Brick Lanes Debates, thank you!

We went to the Brick Lanes Debates DAY FOR HOUSING last Sunday, it was very inspiring.

We made a workshop about how to resist an eviction for tenants, which went very well and started some interesting conversations about safety in an action of Eviction Resistance, and children.

We also made a few contacts and got invited to two places to do workshops there.

Thank you Brick Lanes Debates!

Notes from the workshops will be turned into resources on the website. Hopefully within the next few weeks!

Shout-outs from the day of Eviction Resistance workshops

Shout-outs that people shared at our day of Eviction Resistance workshops:

Upcoming Events:

  • Sun, and Mon 30th, 9.30am: Sweets Way Resists in court, come and support!
  • Tues 31st, 7.00pm: Eviction Resistance organisers meeting – how to start the snowball? (location TBC, we’ll let you know)
  • April 15th: March for the Homeless

Film:

¡SI SE PUEDE! 7 DAYS WITH THE PAH BARCELONA
trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOW16NSn4_g
contact: info@comandovideo.net to arrange your own screening (and should be available free online soon)
how-to-guide: https://traduccionesindignadas.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/how-to-stop-an-eviction/

Speakers:

EVICTION RESISTANCE
follow: @EResistance
support: help us spread the word about eviction resistance tactics! update us with your stories so we can fill our blog with examples of how this kind of action WORKS!

SUE LUKES
follow: @SueLukes

PEOPLE’S EMPOWERMENT ALLIANCE, CUSTOM HOUSE (PEACH)
support: we’re setting up our own PAH-style eviction resistance group! if you are near Newham, come show support / solidarity / share experiences.

ADVISORY SERVICE for SQUATTERS (ASS)
support: keep us up to date! we need to hear feedback from you to keep our knowledge fresh. bring us your court papers if you want legal help.

LEGAL DEFENCE MONITORING GROUP (LDMG)
Housing Action Groups:

SWEETS WAY RESISTS
follow: @SweetsWayN20
occupy: 60 Sweets Way, N20 (077516 87326)
support: Come to Barnet County Court N3, Monday 9.30am. Or help us hold the occupied houses by coming to spend a night.

RADICAL HOUSING NETWORK
follow: @RadicalHousing
support: visit the website and find out if there is an action group local to you. if not, let us know, and we can support you to set one up! we meet once a month, usually first Mondays.

FIGHT FOR THE AYLESBURY ESTATE
follow: @Fight4Aylesbury
occupy: call in advance to let us know, as they’ve heightened security (details on website)
support: fill in your objections to the development plans here: http://concreteheartland.info/

DORCHESTER COURT RESIDENTS
support: Brand new group, with residents facing imminent eviction. Listen out for updates from Ravi, come and populate their photo shoot!

HOUSING ACTION SOUTHWARK & LAMBETH (HASL)
follow: @HousingActionSL
support: cause a stink at a fancy breakfast for developers – see above event

FRIENDS OF QUEENS MARKET / BOLEYNDEV100
follow: @BoleynDev100 & @FoQMarket
support: sign the petition, come to our first meeting (see above in events)

BRIXTON ACTION GROUP

KENSINGTON & CHELSEA – GRENFALL ACTION GROUP
support: we’ve become thin on the ground out in West London, so bring support / skillshares to our threatened estates and help us grow the movement out there

TOWER HAMLETS RENTERS
follow: @THRenters
support: listen out for upcoming eviction – we’ll need support!

FOCUS E15
follow: @FocusE15
support: Join the occupation at Sweets Way! Come to our street stall, Saturdays 12-2pm, Stratford High St (by Wilkos)

Plus Camden residents about to set up a new group, Peckham eviction resistors, Skills Network, Brick Lane Debates, Generation Rent, New Economy Organisers Network, Hackney residents, Lambeth Private Renters, Queen Mary’s & Birkbeck Universities, Real Estates, and a handful of radical filmmakers…

Stay in touch! (I’ve tried to find ways for everyone to find each other, but if you can’t find someone you need, let us know and we’ll connect you)

¡Si Se Puede!

To everyone who came to the day of Eviction Resistance skillshares in PEER Gallery

What a great day of meeting, sharing and learning!
Thank you so much to everyone who came to this very inspirational day.

I was so happy to see people connect, realize that they are not alone but many, and that they can support each other and fight together! Like someone said in the PAH documentary: “once you join the PAH you know that you will never be alone, you will never be homeless”.

If you have any questions or ideas about Resisting Evictions, please send them to us. Please document your plans and actions of Resisting Evictions, take photos, and send us your texts so we can put them on this blog. So that together we can show others that Resisting an Eviction is a worthy, empowering line of action, which can be a new start for a campaign to put pressure on your local authorities or landlord.

When the law fails us in favor of financial corporations, the only course of action left is the power of our communities. Together, let’s fight for the Right to Housing! Basic rights are not negotiable, basic needs should not be traded!

In the next few days/weeks we will compile the information exchanged during the workshops, into resources that you will be able to find on the website. Contact us if you want to help with that or with anything else.

 

PS: on Sunday we will be at the Brick Lane Debate to hold a workshop about Eviction Resistance. Join us there if you fancy another session, have new questions, ideas, etc. Or if you just want to connect with more people.

Day of Workshops about Eviction Resistance

Join uson Friday the 20th in Hoxton for a day of skillshares, organised with Focus E15 as part of the Radical Housing Network:
 
Eviction Resistance Skillshare Day
Date: Friday 20th March
Time: 12-6pm
Where: PEER Gallery, 97&99 Hoxton Street
 

*12-1pm: Screening of Sí Se Puede! - a how-to-guide to Eviction Resistance from the PAH anti-eviction movement in Spain

*1.30-3pm: Housing and Tenancy Law with Sue Lukes (incl. Migrant Housing Law)

*3.30-4.30pm: Practicalities and Legalities of Eviction Resistance:  contributions from Advisory Service for Squatters, and Legal Defence and Monitoring Group.

*4.30-6pm: Learning from our Experiences: PAH-style group casework session with contributions from Sweetsway Estate, HASL, Robin from Kilborn Unemployed Workers Group, Focus E15, Our West Hendon, Guinness Estate, Skills Network, DIGS, Radial Housing Network and more…

These workshops are especially aimed at residents who want to learn how to protect their homes and their Right to Housing. Friends and supporters of the residents are welcome too, obviously!

Sweets Way occupation

A beautiful house has been occupied on the Sweets Way estate in Barnet. Come down to check out the estate, chat to some local residents, and help create a community space!

The Sweets Way estate is in the process of a total decant, with about 15 households left of almost 160. The houses are in perfect condition, but are due to be knocked down by developer Annington Homes to double the density with only 33 ‘affordable’ units. Residents have no right of return. The estate has been used as temporary accommodation for Barnet Council via Notting Hill Housing Trust, in some cases for up to 6 years. The residents are at the beginning of their political action together, and are currently coming together to discuss their collective demands of the council.

Occupied house and banners

This is yet another case of developers manipulating the class composition of an area to increase their profits. Residents who have been in Barnet for decades are being forced out, aided by council policy to force up rents to 80% of market rates. They are looking for support in this battle, so if you can get on the Northern line we are only 26mins from Kings Cross.

Check Barnet Housing Action Group and the Radical Housing Network sites, as well as @SweetsWayN20 twitter for updates.

First and foremost, it is the solidarity of people coming and helping out that will win back the homes in this community. Come meet us and support us!

VIDEO: the children of Sweets Way speak up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyeD-x-uDCA

Residents of Sweets Way resisted an eviction by bailiffs!

Barnet Housing Action Group held an anti-eviction protest at Sweets Way Estate on the 16th of February, resisting the eviction of four families, some of the last remaining residents in this site of social cleansing. The Bailiffs got scared off – showed up and drove away.

The FIGHTBACK has begun!!

Residents holding banners and waiting for bailiffs

Residents moved on to Barnet House Council Office, getting it under lockdown for two hours: but Barnet residents and newly homeless were refused entry by security.

Two newly homeless people and a witness secured entry for a meeting with Housing Officers….who have promised (on video) that each affected family will be contacted for a meeting this afternoon and be offered suitable housing locally. More actions planned this week – help wanted, including anyone with legal/advocacy experience!

INCREASE IN EVICTIONS; UPSURGE IN RESISTANCE

**cross posted from rabble.org.uk**

DECEMBER 4, 2014

Just as the number of evictions in England and Wales soar to the highest levels since records began 14 years ago – up to 11,000 repossessions from July-September (that’s well over 100 per day) – it seems that housing struggles are also on the up again.

Map of London estates facing eviction

A show of solidarity prevented the eviction of a Newham mum and her three kids this morning, when a load of comrades confronted the bailiffs at the house, outnumbering them five to one. The bailiffs left and a meeting was arranged with the housing association, Notting Hill Housing, who agreed not to take any further action until January and to try and have the family re-homed in the borough asap.

Later in the day, a group called Lewisham Homeless Person’s Union confronted paper pushers and security guards at the council offices in Catford, demanding housing for the hundreds of homeless people in the borough. Security blocked access to most, but 3 people were able to meet with bureaucrats, the results if any of which are not yet known.

New Era 4 All is a campaign by residents of the New Era housing estate in Hoxton to keep their rents down. Tenancies there have been made more precarious since their homes were bought by the filthy rich scumbag private equity firm, Westbrook Partners, who are trying to raise rents there in line with market rates of the area, which would mean tenants paying around £2,400 a month. Residents and supporters marched to Westbrook’s offices in central London yesterday and handed them a petition to stop the rent hikes, supported by over 250, 000 signatures.

This new wave of energy is no doubt thanks in part to the tenacity and success of theFocus E15 mums campaign, which began after Newham Council cut funding to a hostel for vulnerable young mothers and their kids. The campaign led to the families getting re-homed in the borough and the creation of a temporary social centre from occupied homes on the Carpenters Estate, which became a hub of skill sharing and plotting for the two weeks of its existence. The Carpenters Estate itself is in the process of slowly being depopulated and demolished, but the publicity generated by the occupation led to some, short term, concessions being won – Newham Council agreed to house 40 people on the estate on a temporary basis.

We’ve also seen public sabotage from the Black Revs, who smothered anti-homeless spikes with concrete, while Class War picked a good target with 19 weeks of dogged protests against poor doors at the yuppie flats of One Commercial Street, forcing the owners into talks. In October, there was a roudy mobilisation against the MIPIM property fair/plunder in Kensington, as well as a counter conference.

The following month there was some good news for squatters too, as four more s144 defendants were acquitted when it proved too difficult for the prosecution to show that the property was designed or adapted for residential use before the occupation. See theAdvisory Service for Squatters for more on this.

Housing Action Lambeth & Southwark (HASL), who do grassroots solidarity work with people most screwed over by landlords, have issued a callout to support T and her family, who are facing homelessness by Southwark Council, at 2pm on Monday 8th at London Bridge. You can also join HASL’s eviction phone network here.

The E15 mums are holding a New Year’s Eve party to celebrate the energy, support and victories of the past year. They are inviting anyone who’d like to get active in this stuff and make more victories in 2015.

Successful eviction resistance this morning

ILLEGAL EVICTION OF PROTEST OCCUPATION

On 27th of November, 2014 the (A)nti-Social Centre was threatened with eviction. For 3 months the squatted space hosted numerous radical events such as the MIPIM counter-conference, anti-fascist, Student organising events, Radical Housing Network meetings, all sorts of fundraisers and info-nights.

On the day, the plan was to pre-empt the eviction by moving to other empty buildings nearby. These were three empty houses 5 minutes up the road on Argyle street that had an open window. They belong to the social housing landlord ‘One Housing Group’, that had allowed the properties to remain empty for some time despite the need for homes in the area.

The eviction of Guildford Street went ahead and the new occupation (24-28 Argyle Street, WC1) had barely started when on the evening of Saturday 29th November 2014 private security personnel – who had been seen around the property since almost the start of the occupation – moved in to forcefully and illegally evict the occupiers inside using a sledgehammer to break down one door. This was done in the presence of police who did nothing to prevent what appears to have been a criminal act by One Housing Group and Assured Guarding security services.

Check out the video.

ANTI-SOCIAL CENTRE EVICTION, OCCUPATION, EVICTION 27/11/14

Russell Sq, London: (A)nti-Social Centre successfully resists eviction, then evicted following morning

Russell Sq, London: (A)nti-Social Centre successfully resists eviction, then evicted following morning

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Update 28/11, 8am: After an urgent call for support, bailiffs gained access and evicted the space.

Update 27/11: Thanks everyone for making today possible. It was a great success if not a bit of a spectacle :) The new place is incredible and we want to have it up and running and filled with events as soon as possible. Watch this space!! Decent homes for all!!!

Callout 26/11: The Anti-Social Centre is re-occupied territory. A radical space that is home to community organizing, such as the Radical Housing Network counter-conference to MIPIM, Anti-Fascism, squat-network dinners, fundraisers for Zapatistas, No Borders, and more.

The centre has also been home to over 40 people, including families and asylum seekers, throughout its life. A fight for the Anti-Social Centre is not only a fight for accessible housing, but a fight against the privatization of public space for private use.

The fight for the Anti-Social Centre is also a fight against colonialism and capitalism. 66-67 Guilford Street is owned by the Rothschild Trust Corporation Limited, a purchase made possible from a colonial past. In England, the Rothschild family funded Cecil Rhodes expedition to colonize Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and continues to manage Rhode’s estate of stolen goods from around southern Africa. Leaving land destitute in Zimbabwe, the Rothschild Trust now wants to create destitution – for people and land – in London. Aided by the criminlization of residential squatting (§144 LASPO), the state and private corportations make housing increasingly inaccessible.

From the metropolis to the colony, we continue to fight against the colonial theft of land and the unceasing accumulation of capital.

Tel: +44 7542 202659
E: antisocialcentre [at] riseup [dot] net

 

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