The Big Freedom Rebuild
One of East London’s last radical bastions, since we moved into 84b in 1968 the Freedom building has weathered firebombs, arrests, police infiltration, stalkers, threats of all kinds and more movement shenanigans than you can shake a very large stick at. And now we’re facing a major rebuilding project, costing up to £50,000, including vital works to fix the roof, walls and even stairs.
A survey carried out last year highlighted that emergency repairs are needed to the roof and walls that will total around £13,000. Our aim is to raise this amount by August 2017 so that the building works can take place in the Summer. As of February 2017 we have raised £5,000 to get us started.
But the fun doesn't stop there - over the coming three years we will need a lot more money to treat dampness in the walls, insulate the building, install a boiler and look into making the whole place more accessible. In the long term costs could be between £40-50,000 to bring the building back to its best, including things like fixing up the lovely (but old-style) sash windows.
The building is an important resource providing space for; an anarchist bookshop that is open 7 days of the week; Freedom news and publishing group that has been producing anarchist propaganda since 1886; office space for Haven Distribution, Soldiarity Federation, Anarchist Federation, Corporate Watch, IWW UK, the National Bargee Travellers Association - London branch and the Advisory Service for Squatters ; Decentre , a social room for meetings, events and organising; and for supporting groups such as London ABC , Legal Defence and Monitoring and the Green and Black Cross who regularly use the building.
Help us bring 84 back to its best so we can continue to work as a vital hub for the anarchist movement!
All of the rewards on offer are for collection from Freedom Bookshop in Whitechapel. If you would like to organise for postage of your item(s) please contact shop(at)freedompress.org.uk
Rewards up for grabs include
Capitalism or the World posters by Corporate Watch:
Framed artwork by Chris Bird:
We have just changed some of the rewards - now you can get hold of some Corporate Watch posters for £5 and a whopping bundle of 8 Colin Ward books for £40: Anarchy in action, welcome thinner city, the child in the country, the child in the city, talking houses, talking to architects, talking schools and social policy.
We will keep updating here as the rewards change and we plan for the works to take place.
Much love and respect
The Freedom Building Collective
All of the 'Lifestyle A' and 'Anarchism?!' rewards have been snapped up, so we have taken them off the page.
A new reward is up for grabs though - there are 3 signed copies of Donald Rooum's Wildcat Anarchist Comic books produced by Freedom Press up for grabs. At £30 each you get a bag and a t-shirt too.
Please note that due to popularity, we are now all out of the t-shirt in both extra large and large sizes. It is now only available in extra small, small and medium.
Keep checking here for updates. If you have any problems or questions about getting your reward or anything else - email us on shop[at]freedompress.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.