Glenn McMahon reported:
The party atmosphere at the community event was in stark contrast to the boarded up houses that looked down upon it. However, amid a drum roll and loud cheers a ribbon was cut to announce the opening of a four-flat block.
The campaigners said they will clean up and reuse the space to hold workshops to highlight the plight of those being left behind by the government’s ideologically driven policies including austerity and to educate one-another on how to fight back.
Jasmine, a member of the E15Focus group, said: “We wanted to make people aware that while we were being evicted from our hostel perfectly good homes have been boarded up for no good reason other than to write them off to be demolished so they can build luxury apartments.”
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He also made this brief video of the day…
“The Focus E15 mothers’ social housing campaign took the admirable step of reopening some of the long-boarded-up flats on the Carpenters’ estate. I hope news of this move has reached those Labour councillors and MPs who are all tucked up nice and warm at conference in Manchester.”
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E15Focus mum Sam Middleton tells Kate why we occupied the flats.
A big thanks to everyone who joined us for our first anniversary street party in the sad but lovely Carpenters Road Estate, in Newham, East London.
Yes, it’s been a whole year since we were evicted from the women’s hostel we were living in and told we would have to leave London prompting us to set-up this campaign to call for safe and secure housing for everyone.
So to celebrate we held a family street party for our friends, supporters and the residents who have resisted being kicked off the estate. Much fun was had with music, games, speeches and food before we finished off a special surprise – liberating four of the empty flats that were once – and still should be – someone’s home.
So for now we have turned the space into a social centre where we invite you to come and learn, teach and share at the numerous workshops and events lined up. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for the latest news.