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Why are we in the Whit Marley?

Birmingham Social Centre | 15.07.2011 20:44 | Free Spaces | Birmingham


ASDA kills small community businesses and stirchely has a lively local community which would be threatened by the construction of the multinational corporation; Asda. ASDA destroys livelihoods and community characters all in the name of profit for a few.

We are determined to not let this space be wasted on ASDA that would only damage the comunity, we are going to turn it instead in a comunity centre and a reasource for all the comunity.

we are the in the building, it is all locked down we have water and food and we won’t be moved. Bring food, bring tools, bring a sleeping bag come join us.

What we aim to do?

The Whit Marley Building has been left empty for a number of years. Much has been striped out an the building is slowly detoriating. Buildings like this are part of Birmingham’s heritage, we want to take care of it while it is unused and put it to use as a comunity centre.

We are currently doing up the building and creating meeting spaces which we want to let groups use for free. Some of us are university students, some of us are teachers and we aim to provide free A level and GCSE tution in most subjects once the building has been done up. We are aimming to run a “Free Shop” in which people will be able to drop off unused items for others to take for free.

Why are we doing this?

We want to make a point about waste, Birmingham has the most abandoned buildings in the country and sadly the highest rates of homelessness. We live in a society that is intesensly wasteful we are doing this because we want something that is visibly the opposite.

We all have strong politicial convictions; we live in times and a country where the whims of media barons are given more attention by governments than ordinary people. Viable and profitable pensions are being raided to give money to the rich, education is again being made a preserve of the few… we want change and if you think like us come join us.

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