From the Factory: We’re still here!

We remain in occupation and the building remains in use.

People’s Kitchen will be happening as usual from 8pm this evening, and every Tuesday unless we get evicted. Wear warm clothes.

And look out for a special suprise outdoor cafe on Sunday afternoon, weather and bailiffs permit.

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Defend The Factory! March and Demonstration!

 

We recently recieved court papers from the owner looking to gain a possession order on the building. Today we recieved new papers which brought the court date forward 5 days. Our court date will be on Wednesday 26th October at 2:30PM at Bristol Civil Justice Centre.

We don’t want to be moved on and we don’t want this building to be developed. We are asking for your support! Please join us for a March and Demonstration against the proposed threat of eviction. Assemble at Portland Square, St. Pauls at 12:00PM on Wednesday 26th October!

AGAINST EVICTION & GENTRIFICATION!
In defence of autonomous spaces!

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Against eviction and gentrification in St Pauls: for the defence of liberated spaces

We are people who live in or use the Factory Social Centre, the building on the corner of Cave Street and Portland Square. A company called the PG Group wants to develop the building we are occupying. They plan to turn it into luxury flats, offices, a cafe, an art gallery and a small health centre. Aside from the possible health centre, we don’t see their development plans as good for this area. Also, when all other information suggests that the NHS is cutting back on public outpatient nursing, we have doubts about what kind of heath centre it would be and if it will really happen.

We don’t want to be moved on and we don’t want this building to be developed. We are asking for your support.

We have worked hard since we squatted here a year and a half ago to turn this building into a home and into a space for free activities, creativity and political discussion. All of these things are under threat from this development. They are also threatened by similar developments in many other places.

We don’t believe that St Pauls needs more luxury flats and offices. On Portland Square alone there are three buildings full of empty offices. We don’t want to be removed in order to create more “beautiful” sterile vacant spaces. We see the PG Group’s proposal as part of a process that is changing our city – and St Pauls in particular – by making more places that are only comfortable for people with more money. This process – often called gentrification – pushes up prices and displaces existing residents, destroying the relationships that people have built with their neighbours and their neighbourhood. It leads to even more security cameras and police to stop people gathering in public space. We want this to stop.

The PG Group say that their aim is to “improve the environment of their community and, if possible, to make donations to charity.” However, nearly all of their developments are luxury accommodation – which is useful to only a small section of the “community”. For example, they developed the flats and serviced apartments on Portland Square. They were also part of the failed onedovelane development, which proposed building the second-highest skyscraper in the UK in St Pauls.

In addition to this, the main aim of the Grant Bradley Trust, the organisation PG give money to, is “the advancement of the Roman Catholic and Christian faith in any part of the world.” It is a religious, rather than a charitable, organisation. Despite what they say, the PG Group are a development company like any other – who just use some of their profits to promote their own beliefs.

The PG Group are trying to get us to leave voluntarily by holding out the promise of another building that we could use. So far all they have offered is a shipping container for storage and the use of some meeting rooms. We reject this offer.

We want to make it clear: even if they offered us a suitable building, we do not want to leave. We believe that, in this situation, accepting another building in order to vacate this one for development would be the same as supporting what the PG Group want to do. We do not want to help them promote themselves as ethical and caring as they continue to damage neighbourhoods. We do not agree with their development and we do not intend to cooperate with it.

We are squatting this building. We do not legally own it. However, we believe that buildings should belong to the people who use them and open them up for others to use together, not to those who only want to make money off them. Laws exist to protect the interests of the rich and keep the rest of us shut out. That is why, if we have to, we will defy them. We know that this means that we are likely to face violent eviction but we believe that resistance is essential. We have to take a stand.

We are staying where we are and we call for those who support us to join us in struggle – for this building, for free spaces and against eviction and gentrification.

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EXHIBITION @ EMPORIUM 5th-20th

These are a few questions you may not have asked yourself or others,

what is an autonomous space?

why do we create squats and social centres?

why should we create and defend them?

where and when are these places most effective?

Come down to the emporium 37 stokes croft, to check out pictures and info on autonoumous spaces, squats and social centres spaces that have been created, watch some films about them and have some informal discussions with people that are around.

everyones welcome, free event opening most days between from midday till early evening.

5th-20th of April.

also find out about the latest legal situation for bristols only freeshop and autonomous gallery.

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People’s kitchen, Man Bites Dog & the proliferation of egocrats

It’s all the usual events at the Factory, including work & maintenance on the building Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 12-5. We’ve almost reached the end of our scheduled film program, so send suggestions of films you’d like to see on the big screen.

TUESDAY March 15 is, as always, people’s kitchen with food from 8pm & possibly a film afterwards. Help welcome cooking from 4pm.

WEDNESDAY March 16 we have a film & reading group & board games.

6pm – Factory anarchist reading group on on the pamphlet “10 theses on the proliferation of egocrats”, by Fredy Perlman. There are copies in the infoshop. A link to an on-line version & info about future reading groups can be found here.

7pm – Man Bites Dog (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society and life as he off mailmen, pensioners and random others. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities and they begin wondering if what they’re doing is such a good idea.

8pm – Boardgames in the function room.

THURSDAY March 17 – 7pm – Social centre meeting.

FRIDAY March 18 – 6pm – Men confronting patriarchy meeting

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Factory events March 8 -14

TUESDAY March 8 is, as always, people’s kitchen with food from 8pm & possibly a film afterwards. Help welcome cooking from 4pm.

WEDNESDAY March 9 we have a film & board games.

7pm – Samson & Delilah (2010)
In the desert of Central Australia, aimless Samson (Rowan McNamara) takes a fancy to Delilah (Marissa Gibson), a fellow teen who takes care of her grandmother. Branded as outcasts by the rest of the community, Samson and Delilah set out for Alice Springs on a grueling road trip. The epic journey subjects the aboriginal duo to poverty, addiction and hunger in writer-director Warwick Thornton’s sparse and grittily beautiful feature debut.

8pm – Boardgames in the function room.

THURSDAY March 10 – 7pm – Social centre meeting.

FRIDAY March 11 – 6pm – Men confronting patriarchy meeting

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Factory events March 1-6

TUESDAY March 1 is, as always, people’s kitchen with food from 8pm & possibly a film afterwards. Help welcome cooking from 4pm.

WEDNESDAY March 2 has reading group & film & board games.
6pm – reading group on a few texts around ‘Giving up Activism.’ Copies are available to pick up in the infoshop or see more information here.

7pm – Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)
Rockumentary charting failing Canadian heavy metal band Anvil. After a brief moment of fame in the 80s, the band slipped into obscurity, but refused to give up or stop churning out albums for over thirty years. Now in their fifties, will Lips and Robb finally achieve rock and roll stardom with a seemingly doomed tour of Europe. A hilarious study on the power of hope, delusion and permed mullets.

8pm – Boardgames in the function room.

THURSDAY March 3 – 7pm – Social centre meeting

FRIDAY March 4 – 6pm – Men confronting patriarchy meeting

SUNDAY March 6 – 11am- 6pm : Women’s skillshare day.
As part of celebrations for International Women’s Day, the Bristol anarcha-feminists present a day of practical wokshops run by and for women. We’re hoping to create a supportive environment to learn and share skills, especially in areas that women can often feel excluded from. There will be workshops in self-defence, carpentry, car maintenance and bicycle maintenance.

The day is open for women of all ages and experiences. (We’re not interested in policing anyone’s gender; trans and genderqueer people are welcome. Children of all genders are also welcome, though we’re not able to provide childcare, sorry.)

See the timetable at http://bristolanarchafeminists.wordpress.com/

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Anarcha-Feminist Skill-Share Day


As part of celebrations for International Women’s Day, the Bristol Anarcha-Feminists present a day of practical wokshops run by and for women. We’re hoping to create a supportive environment to learn and share skills, especially in areas that women can often feel excluded from. There will be workshops in self-defence, carpentry, car maintenance and bicycle maintenance.

The day is open for women of all ages and experiences. (We’re not interested in policing anyone’s gender; trans and genderqueer people are welcome. Children of all genders are also welcome, though we’re not able to provide childcare, sorry.)

See the timetable at http://bristolanarchafeminists.wordpress.com/

 

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Factory Reading Group: Feb 16th – In Other Words, The Situation is Excellent

So, as agreed a couple of meetings ago, the reading group is getting going
again. It will meet every other wednesday at 6pm in the Function room at
the factory. Texts will be available online and in printed form at the
factory two weeks before the group meets. What we read is totally up to the
group. If you have something to suggest bring it along and if people up for
reading it and we can have it printed and distributed.

The next meet will be wednesday the 16th of Feb.

On the 16th we will be talking about: “in other words, the situation is
excellent – an interview with julien coupat” -

Julien Coupat is one of the Tarnac 9 – accused of sabotaging french
railway lines which the french state define as terrorism. The Tarnac 9 also
allegedly wrote the much loved/hated/parodied text ‘the coming
insurrection’. The interview, conducted in jail, contains a mix of him
talking about what happened and theorising about the political situation.
Given this mix, parts of it makes more sense than others but hey, part of
what’s cool about a reading group is the chance to bounce ideas back and
forth in a safe space and in doing so maybe make sense of the harder
bits… or indeed, to decide they are wak and sack off talking about them
completely in favour of the more practical stuff.

it’s at the factory in printed form or available to download here:
http://zinelibrary.info/other-words-situation-excellent-interview-julien-coupat

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Factory Weekly Film Nights: Feb 16th Winter’s Bone (2010)

Hello you horrible lot!

You ‘eard about the Factory Weekly Film Night yet? No? Then read on…..

Thats every Wednesday at 7pm, free entry, free nibbles and tea. (donations welcome)

This week: Winter’s Bone

An unflinching Ozark mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she ties to hunt down her father through a complex world of feuding kin, patriachal violence and meth addiction before his absence causes their evection. Bleak, haunting and yet somehow hopeful.

Upcoming Screenings:

Feb 23rd – From The Heart of the World (1991)

“Up to now we have ignored the Younger Brother. We have not deigned even to give him a slap. But now we can no longer look after the world alone. The Younger Brother is doing too much damage. He must see, and understand, and assume responsibility. Now we will have to work together. Otherwise, the world will die.” – Kogi Mama The Elder Brother’s Warning is a 1990 BBC film made with the Indigenous Kogi Peoples in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. Having resisted colonisation attempts from the Spanish and the more from the capitalist world they now detail their world view and their warning to the rest of the world that we are destroying all around us and need to fix up. Cinema Klandestino returns from far off galaxies to present this important documentary.

2nd March – Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)

Rockumentary charting failing Canadian heavy metal band Anvil. After a brief moment of fame in the 80s, the band slipped into obscurity, but refused to give up or stop churning out albums for over thirty years. Now in their Fiftys, will Lips and Robb finally achieve rock and roll stardom with a seemingly doomed tour of Europe. A hilarious study on the power of hope, delusion and permed mullets.

9th March – Samson and Delilah (2009)

Samson and Delilah’s world is a small, isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life is’nt always fair, but love never judges.

16th March – Man Bites Dog (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer around a he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society and life as he off mailmen, pensioners and random others. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities and they begin wondering if what they’re doing is such  a good idea.

23rd March – Hard Candy (2005)

A mature 14 year old girl meets a charming 32 year old photographer on the internet and is lured to his house. The line between predator and prey is quickly blurred however.

30th March – La Haine (1995)

Vinz, a Jew, Saïd, an Arab and Hubert, a black boxer have grown up in a French suburbian ghetto, subjected to high levels of diversity coupled with the racist and oppressive police force have raised tensions to a critical breaking point. During the riots that took place a night before, a police officer lost his gun in the ensuing madness, only to leave it for Vinz to find. Now, with a newfound means to gain the respect he deserves, Vinz vows to kill a cop if his friend Abdel dies in the hospital, due the beating he received while in police custody

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