SLAP – Squatters Of London Action Paper – Issue 7

Release date: 24/04/2017

Email: squatterSLAP (@) riseup.net

SLAP! (Squatters of London Action Paper) is a monthly DIY newspaper for squatters in London. It is available in print and online as a PDF. The paper combines squat news, pictures, actions, history, events and humour which aims to strengthen connections between squatters in London in order to encourage direct actions and other forms of anarchist organising.

Paper copies available now from freedom bookshop (Whitechapel), 56a Infoshop (Elephant and Castle) and all good squat collectives.

Previous Issues:

Issue 1 (2.17 mb)

Issue 2 (1.55 mb)

Issue 3 (983.73 kb)

Issue 4 (will post soon)

Issue 5 (1.58mb)

Issue 6 (will post soon)


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Squatters Handbook 2017 (14th Edition) Still Available

The Squatters Handbook has been published by the Advisory Service for Squatters in London since 1976. It is now in its fourteenth edition and provides over a hundred pages of detailed legal and practical information about squatting and homelessness in England and Wales.

They released the 14th edition of the handbook in October 2016, with more content, easier to read, plus glossary and index and more up to date.

It ONLY costs only £2, or £3.50 with postage. Available in all good anarchist bookshops and squat collectives.

If you’re in London, come into there office (Freedom Bookshop) and pick up a copy. Otherwise write, phone, or email for your copy. Send us your name and address along with a cheque for £3.50 written out to A.S.S, or seven 50p stamps (or equivalent), and they’ll get one in the post straight away:

A.S.S
84b Whitechapel High St,
London
E1 7QX

@ASSquattheworld

http://www.squatter.org.uk

Squatters Handbook: http://www.squatter.org.uk/squatters-handbook
Amazon:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0950776971

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Property Developers Awards Gets Shut Down as cockroaches and manure left outside

The demo against the Property Developer Awards – suported by Sexual Avengers, A.N.A.L, S.H.A, Class War and various others – took place yesterday (April 4th). Developers had paid £400 a head and up to £10,000 a table to attend the Awards, a gross meet-up for London’s top gentrifiers. 

Several pigs vans and a few pigs soon arrived to protect the property developers, who cowered behind them as they entered. The front entranced was successfully closed for a number of hours.

Flyers handed out read:

The Housing Crisis is killing queer people!
We demand Social Housing built for need not greed!

We demand Queer-Specific Homeless Services and an end to inner-city luxury developments!
We demand the scrapping Help to Buy and Right to Buy!
We demand a Rent Cap!
We also demand you stop this celebration, held on the dead and dying bodies of our brothers and sisters and non-binary allies!

Because but not exclusive to:
1/4 of the UK’s Homeless Children are LGBTQ!
1/5 of Trans People have been denied housing because of their identity!
1/4 of Trans Homeless People have been sexually assaulted in a shelter!
1/4 of Queer People have suffered from domestic abuse!

This is just a start as we fight to stop Gentrafication and those set out to profit from the poor and homeless.

London in the midst of a housing crisis. Since 2010 the number of people rough sleeping across England has more than doubled, jumping by 16% between the years of 2015 and 2016 alone. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: over 275,000 people approach local authorities in 2016 for homelessness assistance. Rents are soaring; housing being built is unaffordable to all aside from the richest few; stability and security are nowhere to be found.

Much worse is to come and another protest in Camden .

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SHUT DOWN THE PROPERTY DEVELOPERS AWARDS 2017

http://www.facebook.com/events/111278219367877

Tuesday the 4th of April
Grosvenors House
86 – 90 Park Lane
at 6.00pm

This year the awards are sponsored by multi-national property parasites Savills and costs £400 a ticket.

Once again the profiteers of gentrification will be back at the 5 star luxury Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane.
London is en route to becoming a playground for the rich elite – a process expedited by property developers in collusion with government and corrupt local authorities – ‘regeneration’ is the buzz-word.

Assessing every possible opportunity for expensive, luxury flats to be built, property developers are buying up social and private housing and commercial spaces to ensure maximum profit at whatever cost. The social cost of this process is that poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable people/groups are being evicted, made homeless and are relocated.
These parasites care only for the profits and London’s attraction to the global financial elite is leading them to convert living spaces, social amenities and community assets into soulless investment opportunities which serve none but a tiny, privileged minority.
They are contributing to rising rents and a shortage of social housing, to the closure of libraries and social centres, the demolition of pubs and clubs. They are complicit in a process of social cleansing, by which London is becoming off-limits to the families and communities that have lived here for generations, and built its reputation as the UK’s diverse and vibrant capital.

WE CANNOT ALLOW THEM TO CONGRATULATE THEMSELVES WITHOUT SHOWING OUR OPPOSITION.
TIME TO CRASH THE PARTY
!

( Shut Down The Property Awards 2017. Tuesday 4th April, Park Lane at 6.00pm )

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Stop the Housing and Planning Bill

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Architects for Social Housing (ASH) have called a demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday 5th January at midday to oppose the Housing and Planning Bill, which will have devastating consequences for social housing in the UK. They write:

“The Housing and Planning Bill is one of the most dangerous and far-reaching pieces of legislation passed in this country in a long time, yet its true impact has been unreported in the mainstream press and is largely unknown to the general public.

If passed, the Bill will:

1) Replace the obligation to build homes for social rent with a duty to build starter homes capped at £450,000 in London and £250,000 in England;

2) Extend the Right to Buy to housing associations without the obligation to replace them, further depleting the number of hoems for social rent;

3) Compel local authorities to sell ‘high value’ housing, either transfering public housing into private hands or freeing up the land it sits on for property developers;

4) Force so-called ‘high income’ tenants with a total household income over £30,000 (£40,000 in London) to pay market rents;

5) Grant planning permission in principle for housing estates designated as such to be redeveloped as ‘brownfield land’;

6) Phase out secure tenancies and their succession to children and replace them with 2-5 year tenancies – with such tenancies also being applicable to tenants who have been ‘decanted’ for the purposes of redevelopment.

Below is the list of the more than 150 written submissions to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee in response to the Housing and Planning Bill, which shows just how widespread the concern is about its contents and legislation within the housing sector.

In response, Architects for Social Housing (ASH) are proposing holding a demonstration at the Houses of Parliament on the 5th of January, 2016, when the Bill will be read for the third and final time before being passed to the House of Lords.

Under the banner of ‘Kill the Housing Bill’, a number of housing groups and trades unions have already started a campaign against the Bill, and this demonstration is being proposed in conjunction with Defend Council Housing, whose details and petition can be found here: http://www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch/

Despite this widespread expression of opposition by both public and private bodies, none of the concerns expressed to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee altered, in any meaningful way, the contents of the Bill up to the report stage. Instead, the government has made plans to fast-track the Bill into law.

When the democratic process fails, as it has here, it’s our duty to take other measures to make ourselves heard. The press has largely ignored or misrepresented the true reach of the Bill and its consequences. It is for this reason that we have decided to hold a demonstration.

However, simply turning up on the day is not enough. In a very short space of time we need to build a campaign that has the support and backing of a popular opposition to the Bill whose focus is on stopping its passage into law.”

Facebook event here.

Homes not Spikes

020Since the Tory victory in 2012, homeless spikes have increased twofold. Springing up in doorways and overhangs everywhere, spikes are a blatant exercise in the war against homeless people.

Property owners have time and again ignored peaceful protests against the spikes, which force homeless people to sleep in areas where police intimidation and freezing temperatures are commonplace.

unnamedIn response, No Fixed Abode Anti-Fascists have dismantled spikes in the local area and will continue to do so until property owners cease to violate homeless people. NFAAF members provided homeless people in the area with ‘No Comment’ and ‘Stop and Search’ information to prevent police using imagined legislation to further their criminalisation.

026In other news, NFAAF sends solidarity to those at the ZAD who are preparing to resist an upcoming eviction attempt, autonomous student groups preparing for the free education march at Malet Street in London on 4th November, and to Bradford Anti-Fascist Network who have announced their demonstration against the EDL in Bradford on 14th November.

NFA Antifascism

Fascists and bailiffs so often share faces. No Fixed Abode Anti-Fascists (NFAAF) is a group of squatters, travellers and homeless people combating fascist and bailiff thuggery.

The battle against fascism and against the repression of squatters, travellers and homeless people is the same. Security guards in empty buildings, detention centres and prisons are employed by the same few companies. There is little difference between fascists on the street and those who come to evict us.

A militant antifascist presence on streets and in squats is essential. Creating antifascist, anti-capitalist, anti-statist NFA communities prevents fascist recruitment from the pavement while escalating the fight against the criminalisation of squatters, travellers and homeless people. The institutional racism experienced by travellers, such as at Dale Farm, or the state violence of PSCOs and Vagrancy Acts experienced by homeless people urgently require a militant antifascist response.

NFA Anti-Fascists push for accessibility to antifascism, challenging the presumptions that we can all afford travel or subscription fees, or that the time of unemployed people is worth less than those who work.

NFAAF is a response by people of no fixed abode to the border crisis – against the violence of borders, raids, detention centres and corporate profiteering from this repression. Travelling from one place to another, often squatting in resistance at Calais, the ZADs or Athens, or homeless upon arrival in fortress Europe, migrants are largely of no fixed abode. Fighting for squatters and homeless people means fighting against borders.

Whether fascists, bailiffs, plastic coppers or the bigots we find around us, the fight against fascism is a struggle lived by squatters, travellers and homeless people. The militancy required to defend our homes and bodies against state and capitalist violence and the militancy against fascism is the same.