Across London councils, working with private developers and housing associations, are cynically destroying council estates, instead of refurbishing them, to make new developments from which existing residents are largely priced out. ‘No Social Cleansing in London’ is launching tonight to bring together residents and housing activists across London’s 32 boroughs who are facing the threat of social cleansing.
There will be promotional material available from the various campaigns in Southwark, where an epidemic of social cleansing began with the destruction of the Heygate Estate, including the Aylesbury Estate, the Ledbury Estate and the Vital Old Kent Road campaign. We also hope to have representatives of other campaigns from across the capital.
The evening is also a fundraiser for the Save Reginald Save Tidemill campaign in Deptford, which has been occupying the Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden, a priceless community garden, since August 29th to prevent its destruction — and that of 16 structurally sound council flats in Reginald House next door — by Lewisham Council and the developer Peabody.
Meet at 6pm to find out more about the various campaigns, and kick back and enjoy the music from 7-11pm.
Suggested donation: £5.
Bands and performers include:
Flaky Jake’s No Strings Attached
Accordion-playing troubadour and his band, with protest songs from around the world
Heavenly harmonies from all-women ukulele group
Jazzy beatnik vibes
The Four Fathers
Militant, melodic rock and roots reggae protest music
The C*mm*e F*gg*ts
Theatrical singalong satire
Southwark rapper and spoken word artist