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(en) Ireland, WSM*, Workers Solidarity #87 - Found: CAZ and Barracka Books share premises

Date Thu, 28 Jul 2005 06:27:07 +0300

Finding a space for the Cork Autonomous Zone (CAZ) required
an epic search. It took no less than 18 months, involved a few
heart breaking setbacks, and was finally resolved by the idea
of sharing a space with an upstart, Barracka Books.
The CAZ started running early in 2002. It hosted campaigning
groups, facilitated art, music etc. It was formerly located in a
small lane off Camden Quay before deciding to move. Noisy
neighbours made the space unsuitable to continue but also the
building would be knocked, making way for apartments.
The Cork Grassroots Network took on the CAZ search. Since
settling into the current space, an independent committee has
formed to keep the CAZ running, delegates from each group
that use the CAZ are asked to participate. Most nights are
booked and some Sundays with various campaigning
meetings, life drawing, pagan gatherings, and workshops.
Barracka Books is a workers' co-op.

Currently four people are working together, no bosses,
decisions made together and profits are shared according to
time spent working. The stock is varied, anything from
cookery to children's books, new and second hand. There is a
strong Irish interest section and notable radical books section.
It also facilitates flyers, leaflets, zines and there's a noticeboard
in the corridor.

The location is 61 Barrack St, on the ground floor. The shop
operates from 10am to 6.30pm,Monday to Saturday. On those
days, CAZ usage begins from 7pm onwards. On Sunday it can
be booked for a full day.

The two entities are separate and must liaise with one another
on common decisions. Work still needs to happen on the
space, making it more disability accessible and to facilitate two
meetings at once, etc. New groups are welcome but should get
in contact with the CAZ committee to book. See our Contacts
Section for details on how to get in touch.

By Jennifer

Barracka Books - Radical Book Store
61 Barrack Street,
Cork City

Cork Autonomous Zone - Social Space
61 Barracka St.,

This page is from the print version of the Irish Anarchist paper
'Workers Solidarity'. We also provide PDF files
http://struggle.ws/wsm/paper.html of all our
publications for you to print out and distribute locally

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