This Saturday, April 10, 2021, a fire took place in the former school 14, rue Capronnier 1, in Schaerbeek. Renamed "School 404", this place was inhabited since March 2020 by about thirty people and several associations including Hope4ever and ASBL 404. Fortunately, there were no physical injuries. On the same day, the municipality enforced its decision to evict the inhabitants from their housing by the police.
The 404, new squat since march 2020, in a former school in Schaerbeek, with a wood and metal workshop, a lab for the development and printing of silver photography, participatory permaculture gardens, a sewing and drawing workshop, a craft beer brewing workshop, a projection room, meeting and reading areas, a multi-purpose gymnasium.
We hope that the meetings and workshops that will be held here will not only be led by our initiative, but also by those of other collectives, associations and individuals.
The 404 is intended to be a privileged reception space for precarious families and persons belonging to a gender minority: sex workers, isolated women, undocumented women. We have set up physically, emotionally and politically safe spaces that can be used as daytime shelters, for moments of sharing or even for a few days.
As the 404 is a place of life, welcome and activities at the same time, we do not want it to be a place for night parties. The district and the layout of the space do not allow this to cohabit respectfully with the neighbourhood.
The bases of functioning and collective organization have been discussed and chosen by the inhabitants of the 404, they concern all the activities, events and distributions that will take place here, initiated by us or by others: free of charge, possibly free price if financial support is needed for certain initiatives.
We refuse to reproduce any form of commercial system within this place.
The organization of the place is non-hierarchical, anti-sexist, anti-authoritarian, self-managed to the maximum; decisions are made collectively by consensus during discussions.
Non oppressive place for all minorities who suffer daily in our system: gender and sex workers, racialized people, children, the most precarious.
These collective bases are not only a lifestyle choice, but also a stand, a daily way of fighting against any oppression we denounce in our capitalist and fascinating society. The 404 aims to be a place where we reinvent daily modes of interaction, sharing and cohabitation. For any meeting or proposal we invite you to mail us.
Free shop open on tuesday, wednesday and saturday from 14:00 till 18:00
Collecte de la Brigade de Solidarité Populaire on saturday from 14:00 till 18:00
- advice/help/office hours
- (free) shop/market
- work space/diy