Radical Housing Network (RHN) Conference: Direct action in a time of crisis

Where now for the grassroots housing movement? Come and join Action East End and other grass roots housing activists to discuss where we are now, where we want to go and how to get there.

When: on Nov 14th  10 am to 6 pm

Where: All Saints Community Centre, 105 New Cross Rd. London, SE14 5DJ

The sessions are:

  1. The Roots of the Crisis
  2. The State: On our side or On our backs?
  3. The Activist Response

http://radicalhousingnetwork.org/

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No More Arms Fairs!

Every year the ExCel Centre, owned by a Qatari multi-national, hosts a major arms fair. As in past years, protesters will aim to shut down the fair and raise awareness of the horrendous consequences of the trade in weapons.  There will be events leading up to the fair (Sept 7- 11th) and also the week of the Fair, starting with a musical protest on the 12th of September from 2pm – 5 pm on the footbridge leading up to the entrance. Nearest transport: Custom House DLR and then follow signs to the ExCel Centre.

The Excel centre is privately owned and will try and exclude protesters, another example of the privatisation of the city.

For more information: http://elaaf.org/#about  and http://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/

 


Boleyn Ground 100 Campaign goes to the match!

On Saturday, after the stall at Queen’s Market, supporters of the campaign for 100% social housing on the Boleyn Ground went to the Clapton football match. We distributed leaflets for the campaign as well as The Howler (its headline Keep the Rich off our Pitch was popular!), and publicity for the 19th of Sept march against evictions and for social housing. These were well-received by fans. During half-time, we did a collection and were inspired by the fans generosity. The supporters of the team, known as the Clapton Ultras, are certainly special! It was a great atmosphere and we thank them for their welcome.


Tower Hamlets against gentrification: Closed House Week-end

A big event is being organised this week-end (August 8th and 9th) in Tower Hamlets which brings together a range of campaigns who are fighting gentrification and demanding more, not less social housing. The week-end begins with a walking tour of various campaign sites, meeting at Whitechapel Tube at 11 am. On the 9th, an assembly will be held in Victoria Park, meeting at the Padoga at 1 pm. This is a great opportunity to see what amazing groups exist in Tower Hamlets and to get involved.

http://www.th-federation.org.uk/events/stop-the-blocks


Howler 16 Out Now! Keep the Rich off our Pitch

The 16th edition of the Howler is now out. We focus on a range of new campaigns in Newham and Tower Hamlets. We also include an article from the inspiring Reclaim Hackney.

KEEP THE RICH OFF OUR PITCH

Another five years of a Conservative government, determined to attack the working class and those most vulnerable in society, has caused both anger and despair. Whilst some spend their time moaning and planning for the next election, others are stepping up the fight-back that had already gained momentum well before the election. Campaigns continue to spring up all over East London: eviction resistance, saving social housing from developers, protests against the tower blocks being built for the rich, fights to preserve important community places such as markets and pubs, and a general fightback against austerity and cuts.  What all the campaigns have in common is the determination to make sure that the working class can afford to live and work in East London. This is becoming increasingly difficult as the whole area is becoming gentrified, as seen in the increased rents and house prices and the spread of up-market chain stores, ‘boutiques’, and expensive cafes and restaurants. Working class neighbourhoods are being rebranded, like the new ‘Upton Village’. The Chief Executive of Galliard, Stephen Conway (born in Bow himself) is quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying: “London is no longer affordable for people on normal wages. In fact, it never really was”. We refuse to accept that a city like London is for the rich.

In this issue of The Howler, we focus on some of the new campaigns that are adding their voice to Focus E15, Friends of Queen’s Market, Fred John Towers and others in the struggle to stop social cleansing and gentrification. Boleyn Development 100 is demanding 100% social housing on the site of the West Ham stadium. The lack of truly affordable housing is the main factor forcing people to move out of the area. Save Chrisp St Market in Poplar, similar to Friends of Queen’s Market in Upton Park, realises the danger to the community if a traditional market is ‘redeveloped’; it means higher prices, shops and traders forced out and social housing knocked down. The end result is that a working class community has been changed into one that is aimed at the well-off. The campaign stresses that cheap shopping is as crucial to maintaining a local community as housing. More and more people are joining the struggle. As one campaigner from Boleyn Development 100 said: ‘Keep the rich off our pitch!’

 

 

 


Bargees gathering

Members of Action East End, as well as other members of the Radical Housing Network, supported the Bargees gathering at Victoria Park this afternoon. It is clear that the moves against the bargees who circulate is motivated by the social cleansing agenda as is the evictions of individuals and whole estates from homes on land. The aim of the Canal and River Trust- now headed by an ex- Marks and Spencers Executive- is to clear the waterways of those who aren’t paying huge amounts of money. They clearly want the canals and rivers to be for the rich and their yachts as well as part of the means of selling canal-side property. Be ready to support the bargees and any moves to evict them from the canals and rivers.

For more info:

http://www.bargee-traveller.org.uk/

 


Tow path gathering in Victoria Park Support the bargees!

The Howler has highlighted the way that the rivers are being increasingly taken over by those who want to make money out of them and have them as an enclave for the rich.  The recent legislation is a further attack on those who live on the river.

Come and support the bargees on April 19th at 12. Further details below:

http://www.bargee-traveller.org.uk/?page_id=23