This video from England says about itself:
13 March 2015
By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:
Feminist Library on verge of eviction
Friday 19th February 2016
Council doubles rent on eve of Women’s History Month
THE Feminist Library issued a last-minute plea against eviction yesterday — ironically on the first day of Women’s History Month.
Southwark Council, in south London, is demanding £30,000 a year rent — up from £12,000 — and has threatened to close the library down on March 1. The library has been on the site for almost three decades.
meanwhile, as I looked, 10,351 signatures
to get the local authority to reconsider its decision to impose an extortionate rent rise on the self-funding charity run by volunteers.
Volunteer Una Byrne had said that because of the lack of affordable properties in London, it’s crucial that the charity can collect enough funds to stay put until somewhere suitable is found.
The library said that the building it occupies was “never intended to be a place of commercial venture” and that it goes against its purpose for the council to charge market-level rents.
The building was acquired in 1983 by the Greater London Council (GLC) ethnic minority committee for a resource and planning centre to tackle racism in the capital. The GLC was abolished three years later.
Earlier this month, Southwark Council approved a report that “highlights the need for a thriving voluntary and community sector that mobilises community action and makes best use of community resources, skills, knowledge and spaces.”
Ms Byrne added: “We cannot understand how treating our organisation in such a way is consistent with approving this report.”
The Feminist Library holds exhibitions and community events as well as keeping more than 7,000 books, archives, 1,500 periodical titles, pamphlets and posters on the women’s rights and liberation movement.
It has also launched a campaign and a special appeal for supporters to donate to its emergency fund in order to be able to challenge the council.
SOUTHWARK COUNCIL’S threat to shut the Feminist Library down on March 1 is rather ironic, considering that date marks the start of Women’s History Month. We’ll be forced to close us unless we agree to an immediate rent increase from £12,000 to £30,000 a year — more than double. The council’s actions could end a unique archive with a 40-year history. As a practically unfunded, volunteer-run feminist organisation, we cannot afford such a steep increase in our rent: here.