It is a source of deep regret to us that the recent fast growing network of housing activist groups simply did not exist in our early days when we fought so hard against the Kensington Academy development, and the longer term ‘regeneration’ of our community of which it was the spearhead. We lost that first battle, but we are now beginning to see the power of collective resistance as similarly threatened communities across London join together to resist the heartless ‘social cleansing’ policies of local authorities and social housing trusts throughout the capital.
THIS WEEK – Thursday, January 22 at 2pm
AN AFTERNOON OF HOUSING ACTIVISM WITH ‘OUR WEST HENDON’.
2-4 pm Come and hear the Focus E15 Mothers talk about their campaign.
Marsh Drive Community Centre Marsh Drive NW9 7QE
Nearest station – Hendon Overground, on Thames Link 15 min from Kings Cross
Hendon Central Tube – northern line then 83 bus to Hendon Broadway
buses 32, 83, 142, 183, 632, 642
4 – 5 pm
join us for some hot Home made soup and rolls while we drop our ginormous banner
– AND THEN
March from the estate to the Public Inquiry at Hendon Town Hall
Outside Hendon Town Hall The Burroughs NW4 4AX – nearest station Hendon Central, Northern Line )
buses 143, 183, 362
We will be joined by the Women from The New Era campaign, speakers from the Our West Hendon Group, Radical Housing Network , Unite The Union and other estates in Barnet, when we will make a noise and voice our objections to the social cleansing of West Hendon and London wide.
FOOTNOTE: Our use of the expression ‘a call to arms’ in the title of this post should not be interpreted as a call to violence. The housing activist movement with which we are proud to associate ourselves, and on behalf of which we speak today, is a peaceful protest movement which does not advocate violent action. The expression ‘a call to arms’ is used here only as a call to concerted mass action.