One Housing Groups’ Plans to raze the Isle of Dogs Estates – Birthing Behemoth

I don’t say this in jest, One Housing Group (OHG) plans to extinguish the Isle of Dogs Community as we all know it and create something altogether unreasonable.  Plans are in tangible form – welcome to ‘Project Stone’. Project Stone relates to four Housing Estates all at the heart of the Island Community – The Barkantine, St Johns, Samuda and Kingsbridge Estates.  The Estates were originally part of the Tower Hamlets Council Housing Stock and following privatisation measures are now owned and managed by OHG. At an open public meeting called by the labour party yesterday at the St John’s…

Island Councillors’ Back SELMO Supporters Fight against One Housing Group

**URGENT ACTION – An open meeting for all Samuda Estate residents and SELMO Centre users is on Thursday 30th October at 6.30pm at the SELMO Centre – Please come along.*** Labour Councillors for Blackwall and Cubitt Town, Dave Chesterton and Candida Ronald have come out in strong support of the Samuda Estate Tenants and Residents Association – SELMO (Samuda Estate Local Management Organisation) in its ‘properly constituted form’ against One Housing Groups (OHG) actions of de-recognition and attempt to remove SELMO from occupying and managing the community centre at the heart of the Samuda Estate – The SELMO Centre. I…

One Housing Group plans to takeover SELMO Centre

Dialogue with One Housing Group over their attack on SELMO (Residents Tenants Association of the Samuda Estate) E14

**URGENT ACTION – AN OPEN MEETING FOR ALL SAMUDA ESTATE RESIDENTS & SELMO USERS IS ON THURSDAY 30TH OCTOBER AT 6.30PM – PLEASE LET EVERYONE KNOW – PLEASE ATTEND – THIS IS IMPORTANT*** Last week I shared news of Samuda Estate Supporters, rallying against One Housing Groups (OHG’s) derecognition of SELMO – The Residents Tenants Association (RTA) of the Samuda Estate and their Notice to Terminate SELMO’s occupation of the SELMO (Samuda) Centre – a Community Centre on the Samuda Estate. SELMO was formed in 1991 and in July 2013, the OHG’s Executive Management Team notified SELMO that they had…

Samuda Supporters rally against One Housing Group Plans to Evict and De-recognise SELMO

On the Isle of Dogs in Tower Hamlets E14, less than a half a mile away from the tall high rises of the Canary Wharf Estate, resides the Samuda Estate – comprising of 505 homes, originally part of the Tower Hamlets Council Housing Stock and home to approximately 1,500 people. As someone who has been working with local residents on the Estate – the essence of community, helpfulness and friendliness with humility, levies warmth that is difficult to match elsewhere.  Here lies a well established community of Islanders. In 1991 or thereabouts, the Samuda Estate Local Management Organisation (SELMO) was established…

My Message to the Government

A series of 5 short films were made at the People’s Assembly National Demonstration which took place in London over the weekend.  People attending were asked to contribute a one sentence message to the government.  The films capture some of the messages shared and runs with the hashtag #mymsgtothegov  – and asks viewers to use the hashtag to share their own personal message to the government. Film 1 – “Stop Cuts Against Vulnerable Disabled People” Includes messages from Judith, NHA Party; Owen Jones, Columnist; Matthew Talbot, Equal Lives in Norwich; Kiki, Women Against Rape and Sai, Syria Solidarity Movement. Film 2…

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

  On 10-13th June 2014, London’s Excel centre will be hosting the worlds’ largest summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.  British Embassies and High Commissions around the world will be hosting events coinciding with the Summit.  Global solidarity and support for this initiative is being shared on twitter with the #TimeToAct . Summits Aims The summit aims to create practical action, bringing about changes at a grass roots level and to create momentum against this atrocity.  It will be co-chaired by the Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The issue of Ending…

EDL, UAF, counter protest, demonstration, east london, mosque

Fascist Group EDL Diminished by Tower Hamlets in Solidarity

Far-right group the English Defense League were unable to enter Tower Hamlets in London on Saturday 7th September 2013, as thousands stood in solidarity to protect the East London Mosque, which had been threatened by the EDL.  Trade Unions, local mosques and organisations helped to mobilise people onto Whitechapel Road.  All were in unison in a stand against the EDL.