What you can do after the workshop

Hopefully, during the Eviction Resistance workshop that you just did, you passed a paper around where people could write their details: name, email, phone number.

Send an email to the participants

Send an email to all with each other’s contacts, so they can stay in touch and continue the discussion. You can either type them into an email (but it makes the email super long), or type it into a .xls spreadsheet file that you send as attachment to this email. You can also send this email to the internal Eviction Resistance Network mailing list.

Here is an example of two emails that I sent after a workshop recently:

Subject: NAME-OF-BOROUGH ER – After the Eviction Resistance workshop

Hi everyone, it’s NAME from the Eviction Resistance Network.
I had a great time doing a workshop with you on Sunday. You’re a great bunch of people!

I have attached everyone’s details (name, phone number, email) in a spreadsheet file attached to this email.I’m assuming that you can use these phone numbers for the NAME-OF-BOROUGH Eviction Resistance phone network. Also, I’m sending this email to all, and to the internal Eviction Resistance mailing list, so the discussion can continue here.
Perhaps that’s one good place to propose a next meeting to speak about Eviction Resistance (whoever hosts it).

There was some questions at the workshop that were left unanswered and that I will answer in a future message (I’m waiting for more knowledgeable people to get back to me):

    – what happens if […] ?
    – can County Court bailiffs […] ?

If you want to organize your own workshops in the future, that would be great!!! Here are some ideas on how to do it:

which I will modify in the coming week, with new ideas from this workshop.

If you want, you could also have one of us assist you, if that gives more confidence to your person that will give the workshop 🙂 Being two people preparing and doing a workshop, is much easier! And it’s possible to say everything that I said in 30 minutes. There’s just a lot less interactions.

In a separate email, I will send some practical ideas and resources.

And then this email:

Subject: NAME-OF-BOROUGH ER – Practical ideas and resources for Eviction Resistance

I noted some great practical ideas that you had during the workshop (and there was more):
    – doing your own ER workshops!!!
    – writing a leaflet which explains […]. Any ideas on that?
    – having a stall in front of the house of the person evicted, to get neighbors involved (would that be during the eviction, or much earlier, to gather support? Perhaps both). I think that’s genius.
    – meeting before the eviction, to meet other supporters, create bonds, and feel more confident that you can count on them on the day of the eviction.

Some resources that you might be interested in:

​Very inspiring documentary about the Spanish housing movement. We spoke about it during the workshop. You can also find it on Youtube, with subtitles in various languages.

There are not indications of duration on this page. For example someone asked “how many days between the letter arriving and the bailiffs coming?” It would be good to add such indications. If you want to improve it, please tell us!

On our website, soon, there will be a list of sympathetic housing lawyers that can be contacted in the various boroughs. I told you that I will do this by next week; I will try to.

Write a short blog post

Write a paragraph about your workshop experience, and what its results are. Either put it yourself on the blog, or ask someone from the group to do it. You can share the same text on Facebook (or a link to the blog), and link to it from Twitter.

Here is an example: https://evictionresistance.squat.net/2015/07/28/eviction-resistance-workshop-in-hackney-the-ball-is-rolling/