It’s been five days now in the space and things are going well. Our schedule is getting busier, we’re making contacts, we have a meeting with trade unionists from several unions this evening, we’re expecting a climate camp organisation session; and already today a scheduled film screening of the new Patrick Keiller film has been opened to occupiers.
We’re beginning to feel like we have a clearer sense of how the space can be used; more connected to social bases outside of the student movement. We do have the sense though that the group of organisers who first came into the space are now beginning to acquire a group identity. There are two elements to this: first, the space remains predominantly white, student, and, to some extent, male. Second: it might begin to seem that a few individuals possess administrative and intellectual control over the space’s resources.
On the first issue, we’ll be scheduling a meeting on participation and legitimacy some time in the next two days. We don’t want this to be a droningly self-reflexive account of who we are. We will talk about what prevents people from organising, about the activism of feminists around budgetary austerity, about issues of race and class. The agenda is set by the participants: we’ll be furiously spreading invitations; you can do it too.
On the second issue, we don’t want people just coming down to attend scheduled events. Come down to organise! We want to scream from the building’s occupied balcony that not only the space, but also the media resources (the blog, Facebook, twitter etc), the events and the organising activities are not our property. We just happen to be using them. Anyone who wants to write a blog post on their own behalf and get it out anticutsspace.wordpress.com is urged to do so. You only need to ask around for the people who take care of the passwords. The work will go up: there is no editor. If you want to update Facebook on what’s going on in the space – do it!
Don’t be intimidated by the closed door. You’re wanted here, your active participation is needed.