Support the Youth March for Housing – Sunday 6th March 1pm Windrush Square

Sunday 6th March 1-3pm Windrush Square, Brixton

from the Facebook event:

“Why do buildings have to be knocked down? Everyone should have a home in their home town”
– Blaise (12 years old, in Brixton)

On 6 March young people in London will be assembling to make the following demands:

✓ Stop demolishing our homes
✓ Build more council houses
✓ Councils should resist applying the housing bill
✓ Scrap the Housing Bill

HOW DID THE IDEA COME ABOUT?
In 2015 members of the anti-gentrification community campaign ‘Our Brixton’ delivered free arts workshops for young people at Cressingham Gardens Estate. The estate faces an ongoing threat of demolition by Lambeth Council, with hundreds of residents facing displacement and homelessness. The arts workshops titled ‘The Art of Change’ served to provide young people in the area with the opportunity to discuss and understand the changes they are seeing around them, in their community and at home.

Listen to ‘Make a Change’ a song about housing, written and recorded by young people at the workshops:
https://soundcloud.com/our-brixton/make-a-change-a-song-about-housing-by-young-people

But the participants, aged 9-18 years old, decided that they wanted to go one step further than just recording the song; they wanted to march.

Update: Due to restraints from the police and TFL, this will now be a static protest in two locations:

1PM – Windrush Square
then
2PM – Cressingham Gardens Estate

PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
Although it’s not necessary, we do encourage parents/ guardians to accompany young people on the day..

ABOUT THE HOUSING BILL
✖ The Housing Bill will mark the end of social housing
✖ The housing Bill will end of secure lifetime tenancies
✖ Council tenancies will be for only 2 to 5 years with no right to pass it on to your children
✖ Landlords will have access to tenant’s personal income information and if households start to earn over £40,000 they will be hit with a PAY-TO-STAY TAX for the difference between their social rent and the market rent
✖ Local authorities will be forced to sell ‘high value’ properties whenever they come vacant which will reduce stock
✖ Housing association tenants will get the right to buy, which will reduce stock further

Many of us campaign against gentrification, for affordable housing. Against austerity, for social welfare. Against the Tories, for democracy. Against injustice, for a fairer society. But of course the injustices we face daily are not suffered only by us, but by our children. The future we fight for doesn’t just belong to us, it belongs to young people. Unfortunately, society provides next to no platforms for young people to share their experiences and voice opinions on issues that are directly affecting them. Youth for Housing is such a platform.

If any young people would like to speak or perform at the march, please email OurBrixton@Gmail.Com

Supported by: South London RCG, Radical Housing Network, Focus E15 Mothers, Lambeth Momentum, Save Cressingham Gardens, Lambeth Housing Activists, The Brick Lane Debates, Barnet Housing Action Group, Defend Council Housing, Streets Kitchen, People’s Republic of Southwark, Grenfell Action Group, Fuel Poverty Action, Switched on London, Westway23