Eviction of Dalston Theatre, Public Assembly this Sun 5th Nov
Massimo ANDREIS ALLAMANDOLA
suburban.studio at archiworld.it
Fri Nov 3 18:14:07 GMT 2006
Eviction of Dalston Theatre, Public Assembly this Sunday
5th November at the peace mural (in the little square
opposite 4 Dalston Lane) for a public assembly at 6 p.m.
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The 3 houses adjoining Dalston theatre, occupied since February this year
to prevent the planned demolition of the whole site to make way for high
rise luxury flats, were evicted at 5am on Wednesday night. Despite having
mounted solid barricades throughout the building and kept up regular roof
shifts to keep a look-out for the bailiffs, they entered the building via
the back of the building, accessing the roof before the occupiers had the
chance to effectively resist the eviction.
While the time for the theatre has run out, for us this is not the end
of the battle, but only the beginning. Just as the gentrification of
Hackney doesn't end with the demolition of the theatre, so our attempts to
work together with women, men, young people, elderly, and all
people who are suffering the consequences of plans of "regeneration"
that don't take our future into account, will not end here.
We probably all feel doubtful about our chances of winning against the
council or government agency that, sooner or later, always manage to get
away with their plans. We are just frustrated spectators in our land
witnessing everything getting worse, lack of housing and services,
lack of health, lack of schools, lack of work, unemployment,
criminalization of youth, racism towards ethnic minorities, the
destruction of our culture and our history.
We can't accept business as usual. To stand still is to admit defeat. To
stand still is to go backward. To stand still is to succumb to the kind of
deprivation that we're witnessing. To stand up is to win, to not give up
is to win, to organize, to cooperate with each other is to win.
We ask the whole population of Dalston and Hackney, of every color,
race, creed, those who are already members of organizations,
associations, groups, and everyone else who feels affected in any
way by irresponsible plans for regeneration, to gather with us this
coming Sunday 5th November at the peace mural (in the little square
opposite 4 Dalston Lane) for a public assembly at 6 p.m. It will be an
open space for everyone to talk together and listen to each other about
the ways that the councils plans for `regeneration affect us all, and to
talk together about ways of organising our community for the benefit of
everyone, and ways in which we can prevent more buildings being sold off
for the benefit of the few, a process that will not stop unless we stand
up together to prevent the destruction of our community.
We will continue with the activities we hold in the square every Sunday:
>From 4 p.m. Vegan food will be available under the banner "FOOD
not BOMBS" and from 8.30 p.m. we will project documentaries that tell
the story of social struggles from around the world.
We will also be opening a new space in the local area as soon as we can to
carry on with the community project we initiated in February. Anyone
interested in helping out with getting the new space ready, or working
with us once its opened, please come along to chat to us on sunday, or
reply to this e-mail address.
everything4everyone at riseup.net
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