use of the word property. Its use in this context convinces people to associate their personal possessions with the monopolization of the means of life (private property). Wealthy-YachtEssentially, private property is the domination and control of resources (land/workplaces/food ect .) by individuals, which is backed up overwhelming by force (the state). Take, for example, Irish water. Denis O’brien and his cohorts control (dominate) the company to their own ends and profits and the state uses the gardai to back it up when their operations are disrupted by legitimate protestors fighting for their rights and livelihoods. This the how the relationship between private property and the state operates.london-live

The quote above, ‘property is theft’, which is taken from the French anarchist Proudhon forms the basis of the anti-capitalist attack on private property. The reasoning behind the statement that property is theft is that the Earth and all of the things produced by humans are the cumulative products of thousands of years and generations of work, science, innovation and production. Continue reading “The 1% own half the World: Property is theft: here’s why…”

Aylesbury Occupations: 12 story block seized for homeless

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 Aylesbury estate: 12 storey building occupied after yesterday’s demo

stop demolitionYesterday (14 March) there was a “March for the Aylesbury” demo, called by “Southwark Defend Council Housing”. At 12 noon on a cold grey day, 150 plus people gathered in Burgess Park on the corner of Old Kent Road and Albany Road. We took the road and marched off through the Aylesbury, past the new yuppy developments springing up around the area, then along the busy Walworth road where there were lots of people out doing their shopping, taking leaflets, shouting greetings and honking horns and some joining in the march.

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No land..No House……. NO VOTE..! Abahlali squatters fight back

Abahlali no vote

Abahlali baseMjondolo (Zulu[aɓaˈɬaːli ɓasɛmdʒɔnˈdɔːlo], Shack Dwellers), also known as AbM or the red shirts is a shack-dwellers’ movement in South Africa which is well known for its campaigning against evictions and for public housing.

The movement grew out of a road blockade organized from the Kennedy Road shack settlement in the city of Durban in early 2005 and now also operates in the cities of Pietermaritzburg and in Cape Town.

Continue reading “No land..No House……. NO VOTE..! Abahlali squatters fight back”

Great precedent as UK Eviction Case Collapses

Another squatting case collapses on appeal at Crown Court – defendant acquitted

Resistance to s.144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 that outlaws squatting in residential buildings is growing. Ultimately, the law may prove unworkable and unenforceable.

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Ten days ago, squatters occupied a residential council property in Southwark in protest at the sell-off of council houses and the criminalisation of squatting under s.144. Last week, a Brighton squatter was acquitted on appeal as the prosecution failed to prove he was living at the property. His two co-defendants had previously been acquitted on the same charge. Continue reading “Great precedent as UK Eviction Case Collapses”

Spain: Anti-eviction Activists resist being Criminalised

[# TomaElBancoMalo ] Before the offensive , we turn to action. Fear has changed sides
by lasareb   (en castellano abajo)

father and child await eviction for mortgage default
father and child await eviction for mortgage default

Because the Sareb is publicly owned it’s ours, and their houses too, which legitimizes our occupation protest on 21 March in the Bank at the Paseo de la Castellana .  ( ‘Sareb’ refers to a ‘bad bank’ set up specially to receive and sell off seized homes, properties and toxic debts

We will not allow ourselves to be criminalized for fighting for families who are homeless when it’s YOU WHO ARE TO BLAME, for people who are depressed WHEN YOU ARE TO BLAME , for lives shattered WHEN YOU ARE TO BLAME.

Because yes, you are to blame , and we are in the right and we are showing that YES WE CAN WIN at points all over the Spanish State .

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