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March for Decent Housing

5th July from noon
Central Park, East Ham E6

LET’S MARCH FOR OUR RIGHT FOR DECENT HOUSING


Thousands of people are facing the threat of repossession & eviction, struggling with the bedroom tax, council tax & benefit cap. Families are battling soaring private rents, rogue landlords, & letting agents, discriminating racially & charging huge fees, poorly regulated, short term & insecure tenancies.


We must STAND TOGETHER & FIGHT for our right to housing security.
COME AND JOIN US! THE BIGGER WE GROW THE LOUDER WE BECOME.
Focus On the Future FOF

Central Park, East Ham, London, E6. 12pm.

Directions:- Park entrance opposite White Horse Pub. Buses: 58 101 104 115 474
Tube: East Ham Stn turn left at exit, walking down high st, pass Town Hall, park is on the right.

Organised by Focus E15 Mothers

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Free Workshop Day

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Lambeth renters’ solidarity

Lambeth Renters, an organisation of private renters, has refused a meeting with MP Chuka Umunna because of his call for the further criminalisation of squatting.

Stop criminalising squatting!
Requisition all empties!

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WHAT’S HAPPENING?

we hear about all sorts of things happening, which need to be challenged

• dodgy evictions by bailiffs without notice or court papers
• attempted forced entry by owners or their workers
• police not following up when crimes have been committed against us

If we don’t challenge these things they’ll continue to get away with it.

We need details, as soon as possible, in writing (with any other evidence) so we can make complaints and challenges, as well help us advise others.

So, please, help us to help you, and everyone else.

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HALDANE SOCIETY OF SOCIALIST LAWYERS invites you to attend our Human Rights lectures 2014

WEDNESDAY 15 JANUARY 2014: Government’s attack on squatters. Speakers
David Watkinson, barristers, and Advisory Service for Squatters.

THURSDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2014: UK human rights violation in Afghanistan and
Iraq – the present picture. Speaker: Phil Shiner, Public Interest Lawyers.

All lectures at 6.30pm at the University of Law, 14 Store Street, London
WC1A 7DE.

Admission free. We regret that CPD points are not available. Further
information: www.haldane.org.

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Section 144 – some good news at last.

The tide seems to be turning against Section 144, or at least against some aspects (which we would have said weren’t covered by S144 anyway)

Firstly, one of the few convictions has been overturned. Dirk was nicked on a roof in Brighton just after the new law came in, with two others. The other two were found not guilty of the crime of living in a residential property, but Dirk was found guilty on the basis of police claims that he had said something about living there. On appeal the conviction was overturned as the police claims were ruled inadmissible.
More details from the wonderful SchNews at http://www.schnews.org.uk/stories/JEMMY-BUGGER!/
“No comment” is always the best response if you don’t want to be misquoted.

And secondly we’ve seen protestors in Southwark successfully argue police out of using S144, and other spurious charges to try to remove them. 21/23 Park Street was occupied in protest at its sell-off at auction by the council, further reducing the amount of much needed social housing in the area. The council claimed they needed to sell the property to pay for new housing, but since 2010 they have sold or demolished 857 homes while building 26.
This event has covered by national and local press, as well as SchNews of course.

ASS have notices for responding to all sorts of threatened misuses of S144, as well as the standard Legal Warnings for non-residential properties on the website. If you think you might need one give us a call and we’ll tailor-make one to your needs.

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1st birthday of S144

Dear Persons Unknown:

You are cordially
invited to attend the
1st birthday of S144
street party near you

September 1st, 2013

Wish list:
-Occupations
-Banner Drops
-Flyposting
-Other fun things

CALL FOR DECENTRALISED ACTION!
On the 1st of September squatting residential properties will
have been illegal for 1 year.
In this year, people were kicked out of their homes, forced to
pay fines, went to prison, and even died because of this law.
Against a backdrop of rising homelessness, unemployment
and attacks on housing benefit, the rich pass laws in their own
interest. The ruling class want to restrict our housing options
still further – to push us out of our homes and out of our cities.
Get together with your squatmates and other precariously
housed people to prepare the coming birthday celebrations.
Come together, empower each other, and organise to fight
back against attacks on all our housing.
We can fight by resisting evictions, refusing increased rents
and creating new spaces and opportunities for ourselves by
taking possession of unused property. Let’s mark this
anniversary by reminding ourselves and others that we are
still here and these options will continue to exist law or no
law.
These struggles are at their most basic the fight for shelter.
We will not “demand our rights” or beg for the minimum, but
take what we need.
Fill the empties not the prisons!
Repeal section 144!
What present will you give?

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office volunteer training

being all volunteers and needing more people, and needing to retrain ourselves often, we’re planning another session of office training on Sunday 26th May.
contact us if you’re interested for more info

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Protest at Trial for New Squatting Law

9.30am Monday April 22 at Brighton Magistrates Court, Edward Street Brighton, BN1 0LG

The trial begins Monday 22 April of the three people arrested last year in a building on London Road in Brighton. The men were originally charged with squatting in a residential premises (under s144 LASPOA 2012), obstruction of a police officer, and abstraction of electricity, however the abstraction charge has already been dropped due to lack of evidence.

….. see http://rooftopresistance.squat.net/press-release/

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