'A new model for addressing London's Housing need' – London Tenants Federation Meeting

Thursday 4th June, 10am-3pm, Fellows Court Community Centre, Weymouth Terrace, E2

A consultation event for people in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and the London region, on London’s first statutory Housing Strategy. It is organized by London Tenants Federation in partnership with Shelter, Planning Aid for London and Just Space Planning Network.

Alan Benson, Greater London Authority ‘Head of Housing and Homelessness’ will present the draft strategy.  This will be followed by workshops and discussion with panel members on: ‘London’s housing need’, ‘A definition of ‘affordability’,‘Our homes, our Communities’ and ‘The estate experience.’


Haringey Independence Day, Sat 30 May

12 noon – 6.00pm, West Green Learning Centre, West Green Road N15

For everyone who cares about their community, environment and workplace and wants to change them for the better. Discussions, workshops, stalls, films, socialising and refreshments. Kids welcome and free crèche throughout the day.

A grassroots gathering for local change

Unhappy with the way things are?
Want to see things changed for the better?
Worried about local services being carved up for private profit?
Fed up with government attacks on civil liberties?
Think people should fight back and organise for themselves?

Then Haringey Independence Day is for you. It’s a day of independence from party politics, religion and government agencies, where individuals and groups in Haringey can organise collectively, exchange ideas and make their own decisions that affect their lives. So come and get inspired, share news, and celebrate the good things happening in the community.

After the success of last year’s event, a number of groups have taken on planning an event for 2009. The emphasis this year will be on how to develop more effective campaigns in Haringey.

We hope there’ll be something for everyone, with over a dozen meetings to choose from. There will be space to socialise and weather permitting, outdoor activities as well. So far activities include:

  • Practical workshops on sharing skills
  • Discussions on social and environmental issues
  • Films throughout the day
  • Stalls where you can find out about local campaigns
  • Cafe and live entertainment
  • Dr Bike free repair & maintenance and cycle training
  • Local History walk
  • Free crèche
  • Free book giveaway
  • Banner making for children
  • Children’s Face Painting
  • Give or Take Day

The venue will be West Green Learning Centre in West Green Road, N15.
If you don’t know the area that well look on a map and it is where West Green Road and Philip Lane split. You will see a high blue metal fence and it is the glass fronted building behind that. There is a big gate that gets you into the venue.

If you are driving you can park on West Green Road, or any side road. If you are getting the bus, you can get the 41, 67, 230 which stop nearly outside the building, or the 341 stops some 200 yards away on West Green Road.

The nearest tube is Seven Sisters then a short walk, or you can wait for the 41 bus.


What will the Olympics mean for the people of East London?

Campaign organising meeting, SOAS, 7 March

Following a succesful public event in Stratford at the beginning of January a campaign organizing meeting will happen on March 7. We hope community organizations and campaigns and local people will come together to create an alliance that can fight so that East London and its people won’t get swept to the side by the Olympics.

There have been a lot of promises. We’ve been told that the 2012 will create thousands of jobs, hundreds of houses and much needed investment to East London. However, some argue that the Olympics will create a handful of low paid, temporary jobs, worsen the housing crisis in the area and benefit only corporate sponsors and property developers.

Come to the meeting as an interested individual or send someone to represent your group or organisation’s opinions are on possibilities for joint action and what you would like to achieve. Possible focus points of the campaign so far are:

– demands for social housing,

– jobs and training be provided for local unemployed people and youth and support for workplace rights on the Olympic site,

– free sports facilities for the local community

– organising to  protect our communities from the aggressive policing and security culture that will intensify in the lead up to 2012.


Contact: londoncoalitiongainstpoverty@gmail.com

Saturday March 7 2009 2pm – 4 pm
@ School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS
Russell Square WC1
in Room G50.

Harlem meets Dalston – MJB Event 24th May

Juan Haro, a speaker from the Movement for Justice in El Barrio will talk in Dalston, about their struggle against displacement bygentrification in Harlem, New York city.

On Saturday the 24th of May @ Passing Clouds, on Richmond Rd, just off Kingsland road in Dalston, 10 mins from Dalston Kingsland Station. Buses: 149, 242, 243, 67.

Free or donation entry to talk from 7.00pm


Followed by  Latin bands and DJs hosted by Movimientos at around 9pm “From folkloric to electronic Movimientos is the sound of London’s Latin alternative”
(£5 entry)

Dalston, like many other parts of London is undergoing development that will mean rent rises for tenants already struggling to pay extortionate London rents. When an area becomes appealing for investors and “regeneration” it’s those people with money who end up enjoying the new housing, expensive cafes and shops, and the people with less money who end up having to move further away from the centre of the city or who, if they stay, lose the shops, cafes and resources they rely on. Movement for Justice, the organization of tenants in Harlem, New York that have been struggling against the landlords that want to price them out of their area say; 

“This displacement is created by the greed, ambition and violence of a global empire of money that seeks to take total control of all the land, labor and life on earth. Here in  El Barrio (East Harlem, New York City), landlords, multi-national corporations and local, state and federal politicians and institutions want to force upon us their culture of money, they want to displace poor families and rent their apartments to rich people, white people with money. They want to change the look of our neighborhood, with the excuse of “developing the community.” 

The talk will explore issues around resisting gentrification and the model of organization that Movement for Justice have used to work with each other – an inspiring and educational example from across the Atlantic that we could learn from in London. 

“Together, we make our dignity resistance and we fight back against the actions of capitalist landlords and multinational corporations who are displacing poor families from our neighborhood. We fight back locally and across borders. We fight back against local politicians that refuse to govern by obeying the will of the people. We fight back against the government institutions that enforce a global economic, social and political system that seeks to destroy humanity.” 

Talk organized by Hackney Solidarity Network, Hackney Independent, Haringey Solidarity Group and London Coalition Against Poverty.

Demonstrate in support of Ricky Jones and his family, Saturday April 26th (12pm Stoke Newington Common)


For 10 years Ricky Jones has been the caretaker at William Patten Primary School in Stoke Newington Church Street.  He and his family face eviction from their home because the school’s governors say there is no longer a need for a residential caretaker.  

Ricky lives in the school grounds with wife, Lisa, a teacher at nearby Princess May Primary School, and his three children, two of whom also attend William Patten Primary.

Ricky is also the Unison Convenor for Hackney Education.  If this proposal goes ahead it will be the final act in a series of acts of victimisation which Ricky has endured because he is an effective trade unionist.

Brian Debus, chairman of the Hackney branch of Unison, said: “If they manage to get away with removing Ricky from his post, this will be a precedent move for all residential caretakers.” 

For more details go to http://www.hackneytuc.org.uk/
Protest emails can be sent to aileen.walker@blueyonder.co.uk  head of the school’s governors.


DEMONSTRATE for clean, safe homes! Sat 12 April, 12.30pm, Alexandra Court Hostel, Hackney

Residents at Alexandra Court ‘temporary’ hostel accomodation in Hackney have had enough!  Residents, mostly children, have to pay up to £350 per week for dirty corridors used by addicts and prostitutes, and rooms infested with mice and bed bugs.  The heating and hot water hardly ever works, there’s no lock on the building gate, and only flimsy ones on individual rooms.  The fire alarm frequently goes off in the middle of the night for hours at a time.  Children are scared, and their education is suffering.  The council and management promise change, but never deliver.

Residents are asking for YOUR support.  Meet at Alexandra Court Hostel, Belgrade Road, Hackney, Saturday 12 April at 12.30pm, to march to Hackney Town Hall on Mare St, where the council have been asked to be present with a representative to hear demands.

Getting there…

Alexandra Court Hostel, 1a Belgrade Road (corner with Stoke Newington Road), Hackney, N16 8DH

 – Dalston Kingsland Railway station, turn left and walk five minutes.  It’s on your left.

 – Buses 67, 76, 149, 236, 243, among others


London Coalition Against Poverty (LCAP) is an organisation promoting and supporting self-organised action in the pursuit of practical social change.  LCAP is currently focussing on the housing crisis in Hackney, which is encouraged and administered by Hackney Council.  The organisation encourages a practical alliance of all those affected by the crisis, including the homeless, poorly housed and anyone affected by sky high london rents.  #

More info, press and organisational enquiries:

07932 241737

LCAP Benefit


A night of techno/acid/DnB/post-punk/mashupfor
London Coalition Against PovertyFriday 21st March

@Korsan 161-165 Kingsland Road, E2                                   

LCAP: How to Enforce Your Rights at Work (free workshop)Saturday 22 March 2008

London Coalition Against Poverty presents a free afternoon workshop: How to Enforce Your Rights at Work

  • Knowing your rights at work
  • Why we should organise at work
  • How to organise your workplace


The day will consist of:


First session: ‘Exploring Workers’ Rights’: looking at basic rights; where to find sources of information; exploring what rights apply in particular scenarios.  Participants will receive a booklet containing what has been covered.


Second session: ‘The Whys and Hows of Organising’: the first workshop will be ‘Why organise at work?’, looking at the reasons why we need to organise to enforce our rights and the other benefits of organising; the second will be ‘How we organise’, focusing on the nuts and bolts of organising, looking at different ways of working collectively, their strengths and weaknesses.


Saturday 22 March 2008

12-5.00pm, LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, E1 1ES

(Please bring food for lunch, refreshments provided.)


more info:  07932 241737

Hackney Solidarity Network Monday February 11th 2008 at 7.30 pm

Following a meeting at Centreprise on the 10th December, with members of Hackney Independent, London Coalition against Poverty (LCAP), London Catholic Worker and other individuals, an inaugural meeting of the Hackney Solidarity Network (working title! :)) has  been organised for upstairs at the MOTH club on Valette Street in Hackney (behind the Ocean on the corner of Morning Lane) for Monday February 11th 2008 at 7.30 pm

The purpose of the Hackney Solidarity Network is to:

1) Provide a space where both individuals and group from across Hackney can come to network, to report back on and share information on what they are doing, and to share skills and knowledge etc
2) Improve communication between campaigns, groups and individuals
3) Give people the opportunity to meet and socialise with each other.
4) Facilitate joint working and campaigning – this group, is not seeking to organise action but simply to bring together community activists, those temporarily `resting'(!) and hopefully individuals looking to get involved

It is aimed at those involved in any sort of campaigning, community and voluntary work that seeks to help individuals and communities in Hackney.

Each meeting will have a guest speaker to tell us what they are up to for 10 to 15 minutes. At the first meeting LCAP will report on their current campaign of supporting homeless people at Hackney Homeless Persons  Unit.


London Coalition Against Poverty Xmas Demonstration

CALL TO ACTION: Christmas Demonstration for Housing
6 – 7:30 PM
Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street E8

London Coalition Against Poverty (LCAP) will demonstrate at Hackney
Council’s Cabinet meeting on Monday the 17th of December 6pm to 7.30
pm. As Christmas day approaches its difficult to see the seasonal
spirit in Hackney’s Homeless Persons office where homeless people are
daily denied their rights and left without anywhere to go. LCAP will
demonstrate this Christmas to send a clear message to Jamie Carswell
(head of Housing strategy and deputy Mayor) that we will not tolerate
this any more. LCAP will be campaigning for change in Hackney’s
dealings with the homeless for as long as it takes.

Come to the picket, there’ll be some hot soup, and Christmas festivity.
Dress warm, bring noisemakers and mince pies if you like.

More info:

London Coalition against Poverty (LCAP) has been at Hackney Housing
Needs office since July 2007, and we have seen time and again that
homeless people are turned away unlawfully. By law some homeless
people have to be housed immediately but Hackney Council cares more
about balancing their budget through not housing people then about
their residents needs. They try to delay or stop people making a
homeless application. To achieve this the staff often act in an
intimidating and sometimes abusive way. Because of this “gate keeping”
at the housing needs office many vulnerable people and families are
left on the street or other insecure, dangerous places. When
accommodation or advice on how to find housing is offered by the
council its likely to be out of Hackney, often even out of London.
Hackney Council will be held accountable for their failure to house
Hackney’s people.

LCAP demands:

– An end to gate keeping at Hackney HPU

– Stop the intimidation of people that approach the HPU

– Genuinely affordable housing to rent in Hackney – no more people chased
out of the borough

Jamie Carswell is scrooge!
We are the ghosts of Christmas present!

Contact: 07932241737