Squatters fear council eviction

(This article was scheduled to be published via a local newspaper in November 2020 but it was not included. I decided to publish it here to highlight the importance of people’s stories.)

By Samantha Watson

Occupants of a community building wait nervously as Newham Council announced this month that they intend to evict them from their home. 

The building, formerly known as ‘Shed 22’, is home to 12 people who sought a safe place to stay and shield themselves from COVID-19.

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The rebirth of public ownership in a changing society

By Samantha Watson

The concept of neighbourhood renewal projects are far from new. In fact the government continues to push the idea that communities should acquire land and buildings to transform their areas both socially, economically and environmentally. What is intriguing is how some individuals are taking the bold step of using public ownership as a way to build new communities within communities.

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Class divide – What happened to the ‘British’ Dream?

foodbank

By Samantha Watson

American activist Angela Davis once wrote that the future generations who should be offered the dream of freedom, what I call the ‘American Dream’, is in jeopardy. Davis discussed this in a 1986 essay when she looked at the crisis of capitalism, but much of what she refers to in the essay echoes much of what is happening in Britain today.

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