Tomorrow Saturday 30 January – Join Focus E15 contingent to:
March Against the Housing Bill!
(there will be no Stratford stall outside Wilko’s).
Travel to the start together… meet Focus E15 at Stratford station at 11am (outside the exit that leads onto the bus station, near the train statue).
The march, organised by Lambeth Housing Activists, starts from the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ (nearest tube Lambeth North) and will march to Downing Street for 2pm.
See below re other events and actions related to opposing the Housing Bill.
Tonight Friday 29 and tomorrow Saturday 30 January
Land of the Three Towers
A community theatre piece celebrating Focus E15 occupation of Carpenters Estate in 2014
Congratulations to FYSA theatre company for the latest E15 performances. Reviewed below and more performances scheduled for later this year.
Two campaign events on Saturday 13 February 2016
Focus E15 campaign stall 12-2pm on the Broadway outside Wilkos in Stratford.
We will be supporting the Radical Housing Network’s call for action against the housing bill. Come and speak out, leaflet and use the open mic. Make plans, talk to people on the streets to make the housing movement grow. All welcome. Take part in East London Radical Assembly’s stall crawl and get involved with the housing movement in your area.
Focus E15 campaign meeting and the Immigration Bill 2.30-4.30pm
Bryant Street Methodist Church, Bryant Street, E15 4RU
Come and hear a speaker from RAMFEL – Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London www.ramfel.org.uk/
Discussion in particular about the Immigration Bill and the impact on housing and planning future events.
Big Thank you to Simon from Architects for Social Housing who spoke about the housing bill at the last meeting.
HOUSING AND PLANNING BILL CALENDAR
26 January: 2nd Reading of the Bill in the House of Lords (first chance to discuss areas where amendments are needed, so start lobbying Lords before this date). Defend Council Housing lobbying Southwark Council offices at 160 Tooley Street (6.00pm).
30 January: March Against The Housing Bill, called by Lambeth Housing Activists (midday), from Imperial War Museum to Downing Street.
2 February: Defend Council Housing Protest outside Parliament (4.00pm), followed by testimony meeting (5.00-7.00pm), in Committee Room 4a.
6 February: Defend Council Housing organising meeting (11-1pm), Unite the Union, 128 Theobald’s Road.
9 February: Islington Hands Off Our Public Services Commission, public meeting on the Bill (7pm), Islington Town Hall, Upper Street.
10 February: Estimated date of Committee Stage of Bill in House of Lords. Detailed examination of the Bill lasting around two weeks.
13-14 February: We Love Council Housing, weekend of actions against the Bill called by the Radical Housing Network for the Valentine weekend.
24 February: Estimated date of the Report Stage of the Bill, when the House debates any committee amendments. This is shortly (that day or the following week) followed by the Third Reading, the last chance for the House to vote on amendments. Any amendments are then sent back to the Commons for consideration. Then the Bill is sent for Royal Assent.
13 March: Kill the Housing Bill (Act) / Call for Rent Control, National Demonstration called by Defend Council Housing.
16 April: People’s Assembly Against Austerity: March for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education, Central London.
5 May: Elections for London Mayor.