March For Homes, January 31st

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by editor, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified

  2. dweller

    dweller muthafuckin snakes

    I was well wrapped up and the rain didn't bother me. Good turnout despite the weather.
    I think some of the speeches and arguments could have been a bit better expressed.
    It felt like it was getting a bit SWP-y, but there were open mikes for people to express themselves which is a good thing.
    I find that marches these days compared to ones in the 1990s are quite quiet, everyone just toddles along.
    There used to be much more chanting and noise, but well generations change I guess.
    Maybe on the next one I'll write a little rant to shout down the microphone myself.
  3. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    It was nice to have sound systems and samba :)
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  4. dweller

    dweller muthafuckin snakes

    I loved the brass band :)
    Don't get me wrong, it was a great effort all round!
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  5. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    Did you see the group of older people that were singing about the cuts? I thought they were great :)
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  6. dweller

    dweller muthafuckin snakes

    No I missed them. Love a bit of protest choir.
  7. the button

    the button out on the kocker

    The sound system on the Elephant bit of the march did a great job of engaging older marchers by playing "Babylon is burning" just as we were moving off. :cool: :D
  8. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I liked the selection of 'Happy House ' by Siouxsie too.
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  9. smokedout

    smokedout criminal

  10. october_lost

    october_lost It's not hip any more...

    It was a good march, the shitty weather aside. I heard numbers of around 4,000 but it could have been more than that and I was rather buoyed by all the grass-roots groups coming together, and the lack of dominance by the usual A to B leftism. The early part of the demo had an open platform, which was a really nice touch, though the venue was too small to facilitate the numbers and it became stressful moving about.

    At the end there were several moves for action by both the Aylesbury Estate occupation and a group calling itself Brick Lane Debates, which I assume came out of Occupy, but I found it a little bit confusing what was going on so occupied wetherspoons instead.
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  11. editor

    editor hiraethified

  12. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Council Estate Socialist

    Really disappointed not to have been there! :(

    Some GOOD friends of mine Vigo and Andrea (an ex neighbour/friend who made Estate) in part of the opening of this vid. :)

    Great comments from a range of people. :cool:
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  13. lambro

    lambro Banned Banned

    Good to see such a passionate community standing up for themselves and shocked to hear that the land made available of demolishing social housing is valued at £52 billion!!! That pretty much shows the struggle ahead for Londoners having affordable housing.
  14. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    I have some pics from the Shoreditch end, I'll put them up when I get home. Fair turnout I thought given the filthy weather—looks like more at the south of the river start point.
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  15. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    Had no idea this was on though I guess it explains why the SWP were setting up a stall in Shoreditch early on Saturday.
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  16. lambro

    lambro Banned Banned

    Will those in power take any notice of this march though?

    Hope the bastards don't just pretend it never happened then fuck off to business as usual
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  17. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

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  18. Greebo

    Greebo 'scuse me, Mrs May, can I have my country back? R.I.P.

    Same as, but at least my placard got there (it's the waterproofed one). :)

    I know that some people on the march weren't that well, but I really did look and feel like shit.
  19. treelover

    treelover Well-Known Member

    Looks great, can I ask who initiated the March?
  20. Greebo

    Greebo 'scuse me, Mrs May, can I have my country back? R.I.P.


    I'm fairly sure it wasn't the swappies this time.
  21. gamerunknown

    gamerunknown Well-Known Member

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  22. october_lost

    october_lost It's not hip any more...

    I was surprised more TU's weren't on the march and knowing unite organised it, as heightened that view. Increased living costs due to rising rents is a major issue for all workers particularly key sector workers like nurses, firemen etc.
  23. tbtommyb

    tbtommyb Well-Known Member

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