A Letter to the Activists


Hi Sue, Clare, Nick and Mike

Could you take the time to have a look at this link please

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=276&post=864&uid=116511635036942#post864

Its about housing actions coming up in December and January.

I think its a good chance to get  some things going again

I’ve just looked for you on my facebook friends but see that some of you are missing (i did lose half of them recently). I’ll try to reconnect with you that way to.

You might also want to have a look at my facebook groups

Brent CHIEF Campaign for Housing Independence Equality and Freedom

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=116511635036942
and BIG CHIEF. campaign for housing independence & freedom

http://apps.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_179857192028023&ap=1

Brent CHIEF was a small local group that we started up with the support of very few local advice agencies. We started with a chat from the Disability Law Service that we invited our members  with housing problems to.

Brent CHIEF grew out of this. Within 12 months we have met with each other, laid out a manifesto for change to housing provision featuring a set of demands, set a host of questions that we want housing providers in Brent to answer to and sketched a heap of strategies to take the issue further.

We set up the facebook group above and our first expressions of interest came from Scotland, Hastings and Warwick. Disabled People across the country are having major housing problems and this is impacting on our independence, freedom and equality.

Linda Burnip, Clare Glassman and myself pressured Disability Lib to host a first Disabled People’s Housing Consortium and it was from this that BIG CHIEF came.

I think we have a major opportunity here to push the free our people agenda. Alan Holdsworth once told me that the accessible transport campaigns was the first step to independent living. I felt that worked because the public could understand it. I don’t think they were ready to understand the free our people stuff but I think they could understand houses are essential to independence.

Anyway, I wanted to bring this to your attention so a) you were up to speed with what is going on, b) you can consider joining in, c) you can talk to other people about it, d) you can join the facebook pages and follow a developing story.

Thanks for your time

rich

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