social centres

Police brutality during double eviction in Bologna

Clashes outside the Làbas social centre.

Police injured more than a dozen people, two seriously, on a day where two social centres were violently evicted in Bologna.

The Minerva Café

The junction of High Holborn and Kingsway, circa 1925

A short history of the Minerva Cafe, a radical feminist centre in Holborn, London, in the early 20th century, by Nick Heath.

AUTONOMOUS CENTRE OF EDINBURGH - What we believe and do

The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh (ACE) is a self-managed, independent social centre run entirely by the people and the groups involved. It works on a non-hierarchical basis: no bosses, no managers and all decisions are made collectively centered on its monthly assembly.

Explosion outside Jönköping autonomous cultural center, attempted firebombing

On the morning of December 9th, the autonomous social centre Kulturhuset, Jönköping was targeted with some kind of explosion, though with limited damage. The attack took place only weeks following an explosive attack against the Gothenburg libertarian infoshop Syndikalistiskt Forum.

The Expropriated Bank of Gràcia: One More Step Forward in the Strategy of Tension – Argelaga

A report from Barcelona (published May 24, 2016) on the eviction of squatters from an expropriated former bank that was being used as a libertarian social center, the role of the City Government led by the former indignado, now Mayor, Ada Colau, in the affair, the resistance mounted by the social center’s supporters, and the political implications of the fact that Colau’s party, Barcelona en Comú (“Barcelona in Common”), despite her reassurances to the contrary, has now become a responsible party to repression and is providing a fig-leaf for a slowly intensifying “strategy of tension” that heralds further authoritarian developments for Spain.

“Power of the grassroots": reflections on a step into alternative education

This piece attempts to reflect on a preliminary step in bringing a radical, alternative education into mainstream institutions in our local area, delivered by external facilitators from our squatted social centre.

Autonomous social center Klinika attacked by Nazis

Klinika social centre

On 6th of February in Prague, the autonomous social center Klinika was attacked by Nazis after solidarity demonstration against Fortress Europe.

62 Fieldgate Street: yesterday, today and tomorrow - Mark Kauri

Fieldgate Street in the 1970s

A look at the history of the building in East London where the London Action Resource Centre is based.

What is really happening in Bologna?

Bologna has always been a laboratory, both for social movements and for their counterparts. Bologna “the Red”, the industrialized city with one of the strongest worker movements in Italy, is now facing great changes, that started years ago and are now accelerating at an unprecedented rate.

Turin’s ExMoi occupation: the story so far

The story of the ExMoi occupation in Turin, a solution by radicals and refugees to the problems of homelessness amongst migrants in a city full of empty buildings, and the reaction of racist organisations to the project.