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SQUASH NewsRound – September to December 2015

Stories in SQUASH NewsRound: September – December 2015:

New Squat Resources
Squats:
    Giggs-Neville Hotel in Manchester
    Kid’s Company Peckham
    Camden Mothership, West Hamsptead
    Scumoween Rave, Lambeth Bridge
Squatting-related Articles
Squatting Discussions in Parliament

SQUASH NewsRound: July – August 15 (Mini-Update)

Stories in SQUASH NewsRound: July – August 2015:

• 1] Assualt by Police on Person Entering Squat • 2] Love Activist Free Family Summer Holidays • 3] Squatting in Parliament • 4] Mass Eviction of Fadama, Ghana

SQUASH NewsRound: January – February 2015

Stories in SQUASH NewsRound: January 2015 – February 2015:

1] March for Homes & the Aylesbury Estate Occupation
2] 12 Bar Occupation
3] Love Activists Evicted (again)
4] Crossroads Women’s Centre 40th anniversary Celebration & Film
5] Parliamentary Update
6] Legal Cases
7] Positive Media
8] Negative Media
9] Upcoming Events

Call-out for Volunteers – SQUASH

With the increased activity around squatting over the past few months, Squatters Action for Secure Homes (SQUASH) is calling for volunteers to help with a campaign push running up to the General Elections in May and beyond. There are a number of areas to help with, and all help will be greatly appreciated. Read more….

SQUASH Newsround: December 2014 – January 2015

Stories in SQUASH NewsRound: December 2014 – January 2015

Solidarity for Chanti Ollin, Mexico
Parliamentary Whispers
Love Activists Cause Christmas Storm
Occupy Democracy & Operation Safe Winter
Upcoming Events - January 2015
Positive Media - Videos
Positive Media - Articles
Negative Media - Articles

ALERT & Update: Attempt to criminalise squatting in commercial

Some backbenchers in Parliament have tried but seemingly failed to amend the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill to include the criminalisation of squatting in commercial premises and on land. The attempt took place on the 12th May, and as far as SQUASH can see, the hearing was adjourned before the question of amendment 34 could be pushed to a vote or withdrawn. SQUASH and other squatting groups are taking this seriously. We will be looking into this underhand attempt to further criminalise squatting, and report back as soon as we know more. Please be ready to act once we have ascertained whether this is a real threat or opportunistic politiking.

SQUASH EXCLUSIVE: “Squatting the frontline” by John McDonnell MP

Article by John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, on squatting and Britain’s housing crisis, reproduced from an article in the latest STRIKE! Magazine (Autumn 2013). McDonnell, a staunch supporter of squatting, rips apart the current housing system, the criminalisation of squatting through s144 LASPO and even his fellow Labour MPs who called for the extension of the law to commercial premises. Read more here….

SQUASH Newsround August – September 2013

SQUASH Newsround August – September 2013 contains the following stories: Letter from Chuka Umunna, Dame Tessa Jowell and Lib Peck re: squatting; Chuka’s response; Owen Jones’ Independent article defending squatting; Vice “expose” Weatherley for being two-faced (shock!); Made Possible By Squatting Exhibition in London comes to a close; Legal Aid Protest; “Using research to expose dodgy dealing” Training

Open Letter to Mike Weatherley MP and The Argus

Your attitude to private property is that of the land owners that belong in the “Medieval wasteland” you invoke, along with your Cabinet’s front bench…

SQUASH launch new report in Parliament

The event marked the launch of SQUASH’s 6-month report and impact analysis of section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO). It provided an opportunity to discuss what the MP’s, Lords, lawyers and academics could do to help, and highlight Mike Weatherley’s Early Day Motion (EDM) looking to extend criminalisation to commercial premises. Speaking were SQUASH, Crisis, Tuckers Solicitors and the Simon Community.