People’s Kitchen and talk about tenants’ struggles in Warsaw (Syrena collective)

For the fourth time (incredible!!!!) we invite all lovers of a good skipped meal to our people’s kitchen in Eileen House! Bring an empty stomac, donations, and a jolly mood!

This week, it will be followed by a little info-talk by Polish activists of the Syrena collective, who are fighting for the right to the city in Warsaw. Their struggle against reprivatisation unfolds in the tragic murder of activist Jolanta Brzeska, who was found in March 2011, burned, at the outskirts of Warsaw. Join us tomorrow for exchanging our experiences of struggle, and join Syrena in April for their international action meeting of housing rights group in Warsaw (see call-out below)!

Dear All,

Our friend, tenants’ rights activist and co-founder of one of Warsaw’s grassroots tenants’ rights associations- Jola Brzeska- was brutally murdered in March 2011. Two years after her death, whoever paid to kidnap, pour diesel fuel and set Jola on fire has still not heard charges. Instead, those with the greatest interest in her removal, most notably the developer who took over her building, continue business as usual on privatization of Warsaw’s public housing. Jola’s murder shows the severity of what is already the collective tragedy of thousands of the city’s tenants, abandoned to the speculative caprice of the market. As the authorities put profits over people, they increase private investment and systematically reduce public housing options to the great harm of tenants forced onto the street and out of the city.

The degradation of the right to housing and wild privatization occur across European countries. We feel that it is time to learn from each others’ experiences of direct struggle against these processes (blocking evictions, reappropriation actions), to exchange knowledge about tactics used to enforce privatization in our respective countries, and to put an effort to externalize the struggle on a European-wide scale. From April 12 – 14 we invite direct action housing rights groups for a practice-based meeting in Warsaw, Poland. From Friday to Sunday we will have workshop presentations on the struggle for the right to housing by country/city, time for closed discussion on strategies and perspectives for collective action, and a day of housing action here in Warsaw.

We will provide accommodations at our occupied social center- Syrena (www.syrena.tk), located in center city Warsaw. Please RSVP to this email by March 31st if you/your group would like to participate. Also, should you come, please send any materials concerning the struggle for housing in your country/city, as we would like to put together a practical publication.

We hope to see you in Warsaw!
Syrena collective

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