Butterfields Won't Budge!
"We Won't Budge" is the courageous slogan of a group of tenants who live in Walthamstow, east London and who aim to resist eviction from their homes, and the break up of their community.
The properties they live in were previously owned by Glasspool, a charity set up in 1939 with an endowment of properties and investments. It was established to make small grants to individuals and help them over a short term crisis. The charity decided to sell one of its Walthamstow estates comprising 63 homes to a small private entity called Butterfields E17 in order to raise money. The new landlord immediately issued eviction notices to 63 tenants and is reportedly planning to evict more.
The Butterfields tenants are determined to resist eviction from their homes
Two of the tenants, Sukran and Dogan Rashit, have been given until the end of March to leave the home they have lived in for over a decade. Sukran says
“We don’t know what will happen to us ... I have no money to put down a deposit on a new place ... When you’ve lived in a place for ten years you know all your neighbours. My hospital, my GP and my daughter are all nearby. I can’t move somewhere new now. It’s frightening.”
Campaigners have already organised a vigorous campaign to resist the evictions and have made a video to highlight their struggle. They have launched a petition via 38 Degrees which you can sign here. The campaigners are supported by the Waltham Forest Trades Council which has distributed a Newsletter with further information.