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New Timetable

by on Nov.29, 2011, under Events, News

Despite being evicted from the Old Tory Club, we’re going to carry on with some of our workshop plans.  Here’s the revised timetable

Tuesday

3:30- Smash Edo A brief introduction on the origins of the campaign and past actions. -A legal workshop in the form of QnA.  A talk on direct action tactics. What we would like from the Summer of resistance.

5:30- Prisoner Solidarity- Those who participate in resistance against the state and capitalism run the risk of spending time imprisoned. This workshop aims to develop ideas and practices which mean that those who end up behind bars to not become isolated from the communities they were part of, as well as thinking through practical ideas to support imprisoned comrades.

7:00 Dinner and Prison World a documentry about the industrial prison complex and it’s various manifestations.

Wednesday

1:00- Critical Mass, which starts at the N30 rally in town and ends at the Sumac Centre.

3:00- A hot meal for the strikers and those who have participated in the pickets and actions througout the day. Along with a facilitated discussion about the anti-cuts movement. What’s going on? How are we doing? How can we win?

5:30- “The Take”

In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act – The Take – has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head.

Armed only with slingshots and an abiding faith in shop-floor democracy, the workers face off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale.

19:00- Dinner and discussion about workers struggles and why they’re vital.

Thursday

3:30- Self defence foundation course pt.2 – Covering defences utilising use of opponents energy.

5:00- Yoga-  Please bring a mat or blanket.

6:30- Dinner and a film

The Taqwacores
Yusef, a first-generation Pakistani engineering student, moves off-campus with a group of Muslim punks in Buffalo, New York. His new “un-orthodox” house mates soon introduce him to Taqwacore- a hardcore, Muslim punk rock scene that only exists out west. As the seasons change, Taqwacore influences the house more and more. The living room becomes a mosque during the day, while it continues to host punk parties at night. Ultimately, Yusef is influenced by Taqwacore too, as he begins to challenge his own faith and ideologies. The Taqwacores deals with the complexities of being young and Muslim in modern-day America.

Friday

4:00- Permaculture- “What is permaculture and can it help fix the mess were in?”

5:00- Off-grid electrics – Theoretical and practical workshop on off-grid, solar panels and battery power.

6:00- Dinner and a film

END:CIV examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: “If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?”

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Statement about the Eviction of the Bigger Society

by on Nov.28, 2011, under News

This is a statement by those who opened up the Nottingham Freespace at the old Tory party social club in Lenton this week. We opened up the space in order to provide a radical social centre in Lenton that could connect to and support the strike on November 30th. We entered the building last Tuesday night and have spent the last 6 days cleaning, clearing and making a what was an unusable building ready for workshops, discussions and film showings.

At 4 o’clock this afternoon, the front door of the space was kicked in and a number of us were physically assaulted. This was done with very little warning, it took less then five minutes from the owner appearing at the window, to the door being broken through and all of us being violently removed.

Those of us who were inside at the time are all fine now, we’ve been well fed and are now sheltered in other accommodation, which is more than can be said for many people who are evicted from their homes every day by the state, the bailiffs and the capitalists of this society.

We didn’t lose our belongings in the eviction, neither did we lose our determination to continue with this week’s activities, or our desire to reclaim other unused and abandoned buildings in the future. Instead, we’ll be moving all our workshops, discussions, films, and meals to the Sumac Centre at 245 Gladstone Street in Forest Fields, Nottingham, NG7 6HX. The Sumac Centre is a volunteer run, a non-hierarchically organised space which is owned co-operatively, and supports all endeavours which challenge the domination and oppression of the state and capital.

We hope you will come along.

Tomorrow we’ll be starting at 4pm with a workshop from the SmashEdo crew, followed by a dission on prisoner solidarity. And we’ll end the evening with food and show the film Prison World

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Former Tory club occupied for the Bigger Society

by on Nov.27, 2011, under Events, News

FORMER TORY SOCIAL CLUB OCCUPIED FOR THE BIGGER SOCIETY

A group have occupied the empty Conservative Club on Church Street in Lenton. The Bigger Society Social Club will feature workshops, discussions and film showings in support of movements for radical social change. In particular, the participants are focussing on supporting the public sector strike on 30th November as well as the wider anti-cuts movement.

The volunteer-run space is open to the public all week for a programme of workshops[1] from 1pm-7.30pm each day. Dinner will be served each evening accompanied by a film showing.

The Conservatives’ Big Society programme stated that it aimed to build “a big society that will take power away from politicians and give it to people”[2]. The Bigger Society is an example of taking back power for people without asking for official permission.

The occupiers hope to raise awareness of the Government’s attempt to ban squatting by demonstrating that unused buildings can be converted into positive community spaces. Local Conservative, Ken Clarke MP, made a last minute amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill to criminalise squatting in residential properties last month.

Those who oppose the criminalisation of squatting point to the results of the Government’s consultation on the issue to which over 90% of respondents, including homelessness charities, objected to the proposed changes[3]. A government paper published in July this year found that criminalisation will increase homelessness and pressure on the police and council housing departments[4]. Leading legal figures have joined the campaign against the ban pointing out that squatting in people’s homes is already a criminal offence[5].

Occupier Chris Clarke said “We will be using an occupied building to highlight the issue of squatting and to counteract the campaign of misinformation that has accompanied government plans to criminalise it. We hope to show that squatting can provide unique spaces and resources that the whole community can benefit from.”

By squatting in their old club we are sending the Tories a clear message: Movements, like ours, which bypass government and take direct action are the real Big Society.”

 

Notes for editors:

[1] The programme can be found online: https://nottingham.indymedia.org/articles/2198

[2] Government launches Big Society programme, 18th May 2010: http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/big-society/

[3] The consultation included the views of 25 25 members of the public concerned with the harm squatting can cause but 2, 126 concerned about the impact of criminalisation of squatting. Regional and national homelessness charities, including Crisis, Thames Reach, Shelter, Homeless Link, Housing Justice and St Mungo’s had serious concerns about any proposals to criminalise squatting. The full summary can be accessed here: http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/consultations/options-dealing-squatting-response.pdf

[4] The paper said the proposal could further damage the health of people already suffering from mental health problems and drug addiction. It can be accessed here: http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/consultations/options-dealing-with-squatting-ia.pdf

[5] The Guardian, Letter: Media and politicians are misleading about law on squatters, 25th Sep 2011: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/sep/25/squatting-law-media-politicians

The Bigger Society Social Club is open

The Notts Free Space is now open to the public. We are occupying the former Conservative Social Club on Church Street in Lenton. Please come and support us tonight and tomorrow whilst we get off the ground. A programme of events will be taking place throughout the week. https://nottingham.indymedia.org/articles/2198

The choice of venue was an obvious one – by reclaiming the governing party’s club for a community space we are demonstrating that we are serious about redistributing power and resources. Unlike the Tories whose talk of a Big Society is just that.

This week was chosen because the biggest strike for decades is happening. Many of us are workers who will be striking and others are acting in solidarity with the strikers. We will be serving a post-rally lunch at Bigger Society and we hope to act as a base for people interested in extending this struggle.

We are also standing up for the rights of squatters that the government are desperately trying to remove. We hope that this occupation will be a demonstration of how squatting can be a positive breath of life into a derelict building.

A wide range of workshops and events will be taking place including permaculture, yoga, self-defence and independent media. There are still slots available for you to offer to share your skills and knowledge so please get in touch and book one. There will also be a vegan dinner and a film showing at 7.30 each evning, and the liberated snooker room is at your disposal!

Although it is a social space, we ask you to respect our no drink, no drugs policy. We want it to be a conscious and reflective space where people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.

The space will be run by people volunteering to make things work. Although you are welcome to just come along for the workshops and food, if you can help by staying at the space, cooking, washing up, etc we would really appreciate it. There will be rotas going up soon so please put your name down. In particular, we want to make sure the space gets off to a good start with lots of people here tonight and tomorrow during the day, so come down if you can.

You can phone the space (07758 867265) or email nsnATriseup.net to get in touch. See you soon!

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Provisional programme for the free space

by on Nov.24, 2011, under Events

Things are looking good for the free space. We’ve managed to get together a provisional programme of workshops and films that will be taking place (see below). There are still plenty of gaps and we’d like more people to come forward and use the space.

We are also looking for people to help with cooking meals and staying in the space overnight. Please contact the squat phone (07758 867265) or our email (nsnATriseup.net) if you can help out.

What's happening and when

There will also be bike maintenance skill shares going on all week.

 

Intro to Indymedia – An introduction to the values and practice of Indymedia, a global network of independent media sites that will make you think twice about giving away your media to corporate sites. The workshop will explain why Indymedia is necessary and how to publish your news and be the media.

Introduction to Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do – Covering primary theory & principles, stance, fundamental footwork, core strikes, stop hits, interceptions & sensitivity drills

JKD Kickboxing basic training.

Men against the patriarchy – Men are conditioned to reinforce patriarchal structures and behaviours. How can they reject and challenge this in their day to day lives? Nottingham based group “Men dealing with our shit” will facilitate this discussion to pick apart our behaviours, their root causes and collectively create solutions. All genders welcome.

Off-grid electrics – Theoretical and practical workshop on off-grid, solar panels and battery power.

Prisoner Solidarity – Those who participate in resistance against the state and capitalism run the risk of spending time imprisoned. This workshop aims to develop ideas and practices which mean that those who end up behind bars to not become isolated from the communities they were part of, as well as thinking through practical ideas to support imprisoned comrades.

Security for activists – From police infiltration to corporate smears and fascist attacks, any effective campaign against powerful enemies will have to deal with attempts to shut it down. This workshop will introduce participants to thinking about personal and campaign security and provide a space to share ideas about how to improve security within our movements.

Self defence foundation course pt.1 – Covering basic core strikes, personal space, defensive reinforcements, body
language, verbalisation, use of senses/awareness, basic footwork & stance, & grab releases.

Self defence foundation course pt.2 – Covering defences utilising use of opponents energy.

Self defence foundation course pt.3 – Covering ground & seated defence.

Smash EDO
-A brief introduction on the origins of the campaign and past actions.

-A legal workshop in the form of QnA.

-A talk on direct action tactics.

-What we would like from the Summer of resistance.

 

Films

Prison?
In October 1993 Charlie Ryder took part in a violent protest to shut down the BNP headquarters in Welling South East London. Two months later he was featured on crime monthly a program which appealed for some of Britain’s most wanted criminals. Arrested the next morning he waited nearly 2 years before he was sent to prison for 16 months.

Charlie has now developed his story into a feature film using shadow puppetry, marionette puppets, rod puppets, masks, visual art, poetry and dance to shine a light on his time inside. Charlie hopes that by painting a picture of his experience it will educate people and challenge perceptions of prison and prisoners.

http://bristol.indymedia.org/article/705951

The Take
In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act – The Take – has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head.

Armed only with slingshots and an abiding faith in shop-floor democracy, the workers face off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale.

http://www.thetake.org/

The Taqwacores
Yusef, a first-generation Pakistani engineering student, moves off-campus with a group of Muslim punks in Buffalo, New York. His new “un-orthodox” house mates soon introduce him to Taqwacore- a hardcore, Muslim punk rock scene that only exists out west. As the seasons change, Taqwacore influences the house more and more. The living room becomes a mosque during the day, while it continues to host punk parties at night. Ultimately, Yusef is influenced by Taqwacore too, as he begins to challenge his own faith and ideologies. The Taqwacores deals with the complexities of being young and Muslim in modern-day America.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Taqwacores_%28film%29

Tough Guise
While the social construction of femininity has been widely examined, the dominant role of masculinity has until recently remained largely invisible. Tough Guise is the first educational video to systematically examine the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the dawn of the 21st century.

In this innovative and wide-ranging analysis, Jackson Katz argues that widespread violence in American society, including the tragic school shootings in Littleton, Colorado, Jonesboro, Arkansas, and elsewhere, needs to be understood as part of an ongoing crisis in masculinity.

http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=211

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Tomorrow’s meeting cancelled

by on Nov.23, 2011, under Meetings

Our regular Autonomous Nottingham meeting at the Sumac tomorrow is cancelled because we’re busy working on the free space. Sorry ’bout that but we’ll be back to normal next time.

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Notts free space

by on Nov.22, 2011, under Events

We will be opening an occupied autonomous space in Nottingham for a week starting on the 28th of November. The free space will be an opportunity to plan and discuss ways of supporting the strike on November 30th, as well as the wider anti-cuts campaign and other movements for radical social change. The space will be open to everyone.


We will be using an occupied building to highlight the issue of squatting and to counteract the campaign of misinformation that has accompanied government plans to criminalise it. We hope to show that squatting can provide unique spaces and resources that the whole community can benefit from.

The space will be run entirely by volunteers so please get in touch with us if you’d like to help by organising events, helping prepare food or maintaining the space. You can contact us on 07758 867265 or via the nsn email. We will announce the location of the space nearer the time.

The more people who get involved the more we can achieve with this space so please come and see us!

 

Workshops, events and films

We are putting together a programme of events for the space and are hoping to have three workshops and discussions each day at 1pm, 3pm and 6pm. Dinner will be served at 7.30pm and there will be a film showing each night.

If you have skills you want to share or you would like to put on an event or a film showing then please get in touch.

 

N30

On November 30th we invite strikers and their supporters to a discussion of the day and how we can extend workers’ struggles at 3pm. We also hope you’ll stick around for dinner and a showing of The Take, an inspiring documentary about Argentinian workers taking over their workplaces, in the evening.

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No Evictions campaign targets Jon Collins

by on Nov.13, 2011, under News

A group of 20 people took part in a demonstration outside the Hucknall Road home of Nottingham City Council Leader Jon Collins today. The protest was a response to Collins’ threats to evict the families of council tenants found to have been involved in the riots, and his Council’s involvement in the Nottingham City Homes  scandal.

No Evictions banner outside Forman House

The “corrupt landlord and enemy of the people” was targeted at his home to give him a taste of his own medicine. We unfurled a banner saying ‘No Evictions’ and handed out a few hundred flyers informing Collins’ neighbours about the issues. Many didn’t know about what was happening and were supportive.

The No Evictions campaign believes that the threat of evictions is “spiteful and should be fought, and that the families involved be supported every step of the way.” Evictions are an extra punishment to the harsh sentences already being given by the courts and one that would only apply to people living in council housing.

The City Council, led by Jon Collins, has a long and dubious record when it comes to its use of council housing, with a history of “wrongly giving homes to its employees, relatives, partners and friends”.  Earlier this year the investigation into the misuse of council homes by it’s housing service was dropped by the Council with no houses repossessed and all but one of the suspended staff back in their jobs. The Council also refused to call on the police to investigate.

Jon Collins was personally implicated in the misallocation of council housing. His secretary asked a housing officer for “a favour” to help one of council leader’s constituents gain a place on the waiting list for a new home.

The government says that people who allow their children to take part in riots don’t deserve to live in housing “subsidised” by the tax payer. However, a council tenant is not ’subsidised’. Council house tenants are merely paying a reasonable rent for their home to the local authority, unlike a private tenant who is paying an unreasonable rent to a private landlord. Who is subsidising who?

Grant Shapps, the Housing Minister wants to change the law so that council tenants convicted of offences which are not connected to where they live can be evicted in new fast track procedures, in addition to fast track evictions already planned for people who behave anti socially in or around their homes. The decision to evict whole families based on the actions of one member is nothing less than collective punishment.

If the council continues in its efforts to make families and children homeless in order to look tough on crime they can be assured that there are members of the public in Nottingham who will respond and make their disgust felt.999

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Our homes are under threat!

by on Nov.05, 2011, under Meetings

Squat near Park Guell in BarcelonaWith the government intent on banning squatting, the persecution and removal of travellers from their land and crackdowns against whole families for anti-social behaviour, the ‘right’ to decent housing is being undermined. Autonomous Nottingham invites you to a discussion on these repressive developments and what practical things we can do to protect our communities against them.

Come along to the meeting at 7.30pm, this Thursday (10th Nov) at the Sumac Centre and get involved.

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