Block the Budget and Week of Action February 2015
Mayor Boris Johnson is the most powerful politician in London when it comes to decisions about housing, with control over a £1.8bn budget for delivering new homes and hundreds of hectares of public land.
His budget goes to the vote on 23 February and if passed, will mean more sky-high rents, sell-offs of the public land we need to build council housing and ‘affordable’ housing that most people can’t afford. It’s a recipe for bigger profits for landlords and developers, and more social cleansing and homelessness for ordinary Londoners.
The Radical Housing Network is calling a week of action in the run-up to the vote 14-23 February, culminating in a mass action on 23 February to
BLOCK THE BUDGET
Monday 23 February, 9 – 10am and 12 – 2pm
City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA
Join us to BLOCK THE BUDGET and demand
SOCIAL HOUSING NOT SOCIAL CLEANSING
Family friendly demonstration with music and food.
Week of action
Across London, people are fighting high rents, evictions, gentrification and destruction of their homes and communities. Tenants and renters groups, community groups, trade unions and more are making links across and beyond the capital to build a movement that will force politicians to respond to what Londoners really need:
HOMES FOR PEOPLE NOT FOR PROFIT
Join the week of action to give a warning that we intend to force politicians to respond to what Londoners really need.
Occupation of the Guinness Trust estate in Brixton in protest at the evictions many residents are threatened with to make way for new luxury flats. Please spread the word and head down to support if you can. Full details and directions here.
Sat 14 Feb
- Lambeth Housing Activists are holding ‘love council housing’ stalls around Lambeth during the day, including outside Brixton tube station at 11am. In the evening they’re screening Utopia London with discussion, action planning and food from 5pm til late at Art Nouveau cafe, 77 Atlantic Road, Brixton SW9 8PU. See housingactivists.co.uk for more details.
- Campaigners in Tower Hamlets are holding a ‘love council housing tour’ (including Britain’s first council estate) and a banner drop. Meet for the tour at the bandstand at Arnold Circus, E2 7JU at 11am (it will take 60-90 minutes and covers about a mile, led by east London resident and housing worker Glyn Robbins). See Facebook or contact Glyn on 07411 557097 for more details.
- Our West Hendon are hosting a ‘love your estate’ get-together with bring-a-dish dinner, a screening of Ken Loach’s Spirit of 45 and a celebration of the strong community spirit on the West Hendon estate. 6-10pm at Marsh Drive Community Centre, NW9 7QE. See Facebook for more details.
- Focus E15 are holding a ‘love Carpenters estate’ stall with open mic to discuss the housing crisis, 12-2pm at 100 The Broadway, Stratford, E15 1NG (outside the Wilko shop). Then they are having an open campaign meeting with a talk from Paul Watt about the rent strike in Camden in the 1960s, 2.30pm – 4pm at Carpenters Arms Pub, 17 Carpenters Road, Stratford, E15 2JH.
- Activity day at Aylesbury estate, 11am-late(ish) at and around 77 – 105 Chartridge, Westmoreland Road, SE17. More details here.
SUN 15 Feb
- Aylesbury estate occupation and Brick Lane Debates are hosting a community debate: Is this the beginning of the end of the housing crisis? Followed by a screening of Si Se Puede: 7 days at the Barcelona PAH. 4-6pm at Pembroke House, 80 Tatum St, SE17 1QR (close to the Aylesbury occuation). See Facebook for more details.
Mon 16 Feb
- Solidarity demo for Aylesbury estate occupiers who are in court. 9.30am at Lambeth County Court, Cleaver Street SE11 4DZ. More details here.
- Screening of Sí Se Puede! 7 Days at the Barcelona PAH. 7pm at Unite Community Centre, 236 Cable Street E1 0BL. More details here.
TUES 17 Feb
- Action East End and Tower Hamlets Renters are planning an action in Tower Hamlets around the issue of sell off and evictions of residents from properties owned by supposed social landlords. For more details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
WED 18 Feb
- The Wildcats of Waltham Forest (aka Unite Community Waltham Forest) are holding a ‘show me the way to go home’ demonstration against the harsh effects on thousands of people in Waltham Forest who are forced out of the borough when they have been made homeless through no fault of their own. The campaigners hide behind face paint and masks to show solidarity with their invisivle struggle. Flapjacks and tea for everyone who signs the petition against the privatisation of Waltham Forest’s council services that are supposed to help people in housing emergency. Face paints and cat masks available for the protest on the day; bring a musical instrument and get ready for a singalong! 10am at Ascham Homes,
869 Forest Road E17 4UH (photo/videographers welcome). Contact ‘Furball’ at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0795 4047527 for details more.
Thurs 19 Feb
- Stop bailiffs evicting a family. Meet 9.30am at Elveden House, Loughborough Park, Brixton, SW9 8NN. More details here.
- Support Grow Heathrow in court as they fight to keep part of the site which they have brought into use from an abandoned and derelict site. Proceedings start at 10am at Uxbridge County Court, 501 Uxbridge Road, Hayes UB4 8HL.
- Digs (Hackney Renters) are holding a screening and discussion of Sí Se Puede! 7 Days at the Barcelona PAH with director and scriptwriters Pau Faus and Xavi Andreu. Spain has less than 1% social housing, and had over 184 evictions a day in 2013. Yet the housing movement is forcing the banks to climb down on people’s mortgage debts, occupying buildings for evictees, and building long-term communities of resistance. There’ll also be footage of Hackney’s rent strike heritage. 7pm at PEER Gallery, 97-99 Hoxton St, N1 6QL. See Facebook for more details.
Sat 21 Feb
- Digs (Hackney Renters) are holding an action prep workshop for the week of housing action. Stick around for a surprise and catch the rest of the action. 2pm at PEER Gallery, 97-99 Hoxton St, N1 6QL.
More actions being planned – check back for details.