But they’re a charity! This can’t be for real?
We need lots of signatures − we need to appeal!
Socialists are on board & there’s another meeting −
to find out who can do what & who’s happy speaking?
We need to go to that & that & tell ‘em what’s what!
& we need to go to the press & tell ‘em the bloody lot!
We need posters in windows & we need to take to the streets.
We need to get on social media – petition on 38 Degrees!
We need another meeting − invite them that have `been there’
& maybe that bloke off the telly − if he’s still about & cares…?
Retired director & colleagues & guests from other professions;
we have legal & we’ll have surgeries; with one-to-one sessions.
We need to keep this up − we need to get on national news!
Practically everyone’s at work − who’s free for interviews?
We need another meeting − let’s have breakfast in the street.
Saturday, we’ll tell the passersby; as we talk & plan & eat.
We need to form an association & write a constitution −
we need more volunteers’, we need to march; we need a bloody revolution!
We need a fundraiser for court fees & we’ll need nerves of steel.
We need to support those about to jump; before pushed under the wheel.
We need to keep this going − It’s okay. It’s okay to cry.
The film crew are here now −get ready for standby.
We were due to be on the news tonight only Ronnie Corbett’s died.
It’s nothing personal; celebrity deaths are usually prioritised.
We need a silent vigil & we need to write another letter &
we need to appeal to agents, the bank & the bullies & make this better…
Local MP’s getting more involved − we’re all invited to parliament!
Let’s all hop on the bus & go & hope she makes a good argument!
We need them to step in & make an acceptable offer − help us mend & heal
& a complaint to the Charity Commission; about all that’s been revealed:
Charity sells out to private businessmen; without word – no negotiation.
Their former tenants’ homes auctioned off; while they’re still living in them!
`People Over Profit’ of all people they should know:
`tear heart out of working-class community’ was not the legacy bestowed.
Charity supports gentrification over social-housing; to maximise their incomes.
Locals are to be made homeless, while charity buys what? (with such large sums…)
Thank you Dolphin for responding to our letter & HUGE thanks to all who did their bit –
49 (of 63) families remain; looks like we largely did it!
Shame on you, Glasspool Trust– selling out was sorely misjudged −
as soon as we `discovered’ the deal, we said: `Butterfields Won’t Budge!’
This poem is designed to capture the journey, since January 2016 to date, of all involved in the campaign against the mass evictions of the residents of the Butterfields estate in Walthamstow E.17. The poem’s title is a nod to Hackney’s New Era Estate whom fought & won a similar battle against London’s `Social Cleansing’ & also helped to inspire Butterfields estate, in working-class Walthamstow, not to budge! Besides I am not a silent poet, more of Susan’s `protest poetry’ may be found online at: Dissident Voice & Proletarian Poetry, among other publications. Susan Evans is a Brighton-based Performance poet from Walthamstow E17. She was Shortlisted Best Spoken Word Performer in the Saboteur Awards, 2016. You can find her here:
Housing Demo 13 March 2016: Butterfields Won’t Budge