The Common House is looking for new members! If your group is committed to challenging oppression and exploitation, building movement infrastructure and a radical, inclusive organising culture then in touch.
We offer very low (and no-) cost meeting, organising, and co-working space for grass roots groups from across London. Suggested donations are £5p/h or £1.25 for co-working based on 4 groups sharing. All we ask if that you help us keep the doors open somehow: cleaning, helping make decisions, fundraising, sharing skills…
For groups who are time poor but still want to use Common House, then we have a sliding scale based on what you can afford.
On Saturday the 23rd September The Common House will be throwing a folk fundraiser with food and merriment in aid of both us and another radical London based community, The London Catholic Worker.
The London Catholic worker is a community of destitute migrants and Christian activists who live together under the principles of community, hospitality and resistance. Half of the proceeds will be going towards supporting them.
The event will kick off at 5pm at 49 Mattison Road, N4 1BG, and will showcase trad and folk musicians, as well as opening up for jamming and open mic.
As this is a community accommodating vulnerable people, this event is strictly no alcohol and will be finishing up at 10pm sharp.
See you there for tasty musical fun times and solidarity.
The Common House Emergency Crowdfunder is now officially OVER! Sit down, kick back, it is done. We’re thrilled to have made it to £15,300, with the generous donations of 355 supporters. This will make a huge difference – it means we can stay open and keep providing space for so many great projects. Thank you all so much!
But this is just the beginning – everyone’s donations will take us through into June but we want to continue far beyond that. At our next Common House Assembly on 10th September, we’ll look at how Common House is structured and how we can make it not just sustainable, but more open and accessible to crucial causes, marginalised communities, and low-income people. Following this, we will have a special weekend 23rd- 24th September, which will feature an exciting musical fundraiser night and opportunities to get involved with the space in new ways. Watch this space.
In the meantime, if you’re able and willing, the Friends of Common House scheme is still open, where you can make a regular donation or one-off to keep Common House going: https://www.commonhouse.org.uk/friends.
Thank you again to everyone who contributed to the crowdfunder, made lots of noise about it, and helped us out in so many ways, big and small. Keep on commoning!
Exciting news – crowdfunder.co.uk has offered us an extra week to get towards our target, and we’ve decided to accept! So we’ve seven more days to make one make one last push, and help to ensure the future of Common House and the many great projects it supports.
Thank you to everyone for all your support and help so far – we’d never have got here without you! Please keep spreading the word.
The Common House is part-funded by a generous grant that pays a substantial portion of its rent. We’ve recently learned that this grant will end in September, leaving the Common House with a major shortfall. We have generated ideas for how to make the Common House sustainable in the long term, but September is fast approaching and we need some emergency funding in order to implement them.
In a city where social space is increasingly private, we have been carving out a common space shared by a wide range of groups and projects. It is a space where individuals and collectives can meet, come together to share skills and ideas, support each other, heal, grow, and use our shared experiences to support political action for social, economic and environmental justice in East London and beyond.
The Anarchist Federation is organising a fundraiser for this refugee solidarity group. One of our comrades in AF Manchester has been working with this group for some time and is coming to tell us something about the group and the issues of refugees in Greece. We will be providing food and drink for donation as a way of raising funds. Please support!
Here is a description of the group from their website: https://cribsinternational.org/
CRIBS started as an initiative by several independent volunteers who had been working in the woman and baby space in a camp near Chalkida, Greece. The idea was born (quite literally) with baby Ahmed, whose mother required an emergency Cesarian section. Clearly, sleeping on the dirt floor of a tent was out of the question for a woman recovering from major surgery, and alternatives needed to be found for during this crucial recovery period. While Ahmed and his mother were very kindly put up by a local family, the isolation from the rest of their family was difficult, and they returned to their tent earlier than ideal because of this. With approximately one in ten refugee women pregnant and the Cesarian section rate in Greece at an astonishing (and we don’t mean that in a good way) 70%, it was obvious that a mum and baby flat would be a useful thing.
‘Training for Exploitation? Politicising Employability and Reclaiming Education’ is a critical resource pack for educators teaching employability, ‘professional practice’ and work-based learning. This 96-pages publication provides a pedagogical framework that assists students and others in deconstructing dominant narratives around work, employability and careers, and explores alternative ways of engaging with work and the economy. Training for Exploitation? includes tools for critically examining the relationship between education, work and the cultural economy. It provides useful statistics and workshop exercises on topics such as precarity, employment rights, cooperation and solidarity, as well as examples of alternative educational and organising practices. Training for Exploitation? shows how we can both critique and organise against a system that is at the heart of the contemporary crises of work, student debt and precarity.