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Stop evictions and drop the debts

Join London housing day of action - Saturday 17 April

Housing demo, London, 13.3.16, photo James Ivens

Housing demo, London, 13.3.16, photo James Ivens   (Click to enlarge)

James Ivens, East London Socialist Party

Tenants and housing workers in London are fighting back on Saturday 17 April. A day of action on housing will demand: "Stop the evictions! Drop the debts!"

Housing has been a particularly acute problem for working-class and young people during the pandemic. Overcrowded and unaffordable homes have helped drive Covid transmission and impoverishment.

Housing debts have soared. Many tenants are at risk of eviction - legal or not. But whatever the shape of your crisis, it is very much a crisis for huge numbers of tenants.

Even those forced out can still face robbery - one letting firm is suing refugee campaigner Lawanya Ramajeyam for thousands of pounds over a room she had already left! (See 'Multimillion-pound rental firm demands thousands from homeless asylum seeker'.)

Groups including the housing workers' branch of general union Unite, and the Social Housing Action Campaign (Shac), have called the day of action.

Safe, socially distanced protests will take place across the capital. This will include a 1pm march, with PPE and in groups of six, from the Boundary Estate in Shoreditch, east London.

The Boundary Estate was one of Britain's first council housing schemes, opened in 1900. It was built by the London County Council, the equivalent of today's Greater London Authority (GLA).

Unfortunately, under right-wing Labour mayor Sadiq Khan's 'London Plan', public land and homes are more and more a thing of the past. Privatisation and unaffordable monster blocks are the order of the day.

That's why London Socialist Party will be participating in the housing day of action. We'll also be fighting to get socialists into City Hall - standing for the GLA as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). The Socialist Party says: Stop the evictions! Drop the debts! Cap rents! Build council homes!


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In The Socialist 24 March 2021:


Protest

Protesting is not a crime

Defying the anti-protest restrictions

Police attempt to silence mothers

Police invade student homes


NHS

NHS pay: 15% now

Fighting NHS privatisation

Haringey: Hands off our GP practices


Elections

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Why I am standing for TUSC

Help fund the Socialist Party's stand as part of TUSC


Fighting Sexual Harassment

Fighting sexual harassment and gender violence on campus

Justice for Blessing Olusegun

Film Review: Moxie


Paris Commune 150 Years

150th anniversary of the Paris Commune


2011 Pensions Strike

Lessons of the 2011 pensions strike: when workers showed their power


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Engineering workers strike against 'fire and rehire' in Leicester

'Sleep-ins' ruling must lead to a huge campaign for social care workers' rights

Shrewsbury Pickets win: Convictions overturned

Sparks continue protests against deskilling

Beal High school strike as management refuse to negotiate over fair sick pay scheme

Preparing to organise workers in Enfield

Support victimised bus driver reps and Socialist Party members Declan and Moe

Goodlord workers continue all-out strike


Campaigns

Save John Carroll - fight is far from over!

Stop evictions and drop the debts

Online meeting - Ending violence against women, the socialist approach

Socialist Party regional conferences meet online


Readers' Opinion

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