National Squatters Meeting 9-10 February Leeds

Gerrard Winstanley office at
Sun Jan 20 12:37:49 GMT 2008

National Squatters Meeting 9-10 February 2008 Leeds

So we are inviting people involved in all squatted autonomous spaces
around the UK to meet and discuss the squatting situation and some
preparation for the days of action in April. The idea for this meeting
is inspired by the recent international meeting in Dijon.

National Squatters Meeting 9-10 February 2008 Leeds

Some of the ideas of what could be discussed at this meeting are…
• Building a stronger network between the squats/Autonomous spaces
throughout the UK.
• Initial planning for the days of action.
• The repression and resistance facing Autonomous spaces in the UK.
• How we can make better use of Autonomous spaces in terms of
connecting them to issues such as increased surveillance, housing
problems, gentrification and the fundamental issue of who owns and
controls our land, space and lives.
• The impact of non squatted Autonomous spaces on the squatting movement.
• Breaking out of the “squatting scene”.
• The impact of drugs on the movement.

This is just some ideas of what could come out of this meeting,
obviously there is no set agenda as this is decentralized so we want
to make a collective decision about what will be discussed at the
start of the meeting.
We feel this could be a really positive weekend; we’d like to see
loads of you there. We’ve chosen Leeds as a location even though not
all of us live there, because although it might not feel like it to
you down south but it’s a central location on this island!
Please get in touch if you’re gonna come along, our e-mail is below.
It is important for us to know how many people to expect. Please also
get in touch if you want help set up or get involved in any other way…
Hope to see you all in February….

squatters meet
- e-mail: squatmeetup at


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20.12.2007 13:35
Be nice to widen stuff/the debate up to land, housing, street living,
PFI/ property developers/ speculation, traveller communities ( many
around London area being moved on all the time ) , shitty councils,
Camelot's pseudo squatting, and squatting in general particularly with
regard to mobilisation for the international day of squat action in
April. Cardboard city action anyone?

If we are going to be concerned about drugs then ( state-imposed )
poverty should be also on the menu. There has been for a long time a
tension between so-called 'lifestyle' squatters and 'poor people' who
genuinely need to squat; this feeding into the mainstream perception
of squatting/party/drugs/lifestylism.. Whilst drugs may be a problem
it is not one exclusive to squatting - tho the effects may be more
noticable. There are plenty of arrogant rich people ( some of whom
sell drugs to squatters who then go around tatting to pay for them and
in the process destroying their buildings and potential future homes )
partying out places and pissing off neighbours and other squatters.
They have a safety net that others don't. Is the class issue, though
,not to be spoken about by activists but is often noted in books and
newspapers ( not to mention the hippy thing ) ? Surely it is no
suprise that some of the business squat social centres have been in
rather bourgious areas ( leaving all those empty pubs in Tottenham? ).


26.12.2007 13:14

- application/pdf 11M

- application/pdf 54K
Here's a flyer to print and distribute in your local town, if you
can't print them then e-mail us your adress and we'll send em to you,
but as we don't have much money if you can do it yourself then please do!

Squat Meet Up
mail e-mail: squatmeetup at
great idea

07.01.2008 22:28
"The idea for this meeting is inspired by the recent international
meeting in Dijon"

well despite the presence of three people fromn north america i think
i was more european than international - but thats a minor quibble!!

hope the meeting goes well, would be really cool to hear what went on...

solidarity from fortress europe!
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