Trespass Journal

London: The Battle for Deptford and Beyond

In Deptford in south east London, local campaigners have occupied a 20-year old community garden to prevent it from being boarded up and razed to the ground by Lewisham Council and the housing association, Peabody. They are also highlighting the absurdity of proposals to demolish 16 structurally sound council flats next door to build new social housing.

What’s happening in Deptford reflects two pressing concerns in the capital today. The first is the prioritising of house-building projects over pressing environmental concerns. The second is the destruction of social housing to create new developments that consist of three elements: housing for private sale, shared ownership deals that are fraught with problems, and new social housing that’s smaller, more expensive and offering tenants less security than what is being destroyed.

The proposed destruction is part of a plan to build new housing not only on the site of the Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden and Reginald House flats, but also on the site of the old Tidemill Primary School, which closed in 2012. Peabody intends to build 209 units of new housing on the site, of which 51 will be for private sale, with 41 for shared ownership, and 117 at what is described as “equivalent to social rent”, although that is untrue. The rents on the latter will fall under London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s London Affordable Rent, which is around 63% higher than existing council rents in Lewisham.
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Summer visit to ZAD NDDL

[…] what matters has everything to do with a logic of difference and possibility, autonomy and self-determination: the perpetuation of the possibilities of common life that place-based social relations can create, even amidst a striking diversity of beliefs. Where once the territory’s fight was with the airport or the train-line, it is no longer with high-speed transport per se, but with its world.
– Kristin Ross, The ZAD and NoTav (Verso)

Today I said “À Bientôt” to the ZAD (Zone to Defend) Notre-Dame-des-Landes and took the train to Paris. On arrival, as predicted, France won the World Cup. I decided to take the overnight coach to London, as opposed to flying from Nantes or from Paris.
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Amsterdam: Attack on the free spaces

Things are going well with Amsterdam. The city is extremely popular. More visitors come every year. While there were still plans to demolish the entire ring of canals in the 1950s, the same canal belt is now Unesco’s cultural heritage. Living in the city has become a popular product. In order to meet the demand, according to experts, 350,000 new homes are needed in the city and region. New residential areas for new residents.

‘Build, Build, Build!’, All politicians of the city council said in in unison earlier this year. Sounds good. Amsterdam, the open world city where everyone is welcome. Who can be against this now?

Where does all that new space come from?
Due to that self-imposed construction task, enormous pressure is being created on the existing city. The great densification: allowing more people to live in existing areas. There is also living space. Transform whole parts of the city. Industrial areas become residential areas. The port is moving up. Green spaces and allotment complexes become building plots. This mainly affects soft functions such as free spaces, public space and social real estate. But a city beach must also disappear.

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‘Commercialism eradicates the soul of the city’

ADM in newspaper Het Parool (Tuesday, september 4th 2018):
‘Commercialism eradicates the soul of the city’
(by Dimitris Dalakoglou, professor social anthropology VU university Amsterdam):
“The closure of ADM and the rest of the squats is the death of Amsterdam.

I am studying Amsterdam ethnographically since 2015 and I can say that our city is undergoing some big transformations over the last two decades which although we want to refuse them, they are very much an ongoing process changing the city beyond recognition into a generic global city that is losing its character and its particularities, its history and its living cells one after the other. This process, which includes the closure, forced relocation and repression of squats like ADM -which are the living history of our city- leads to the death of Amsterdam.
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Right now a large scale police action in the Hambach Forest occupation is taking place! The protest camp fighting against energy company
RWEs destruction of land and climate must be sustained until the last tree is standing!
The eviction of the occupation is coming ever closer, and the struggle is becoming clearer every day now.

Climate change does not stop at the borders, and neither does our movement! Therefore we are calling for actions of solidarity to take place all over Germany, all over Europe, and all over the world!
The Hambach Forest occupation has become a focal point in the struggle for climate justice worldwide, and now, as we are preparing for the struggle to come, we need all your support!
So whether you are climate activists, anarchists, anti­police­brutality organizers, or you simply believe in fighting for justice, the callout is clear: Organize yourself, take action, and show your solidarity!

Use the hashtag #HambiBleibt to share your actions with us and the rest of the world!


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Anarchism and Peer Review

The role of intellectuals and academic workers within the anarchist movement is, as Nathan Jun notes, ‘famously ambiguous’. Historically, anarchists have been skeptical of universities, ‘which they tended to regard, rightly, as ancillaries of the existing social, political and economic order’ (Jun, 2012). Many contemporary anarchists would agree with Stevphen Shukaitis (2009) that anarchism ‘cannot find a home in such a space without betraying itself’, for ‘how can one maintain any sense of ethical commitment to non-hierarchal, non-exploitative relationships in a space that operates against many of these political ideals?’

Yet, of all the institutional trappings of life as a salaried academic, I want to suggest that peer review is perhaps the least problematic from an anarchist perspective. This is not to say that peer review processes are unproblematic, nor even that it is entirely clear what we mean when we refer to ‘peer review’. Over the past few months, I have taken part in several processes that could be defined as ‘peer review’, and it may be worthwhile reflecting on them.
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CfP: Informal Housing and Property Rights in the Countries of the Former Soviet Bloc


Workshop: Informal Housing and Property Rights in the Countries of the Former Soviet Bloc
Date: November 29-30, 2018
Venue: ISEK-Social Anthropology University of Zurich Andreasstrasse 15 CH-Zurich 8050
Organizers: Jovana Dikovic (UZH) Eliza Isabaeva (UZH) Benjamin Kälin (UZH)

It is often assumed that there was practically no squatting and violation of property rights in former socialist countries. This rests on the assumption that the private property was either abolished or limited, and that the state took over the role of social provider which apart from universal health care included cheap and affordable housing. But the recent scholarship has contested these assumptions, and the studies on squatting (of land and buildings alike for establishing residence) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia have revealed a variety of informal practices related to housing. Furthermore, these practices have continued in these societies after the fall of socialism and are rather to be seen as the consequences of intensive rural to urban migration as well as the shift to market economy.

We invite scholars working on the topics of informal housing and property rights in the Eastern European and Central Asian countries to submit a short abstract of a paper to be presented during the workshop by August 31st, 2018 (max. 300 words). The aim of the workshop is to work towards an edited volume with the workshop contributions.

We have been able to secure some funding to cover costs of our workshop participants, especially from Eastern Europe and Central Asia. If you have other funding possibilities from your own universities or elsewhere, we will appreciate your financial assistance.
Should you have questions, please feel free to contact us: Jovana Dikovic (jovana [dot] dikovic [at] uzh [dot] ch) and Eliza Isabaeva (eliza [dot] isabaeva [at] uzh [dot] ch) and Benjamin Kälin (benjamin [dot] kaelin [at] uzh [dot] ch).

Pre-Christmas Zurich is beautiful and magical. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Zurich to share this Swiss beauty and magic along with important discussions!

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Viva ADM

Speech about the ADM situation at the Jetlag (experimental circus- and music) festival on July 22 2018:

Just great that you are all here
In a time wherein gentrification and commercialisation are preached by administrators and companies
Not only as an all-embracing credo
But even worse, every time is used as a methodology for the design of our city, our culture and our society

The public space has been sold to greed and commerce Renting is unaffordable
Social housing is prehistoric
People are kicked out or forced to move
Social and cultural initiatives are expelled from the city Hardly any squats are left
And the last Cultural Free Spaces like ADM
Are threatened to be pulverised

I hereby appeal to opposition
Opposition against the sale of the city!
For a city without wilfulness loses her attraction
And degenerates into humdrum
Come and resist against the exclusion of our culture!
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Program Intergalactic Week

Intergalactic Week Programme

This programme is subject to changes and additions by the end of August. Do not forget to register in advance by writing to: intergalaczad [at] riseup [dot] net (NB : we had a problem with our initial mailbox. Please DO NOT use galaczad [at] riseup [dot] net)

# Throughout the week: photo exhibition “territories in struggle”

– Monday, August 27th:

# 10am: welcome / presentation of the week

# 2pm: Daily, just after lunch, various announcements and open presentations by participants.

# 5pm: Discussion around the book Fight for spaces, fight for our lives: squat movements today – with the collective “squatting everywhere”. The book provides glimpses into a diverse and multi-faceted movement, with accounts from local struggles, experiences of repression and stories of the collective forms of life which grow out of squatted spaces in various cities and countries throughout the world, including accounts from Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, Seattle and Australia. For more info:

# 8.30pm: Journey through decades of struggle (see call) – episode 1 – Intervento about the Italian revolutionary movements of the 70s
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[GR] Occupied gym evicted and demolished

On Tuesday morning a bulldozer (with agreement of the owner of course) demolished squat in Exarchia, Athens, which was acting as the only occupied gym in the city. No one was arrested. Workers worked on the building while riot police was on alert and protecting the area.

The squat was occupied last December, while the abandoned building was empty for last 10 years. Comrades organized in squat classes mainly in martial arts (box, Muay Thai, taekwondo) but also Latin dance and yoga. The squat acted also as a space for political debates especially on prison system, and showed a meaningful support for political prisoners.