Monday, 14 October 2013
Guest blog piece on racism in estate agent policy in LB Brent:
No Colour Bar
Stop Racism in Letting Agencies
Picket: 12.30pm, Tuesday 15th October
National Estate Agents, 75 High Road, Willesden Green, NW10 2SU
called by Brent Housing Action, supported by Unite Community and Brent Renters Campaign
A BBC Report today exposes the racism in Letting Agencies, naming and shaming two in Willesden that have openly shown they will illegally refuse Black tenants at a landlord's request.
In 1990 a Commission for Racial Equality report "Sorry, it's gone" showed that one in five accommodation agencies in thirteen locations discriminated against ethnic minorities; in this case, it seems all 10 that were tested were prepared to.
Brent Housing Action is calling a picket at National Estates and we will march to A-Z at the other end of the Willesden High Road.
Willesden is at the heart of Brent, a borough whose history has been shaped by Black people, often through community anti-racist action. Even as the government is stepping up its attack on the non-white and migrant population through imposing new racist immigration checks on tenants, decades old racism still persists.
We will raise the issue tonight at Brent Question Time and Council meeting, at the Willesden Connects forum, CNWL on Wednesday night. We are already discussing the Redress Scheme, Trading Standards, Brent Council lettings regulation. We are or will be getting in touch with Brent Councillors, Black community groups, anti-racists, CAB etc
The next Brent Housing Action meeting is 7pm, Tuesday 22nd, Brent Trades Hall, 375 Wilesden High Road.
Contact Suj, Brent Housing Action 07973 632 827 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org