Just to let everybody know that the details for the next HAG meeting:
*Tuesday 24th January
@ Pogo Cafe (76 Clarence Road, Hackney, London, E5 8HB)
The meeting will be given over to a discussion about local organising in
Hackney…. what is currently going on? How can we support this? and
importantly, what more needs to be done?
Please circulate this email to anybody who may be interested – community
groups and organisations, activists, residents – everybody is welcome, and
the more the merrier!
See you on Tuesday,
All @ HAG x
This Saturday, December 10th, come to the Traveller Solidarity all-nighter warehouse party of bands, circus acts, DJs, comedy, spoken word and politics! The benefit will take place in South London (exact place to be found out via the party line 07530910145 which will be active from 6pm the day itself) from 8pm till 8am the following morning. £7/donation.
The Traveller Solidarity Network has evolved from the group supporting Dale Farm, and is uniting with Travellers to resist evictions around the country, using direct action and radical politcs.
Let’s have another get together for the Hackney Anti Eviction Network, to discuss what’s next and to keep resisting house evictions in Hackney!
Come to The Rebel Dog, Tuesday 15th november at 7pm, 3a Evering Rd N16 7QA.
The first meeting was called by the Hackney Anarchist Group. Between 15 and 20 people were there. A phone tree was set up that includes Hackney Housing Group, Welfare Action Hackney, North East London Squatters Network and Hackney Anarchist Group, as well as individuals.
Everyone’s contact is saved on the phone and when there is an eviction, a mass text is sent out to individuals and the groups (who then forward the call out to their contacts).
The Hackney Anti Eviction Network phone number is 07773095731.
To receive texts about future evictions being resisted, text your number to 07773095731.
If you are facing eviction and want to resist, text and we will get in touch.
See here for the original call out
See here for some inspiring successful resistance of eviction in Hackney
Tuesday 22nd November
@ Pogo Cafe, 76 Clarence Rd, Hackney, E8
Benefit evening for HAG and POGO cafe
Entry by donation.
Come hang out, eat tasty foods (towards POGO), play games and listen to some acoustic performances. There will (hopefully!) be a kids corner.
We’ve made some links available to organisations who contributed to our infonight about housing in Hackney. If you are having problems with insecure or substandard housing or are facing eviction, we hope you will find some information here that will help you. Also, please let us know if you are involved in a campaign group or organisation which we haven’t listed.
Out of the squats and into the streets
The Government wants to sneak through the criminalisation of squatting, it will be voted on in Parliament this Tuesday 1stNovember.
Over 95% of responses to the ‘consultation’ on squatting were against further criminalisation, despite this the government is still going ahead with their proposals – effectively bypassing democracy.
SQUASH have tried engaging with the democratic processes but despite overwhelming support to not criminalise squatting we have been ignored.
Our only rational response now is to call for people to TAKE ACTION. We have been forced into this position. See you on the streets!
*MONDAY 31st OCTOBER : CALL OUT FOR A MASS SLEEP OUT*
CRITICAL MASS (BIKES) MEET AT WATERLOO BRIDGE 7PM
PEDESTRIANS MEET AT HIGH KEN TUBE STATION 6.30PM – EVENING STANDARD HQ -
NORTHCLIFFE HOUSE, 2 DERRY ROAD W8 5TT.
BRING SLEEPING BAGS.
if you would like to propose an event to hold during the sleep out
- teach outs, comedy shows, face-painting, music, cardboard house making, trick or treating, pumpkin soup kitchen
- get in touch, or just make it happen! remember, we’re going to be there all night, so bring things to keep everyone warm and busy!
*TUSESDAY 1st NOVEMBER: EN MASS REGISTRATION OF HOMELESSNESS*
9am – Outside Westminster Housing Options Service, 101 Orchardson Street,
THIS CALL OUT EXTENDS TO OTHER CITIES TO TAKE ACTION OUTSIDE THEIR REGIONAL HOMELESS PERSON UNITS WITH MASS SLEEP OUTS, SOUP KITCHENS, AND OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT.
FOLLOWED THE NEXT DAY BY AN EN MASS REGISTRATION OF HOMELESSNESS. FIND OUT WHERE YOUR LOCAL HOMELESS PERSONS UNIT IS, AND CHECK OUT THE HOW TO ON THE SQUASH WEBSITE.
see you on the streets
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first HAG newsletter, check it out
or see the pdf here
Housing is one of the biggest problems that many people are facing at the moment, in Hackney and the rest of the country: council housing under constant attack, less and less affordable decent houses, extortionate rents, home repossessions, evictions…
As a small group in Hackney we are pulling together a public meeting to discuss Housing in Hackney on Tuesday 25th of October. …to talk, learn, listen, and think about how to struggle together.
There will be a line up of speakers posted here nearer the date.
Some of the organisations that are being invited include Defend Council Housing, London Coaltion Against Poverty, Hackney Housing Group, Squatter’s Action for Secure Homes (SQUASH), CRISIS, Hackney Welfare Action, Counter Olympics Network (Hackney Affiliate), Hackney Alliance to Defend Public Services, Tenants associations, Advisory Service for Squatters, a speaker on building anti-eviction networks, and hopefully someone to speak on home repossessions. If you have other suggestions for speakers or people to invite please let us know. The format should be relatively brief presentations from speakers at the beginning and then time for discussion and fight back. If the attendance is very large we may break into slightly smaller discussion groups with a final report back from each group. In this way more people will be able to speak. If you have any other suggestions or can help with publicity that would be greatly appreciated.
The meeting will be held at Marcon Court and Apsland Estates Community Hall. Tuesday 25th October, 7-9pm. The Hall is located in the estate just off Amhurst Road directly next to Hackney Central station.Buses 276, 30, 253, & 254.
Housing is a major issue for all of us. Times are hard for people to put a roof over their heads, whether they are tenants, squatters or even mortgage buyers!
The national and local governments have shown their true ugly faces by threatening to evict families in which a member had been arrested during the recent riots. As if making council tenants homeless was a solution to anything… This was the quickest reaction ever from a council regarding housing, shame it was to evict people!
We say that everyone deserves a home, and a decent one!
When people are being threatened or actually evicted from their home, we should all react, resist and show solidarity in anyway we can. Evictions have to stop!
The idea is very simple: we are inviting you to create a network of people/groups that will be able to mobilise quickly in the event of anyone being evicted from their home in Hackney, whatever their housing situation is (council flat, housing association, squat, hotel, private…).
The meeting will be held on Saturday 15th of October, 2pm at Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond road, London E8 4AA (Dalston junction, Haggerston).
Let’s get together, discuss where we’re at in our local struggles and build a structure that will allow us to communicate efficiently so we can stop bailiffs and police from putting people on the streets!
The proposed meeting structure will be:
- a first part (one hour) where people/representative of groups will give a brief account of what they’re doing and updates on housing in hackney.
- a second part (one hour) for all of us to discuss the practicalities of creating an anti-eviction network.
We are hoping that this will be a good tool to fight back for ourselves and our homes.
HAG is also organising a public meeting/information night about Housing on the 25th of October 7pm. Please contact us if you would like to speak about Housing in hackney on the day, any contribution is welcome.
Thank you and hope to see you all! Please forward to any group/person you think would be interested.