With the stage set for the criminalisation of squatting in 'residential buildings' there has been discussion of the need for some sort of legal support network for squatters if we are to face custodial sentences and heavy fines, both to support the people in our communities and a means to encourage people to continue to squat.
At the last squattastic we discussed the need for a group that can provide squatters with;
-legal information and advice
-legal observers when resisting evictions/on demos
-help getting legal representation
-help with fines
-prisoner support if they end up inside
-give advice/co-ordinate pressing charges at illegal evictions and suing the police when they slip up
-and a bunch of stuff we haven't thought of yet...
There are many groups that you're all probably are of or even involved in that already provide these things but are already working at capacity and it's essential, especially now, that squatters begin to organise to do all this for themselves and each other.
If you're interested in establishing a Squatters Legal Network come along to the Autonomy Club meeting room, above Freedom Books down Angel Alley (84b Whitechapel High St.) at 7pm on Tuesday 15th November.
Members of Green and Black Cross, the Advisory Service for Squatters, the Legal Defence and Monitoring Group and London Anarchist Black Cross will give brief run-downs of what their groups do and how they do it, followed by an open discussion and planning of how we can establish a Squatters Legal Network and support the groups already doing this work.
Hope to see you there.