3 of us met and discussed that whilst the aim is to have local housing action meetings going on all over the place, until there is enough of these to completely absorb our time, we’d like to hold regular non-local ones that follow a similar model of what we think will work.
we set the next meeting for a week’s time, in the same venue, but at 12.30, when the cafe opens.
we discussed our own housing situations and how we could immediately help each other.
we then discussed the workshop we plan to help facilitate at Squattastic, which is to be held in Camberwell on Sunday – http://squattastic.blogspot.com/
the workshop is likely to be around the theme of how ‘the squatting movement’ can network beyond squatters and we aim to present a summary of our ideas so far about what a radical housing movement could look like.
in preparing for this we made a couple of lists, firstly of pertinent housing issues:
- the attempted criminalisation of street homelessness in Westminster
- the proposed eviction at Dale Farm in Essex
- Welfare Reform Bill and other changes to housing benefit
- refugee and migrant destitution
- criminalisation of squatting
- falling incomes, leading to mortgage and rent arrears
- demolition and ‘regeneration’
we then listed our current ideas for taking housing action:
- * call a local housing action meeting
- * barricade your front door!
- * target: – the home office, Constant & Co, Eric Pickles (for their involvement in the planned eviction of Dale Farm) – your local bailiff firm
- * research and write about the housing crisis, discuss it with friends/co-workers/housemates
- * make banners: – bash a bailiff, – join the rent strike!, – homes not yuppies
- * resist evictions
- * set up a housing coop
we then discussed other organisations we thought were important to communicate with: Springs network (westminster-based group working with street sleepers), Hackney housing group, Dale Farm solidarity, defend council housing, North East London Squatters Network, London Boaters, SQUASH (Squatters Action for Secure Homes)
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If that sounds like the kind of thing you’d like to be involved in, come join us next Friday, 24th June at 12.30 at Pogo Cafe, 76a Clarence Road, E5 8HB. Alternatively, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to help you set up housing action meetings in your local area and we’d like to move our general meetings around until they’re no longer necessary when local housing action meetings are springing up everywhere!