Manchester: Shock eviction of Cornerhouse centre puts 20 people on streets

Homeless people rounded on Andy Burnham’s Labour administation in Manchester today after 20 people were rousted out of the well-regarded Cornerhouse squatted centre in an early-morning raid.

Manchester Activist Network, which has been heavily involved in the space, said today they will be looking to hold highly-paid council bosses to account for promises made during Mayor Burnham’s election campaign in May that his team would “end rough sleeping by 2020”:
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Manchester’s self-organised homeless challenge Andy Burnham to join them

201705_Cornerhouse_Cinema_ManchesterOrganisers at squatted former arts space Cornerhouse have called on new Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham to go a step further than simple charity donations and engage directly with homeless people in finding solutions to the city’s rough sleeping crisis. Cornerhouse, owned by Network Rail, has been occupied by homeless people and Manchester Activist Network (MAN) since January and successfully saw off an eviction attempt late last month.

Writing in response to Burnham’s recent pledge to give 15% of his pay to homelessness charities and “put words into action” to help the rising street homeless population, MAN said:

This sounds great Andy, however what do (former mayor and new business and economy deputy) Richard Leese, (power player and former Manchester council chief exec) Howard Bernstein and (Manchester city centre tsar) Pat Karney think about this?

From the information we have been provided with it seems that Leese will continue to have the large sway of the Devo (devolutionary budget) mayoral power and you will be pushed out to the outer regions. Maybe this is why Oldham and Rochdale were mooted as potential places for shelters. Will you have any real Mayoral power or is this just a token? [Read More]

Manchester: Loose Space squatters cleaning up before eviction

Manchester: Sleepout against anti-squatting laws

Around 20 people slept outside the BBC on Oxford Road, Manchester last night to oppose new legislation that would criminalise squatting. An amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill which will be read in the House of Commons today, Tuesday 1 November, will make it a criminal rather than civil offence to trespass in an empty residential property.
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Manchester: OK Cafe social centre returns

Manchester’s OKasional Cafe has returned. The temporary squatted social centre project has occupied a disused old people’s home in Fallowfield, South Manchester. For three weeks the space will provide vegan lunch, dinner, workshops, events, gigs, parties, a library and more.

For an up-to-date programme of events see here.
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UK: Whatever they say squatting will stay!

October 1 2011 marked one year since the Kraakverbod made squatting illegal in the Netherlands. However, hundreds of people still squat and will continue to squat.

With squatting in the UK coming under threat, join us to hear 3 squatters from Amsterdam talk next week in several cities across the UK about squatting before the ban, resistance to the criminalisation and what’s been happening since the Kraakverbod became law.
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Manchester (UK): RBS occupied and banner dropped

March 5th, 2011

They took our money to pay for their mistakes,
and now they take our home…

Despite being empty for 4 years and having no plans to use the property above RBS, we are faced with being uprooted from our temporary security and shelter which we cleaned and worked on from a state of disrepair to make our home.

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Manchester: “Freedom of movement for all & Defend autonomous spaces” demo

No Borders demo and mass action
April 17th 2008
Report by Manchester No Borders of the “FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT” and “DEFEND AUTONOMOUS SPACES” demonstration on Saturday, April 12th. See also

Last Saturday evening, up to 200 squatters and supporters followed our call for an unauthorised demonstration in the city centre. We were accompanied by a samba band (Rhythms of Resistance) and two soundsystems mounted on bike trailers. With the cops not bothering to show up, we marched undisturbed from Victoria Station into the Northern Quarter, along Market Street and Kings Street , through Spinningfields into Castlefields.

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New squatted social centre in central Manchester

It’s a non-profit space for hanging out, discussing ideas, reading zines, and stuffing yer face fuck-full of vegan scrummies! Court case was today, and the owners (premier land uk ltd.) won. They seem to be up on getting us out muchos quick too, so get off yer ass and get down to it:

Kickstart C@fe -Timetable of events 13-15 Liverpool Rd – off deansgate

Events this week –

tuesday 2nd – Creative writing workshop 7pm

Wednesday 3rd – Peoples kitchen 7pm

Thursday 4th – Free film night in association with Beyond TV! 7pm

Friday 5th – Gig night, 8pm till late – Featuring/ seth/the dragon rapide/burnst/our beautiful ridiculous plan

Saturday 6th – Stumblefunk sound system 8pm onwards


07811 981760 for more info < !!!!

e-mail: Kickstart [at] shortcutz [dot] org [dot] uk