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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Say, 'No!' to MIPIM — our communities are not for sale

From Izzy Koksal

Invitation to Public Meeting: ‘Our communities are not for sale!’
Tuesday 16th September, 20147pm
128 Theobalds Rd, Holborn, London WC1X 8TN

The world’s largest property fair, known as MIPIM, is coming to London next month for the first time in its 25 year history. Developers, financiers and politicians will be meeting to do deals that create unaffordable, insecure housing around the UK.
The undemocratic process of MIPIM also affects who controls land and how it is used, contributing to the corporate takeover of our community space and public services.
We plan to resist, and say ‘Our communities are not for sale!’
The Radical Housing Network invites you to a public meeting to find ways groups can work together and organise to say 'No to MIPIM' - a world’s biggest property conference which is happening on the 15th - 17th of October in London.

We think this is an opportunity for different political movements to build relationships and stand together against a key process in the exploitative property market.

MIPIM enables investors and developers to meet and take control of our land -  land in use for community benefit such as public space, social housing and services like the NHS.

Currently being planned in response to MIPIM UK is:
15th October: Block Boris (#BlockBoris)
Call-out to protest the opening of MIPIM UK at Kensington Olympia
16th, 17th October: Alternative Conference
Two days of speakers on talks from different political movements about the effects of MIPIM and how we can respond collectively.
Come to the public meeting on the 16th of September to get involved and find out more about these plans.
More on MIPIM
MIPIM proudly describes itself as the world's largest property fair, attracting around 20,000 investors, developers, local authorities, and banks each year to "find new locations", "network with potential business partners" and "find new projects and assets to invest in."(MIPIM website)

Typically it takes place annually in Cannes, France. This year will see the first MIPIMUK, to be held at London’s Olympia 15-17 October. Billed as "
the 1st UK property trade show gathering all professionals looking to close deals in the UK property market" - a gathering of professionals and elites looking to profiteer from UK land and property.
Local authorities that attend are on the lookout for potential business partners and corporate interests who'll collaborate on yet more 'regeneration' plan. We don't want more boutique hotels, offices, luxury housing and shopping centres, we don't want our neighbourhoods to be gentrified and entire communities evicted.
MIPIM promotes an unsustainable, privatised and profit-driven approach to property ownership for the benefit of a small elite that destroys our communities and keeps millions in poverty. We've had enough, and we aren't taking it anymore. Join community struggles across Europe taking action in the run-up to MIPIM UK.
Messages of Solidarity
Send your message to londonnotforsale AT gmail.com which will be passed on to the MIPIM coalition and publicised via social media.
(Please alter and add to the text below in order to include your own views on property and land speculation).
We [name of individual and/or organisation] fully support the UK MIPIM protest "Say NO to MIPIM: YES to housing justice for all!"
Organisation (where applicable):
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Contact londonnotforsale AT gmail.com with questions

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