Feminist Fightback were due to host a discussion with an activist from China who runs the Beijing LGBT Centre this Saturday, 30 August at 2pm in the Common House. Unfortunately she has not been able to get a visa. Hopefully we will be able to rearrange in future.
“Enjoy Poverty” (2008) - Dutch artist Renzo Martens travels with his camera through the poorest and most violent areas of the Congolese interior. In these regions, where poverty is the highest export product, Martens start an emancipation program in which he encourages local communities to monetize their poverty. This fails horribly.
ELCPAS is a new regular film screening group that sets out to display, reveal and critique mainstream forms of entertainment as Capitalistic propaganda rather than just escapism. We understand that we are probably wasting a night of Common House’s calendar on a stupid film night when some serious critiquing and activisting or brick throwing could be happening, but we also think the left should be, and can be a little bit more fun.
Donations for Common House are very appreciated. Booze is encouraged. 420 friendly yeah bro. https://www.facebook.com/events/166119630254665/
Yoga is back to weekly classes from next Tuesday 26th August, 6 – 7 pm. There are spaces for any new students who want to learn Ashtanga. Low cost sliding scale £4/7/9. It is a class for queer and Trans people but allies are very welcome!
Best wishes, Josetta
The common house acupuncture clinic is open again from Monday 18th August as normal 12 – 6pm and then every Monday as usual
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)
Monthly donation of £3 (low wage)
Monthly donation of £5 (mid wage)
Monthly donation of £10 (high wage)
Monthly donation of £20 (high wage with liberal guilt)
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.
The Common House
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.