Defend your rights
Defend your Rights
Housing / Tenants Rights ,Rights to Shelter/Trespass and Protest
The Government and their property developer friends are planning to criminalise trespass/squatting. There is a consultation process running until October 5th 2011
The proposed legislation will impact on all members of our society, empower unscrupulous landlords to use violence to evict people,burdening the inadequate housing system, justice system, police / charities. Criminalising the homeless/poor while in the middle of a housing/financial crisis.
The proposed new laws could affect:
- Tenants: accused by landlords of being squatters for being behind with rent.
- Students and workers occupations of Universities and workplaces.
- Protest, Peace and Climate camps
- Squatters, Gypsies and Travellers
- The Homeless, poor and vulnerable
The proposed legislation could change trespass from a civil to a criminal offence, affecting all our ancient land rights to shelter in abandoned buildings.
The Government consultation : http://www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/dealing-with-squatters.htm
The SQUASH campaign provides guidelines on: replying to the consultation,
www.squashcampaign.org/resources/respond-to-the-consultation/ ( A quick response guide)
www.squashcampaign.org , email firstname.lastname@example.org
SQUATTASTIC :Organise and mobilise in your area. There are monthly meetings in London www.squattastic.blogspot.com Phone 07757009150
Also housing support networks are setting up in Brighton, Bristol, Nottingham and other UK cities.
Housing Solidarity : are building a radical housing movement as part of the
wider struggles against austerity by raising awareness of the housing crisis and housing benefit cuts. http://housolidarity.wordpress.com , Twitter #housolidarity
What you can do:
1.Reply to the Government consultation using SQUASH guidelines and encourage others to.
2.Set up a housing support group in your area.
3.Sign petitions 38 Degrees http://38degrees.uservoice.com/forums/78585-campaign-suggestions/suggestions/2137333-resist-the-criminalisation-of-squatting?ref=title
4.Take direct action www.squattershousingactiongroup.wordpress.com
5.Write to / visit your MP, local council / the media, to ask what they
are doing to defend our rights and campaign against this unjust proposal for a new law.
DONT PANIC !! Just DO Something
Organise mobilise, keep networking, take action, “Whatever they say squatting will stay”