So, returning to the Cuts Cafe blog to shout out about a rather exciting space….. Open House 2013. It’s a 9 day squatted space, for organising around housing issues. It opened on Sunday, and runs until next Sunday, with afternoons & evenings chock full of workshops, skillshares, talks, discussions, films, dinner, cups of tea….
Their website tells you all you need to know.
“Open House is a nine-day space (12th – 19th May) in Elephant & Castle that will bring together people facing the housing crisis across London to organise and take action around our collective housing needs. Whether you’re a council tenant facing the bedroom tax or a squatter threatened with eviction, a private renter dealing with a dodgy landlord or a member of a housing co-op fighting to survive – this space is for you.
We aim to work with a wide range of groups and individuals organising around housing to build on what is already happening, facilitate a hub to share stories and tactics, and create a platform for future co-ordinated action.
Open House will have a practical focus on what we can do to reclaim housing and the city. It will involve over a week of workshops, talks, events, exhibitions and games on a range of issues, including (but not limited to) the bedroom tax, housing benefit changes, ‘the rents are too high’, eviction resistance, gentrification, redevelopment, who owns the city, access to land resources, repeal of section 144, Traveller rights, community growing and much much more.
This includes facilitating the continued formation a radical housing coalition, involving different groups working together to share resources, support fellow projects and organise joint relevant housing campaigns and actions.”