Occupy London Opens Islington School Of Ideas

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Occupy London Opens Islington School Of Ideas

In time for half-term, the Occupy London School of Ideas has opened in an abandoned primary school on the corner of Bunhill Street and Featherstone Street EC1.

The School's predecessor, the recently evicted Bank of Ideas in Shoreditch, reportedly managed to host around 400 free workshops and other events during its occupation. Occupy plan to work with the local community around the school to establish a similar programme of events, designed to address local needs.

On opening day, a Community General Assembly sought to reach out to local people and Occupy Half Term has begun, providing free activities for kids on the theme of citizenship and there's also talk of a 'School of Rockupy' on beats and 'conscious' music. Find out more about the initiative and coming events at schoolofideas.org.uk.

Meanwhile, the eviction of the Occupy London camp outside St Paul's has been delayed, pending a decisions from senior judges over whether to hear an appeal. The camp, however, faced a rude awakening on Saturday morning when the library tent was the target of an arson attack. No-one was hurt, although there were "at least four homeless people asleep in the Library at the time of the incident." The incident is under investigation and the camp has said that it would welcome "donations of books to restock the library as well as other provisions including food, warm clothing and bedding."

Last Updated 14 February 2012

Roger Browning

I live opposite the School of Ideas and whilst I generally support the Occupy movement I think there is a contradiction in occupying the site of the former Moorfields School. The land now belongs to a housing association (the Southern Housing Group) who are planning to build a mixed development on the site including shared ownership and social housing. By squatting the site Occupy are causing delay and extra expense for SHG who must now evict them before the development of the site can continue. Having found an SHG banner on the site the School of Ideas has erected it so that it appears to passers by that SHG somehow supports their occupation. This is not the case. When I spoke to people on the site at the weekend they claimed that Southern Housing "weren't doing anything with the site" but this is not true. Their plans for the site, which have been turned down but are the subject of an appeal, are on the LBI development website. I'm not being a "nimby" about this, they're perfectly fine neighbors, I just think that by choosing to occupy a property belonging to a housing association they are hitting the wrong target

Dermot ryan

I visited yesterday.  They seemed a very civilized group.  No delay or expense - planning deliberation takes time and is provided for in Southern's plans.  
 Southern Housing "weren't doing anything with the site" because they cannot yet. 
Check again if you are   "
 being a "nimby" about this  "   but you're honest, at least "they're perfectly fine neighbors"

L Reeve

Dear All,
We will be holding a conference in London this week to talk about Paradisum, for more info on this subject please check out the website www.paradism.org. The conference will take place in Greenwich on Sunday 20th May from 3pm-5pm in the Hamilton/Nelson rooms at the address below.
Devonport House,
King William Walk,
SE10 9JW