Another great workshop, this time in Hackney, with Reclaim Hackney, DIGS, and some other groups and individuals. These people are amazing and I’m really looking forward to seeing how they get on with setting up a phone network and resisting evictions. And to keep on working together: more workshops, more documented eviction resistances (when everyone involved is happy with that), more shared knowledge!
Once again, whilst doing this workshop we might have created opportunities for more workshops. And even better: people in Hackney spoke about organizing their own workshops too. We’re all up for helping them out when they start doing it. The ball is rolling: we won’t stop until every single tenant knows their rights and knows what to do when threatened with eviction!
We have written this little explanation with a housing barrister:
What happens when in the eviction process.
Last Sunday we did an Eviction Resistance workshop organized by local residents and Unite Community.
More than 20 people came. We managed to dispel the mystery and intimidation that the words “eviction resistance” carry, and by the end of the 2 hours workshop, all felt confident that they could face bailiffs and support other people in these situations. They will be given each others phone numbers and email addresses, and will be telling each others when evictions happen in the area: an actual local Eviction Resistance group is born 🙂
30 minutes after the workshop, everyone was still there and the air was buzzing with enthusiastic conversations. The vicar had to kick us out by inviting us for a beer next door.
They also decided to have another meeting, in the form of a film screening this time (SI SE PUEDE), where we will be invited to do a workshop again. It should be in the beginning of August. There should be more people there, as well as people from the Walthamstow Private Renters group, who couldn’t make it this time because they had a meeting at the exact same time.
We were told: “Do the exact same workshop. It was great!”
We have now also been invited to do workshops for groups in other boroughs. ER workshops are taking off!
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Outline of the workshop:
1. How to resist an eviction
2. Practical steps to build up strength as a community
3. Waltham Forest council housing policy
4. Where do we go from there?
Organized by some Walthamstow residents, with Unite Community and the Eviction Resistance working group of the Radical Housing Network (including Focus E15 Mums, Sweets Way Resists, etc).
Message from Waltham Forest Unite Community: “In Waltham Forest we have now defended two households from being thrown immediately on the street by unscrupulous landlords and let the council know that every abuse of housing need must be tackled. Many local people were concerned for the families and visited them to offer support, so we promised a workshop to follow up these events. Please share this invite widely. Eleanor”.
You don’t have to be a resident of Walthamstow to join us: come, learn, share your knowledge and ideas with us, and build up bonds and community strength with the locals 🙂