CFGN has lost food-growing projects in Tottenham Marshes, the Heygate Estate in Elephant & Castle, and in Brixton, in the last years.
Coincidence that community food land is being snatched away in areas of rapid gentrification?
Community Food Growers Network will be joining communities standing up and fighting gentrification at ‘Reclaim Brixton’ on Saturday 25th of April.
More details below:
Re-produced from Reclaim Brixton event description
25th April, 2015
Windrush Square, Brixton
Noon – 3pm
Brixton is known for its vibrancy, its social & cultural diversity, not only throughout the UK, but also internationally.
When Nelson Mandela came to the UK as a free man, his first stop was in Brixton, to thank the community for its unwavering support. One of 2014’s most acclaimed British films, Pride, tells the story of a colourful alliance between a resourceful Brixton LGBT group and Welsh striking miners. Examples like these are never ending. Or are they? Will the Brixton of 2017 be visited, admired, celebrated?
Today vibrancy is sold to garnish property development posters and overpriced bar branding, but in doing so, it is also slowly being killed.
Social diversity is driven out by lack of truly affordable housing. Local businesses are driven out by increasing rents and redevelopment schemes that benefit national & multinational businesses, siphoning money out of the area. Local spaces for people to meet, celebrate, get support or education are being decimated as community groups, long-standing pubs, music venues, libraries & colleges are being relocated, down-sized, repurposed, disappeared.
Brixton’s vibrancy now has a question mark on it. Will Brixton turn into a living museum or will it live?
Join us on April 25th to celebrate, group and regroup around what makes Brixton Brixton.