Friends of Common House Scheme Launched

The Common House is almost one year old! During the last year together we have knocked down walls, painted, cleaned, run conferences, held meetings, printed thousands of leaflets, watched feminist films, looked after our kids collectively, had more meetings, hosted sex worker breakfast drop in’s, danced, got a bit drunk, had acupuncture and hair cuts, done yoga – in short it has been a great year of building a radical commons in a difficult place like London.

But in order to keep running, the Common House needs your help. 

We have managed to get started, pay the rent and bills and keeping going for a year through various fund raising activities and grants, but we now want to devote more attention to political activity than financial maintenance. We also need to share the work around keeping Common House financially viable.

We have started a Friends of the Common House scheme, in which we are asking friends – people who regularly use common house and also those who don’t but want to support the project to donate a small amount each month in order to keep the Common House open. The money raised from Friends of Common House will go directly towards covering the rent and bills of Common House.

If everyone who has used the Common House to date contributed £3 a month, we could keep the Common House running indefinitely.

Anything that you will be able to contribute will be helpful. If you are not in a position to contribute regularly, you can of course give a one off donation. As a guide, we are suggesting monthly donations below.

Simply click on one of the payment amounts ( if you want to pay more get in contact ), if you want to pay less ( also get in contact ).

Monthly donation of £1 (unwaged) 
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Monthly donation of £3 (low wage)
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Monthly donation of £5 (mid wage) 
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Monthly donation of £10 (high wage) 
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Monthly donation of £20 (high wage with liberal guilt)
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It would be great to be able to keep Common House running as a really important radical resource in London for getting together, plotting and collaborating.

Solidarity,

The Common House
info@commonhouse.org.uk

Common House Open Monthly Meeting Sunday 2nd March

The monthly Common House Open Meeting is on Sunday 2 March 4-6pm.

All welcome whether you are a regular user or just interested in finding out about the space.

Open House Get Togethers are open to all users – regular and occasional. These monthly meetings are a space to have the broader political discussions that affect the space, to think about ways of working together and are also a space for new groups to come and check us out. There is not an expectation that everyone from every group comes every month, but a few people from each group means we can have some collective decision making processes. The space is a work-in-progress so there are still things to be worked out and decided.

An afternoon of tea, cake and antifascism – sold out!

The event was packed.  Tons of cake donated – a total feast.  Only tea of various descriptions was served – great to have a non alcohol event.  The event was to raise funds to print the book version of the Queer Beograd project.  Various characters, some well known and others less so, from all over, read pieces from the original script performed under much scarier conditions. The event was all over by 6pm – a very happy afternoon with a serious topic. Just beautiful

born into flames screening – a huge success

Feminist Fightback’s film screening of Born in Flames was packed out. We had to turn people away and we raised about £120 for The Common House from donations.
Some tips for future film showings.
 - you can fit about 50 people max comfortably.
 - put the projector on top of the fridge to get the best view on the screening wall
 - you need to connect the projector to the portable sound system but there is currently no cable to do this. Maybe we can order one?