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(en) UK, London, New Social Centre under threat of eviction

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Date Thu, 8 Apr 2004 08:29:09 +0200 (CEST)

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The Ex-Grand Banks Occupied Social Centre at 156-158 Fortess Road, which opened
it's doors 5 weeks ago, at the end of February, is now under threat of eviction.
The building - an ex-wine bar - had lain empty for over 2 years until
we sqatted it, cleaned it up and opened the doors to the community. In
a very short space of time we have built up an enormous amount of
local support with large numbers of school students - who last year
had their youth centre closed down - using and contributing to the
space as a hangout, a place to have cheap/free lunch, and to attend
weekly workshops in DJing & screenprinting.

The centre has also played host to political events such as a traveller
info-night, talks on Iraq and Iran, benefits for the media hacklab,
Dublin Mayday meetings, and weekly anti-copyright cinema nights.

We have developed a good relationship with our neighbours, who are
happy to see the building brought back into use in such a constuctive

However, on Thursday 1st April we lost our court case to stay in the
building. We hope to appeal the verdict, so keep posted for further

http://www.wombles.org.uk/events/events.php *
OCCUPIED SOCIAL CENTRE 'Ex-Grand Banks' @ 156 - 158

# Open everyday 12noon - 12midnight, 7 days a week!

# Every afternoon Cafe Rebelde Zapatista
Chill out, zapatista coffee, food - all by donation
Weekly Events:

7.30pm - Wombles meeting

7pm - Free English lessons - all levels welcome.
7.30pm - Occupied Social Centre meeting
weekly open meeting to discuss the running of the social centre and to
plan events.

7pm - DJ workshop featuring DJ's from Serum Soundsystem

8pm - Anti-copyright Cinema
Free films & acts of autoreduction against the concepts of intellectual
property & the commercialisation of creativity.

8pm - Social, Film shorts, Cafe, DJ's, Bands. Check Calendar for

2pm - Screenprinting, stenciling & t-shirt making workshop.
Printing T-shirts using stencils, sponges, spraypaint & creativity. We
will provide some free materials but it would be helpful if people
brought their own aswell.
Additional Events for April

Monday 5th April
8pm - Benefit night for a new social centre set to open up in Glasgow.
vegan cafe, films - including one about Mayday 1937, music.

Thursday 8th April
7.30pm - Discussion evening with Greg Palast, the journalist who
broke the story
about the George W. Bush election scam.

Saturday 10th April
8pm - Health Night
Raw food Cafe, juice bar, info on seeds and herbal healthcare, films &
alcohol free zone. donation at door.

Sunday 11th April
6pm til late - Queer Cafe
Fundraiser for Queeruption, cafe, party, kissing booth and more.
Queers of all genders welcome.

Monday 12th April
7pm - Installation: Refugee camps in Nablus
Films and photography from the Palestinian refugee camps in Nablus.

Thursday 15th April
7.30pm - Quiz Night
so you think you’re know what’s what when it comes to
entertainment, popular culture, history & politics? Who’s kylie?
What’s kropotkin? Where’s the hell’s the projector gone?
Social centre quiz night invites you to test your knowledge & skill with
other clever dick know-it-alls. Cash prizes to be won. £1 individual
entrance (suggested donation), £5 group (suggested donation).
Zapatista coffee served. Food. All welcome. Come & ‘ave a go if
you think you’re smart enough.

Saturday 17th April
8pm til late - A benefit night for the new Media HackLab. Featuring
delicious food, film show & chilled beats. Donation at door.

New leaflet for "Ex-Grand Banks"
Download Poster PDF >>>

Anti-Copyright Cinema poster"
Download Poster PDF >>>

DJ Workshop poster"
Download Poster PDF >>>

Old poster from 93 Fortess Road
Download Events PDF >>>

For a full listing of events and meetings at LARC*, see
http://www.londonarc.org >>>
* [Ed. Note: The Wombles and LARC are antiauthoritarins of the left.]

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