Tenants being evicted from their homes, brownfield sites sitting vacant for years, zero carbon homes policy scrapped, rising homelessness.... our housing policy is in crisis and it is about much more than just the number of homes being built. But amidst the cracks in the system, hope is springing up in the form of creative resistance and grassroots-led solutions.
This discussion will be aiming to shine a light on how creative resistance and housing organising works, and how it creates change:
- Speaker/Convenor: Beth Stratford, Renters Power Project, a London-based network aiming to develop a renter's union that would stand with and for private renters -- and could spur a movement for better housing for everyone.
- Rebecca Morris, Focus E15 -- The Focus E15 campaign began when a group of young mothers, faced with being evicted and relocated by Newham Council, found creative ways to organise and demanded social housing, not social cleansing! Rebecca has recently founded the group's Rebel Choir, so if we're lucky, as well as telling us about her experiences as part of one of the most inspiring housing activist groups out there, she might even teach us a song.
- And you! We are all affected by the housing crisis in various ways and have a responsibility to help do something about it. We hope you'll bring reflections, questions and ideas.
At the beginning of this session we will be showing an exclusive 20minute preview of ‘Dispossession’ - a new film about the housing crisis that is being premiered internationally this weekend, and we will also be responding to this film in the following discussion on resistance.