As the memories of Christmas fade and the elections appear on the horizon, it’s time to get down to business and make the politicians uncomfortable and aware they need to take bold steps to address the housing crisis many of us are already facing and many more will do soon.
So please join us and our colleague across London for some – or all – of the events below. Whether it be a gentle – albeit noisy – march through town, some direct action or a day of education and civilised lobbying, there’s something for everybody. Even an all-night rave to raise money for the inspirational Focus E15 campaign.
1. March for Homes on midday, Saturday, 31 January: thousands are expected to march from both Shoreditch and Elephant and Castle to City Hall, where the London Mayor puts the desires of luxury developers and foreign investors before the needs of Londoners and local authorities.
2. Rent Freedom Day on Wednesday, 4 February: where you can not only learn about the crisis facing the ten million private renters, but actually do something about it. Learn about what (few) rights you do have, what rights campaigners are demanding, what the different political parties are offering and how to help ramp up the pressure on them.
3. Week of Action from Saturday, 14 Feb, to Monday, 23 Feb: campaign groups from across London will be taking action in their areas on various aspects of the housing crisis from social housing and private rental to unaffordable housing and foreign investors. The week will culminate in a joint event in central London on the 23rd. Get in touch with your local group to find out what’s going on.
4. And no, it’s not all serious campaigning and activism, we like to have some fun too, so if you’re the raving/clubbing type come join us at the Rhythm Factory this Friday (Jan 23) for a Focus E15 Fundraiser: 9pm to 6am, £5 on the door.