21 July 2002, 6pm, at Irene Warehouse, 5 Pitt St Brunswick (Melbourne)
Social centres and autonomous organising – the Midnight Star social centre experience
Five months into a barricaded occupation – the Midnight Star is a squatted ‘social centre’ in Homebush, in Sydneys’ west. Forging the beginnings of a self managed community space, the social centre grapples with questions like; its relationship to its neighborhood ; experimenting with decentralised decision making: ‘free spaces’ and market relations; and how to engage in effective networks of liberatory activity. Autonomous organising or bust? Participants in the Social Centre Autonomous Network (SCAN) will talk about their experience of squatting the Midnight Star – possibilities and limitations for social centres in anti-authoritarian movements.
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