[TheLandIsOurs] Our House - direct action in London in he run up to 13th March Demo

Ram Selva seeds at snail.org.uk
Sun Mar 6 11:14:31 GMT 2016

For the updated paraphernalia for the National demo march next Sunday 
13th March 12:00 from Holborn, London

Kill the Housing [and Planning] Bill


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Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2016 17:41:10 +0000
 From: radicalhousingnetwork at gmail.com
To: rhn-announce at lists.riseup.net
Subject: [rhn-announce] OUR HOUSE EVENTS SCHEDULE

Welcome to the OUR HOUSE Pop Up Community Centre!

We have occupied a building in the heart of the most expensive part of 
London to host a community-led occupation in protest at the Tories 
Housing Bill, the housing crisis and to highlight the insanity of empty 
properties when thousands are homeless.


This was a pop-up shop --- now it's a pop-up squat.

* 221 Brompton Road SW3 2EJ * OUR HOUSE *

OUR HOUSE Telephone : 07985669174

Our House is open to all, a family friendly space, * with Wheelchair 
access and ground floor Toilet! Family friendly space with Activities 
for kids,collectively hosted, and running for a week in the build up to 
the march against the Housing Bill on Sunday 13 March. We are publicly 
taking back empty property and puttinh it to much better use! This space 
is what WE make it and we need YOU to do that!


Events are open to everyone! Kids space Available and wheelchair 
accessible space.

****Saturday 5th****

14.00 Building/Making Nice
18.00 General Meeting
19.00 * OPEN MIC : CALL OUT FOR PERFORMERS! Come celebrate the opening 
of our space!

***Sunday 6th***

14.00 Outreach Day in local area - Join us in speaking to locals

We are Supporting London Youth March Shout for Housing in Brixton 1-3pm 

18.00 General Meeting

19.00 * Kurdish Solidarity Evening Event in support of 
#BreaktheSilenceKURDISH SOLIDARITY DEMO ( Assemble at the BBC 12 noon. 
Rally at Trafalgar Square 2pm.

**** Monday 7th ****

> 14.00-15.30 BANNER MAKING WORKSHOP! Come make banners- all welcome!

> 16.00-17.30 TBA

> 18.00 General Meeting

> http://radicalhousingnetwork.org/

**** Tuesday 8th ****

> 12- 17.00pm COOPERATIVE ART WORKSHOP - Making an apple tree mural Art 
> Installation! Could cooperative housing associations be at the heart of 
> successful social housing?

> 15.00 ACTION! Our House or 15.45 Latimer Road station -
At 4.00pm, Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 
Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, Property and REGENERATION, Cllr 
Rock Feilding Mellen will report back from a recent consultation 
designed to ignore and sideline the wishes of local residents.
Instead of protecting our homes and residential amenity, Cllr Feilding 
Mellen will inform the Silchester West community that the RBKC are 
coming to destroy their homes and wreck their way of life for ever.
We aren't going to let this moment pass without taking some direct 
action to show this fascist Council that they can't behave with impunity 
in their shameless land grab of North Kensington.

Please gather at Our House at 3.00pm or at Latimer Road tube station at 
3.45pm to execute a "mock eviction" outside the property of a despised 
Tory Councillor who sits at the heart of RBKC's hateful and evil housing 


> 18.00 General Meeting

> 19.00 Civil Disobedience discussion for future actions, come join the 
> discussion.

***** Wednesday 9th ****

> 13.00 PICKET SOLIDARITY ACTION with Junior Doctors in the area. meet at 
> OUR HOUSE at 12.

> organsing and practical skills learning

> 16.00-17.30 LONDON'S HOUSING CRISIS workshop led by Paul Watt from 
> Birkbeck

> 18.00 General Meeting

We are lay trade union activists from BECTU, GMB, NUT and 
Unite,campaigning on housing as a workplace issue. Come and find out 
what we have been doing over the past year within our unions and the 
wider trade union movement. discussing linking up with other unions and 
lay activists, also we have an exciting public event planned for April. 
There will be copies of the TUFH manifesto and the newly approved BECTU 
Housing Policy. Meeting is open to all wishing to work with the trade 
union movement, especially trade union members. 

***** Thursday 10th *****

> 14.00-15.30 SISTERS UNCUT WORKSHOP : Members of Sisters Uncut will be 
> leading a discussion on the effect of housing legislation on domestic 
> violence survivors and the need to be inclusive when campaigning around 
> these issues, keeping aware of the specific intersections that impact 
> access to safe housing.

> 16.00-17.30 WEST LONDON DEMOLITION TOUR > Led by local housing 
> campaigners from Grenfall Housing Action and Save Earls Court Campaign.
Meeting at Our House 3pm or 4pm WEST BROMPTON Overground station.

> 18.00 General Meeting

> 19.00 WEST LONDON ORGANISNG MEETING : For all west london groups and 
> individuals wanting to connect struggles and tackle


******* Friday 11th ******

> 11.00-13.00 KIDS KITCHENS : Parents bring toddlers/ children learn how 
> to cook with your child!

> 14.00-15.30POETRY, RAP AND RESTISTANCE (lead by Potent Whisper)

> 16.00-18.30 STANDARD EVENING ACTION! The Standard Evening is back! Join 
> us in handing out 20,000 copies of our spoof free sheet newspaper about 
> the housing crisis and housing bill! Be a Newpaper caller for the 
> evening!

> 19.00 Are Hipsters The Problem? Brick Lane Debates

****Saturday 12th*****

YARLSWOOD DEMO 1pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1084119398266917/
18.00 General Meeting
19.00 TBA

****Sunday 13th****


Facebook event :https://www.facebook.com/events/973999866019425/


Kensington is in a borough of extreme inequality, where the average 
family home costs £5000 per month, and where the massive Earls Court 
redevelopment will see not one affordable house built on site. The 
housing bill threatens to force the council to sell almost 100% of their 
affordable houses- over 6,500 properties - and so we are creating a rare 
public space for housing campaigners and the local community to come 

Radical Housing Network is a network of local housing campaigns fighting 
for housing justice. http://radicalhousingnetwork.org/

please share these and invite others.

Thanks and see you soon!


MORE INFO on the action:
While property brokers buy up every square inch of our city, local 
authorities are forcing poor people to be housed out of London, with 
over 68,000 people in slum-condition temporary accommodation and 
millions more on council housing waiting lists. The government's 
response is to push through a Housing Bill that marks the biggest attack 
on social housing provision we've ever seen.

To highlight the malicious nature of this Housing Bill on all but the 
richest, some of us involved in the Radical Housing Network are planning 
direct action. We plan to set up a social centre in a highly politically 
significant space. When our community centres, libraries and homes are 
being taken away, we can reclaim space from the elite. People 
experiencing and challenging the housing crisis need cultural and 
creative spaces to share our struggles. And we need space to explore how 
the right to a secure home intersects with the other things we want, 
need, and are proud of in our lives - how the crisis affects us all 
differently, but how we're all in it together.

Over the last 18 months we have seen a number of successful significant 
housing occupations, from the Carpenters Estate, to Sweets Way, to the 
Aylesbury, highlighting the criminality of evicting long term residents 
to make way for private redevelopments. Now we feel its time to take 
action within the boulevards and avenues of the rich. We need to mount a 
significant attack on property profiteers, as well as uniting ourselves 
and supporting those who've not yet taken this form of action to do so.

We are inviting housing groups and everyone else to collaborate in 
planning and enacting this space, because we are stronger together. We 
also want to hear from you about ideas on how we can oppose the Housing 
and Planning Bill, the racist Immigration Bill, the deprivation of NHS 
workers, and all forms of austerity. We'd love you to join us (or send a 
representive from your group) in a planning meeting, or let us know how 
you want to be involved.

On 03-03-2016 15:22, Ram Selva seeds at snail.org.uk [TheLandIsOurs] wrote:
> The message is originally from Radical Housing Network (RHN)
> 'Our House Social Centre' seems to be a direct action that is to
> materialise Sat 5th March.
> Search around in obvious places for more info.
> Of the few links in the original message below, the one about Evening
> Standard [5] pointing out supply of luxury flats in London stepping out
> of plans and control of the Housing Crisis is very telling.
> -------- Original message --------
>  From: K Residents C Residents <[...]>
> Date: 03/03/2016 10:34 (GMT+00:00)
> To: [...]
> Subject: [...] "Our House" is based in a Borough of extreme
> inequality
>   Hello everyone,
>   "Our House" in Brompton Road is in the Royal Borough of Kensington 
> and
> Chelsea.
>  From princes to paupers, RBKC is a prime example of the ever growing
> inequalities in our society. Homeless people live on the streets near
> Kensington Palace where Kate and Wills have a flat as do many other
> members of the Royal Family.
> People have an impression that RBKC is all about millionaires revving
> their sports cars outside Harrods. Or the lifestyle of Made in Chelsea.
> That is not true, poverty exists across the Borough.
> More and more people who have happily rented in RBKC for years have had
> to leave due to rising rents and landlords selling up to make the most
> of the housing bubble. The Borough is also under threat of 97% of 
> social
> housing being sold according to Shelter.
> Here are some background links which may be useful to the RHN media 
> team
> in the week leading up to the National March Against the Housing Bill.
> Poverty Profile
> http://www.londonspovertyprofile.org.uk/indicators/boroughs/kensington-and-chelsea/
> [1]
> 97% of council homes in RBKC under threat says Shelter
> http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/right-to-buy-kensington-and-chelsea-council-may-lose-97-of-its-homes-under-new-plans-10504637.html
> [2]
> http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/sep/17/113000-council-homes-to-be-sold-to-pay-for-right-to-buy-shelter
> [3]
> More information from this RBKC Charity here.
> https://www.kcsc.org.uk/kc-pin/news [4]
> In the west of the Borough you have the infamous Earls Court Masterplan
> where there will be not one "affordable" unit on the site of the
> Exhibition Centre which is being demolished for a cluster of high 
> towers
> of luxury flats. Last week, developer Capco admitted that their sales
> have stalled on this development since November 2015. There is a glut 
> of
> luxury developments coming on the market as the economy downturns.
> Here is the latest news from yesterday's Evening Standard:
> http://www.standard.co.uk/business/morgan-stanley-sounds-alarm-on-london-luxury-flats-bubble-a3193576.html
> [5]
> Best wishes.
> Anabela
> Save Earl's Court Supporters Club
>   --
> [...]
> Links:
> ------
> [1]
> http://www.londonspovertyprofile.org.uk/indicators/boroughs/kensington-and-chelsea/
> [2]
> http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/right-to-buy-kensington-and-chelsea-council-may-lose-97-of-its-homes-under-new-plans-10504637.html
> [3]
> http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/sep/17/113000-council-homes-to-be-sold-to-pay-for-right-to-buy-shelter
> [4] https://www.kcsc.org.uk/kc-pin/news
> [5]
> http://www.standard.co.uk/business/morgan-stanley-sounds-alarm-on-london-luxury-flats-bubble-a3193576.html

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