This data base captures occupations since 1970 and and is containing various diffrent categories (duration of occupation, legalization or eviction, ownership, organized groups and collectives, activities, repression, type of contracts, sources, media, webpage, comments, fotos etc.)
The trilingual (german, english, spanish) Datebase can be seen and understood as a unfinished product, as a work in progress.
The database isincomplete and fragmentary and therefore we ask you for your colaboration and support to refine and to arrange it more informative.
We will include this information in our Database and then consequently transfered/applied and constantly actualized on the webpage Berlin Besetzt, the illustrated map of squatting in Berlin (http://www.berlin-besetzt.de/).
This Database can also been seen and examined at the webpage of the internatiopnal network SqEK, a network of activists and researchers on the issue of squatting (http://sqek.squat.net/) as well as at the page of the former squat (since 2009 legalized) New Yorck im Bethanien (www.newyorck.net)
The #ReconstruïmCanVies process was launched on May 31 when more than a thousand people worked on rubble removal in the demolished chapel. That day, the collective boost made everyone dream about recovering what the City Council and the District of Sants-Montjuïc, through TMB (Public Transport Corporation) wanted to take us away. We recovered the street, lost our fear and empowered ourselves to stay there: to rebuild in peace what they violently destroyed.
Why do we want to rebuild Can Vies?
Because we have the opportunity to see Can Vies reborn and return it to what it was and still is: our community heritage. Support and solidarity have made possible the new collective reconstruction project and now we need the help of each and all of you to take it forward.
To make Can Vies a gathering space for diversity and anti-capitalist struggles speaker again, we want to share the process with you in a transparent manner, explaining clearly where these contributions that will make this collective dream come true will go.
How do we want to rebuild?
Rebuilding in a participatory manner.
It requires order and planning, but we want this task to be as transparent and symbolic as possible, as this social center is a node in a larger network involving every neighborhood.
Combining professional work with people wanting to do their little part.
To work with these ingredients we need a project that defines what, how and when to do every thing that we, collectively, decide is necessary.
Participative and collective process.
We’ll have to define which applications we’ll give to the different Can Vies spaces, the assistance levels and especially the more active part: doing everything with our own hands.
It’s sad to ask for money, but usury is sadder
70,000€ is a number that frightens humble people.
An insignificant number for the ruling usurer elites.
We are sure we will succeed with collective effort.
That’s why we want you to feel part of the project not only by financial contributions. We need you to spread this project and make it extensible across borders: to generate graphics, articles, videos or whatever you can imagine to extend again the flame of self-management.
A starting point to start dreaming.
It seems a lot of money but, at the time, it’s not enough. This is a process in constant reformulation, in constant assembly process with technical commissions that, depending on the budget, will project a more or less symbolic reconstruction.
A starting point to stop feeling alone.
This figure covers a part of the repressive costs that one week of demonstrations meant and will mean. A small contribution to help the prisoners and detainees breathe and feel accompanied.
It is a common responsibility.
It is the dignity of below against above!
How will we invest these contributions?
Contributions will allow us to consider rebuilding Can Vies. Only for this part of the budget we need 40,000 €. There are many factors involved and our numbers are approximate and not final. We work in assemblies, and our steps are short, but the road is very long.
The responsibility of this destruction belongs to the City Council, but we don’t want to ask for anything to those who wanted to take everything from us. We finally agreed to let them do the shore up and rubble removal work inside the building, to make it sure and no one is injured. But we won’t accept their timetables nor the counterparts of a staged media. We want them to leave us alone and let us rebuild quietly what the neighbourhood wants the way we decide to do it.
We know that rehabilitating a building like this requires a big amount of money. The money obtained from the contributions of sponsors will be allocated to management jobs, insurances for people who want to collaborate actively, recruiting professional workforce in situations that require it, and 30% of budget purchase of material.
Resistance coin bank
Also, 30,000€ will be distributed between Rereguarda en Moviment and Alerta Solidària to afford the legal costs of the 67 arrested during the week of protests by the # EfecteCanVies.
They have initiated legal proceedings against dozens of prisoners, and we will also start more against them for violating basic human rights.
We will also initiate complaints because dozens of people suffered injuries, some of them very serious, result of police actions. People was also kettled by police on May 31 early ours, and there they were forced to be photographed with clothes that were not theirs, to make false evidences that could incriminate them.
We will not leave our partners alone: now more than ever, let’s extend solidarity.
Facebook CSA Can Vies
Zoals jullie waarschijnlijk hebben gezien in de media is het einde nu heel erg nabij. Voor zaterdag zullen we er niet meer zijn, hoogstwaarschijnlijk zal de ontruiming morgenochtend plaatsvinden. Terwijl de gemeente nog lekker warm in bed ligt met OCP, zullen wij met zonsopgang alles uit de kast trekken om er een onvergetelijke ontruiming van te maken. Er zal een podium zijn met live muziek bij de opgeworpen barricades, er zullen mensen nog even vastgeketend thuisblijven, en onze dappere blauwe vrienden zullen het uniformgehalte komen opvoeren! (more…)
The Squatters’ Movement in Europe is the first definitive guide to squatting as an alternative to capitalism. It offers a unique insider’s view on the movement – its ideals, actions and ways of life. At a time of growing crisis in Europe with high unemployment, dwindling social housing and declining living standards, squatting has become an increasingly popular option.
The book is published by Pluto. You can find it on Amazon and at all decent independent bookshops.
ISBN – 9780745333953
The book is written by an activist-scholar collective, whose members have direct experience of squatting: many are still squatters today. There are contributions from the Netherlands, Spain, the USA, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the UK.
In an age of austerity and precarity this book shows what has been achieved by this resilient social movement, which holds lessons for policy-makers, activists and academics alike.
Introduction – Claudio Cattaneo and Miguel A. Martínez
Box 0.1 – Some Notes about SqEK’s Activist Research Perspective – Miguel A. Martínez
Box 0.2 – SqEK Processes as an Alternative to Capitalism – Claudio Cattaneo, Baptiste Colin, Elisabeth Lorenzi
1: Squatting as a response to social needs, the housing question and the crisis of capitalism, by Miguel A. Martínez and Claudio Cattaneo
Box 1.1 The Environmental Basis of the Political Economy of Squatting
2: The Fallow Lands of the Possible The Life Cycle of Squats in Geneva and Beyond, by Luca Pattaroni
Box 2.1 Anti-Capitalist Communes Remaining Despite Legalisation: The Case of House Projects in Berlin – Lucrezia Lennert
3: The Right to Decent Housing and A Whole Lot More Besides – Examining the Modern English Squatters Movement at its Beginnings and in the Present Day, by E.T.C. Dee
Box 3.1 Criminalisation One Year On – Needle Collective
4: The Power of the Magic Key. Scalability of squatting in the Netherlands and the US, by Hans Pruijt
Box 4.1 Provo – Alan Smart
Box 4.2 My Personal Experience as a NYC Neighbour – Frank Morales
5: Ogni sfratto sarà una barricata: squatting for housing and social conflict in Rome, by Pierpaolo Mudu
Box 5.1 The French Housing Movement: Squatting as a Mode of Action Among Other Tools – Thomas Aguilera
6: Squats in urban ecosystems: overcoming the social and ecological catastrophes of the capitalist city, by Salvatore Engels di Mauro and Claudio Cattaneo
7: Squatting and Diversity – Gender and Patriarchy: In Berlin, Madrid and Barcelona, by Azozomox
Box 7.1 Some Examples of the Great Variety and Diversity within the Berlin Squatting Environment
8: Unavoidable Dilemmas: Squatters dealing with the Law, by Miguel A. Martínez, Azozomox and Javier Gil
Box 8.1 The Interaction between Spheres of Morality and of Legality – Claudio Cattaneo
Box 8.2 ‘Your Laws are Not Ours’: Squatting in Amsterdam – Deanna Dadusc
Conclusions – Miguel A. Martínez and Claudio Cattaneo
Appendix: The story of SqEK and the production process of this book, by Claudio Cattaneo, Baptiste Colin and Elisabeth Lorenzi
Il collettivo SqEK (Squatting Europe Kollective) è una rete transanzionale di attivisti e ricercatori la cui attività si incentra sullo studio e la riflessione sul movimento delle occupazioni (centri sociali e squat). Il nostro obiettivo è quello di produrre conoscenza attendibile e dettagliata su questo movimento che non sia fine a se stessa ma risorsa pubblica da condividere liberamente.
[English PDF of program is below.] [English minutes of the meetings are also attached.] (more…)