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!
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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.
Our burgeoning social centre is getting ever closer to being ready to open. If you’d like to come help work on it or just come see it and hang out over tea/coffee and biscuits come down to Squat City any time after 12 on Saturday.
We made a great start on our new social centre last weekend but it still needs more work so we’re having another day of cleaning, fixing and painting this Saturday the 30th, starting again with breakfast at 10am. If anyone has any paint brushes and/or white spirits they could bring with them that’d be great.
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!
For a variety of reasons (such as clashes, time pressure and availability) we’ve decided to postpone this event, which was planned for 15 April, for a few weeks. We hope to have a new date within the next week, watch this space for more info.