Organising around housing: some resources

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s 136 MHA 17 Removal for ‘Treatment’. Private Mental’s Ultimate Harvesting Tool.

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home castle

An English man’s home is no longer his castle from Monday 11th December.

This historic bastion of common law refuge disappears under the Mental Health Act 2017.

As police can enter anyone’s home, be it tent or shed, and search for and remove an occupier to ‘a place of safety’ and provide any enforced ‘treatment’, if they suspect he is ‘ vulnerable‘.

And he can be detained interminably under the MHA or MCA .

This may seem beyond belief but it is terrifyingly true.

It gives the  Nanny State and private mental health services the ultimate power.

The Mental Health Act s136 allows such an ultimate, disproportionate interference with a person’s human rights- the removal of his legal competence ,

‘with or without a warrant’ on consultation with any agent of the state, normally a GP. Registered Practioner or Nurse, if there

‘is reasonable cause to suspect that a person…

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The future of this project…

For Essex comrades

The Estuary Alternative was launched after the Southend Radical Fair that took place back in May. The original aim of this project was to a) promote projects and actions offering a positive alternative to the dysfunctional political, social and economic system we currently have to endure and b) to act as a clearing house for an exchange of ideas, experiences and expertise between the various alternative / grassroots projects operating across southern Essex. The question we’re now asking ourselves is this – is the project achieving the aims we set out for it?

The harsh truth that has to be faced is that it’s falling well short of those aims. Apart from a small handful of groups sending us information about what they’re doing, we’re having to do a lot of the legwork to get content for this blog – we’re also having to do a lot of legwork to…

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Are you helping beggars?

This one’s doing the rounds on social media, it’s based on a really obnoxious piece of propaganda put out by Hampshire constabulary.

We Shall Overcome Bournemouth homeless benefit.

Last night’s event went really well, a good time was had and we received £300 in donations, which will be used to provide necessities such as clothing and toiletries direct to homeless people in the Bournemouth area, mainly over the holiday period. If you are reading this and you are, or soon to be homeless, please get in touch.

Thanks are due to Iain, D.J. Geeza, W.D.A., the bands: Kickin’ Bambi, Gutter Rats, Trickster, The Meat Sweats, the folks at the Riviera Bar, Shaun, Pawel, Dorset Wobs, and everyone who showed up.

We’ve got only four copies left of the brand new 12 track vinyl album, by Discordance – crust punk/hardcore band from Patras, Greece, kindly donated by Food Waste Records, retails at 8 quid, if you would like one, send us a realistic* donation by paypal to forevertrevorknits [at] gmail [dot] com with your name and address – and choose ‘Send money to friends and family’. First come first served.

* Remember we’ve got to post the bloody thing!

We will itemise what we spend and put it up here, every penny will be accounted for, and we still need volunteers so if you would like to help out, please get in touch.

They Say Class Doesn’t Matter: But it Matters to Me.

BURSTING THE BUBBLE

Maybe you’ve never really thought about social class. Maybe you wouldn’t put yourself in a class bracket or maybe you’ve always been comfortable with your class, so you haven’t really considered it. Perhaps, you don’t think class matters anymore. Surely in the 21st century social class has nothing to do with a person’s ability to succeed in life if they work hard, right?

Some people say we live in this super fun, post-class world but I’m not entirely convinced. Class still has a real effect on people’s lives. In August 2017, the Department of Education published statistics that said 24% (that is less than a quarter) of students on Free School Meals (aka poorer students) entered higher education by age 19. Class is a real thing, and it has a real impact!

I am working class: financially, socially, culturally. I’m proud of that, I do not aspire to be middle…

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To be Gagged or not to be Gagged

A Green Read

Rochford District Council is putting forward, for members approval, a Social Media Policy for Councillors at the next Full Council meeting on 12 December.  At first sight this might seem uncontentious, Councillors should abide by a Policy as should any member of an organisation, however when reading it carefully it appears to put a great many restrictions on what Councillors can say.

The following paragraph at first seems acceptable until you pick it apart, I have underlined the problem areas.

  • Don’t • use social media in any way to attack, insult, abuse, defame or otherwise make negative, offensive or discriminatory comments about council staff, service users, their family or friends, colleagues, other professionals, other organisations, or the council

It includes a statement which means a Councillor cannot make a negative comment about the Council or other organisations.  If I as a Councillor cannot make negative comments about the Council…

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