The Hackney Social Centre was evicted May 16, 2008, after two unsuccessful eviction attempts in April. Many of the people living at the Social Centre have returned to their countries, and many are still in London, involved in different projects. The Social Centre was a brief but valuable experiment in active resistance and active defense of a large autonomous space in Hackney.

The Hackney space has a little bit of money left from the vegan cafes and from donations from the different groups that hosted events in the building. All of this money is going to fund direct action activies in London and abroad. Last month, £300 was given to comrades in Vancouver, organizing militant direct action resistance to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. In Hackney, squats and low-income housing are directly threatened by the Olympic re-development plans. The militancy of the Canadian activists is....inspirational.
URGENT UPDATE! The Hackney Social Centre is still under **THREAT OF EVICTION!** In March, the building's owners were given a Warrant of Possession by the courts. The Social Centre's scheduled eviction was successfully resisted on Monday 21 April by over 60 people - both inside and outside the building. Bailiffs are now expected to return to the building at any time.

Monday, 24 March 2008

Behind Bars - March 29 - Benefit for International Union of Sexworkers

Tuesday March 25th - Vegan Soup Kitchen and "Scenes of Resistance" Film Screenings!

6:30pm - Vegan Soupkitchen - pop up for a tasty vegan dinner!

And as always, every Tuesday we have films, short documentaries, and video clips organized around different themes. Our calendar for the next three weeks:

25th March: Segregation and Rage in the Suburbs

"La Haine" - a 1995 French film from Director M Kassovitz. From Wikipedia: "The film tells the story of three friends in a multi-ethnic housing project in the aftermath of a riot against the police."

1st April: State Surveillance and Repression

"Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" - a 1970 Italian film from director Director E Petri. From Wikipedia: "a dramatic, psychological, black-humoured satire on corruption in high office, telling the story of a top police officer who kills his lover and then tests whether the police would accuse him for this."

8th April: The Ethic (of) Revolution

"A Fistful of Dynamite" - a 1971 Italian film from Director Sergio Leone. From Wikipedia: "Its plot is centered on two individuals, a poor Mexican bandit and an ex-Irish Republican Army revolutionary, who meet during the turbulent Mexican Revolution"


Monday, 17 March 2008

Saturday, 22nd March, The 2012 Show!

A Fun-Raiser for The Hackney Social Centre.
The 2012 Show will be arriving on Sat 22nd March with its Conscious Carnival to raise the fun required for the on going success and development of The New Hackney Social Centre Project.

Confirmed so far for your enjoyment and conscious bubbling properties :

The Monday Love Cinema Room

'No Volverán - The Venezuelan Revolution Now'
'traveling deep into the shanty towns (barrios), and to several factories under workers' control, to find out why there is a movement to over-through Capitalism, what Socialism of the 21st Century is, and how it is changing people's lives.'
Presented by Hands of Venezuela with updated info in current situation.

'Arundhati Roys WE'
'fast-paced 64 minute documentary that covers the world politics of power, war, corporations, deception and exploitation.'

'Salt of The Earth' - 1953
'This film was written, directed and produced by members of the original "Hollywood Ten," who were blacklisted for refusing to answer Congressional inquiries on First Amendment grounds'

'Reclaim Love 5'
'Oil and Gas are not the most important resourceas on the planet, the most important resource is love.'

Resonance Radio

Live music from:
Oystar Band 
Milly Moonstone - "World Pop"
Rhythms of Resistance Samba Band

Vegan Food

8pm 'till you leave or we kick you out!

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Friday, 14th March, No Borders infonight!



from 6.30pm:
Talks, films and workshops by no borders activists, migrants and asylum seekers, followed by an open discussion.

Showing: Underground Londoners = a film on the struggle of the London cleaners for better conditions
After Sangatte = from Calais, where migrants are forced to starve and sleep rough after the closure of the Red Cross centre
Divide and Fall = No Borders camp at Gatwick 2007
Real Harm = No Borders noise demo at Harmondsworth detention centre 2007
The early bird catches the firm = stopping dawn raids in Scotland
and more!

Bands, singers/songwriters and Djs
from 9.30 pm

Confirmed so far:
52 Commercial Road
Camilla Cancantata
The Carbon Town Cryer

Vegan food by the social centre

donations welcome

Friday, 7 March 2008

Saturday, March 15th, Benefit Night for Oaxaca

Benefit night for indigenous community in Oaxaca (Mexico) being under threat from silver mining.

Five bands, DJ’s, vegan food and goodies.

Thursday, 6 March 2008

March 11th, Vegan Soupkitchen + 'Scenes of Resistance' film screenings

6:30pm - Vegan Soupkitchen - pop up for a tasty vegan dinner!

7:30pm - Scenes of Resistance - film screenings

Jean Vigo's 'Zero de Conduite' is a 1933 film by French film director Jean Vigo. The film draws extensively on Vigo's boarding school experiences to depict a repressive and institutionalised educational establishment in which surreal acts of rebellion occur. The title refers to a mark the boys would get which prevented from going out on Sundays. It was subsequently banned in France until February 15, 1946.

'Weather Underground' - documentary about Weather Underground Organization, violent U.S. Radical Left group consisting of splintered-off members and leaders of the Students for a Democratic Society which formed on the campus on the University of Michigan in the 1960s. The group referred to itself as a revolutionary organization of men and women whose purpose was to carry out a series of attacks that would achieve the revolutionary overthrow of the    Government of the United States.


Sunday, March 9th, Feminist Gathering

Building on the energy of International Women’s Day 2008, we are bringing together feminists from many backgrounds and political positions for one exciting and thought-provoking day of workshops, discussions and network building.

Sunday 9th March

1) Fem/mes talk: consciousness- raising and coffee session
2) Open discussion on feminist childrearing
3) Feminist and queer movements in Belarus

1) Sex workers and feminists: why they need each other
2) Women seeking asylum
3) Women’s self-defense

1) Sex traf?cking: myths, migrant sex workers and labour rights
2) Consent and community response to sexual assault
3) ‘Women of the Book who Go by the Name Feminists’
(for women who self- identify as religious and feminists)

1) F-T-eminism: workshop on feminism for male-identi?ed
trans people
2) Feminist erotic media and diy porn
3) Abortion rights: defending and extending reproductive

1) Slut/Goddess pleasure activism
2) Negotiating safer sex
3) Solidarity between trans and feminist movements

Contact us: 9thmarch@lists.
www.myspace. com/march9thlond on

Activities throughout the day:
Bike Repair
Luxury massage corner

Eve Ensler’s ‘Until the Violence Stops’
Marie Vermeiren’s ?lm on the stop rape paper bag project.

Creche: There will be a creche provided so contact us if you will need places.

The day is open to all genders and sexualities although some workshops may be for specific groups only: for example, women or trans only.

The venue is a squatted building, therefore although wheelchairs can access the space, facilities are limited and many areas are not child-friendly.

Monday, 3 March 2008


Tonight, come down for a Vegan Cafe and Film Night!
6:30 pm