East London Capitalist Propaganda Appreciation Society screening: ‘Enjoy Poverty’, 28 Aug, 8pm

“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 update

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

Josetta Yoga

The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street, 10 August, 6pm – 8pm

Author Mark Bray talks about lessons learnt from OWS and its anarchist practices.trans
Mark Bray author of ‘Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of
Occupy Wall Street’ will be giving this talk as part of a European speaking tour. The talk starts at 6pm, but join us from 5pm for some food.
Translating Anarchy tells the story of the anti-capitalist anti-authoritarians of Occupy Wall Street who strategically communicated their revolutionary politics to the public in a way that was both accessible and revolutionary.
OWS organiser Mark Bray combines his direct experience in the movement with nearly 200 interviews with the most active, influential architects of Occupy Wall Street, to reveal the revolutionary anarchist core of Occupy.
Although The New York Times and CNN thought that OWS simply wanted tighter financial regulations and a millionaire’s tax, Bray shows that the vast majority of organizers called for the abolition of capitalism altogether.
By “translating” their ideas into everyday concepts like community empowerment and collective needs, these anarchists sparked the most dynamic American social movement in decades.

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) 

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

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.