Squat Groups

Please Note: As per the ASS website, the following message applies to contacting any of the groups below: “As we are short of volunteers and money we are rarely able to help students, journalists etc., who so often seem to want us to do their article/project for them”; or in other words, we are not here to help you get paid/get your degree/ get a name for yourself. Squat groups are run by dedicated collectives who are not paid for their work, but do it for the love of squats, squatters and squatting. If you would like something from a squat group, we suggest that you provide some service in return that will help the group/ squatting.

Squatting-related Organisations

Squatters Action for Secure Homes (SQUASH) SQUASH is a pro-squatting lobby group which campaigns to prevent the further criminalisation of squatting in England and Wales. It regularly lobbies MP’s and Lords in Parliament, releases reports about proposed and existing legislation, presents pro-squatting positions in media interviews, and keeps track of squatting stories in the mainstream media. Website: www.squashcampaign.org Email: info[at]squashcampaign.org

Advisory Service for Squatters (ASS) Established in 1975, ASS provides frontline assistance, advocacy and advice for squatters and would-be squatters, run by an unpaid workers collective. Their work includes ensuring that squatters know their legal rights, providing up-to-date legal notices, legal advice at times of eviction and many other forms of mutual aid. Their website has a number of useful resources including the “Squatters Handbook” and exerts from “Squatting: The Real Story”. Website: http://www.squatter.org.uk Email: advice[at]squatter.org.uk

Squatters Legal Network (SLN) SLN were established in response to s144 LASPO, the new law criminalising squatting in empty residential buildings, as a group which would assist those facing prosecution under the new law. SLN monitor evictions, arrests and prosecutions under s144, advocate for those who face prosecution, and ensure squatters are kept up-to-date with the latest interpretations and abuses of the new law. Website: SLN Blog and Website

Eviction Resistance (ER) ER provide practical support for those being evicted from their homes, whether squat-related or not. The network alerts people to upcoming evictions, provides practical tips on resisting evictions and reports on illegal evictions by the police and bailiffs. Website: http://evictionresistance.squat.net

Rooftop Resistance Excellent website hosting #mikeweatherlyisacoward , covering arrests, evictions and court cases in Brighton under s144, and other top squat tips and legal analysis. Website: https://rooftopresistance.squat.net/

Made Possible by Squatting Made Possible by Squatting seeks submissions for an exhibition in September 2013 and an on-line archive that celebrate how squatting has positively affected the lives of individuals & communities in England and Wales.Against the back-drop of the criminalisation of squatting Made Possible by Squatting is looking for work that depicts or embodies a particular chosen experience, movement, space or place in relation to squatting. Website: www.madepossiblebysquatting.co.uk

Squattastic Squattastic runs regular(ish) events which bring stogether the squatting community to network, discuss issues around squatting, share information and experiences, and hold practical workshops. Their blogsite has some of the best posters/graphics from the last few years. Website: http://squattastic.blogspot.co.uk

Squat or Rot A brilliant resource showing how squatters transform derelict spaces into homes, social centres and event spaces for the love of it. A refreshing perspective on squats, especially in light of constant accusations of squatters damaging and “devastating” the buildings they occupy. Website: http://squatorrot.wordpress.com

Regional Squatting Networks

Brighton: Squatters Network of Brighton (and Hove Actually) – SNOB(AHA) Based in same city as the rabid anti-squatting MP, Mike Weatherley, SNOB(AHA) have continued the proud tradition of squatting in Brighton with many impressive and inspiring projects. Website: Website and Blog

Bristol: Bristol Housing Action Movement (BHAM) Revived in 1984, BHAM is a non-hierarchical collective of squatters and supporters who tackle housing issues, homelessness and the defence of commons and public space. Website

Birmingham: Birmingham Eviction Resistance Network (BERN): Does what it says on the tin. Website

Manchester: OKasional Cafe OK Cafe sets up temporary DIY squatted social centres, hosting events and autonomous spaces for those in Manchester before they are forced to move on to the next venue. Website

North London: North East London Squatters Network (NELSN) NELSN facilitate a squatting network in North London, provide mutual assistance during evictions and organise practical squatting workshops. Website

Squatting-related Websites/ Blogs:

Squat.net (English version): Provides squat-related news stories in Britain and from across the continent

Squattercity: Squat-related news stories from around the world