POVERTY IS NOT A CRIME! SUPPORTING SWINDON HOMELESS PEOPLE, OPPOSING CRIMINALISATION.
Swindon TUC invite community groups and all people in the Swindon area to come together to protest the treatment of our town’s most vulnerable people and raise money / awareness of the criminalisation of the homeless in our town.
Join with us to march, add your name to our 3000+ strong petition, have a mass sit down protest (BRING A BLANKET OR SLEEPING BAG!) and raise money to support Swindon Homeless people. farcebook event
The government austerity cuts, the housing crisis and the brutal slashes in funding for all of our public services have led to vast increases in the number of homeless people all across the UK. More and more of the most vulnerable in Swindon are not only homeless but risk facing arrest for vagrancy, being fined £100 under the Council’s social cleansing initative (the Public Spaces Protection Order) and also risk getting an Anti-Social Behaviour Order instructing them to stay away from the town centre area (and the relative safety of other homeless people), and forcing them into greater isolation and even less physically safe sleeping places. Homeless people who attempt to make some kind of home in unused public space will regularly have their belongings trashed by the authorities with no care for their liberty or dignity.
Swindon Borough Council’s PSPO already means that vulnerable people can be fined £100 for ‘begging’ in the centre of town, but the Council are now looking to extend the boundaries of the Public Spaces Protection Order still further, making even more spaces ‘no-go’ areas for our most vulnerable residents.
1. We challenge Swindon Borough Council’s PSPO.
2. We challenge those who say poverty is a crime.
3. We challenge those who would rather arrest the homeless than support them.
Below is a list of landlord M.P.s who voted against the amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill to ensure houses are “fit for human habitation”, whom according to the register of members’ financial interests as of December 2015, had also recorded under Section 6(ii) “Income derived from property: over £10,000 in a calendar year”. That’s on top of nearly 70 grand they get for doing stuff like this. Nearly a third of members and 39% of the tories belong to this clique; those who derive less than 10,000 p.a. are not declared.
The following landlords abstained, the Scots didn’t get a vote.
Information from International Business Times.
The Anarchist Action Network is appealing for funds to help it put on a temporary anarchist space in East London during the first week of August 2015.
The network, which consists of individuals and autonomous local groups, based in towns and cities across the UK and further afield, says: “During the first week of August we plan to rent a space in East London, give away free food every day and hold workshops, talks and discussions about anarchism, anti-capitalism, anti-racism, feminism, ecology, housing, austerity, workplace and claimant struggles.”
The event follows the AAN’s Newport Rising event last year – see this report on indymedia.
To donate what you can to help make East London Rising happen, go to http://gogetfunding.com/east-london-rising