FOOD & FILM. “Sí Se Puede” !!

Come down on Thursday 12th and support the occupation through food & film. There will be dinner ready for everyone from 7pm. From 8pm we’ll be screening “Si Se Puede”, preceded by some of the short documentaries series “Regen-Degen” & followed by Q&A with someone from PAH Barcelona and footage from the Aylesbury on-going occupation.

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SÍ SE PUEDE. Seven days at PAH Barcelona” (Comando Video, 2014)

From the beginning of the economic crisis in the year 2007, an estimated 550,000 foreclosures have been initiated in Spain. Given local and national government’s passivity to this acute housing situation with 184 evictions per day, civil society has been forced to organise. In 2009 the PAH, the Platform for People Affected by Mortgages, was established in Barcelona as a citizens’ movement for the right to housing and in response to a housing emergency. Since then, it has been fighting to secure the right to adequate housing and today is one of the largest social movements in Spain counting over 200 local sections, 1135 stopped evictions and 1180 people rehoused.

This film is a daily account of Barcelona‘s Platform for People Affected by Mortgages. It portrays what a common week, and its tireless activities, could look like. It placed cameras at the heart of the organization to depict not only the post-housing bubble drama but most importantly the huge work behind the PAH and the deep process of transformation and empowerment of those who participate in it.i

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!March Saturday 14 March!

Next Saturday, Defend Council Housing are organising a demonstration. Its called ‘March for Aylesbury’ but we hope people from all over London will come. We’ll be there. The meeting point is 12 noon, Burgess Park (at the Junction of Albany Road and Old Kent Road).

No more empty promises

“For 18 years the poorest people in our country have been forgotten by government. There will be no forgotten people in the Britain I want to build.”

Almost eighteen years after this words were uttered by Tony Blair, at the Aylesbury State, in his first speech after being elected as Prime Minister in June 1997, they sound now as a sort of bad joke.

The saddest thing behind this unfortunately ironic speech, is that it hides the dreams of thousand of people betrayed by a government that a least deserve to be called “traitor” and “liar”

If there is something Great Britain should be proud of, at least compared with another European countries, is the capacity of the population for mobilize themselves and defend a welfare system, that became one of the biggest symbols of what it means to be a British citizen. Maybe at this point we are fighting in support of a really specific area of London, but this shouldn´t make us going off the point that we are fighting a bigger battle. It´s a struggle to save an island and a whole continent, under attack by a group of vultures that would make smile even to the unequalled evil Margaret Thatcher

If we want to keep the meaning of the concept “quality of life”, our struggle has to start here and now. This is only possible with will, communication, cooperation, respect and bravery. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that this is not the future I want to live, and neither the world in which I want to get old. To reach this goal we need your help, and the help of everybody. Join us, and get involved. A lot of COUNCIL houses are waiting for you at the Aylesbury State. Come and take what it belongs to all of us.

MEETING EVERY DAY AT THE AYLESBURY STATE AT 6.30 p.m.

Statement from the Aylesbury Estate occupation

Since the “March for Homes” demo on 31st January, we have re-opened and occupied a part of the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark, London SE1.

We are tenants, squatters, and other people who care about how our city is being grabbed by the rich, by developers and corrupt politicians, and sold for profit.

The Aylesbury Estate is where Tony Blair made his first speech as Prime Minister in 1997, making empty promises about social housing. Since then, for the past 18 years, Southwark Council and the developers have come up with one scheme after another. All with the same aim: to dispossess the residents, demolish their homes, and sell the land.

In 2002 Aylesbury tenants fought and won a campaign against demolition and voted down the scheme in a ballot. But now big areas of the estate are emptied and sealed up awaiting the bulldozers, while residents are “decanted” far away from the area.

The same bullshit that we have seen on the nearby Heygate estate, and all across London.

No demolition of the Aylesbury.

No yuppy flats.

Homes for all.

We are here to fight for the Aylesbury.

We are here to fight for our city.

We are here to liberate this space and bring it back to life. Come and join us.