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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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.


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!’

 

 

 


No Poor Doors Protest. Every Wednesday at 6 pm.

This protest has been going for some months. It is challenging the fact that Redrow, the owner of the luxury block, has one door for its desired residents and another door for those in its ‘affordable’ accommodation. This is unacceptable and shows what is happening to East London- gentrification and social apartheid.

Please support. We from Action East End have been down there with our banner and also have distributed the Howler.  The property is at 1 Commercial St, next to Aldgate East Tube station.

Read more about the protest and about Redrow who own the block in the latest issue of the Howler.


Howler 14 Out now!

Issue 14 of  Action East End’s paper, The East End Howler is now out. It features articles about the Focus E15 Mothers campaign and The No Poor Doors campaign

You can pick up a copy at East London bookshops

Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1

Newham Bookshop, 747 Barking Road, London E13

East Side Books, 166 Brick Lane, London E1

Downloads here.

http://www.dropbox.com/s/90r1bar0ppaskxv/ee_howler_14.pdf?dl=0


Up-date on Carpenters Estate- UCL and Newham Council gang up against residents

On Oct 24th, Newham Council and University of College London agreed to join forces in destroying the Carpenters Estate. UCL gets a new campus and Newham Council makes money at the expense of the residents. Once again, the Council shows that is not on the side of the local community. The fight is not over by any means. Both residents and lecturers and students at UCL are continuing the fight. They are holding an open meeting at UCL on October 31st at 6 Pm in the AV lecture Theatre at the Main Campus in Bloomsbury.

http://savecarpenters.wordpress.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-20098468


New Howler out! Issue 11 October 2012

The latest edition of The Howler is out now. The main theme of Issue 11 is the Olympic legacy, looking at the impact through the eyes of local campaigns. If you would like hard copies to distribute, please e-mail us. Otherwise, it will soon be on the blog to download.