The Queer Relationships Project

July 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

What makes a Queer Relationship Queer? What makes it successful? Our relationships challenge the heteronormative model, yet we don’t have common and visible alternatives. The Queer Relationships Project ( is a new online resources archive and oral history project, aimed at making models, theories and practices easily accessible and visible.

In this presentation, we would like to to share some things we learned so far, and to hear about your experiences, challenges, inspiration and dreams.

Politics in Love, Sex & Relationships

July 26 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A monthly discussion, peer support, and solidarity group (usually last Sunday of each month) concentrating on thinking and practicing relationships “differently” (that usually means we talk a lot about relationship anarchy, ethical non-monogamy, relationships that don’t conform to the “relationship escalator” idea or other ideas promoted by the capitalist heteropatriarchy.)

The purpose of the group is to discuss issues and learn from each other on a more general level (sometimes with the help of lighter reading material, such as short articles and blog pieces), and also peer support and solidarity – so not just theoretical abstract discussions! Our feeling was that for a lot of people doing relationships differently can be quite difficult, with little support and guidance in people around you and in the media, and so it would be great if we could provide this for each other. After each meeting, we will aim to also go to the pub together for a chance to get to know each other more.

Everyone is welcome to attend. We strive to make this group a safer space for people who are often excluded and marginalised in public spaces and groups. Common House is accessible by wheelchair (no steps inside), but unfortunately the toilet is not. Do let us know if you have other needs either in advance or on the day and we will try to sort something out!

Do let us know if you want to suggest discussion topics, hold a workshop, do an exercise, do a performance or anything else on the subject of doing relationships “differently”.

For more information and the safer spaces agreement please join the Facebook group: or email us at

Name of contact person:
Josefin Hedlund

Contact phone number:

Decolonising Capital Reading Group

July 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Re-reading Marx’s Capital through a decolonial lens by discussing how theoretical and historical intersections of various oppressions can be read through Marx’s Capital. It is hoped that this will inform not only theory but also practice. No expertise is necessary, but some knowledge of decolonial methods and/or Marx would be a big help!

The event is open to anyone that would like to participate, but anyone interested should RSVP so that we can share materials and get an idea of numbers.

Feminist Fightback Film Club

July 17 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

We’ll be screening the playful French new wave film Les Stances à Sophie (1971, 97 minutes). Based on the feminist novel by Christiane Rochefort, the film explores themes of sexual liberation, the bourgeois family and its claustrophobic stranglehold, capitalist greed and its environmental catastrophe, set amongst a backdrop of music, poetry and the existentialist ideas of post-’68 France.
The screening will be followed by a discussion. Drinks and snacks available. £3 low/unwaged, £5 higher waged. Doors open at 7pm.

Support the campaign to reinstate the Sotheby’s 4

Sotheby's 4 with placardsAll the courageous cleaners and porters – “the Sotheby’s 4″– that took part in the protest on Wednesday ( 1 July) demanding sick pay and end to trade union victimisation have been banned (aka sacked) by Sotheby’s auction house and their contractor Servest the day after the protest.

We will now tirelessly fight for their reinstatement.

The response we got from befriended groups, individuals and the press has been absolutely fantastic. Percy, Barbara, Marco and Jorge quickly realised they are not alone. Barbara said “it is the wonderful support from my union, all the groups and people which gave me the strength and inspiration to go ahead with our campaign”. Now, in the fight for their reinstatement we need your solidarity even more. Here are some ways in which you could get involved in the campaign:

– Call Sotheby’s press office and tell them to reinstate the Sotheby’s Four: 020 7293 6000. And please keep Tweeting @sothebys and Facebooking them Sotheby’s.
– Join the next protest and get involved in the campaign. Get in touch with UVW if want the get involved!
– Sign their petition
– Forward the info to journalist friends and people of influence
– Donate: The Co-operative Bank, Account: United Voices of the World, Sort code: 08-92-99 Account: 65755617

Thank you all, we really appreciate your solidarity. Hast la Victoria!

Reinstate the “Sotheby’s 4″

All the courageous cleaners and porters – “the Sotheby’s 4″– that took part in the protest on Wednesday demanding sick pay and end to trade union victimisation have been banned (aka sacked) by Sotheby’s auction house and their contractor Servest the day after the protest. Some of them have been working for Sotheby’s for over 5 years.

Together their union, United Voices of the World and other groups such as the Precarious Workers Brigade, Plan C and many more will now fight tirelessly for their reinstatement. Please come in solidarity to show Sotheby’s real people power. The support they got from different people, groups and trade unions has been absolutely fantastic. Lets keep on fighting till they are reinstated!

Sotheby’s contractor Servest wrote to the cleaners who participated in the peaceful, lawful protest for sick pay on Wed 1st July. The “official” reason for banning them from site (aka sacked) is: “Sotheby’s has instructed us to remove you from their site with effect from 1st July 2015….because your involvement in the recent protests was a deliberate act to disrupt Sotheby’s lawful business which may have resulted in a significant loss of revenue, and could have put their business at risk”.

Are they kidding?

What about their lawful right to peacefully protest?
What about the fact it was a record breaking auction?
What about the fact that Sotheby’s had every opportunity to bring the dispute to an end by offering to provide contractual sick pay?

Shame on them! Lets show them what we think about them at the next major auction coming up this Wednesday.


If you want to join us directly at Sotheby’s
34-35 New Bond Street
London W1A 2AA

Dignity under the Hammer: Protest at Sotheby’s auction house

1 July at 7pm 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA

sotheby's protest cover picThis protest will coincide with a Contemporary Art Evening Auction scheduled to start at 7pm .The combined estimated value of the paintings to be sold that evening comes to £353,000,000 (£353 million)

A few months ago the grass-roots trade union United Voices of the World (UVW) successfully campaigned at Sotheby’s and won the London Living Wage, contractual sick pay, the reinstatement of their trade union members that had been suspended and dismissed and many other things.

Now Sotheby’s and their cleaning contractor Servest have refused to pay up!

At the moment the cleaners and porters are only paid Statutory Sick Pay, which is £35 for the first week they are off sick. This means they are faced with the Dickensian choice between working and sick and getting sicker or risking eviction for not being able to pay the rent.

A choice between their health and their home is not a choice anyone should have to make!

In response to the cleaners’ and porters’ campaign Servest threatened to discipline them if they were to protest. In fact, a trade union member and a key organiser of the campaign is currently victimised and faces dismissal procedures. This is a direct attack to the human rights, enshrined in Articles 10&11 of the European Convention on Human rights.

Find out more here

Please join the cleaners and porters in solidarity on the 1st July. Lets make it a creative and noisy poorest! Please also spread the word.

June 20 Anti Austerity Demo + Creche


Creche in the Common House

June 20 @ 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

For J20 Plan C and friends are co-ordinating a creche for parents and carers who want to join the march. More details to follow but the general gist is that parents will be able to drop off their kids and collect at the of the end of day. We will have playworkers and other parents at Common House all day.

On June 20, Common House will be open – all those that are unable to march – for diverse and multiple reasons – are welcome to come and join in taking action – caring for kids, doing media, keeping our comrades safe on the streets, providing a space to recharge batteries and keep each other safe.

contact for more information.

Visuals Against the Housing Crisis

June 14 @ 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Visuals Against the Housing Crisis
June 13th and 14th 2015
Organised by the Propagate Collective and
Location: / Common House, Bethnal Green
Time: 11:00–18:00

All over the UK and most visibly in London we are facing an unprecedented wave of gentrification with a rise in house prices, and rents, evictions of families and sell-offs of public housing. We believe that political communication is capable of making the issue bold and visible, showing the different forces involved in the rise of housing prices, social cleansing and displacement of working families from edgy areas and to mobilise people.
This event calls for residents, activists, artists and designers to come together for a weekend of workshops about how to communicate the housing crisis and the politics of gentrification. The workshop aims to enable participants to express their anger and demands through discussion and creativity, develop them into a visual manifestation that communicates on the streets.
We will be using Risograph Printing to mass produce our voices and distribute them wide and loud. You don’t have to be an artist or a designer to take part! Participants should come with ideas and images and be prepared to discuss them collectively and work in collaboration to develop these ideas into visual form.
We will shortly circulate a programme of the event. In the meantime please book your free place via eventbrite. Spaces for the workshop are limited.