Defend Social Centre Birmingham

Call-Out To Defend Social Centre Squat In Birmingham Against Asda

 Autonomous activists based in Birmingham are currently facing an injunction and eventual eviction for a local squat that was being prepared for a community centre.

Only having just moved into it earlier today, the landlord and police are already threatening the squatters and activists with an injunction for eviction, so that the building can be demolished and the land taken over to build a local ASDA supermarket store.

 Autonomous activists based in Birmingham are currently facing an injunction and eventual eviction for a local squat that was being prepared for a community centre.

Only having just moved into it early today, the landlord and police are already threatening the squatters and activists with an injunction for eviction, so that the building can be demolished and the land taken over to build a local ASDA supermarket store.

The number of people defending the current squat are extremely low, and need all the back-up they can get! The activists intend to create strong fortifications over this weekend in time for next Monday, which is when court applications are said to begin.

They would welcome all kinds of help- whether you can bring food, tools, good background knowledge of squatting and evictions or solidarity in any shape or form, it would be more than appreciated!

Autonomous community spaces are important, defend them!

If interested, get down to 10 Ivy Road, Stirchley, B30 2NX (near the High Street)

Give them a ring if you want to pop down and help out- 07988056867

Many thanks!

BIRMINGHAM ACTIVISTS http://birminghamsocialcentre.wordpress.com/

Statement from The Activists:-

Why We Are In The Whit Marley Building

Stop ASDA

ASDA kills small community businesses and stirchely has a lively local community which would be threatened by the construction of the multinational corporation; Asda. ASDA destroys livelihoods and community characters all in the name of profit for a few.

We are determined to not let this space be wasted on ASDA that would only damage the comunity, we are going to turn it instead in a comunity centre and a reasource for all the comunity.

we are the in the building, it is all locked down we have water and food and we won?t be moved. Bring food, bring tools, bring a sleeping bag come join us.

What we aim to do?

The Whit Marley Building has been left empty for a number of years.  Much has been striped out an the building is slowly detoriating. Buildings like this are part of Birmingham?s heritage, we want to take care of it while it is unused and put it to use as a comunity centre.

We are currently doing up the building and creating meeting spaces which we want to let groups use for free. Some of us are university students, some of us are teachers and we aim to provide free A level and GCSE tution in most subjects once the building has been done up.  We are aimming to run a ?Free Shop? in which people will be able to drop off unused items for others to take for free.

Why are we doing this?

We want to make a point about waste, Birmingham has the most abandoned buildings in the country and sadly the highest rates of homelessness. We live in a society that is intesensly wasteful we are doing this because we want something that is visibly the opposite.

We all have strong politicial convictions; we live in times and a country where the whims of media barons are given more attention by governments than ordinary people. Viable and profitable pensions are being raided to give money to the rich, education is again being made a preserve of the few? we want change and if you think like us come join us.