Maandelijks archief: maart 2014

Woning in gebruik genomen in Soest

20140331_174927Het is al een tijdje geleden, maar afgelopen januari is er een woning gekraakt in Soest. Dit pand, gelegen aan de Koninginnelaan, stond al vele jaren leeg. Drie jaar geleden is het ook al een keer gekraakt geweest, maar toentertijd is na een paar dagen besloten het weer te verlaten vanwege bedreigingen vanuit de eigenaar.Dit keer maakte de eigenaar echter minder indruk en zijn de krakers blijven zitten. Uiteindelijk gaat de bebouwing op het terrein gesloopt worden, wanneer dit zal zijn is echter onduidelijk.

Kraakdagen in Hamburg

Logo_BK_HBU_400Dit jaar zijn  de kraakdagen in Hamburg. Ze vinden plaats van 27 t/m 31 augustus. Tijdens de kraakdagen vinden er discussies en acties plaats over kraken en de woonstrijd in het algemeen.

Hieronder de volledige oproep in het Engels:


Come to the Squatting Days 2014 in Hamburg!

From August, 27th till 31st we will make Squatting a topic again. Let’s exchange experiences together, lets discuss, roam the streets and start some action.

Reasons for squatting are numerous and various: To protest against unaffordable and rising rent, to prevent a building from being teared down, out of the need of new, self-organised and uncomercial spaces, for living, as ateliers, workshops, cultural centres and many many more.

The houses around us are empty.

Many people sleep on streets, in parks, under bridges, in their friend’s livingrooms, in gyms, in refugee accommodation or emergency shelters and in highly overpriced community rooms. Living prices are rising, urban districts are facing gentrification, alternative places are in danger or – inspite of resistance – unfortunately lost. There are enough reasons to move into abandoned houses or just not leave our flats.

To fill vacancies with life again, to acquire and use the rooms also offers the possibility of living life (more) selforganised. Squatted houses can be places for utopia, can be a place for self-created living, just as beeing a workplace for groups and initiatives, for a corperately try and error for still unknown problems and solutions…

Activists tend to understand their squattings as attacs on political situation, as symbols against capitalist housing policy and connect the fights for the houses with the fight for a better life. How can we increase the chances of succesfull squattings? Which are the troubles holding us back from just taking the houses? And how do we get to a praxis which leads our ideas to reality?

When we find common interests and learn of our experiences, we can avoid many mistakes, and support and inspire each other/one another. Together we can face our fears and conjointly stand together against criminalization and repression.

Start moving!

In all our differences and contradictions in our ways of fighting, living and discussing, the Squatting Days will be a chance to benefit from all this. There is lots to learn, to discuss, to question. And a lot to experience.

During browsing through conference reports of the past decades, while reading books or watching films, in conversations with activist from different contexts, the whole range of the squatting movement is present. We are looking forward to investigate squatting theoretically and practically with everyone interested. Abusive attitudes and behavior such as rasism, sexism, homophobia or anti-semitism in our understanding stand clearly contrairy to the constructive dialogue about social relations and will not find a place here. We want to solidaritly process strategies and concepts and put them into practice. Let’s get connected and start movements together.

Saturday, 30th of August 2014 will be the actionday, in Hamburg and everywhere you gonna start something.

Let’s go!

Hereby we encourage you to start the debate now. We are excited to recieve texts, reports, questions, ideas, contributions to discussions by you, your groups and projects. Put them to paper, record videos or radio shows, send them to us via (see website for encryption-key) and/or publish them on indymedia or through other channels. Use the time of the Squatting Days in Hamburg to present your own inputs, to offer workshops and to disseminate knowledge.

No matter if you live or lived in a squat, if you are experienced with occupying houses or not, if you like partying in abandoned buildings, if you are threatened by eviction or are campaigning for the right of living and housing, if you are searching a flat right now or just started being interested in vacancies and the possibilities of alternative use,

Come to Hamburg!

Squatting Days

Boetes voor opstarten Bakfietsuitleen

De krakers die hebben geprobeerd een bakfietsuitleen op te starten, hebben een boete gekregen van 250,- p.p. Het pand dat ze hiervoor op het oog hadden is direct na de kraak ontruimt. Hiermee is de bakfietsuitleen kapot gemaakt.

Op deze manier worden sociale initiatieven de nek omgedraaid in Amersfoort. Het is een tendens die wij al langer zien. Waar Amersfoort ooit een sociale stad was, worden de laatste tijd buurtcentra gesloten en ook initiatieven als de Weggeefwinkel en de Buurtnatuurtuin staan op de tocht.

Een bakfietsuitleen is een plek waar men een bakfiets (groot of klein) of een fietskarretje kan lenen om spullen te vervoeren. De meest groene manier van (binnenstedelijk) vervoer.