social centres

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.

A home for everyone: help save the Red & Black Cafe

Known as a wonderful radical community space in Portland, Oregon, the Red & Black Cafe has also been an important resource for Portland's houseless community. Now they are in danger of losing their building, so they need our collective help!

Renzi’s EU election victory fuels wave of evictions and arrests

A wave of evictions and arrests of militants from radical and housing rights movements began just a few days after the notable victory of Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party in the European elections.

Can Vies: violent protest as the only answer – Antonio Maestre

In this short article about the recent (May 2014) riots in Barcelona in the neighborhood of Sants in response to the attempt to close down and demolish a popular cultural center known as “Can Vies”, the author argues that the “arrogant” and “irresponsible” attitude and behavior of the City Government forced the “citizens” to resort to violence as a sort of last resort to defend their “social conquests”.

Can Vies: the reason of force in Barcelona under police rule - Argelaga

A short article about the recent riots in Barcelona after the city attempted to enforce an eviction order and demolish a popular social center in the neighborhood of Sants known as “Can Vies”, in which the authors observe that, “The total domination of Capital demands a kind of urban space that is managed like a business and pacified like a prison. Within this space there is no room for neighborhood assemblies, or ways of life at the margins of the market economy. In this space, the framework cannot be more authoritarian, and politics is not distinguished from social control. In a world that is heading towards totalitarianism, political management is repression.”

Narrow-minded? Bologna’s PD council tries to evict Atlantide social centre

Update on the situation of the Atlantide social centre in Bologna, which has been there for over 15 years and has been under threat from eviction by the local council for over a year.

Social centres and the struggle for a different model of legalisation

Outside wall of the XM24 social centre in Bologna.

A look at recent discussions amongst Italy's social centres about the balance between self-management, autonomy and legalisation.

Golden Dawn attack on self-organised space Resalto

Fascist murders, we will crush you

Supporters of Golden Dawn took to the streets to attack the self-organised space Resalto close to the spot of the murder of antifascist musician Pavlos Fyssas.

The Malatesta Club

Malatesta Club members, John Bishop (back right)

A short account of the celebrated anarchist Malatesta Club of 1950s London.