Kraken Gaat Door! Come write a new squatting law!

Aankondiging, gepost door: Casco op 19/03/2015 03:12:50

Wanneer: 11/04/2015 - 13:00

Project on squatting legislation by artist and activist Adelita Husni-Bey. Together we will write a new European law on housing rights and the use of property that emphasizes the use-value of housing as opposed to its function as a means of financial speculation. Language: English.

Husni-Bey has initiated a series of Public Drafting Meetings involving a collective process in the writing of a new law on housing rights and property use in Europe. The gatherings–part of the second chapter of the artist’s project White Paper: The Law (2014–present)–focus on contesting the enclosures of private property imposed by the 2010 squatting ban in the Netherlands and similar crackdowns across Europe.

Gentrification, real estate speculation, and the sale of public assets to private investors heighten our awareness of neoliberalism’s dominance over all facets of life, a deep concern that is calling many to action. The writing of the law is an exercise in challenging the authority of the legislator and the foundations of our current social contract. In formulating “movement-perspective legislation” the use-value of housing is emphasized, as opposed to its function as means for financial speculation.

The Public Drafting Meetings evolve around themes specific to each of the five sessions with a sixth for revising the law. For each meeting there is a committee made up of participants that include jurists, squatters, sans-papiers, activists, and members of the public. Per session we aim to produce at least one article subject to revision going forward.

In the hopes of making this available to as many interested parties as possible in the Netherlands, the meetings take place in several cities including Utrecht, Amsterdam, Maastricht, and Rotterdam. They are free and we encourage you to come and voice your concerns.

Reservations are highly appreciated, as they help us be better hosts! Please e-mail Carlijn Bakker at

Saturday 14 March, 13:00–18:00 hrs, Casco, Utrecht
Committee presider: Rahul Uppal
Committee: Eric Duivenvoorden, Jehanne Hulsman, Marcel Schuckink Kool

Saturday 21 March, 13:00–18:00 hrs, M4 Tetterode, Amsterdam
Committee presider: Deanna Dadusc
Committee: E.T.C. Dee, Moira van Dijk

Saturday 28 March, 13:00–18:00 hrs, Mandril, Maastricht
Committee presider: Elke Uitenhuis
Committee: Agnes Verweij, more TBC

Saturday 11 April, 13:00–17:00 hrs, private home, Rotterdam (address given upon reservation)
Committee presider: Aetzel Griffioen
Committee: Jeroen van Ommen, more TBC

Saturday 18 April, 13:00–18:00 hrs, ACU, Utrecht
Committee and presider: TBC

Saturday 23 May, 13:00–18:00 hrs, Casco, Utrecht
Committee presider: Rahul Uppal
Committee: committee presiders and members from meetings 1–5.

Come to write, debate, listen + speak to what this ‘right of housing’ will look like…
…write the future!

Tags: squatting

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