What’s this place?
Social centres have always been a vital part of the infrastructure of radical social movements, and recently in the UK and Ireland struggles in our cities and communities have given energy to a whole network of places. This is what this booklet is about – the growth of a network of autonomous spaces and social centres. The demand to mark out a place – giving us space to breath, take action and experiment with managing our own lives collectively – is an almost universal desire amongst radical groups today. We are often called anarchists, anti-capitalists and anti-globalisers but these labels don’t really do justice to the diversity of the projects we are building and the kinds of connections and networks of solidarity we are making in the places we live.
We hope that this booklet will promote debate and action on the need for autonomous spaces in our cities and neighbourhoods. So now we pass over to those involved, to let the stories speak for themselves.