Squat City Is Under Attack!

Friends, neighbours, comrades, Squat City is under attack! The rich, nasty vulture fund who have acquired the place we call home have been given official, judicial approval to kick us out (and then try to make us pay for doing so). The injunction, granted on Wednesday the 20th of July, comes into effect on the 10th of August. Some time on or after that date, their minions will show up. And we all know what happens then.

Over its lifetime, our squatted complex has been home and shelter for lots and lots of wonderful people, and has slowly developed into a cohesive community of autonomous cooperative houses (some hand built!), along with a wide network of friends and activist groups, all coming together to make something unique. A city within a city. It has been the base for lots of inspring projects, and spectacular events. It’s been a hub of creative resistance to the capitalist-created homeless crisis. And it’s been a symbol of hope, reminding us that we can resist the system on a practical level, building communities and providing homes and safety for those who need them. None of us want to see it end, but if it has to then by jaysus we’re going out with a bang. So over the next few weeks, we’ll be having lots of events and activities, starting with Words in the Warehouse on Saturday the 30th. And we’ll be having a massive party starting the weekend before the injunction date, that’s the weekend of the 6th and 7th of August. We want everyone to come help us make this an unforgettable time in Squat City’s history. Let’s not let them grind us down, let’s keep the revolutionary flame burning to the end!

Keep in touch with us and up to date with our news here on our website, on our Facebook or by email to grangegorman@squ.at (PGP public key).

Violet Autonomous Space opening tomorrow 6pm!

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Various elements of the capitalist system are busy conspiring away in their efforts to evict the Grangegorman Squat and gentrify the area by erecting a high-rise building in its place. But life rolls on in Squat City – spirits are high, the weather is awesome, and there’s lots of important work to be done and even more important fun to be had! And we want you to come join in. We’re happy to announce the opening of a new social centre at the Grangegorman Squat. It’s called the Violet Autonomous Space, and to start off it will be open every Monday from 6 to 10 pm, from tomorrow, 06/06/16. It’s named after Violet Gibson, an Irish woman of some note who not many people have heard of. She was an anti-war activist and she once shot Benito Mussolini, hitting him in the nose. It’s difficult to dig up a lot of info on her, so no one really knows why – and the main documentary source on Violet Gibson was written by a guy who seems like an awful dickhead, who didn’t seem to like women very much. There is an RTÉ radio documentary about her that’s quite good. It’s not easy to find on their website but here is a link to it.

Dublin has been without a radical social centre for too long now. There hasn’t been once since first Seomra Spraoi and then the Barricade Inn stopped going. We learned loads from the successes and the mistakes of both of those projects. We’re staring it slow and hope to build from there. But that’s up to all of you good people out there, ’cause this is also a call to action – we want lots of people and groups to come and help make it a great space. The Violet will be an autonomous social centre, run cooperatively: everyone who uses the space will have a say, and a hand, in how it’s run. Drop by any Monday evening and see if it’s something you’d like to get involved in. Or just hang out and drink tea in.

The Violet Autonomous Space is a two storey building with a nice sized little courtyard outside it, separate from the rest of Squat City. It’s a brand new social space so at the moment it doesn’t have the kind of stuff that Seomra and the Barricade had…yet! What it does have is tea/coffee making facilities, lots of seating and some exercise mats and stuff, lots of other bits and bobs around the place, and, most importantly, friendly people to have chats with! The Violet will be a place where people can hang out without having to spend money just to be there. It will be completely non-profit, we’re not interested in making money from it, we just want to have a social centre that people will want to be in and use, and host events and groups and classes, and be an absolute hive of community activity. So come help out or hang out, and help make it the kind of social space you’d love to see.

Violet Gibson Workday Saturday from 10am

The pictures below are of the old Head Space in Squat City, Grangegorman. Our plan is to do it up and open it as Dublin 7’s first radical social space, called the Violet Gibson Centre. Violet Gibson was an Irish woman who took a few shots at Benito Mussolini in 1926 (hitting him in the nose!), and the space is named in her honour.

The place needs a bit of work: cleaning, painting and fixing so we’ll be working on it all day Saturday and then have some drinks/music/food/whatever after in the evening. We think it’ll be a really great space when it’s up and running and we’d like as many people and groups to be involved as possible.

We’d appreciate any and all help we can get. We’ll be kicking off at 10am with breakfast, so come on down and join us if you’re free, and bring anything you think might be useful. Oh and wear paint-friendly clothes! See you all Saturday!

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NO ONE IS ILLEGAL: REFUGEE SOLIDARITY DAY

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Saturday 9th 2016

Doors: 2PM

Entry: Donation!

We are fundraising for Aid Convoy East Mayday action –
a mass aid convoy for refugees from Calais to Greece
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1754390621460556/

2pm – 3pm Yoga: Vinyasa Flow with Miriam
An hour of invigorating yoga practice. All levels welcome. Pay by donation, all proceeds going to East Mayday Aid Convoy.
(Bring your own water, wear layers (in case it’s cold!), and bring your own mat if you have one – but no worries if not!)

3 PM: Michelle & Sean’s Rock Hard Table Love Quiz

Circus

Food Not Bombs – Dublin

Anna-Mieke Music & ZOE
Cal Folger Day
captain hotknives
CREATURE FROM THE BASE
ERIS
EXTRAJUDICIOUSLY HANGED ‘On the run for musical crimes they didn’t commit’
IAPETUS
Imogen Gunner & HAJIME TAKAHASHI
KATIE O’NEILL
KOHONA MUCHACHOS
PIER PAOLO
SEAN FITZGERALD
That Snaake
Twin Headed Wolf
VULTURE COLLECTIVE

CAFÉ SMASH RESQUAT BASH! w/ PUTREFACTION, NATIVE +More TBA

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One for the punx! In solidarity with Dublin Anarchist Black Cross, an newly restarted organisation aiming to provide support to anarchist and anti-authoritarian social movements and prisoners (https://dublinabc.ana.rchi.st) and The Unity Centre, Glasgow, which provides practical support and solidarity to asylum seekers and other migrants in Scotland – against borders, detention centres and deportations. (http://unitycentreglasgow.org/about-the-unity-centre/)

NO BORDERS, NO NATIONS, NO PRISONS

Doors: 8:30pm

Entry: €3 – 5 suggested donation *

PUTREFACTION – Dublin death crust stalwarts

https://distro-yrecords.bandcamp.com/album/scavenger

NATIVE

+ MORE TBA

*Suggested Donation means that no one will be turned away for lack of funds or be challenged about the amount they pay at the door. However, as this is a benefit for two good causes, we ask that people respect this and pay the charge if they can afford it.

BYOB

See you there! Watch this space for more info

Garden / Open Day this Saturday

So after the circus show and Words in the Warehouse, we want to start doing more regular open days.

Once again, the space will be open from 1pm to 5pm this Saturday (19th).

The other news is that the garden collective has started to get its shit together. They’ll be having an open ‘work day’ on the garden on Saturday at the same time as the open day. They’re very open to new people getting involved, so if you’re interested in gardening you should definitely come along to this.

(The picture above gives a taste of what the garden looked like in its full glory last year. Obviously this has all been destroyed now. But it’s what we’re aiming to recreate!)

Words in the Warehouse is back!

The Phoenix Has Risen!

This Friday, 4th March — gates open at 7pm.

If you’ve been before, come again!

If you haven’t been before and you like poetry/music/art/performance art/experimental fun weird stuff and craic come along!

Words in the Warehouse

The people who are actually organising Words in the Warehouse are too busy doing that to write something for the website. I think it would be a shame though, especially for people who have never been to Words in the Warehouse before, if there was nothing written about it here. My perspective is that of somebody who’s heavily invested in the ‘squatting’ community in Dublin, but who doesn’t have any natural inclination towards or interest in poetry or spoken word or whatever.

I remember the first Words in the Warehouse back in 2014. It wasn’t too long after the Squatters Convergence. It was in November, under a full moon. I didn’t recognise the significance of it at all at the time. I just kind of thought “I guess it’s cool that all these arty people are doing their arty shit in our warehouse”.

But the thing is, that was only the first one. There was another one, on the winter solstice that year. And then another in February. And then another in April, the ‘last ever’ ;). And each one was bigger than the one that preceded it. While the Squatters Convergence may have had more people overall than the first Words in the Warehouses, those people were all already squatters! Words in the Warehouse set a precedent that we could open up the space to non-squatters, host them at huge events, and get away with it. This wasn’t obvious to us at all before the first Words in the Warehouse.

In a way, Words in the Warehouse became bigger than the space itself. It did more to promote squatting in Dublin than anything the ‘squatters’ had done up to that point. It brought people into contact with squatting who would never otherwise have been introduced to it, and they left with an incredibly positive impression of it. There are complete randomers who don’t really know anything about squatting but who have still somehow heard of Words in the Warehouse.

Even as someone who isn’t particularly into and doesn’t really ‘get’ poetry and spoken word, I’ve always enjoyed Words in the Warehouse nights. The atmosphere is incredible. Just having that many people in a liberated space, especially a space as vast as Squat City, feels really empowering. When we use the space to its full potential like that, it feels like we’re totally ungovernable.

But for people who are into poetry and spoken word, the reason Words in the Warehouse is so great is because it creates a space for voices who don’t normally have one. The literary scene in Ireland is dominated by older males, while Words in the Warehouse is organised by women and the performers are overwhelmingly queer, young and female (compared to the rest of the literary scene). Understanding that makes me feel stupid for thinking Words in the Warehouse was just some arty shite, and not realising how political it was all along!

Anyway, to conclude, I think we’re all really happy that Words in the Warehouse is happening again. To me, it really symbolises and solidifies the idea that ‘we’re back’. Especially as everybody was saying that the one last April would be the ‘last ever’ Words in the Warehouse, it feels so sweet to prove them wrong, even to prove ourselves wrong about that.