Here’s the news story about Lambeth Women’s Project which aired on BBC London lunchtime news on Wednesday 20th June. Thanks to Ayshea Buksh for sending us the video.
Lambeth Weekender, 29 June 2012
Wednesday, July 11th at 8:00PM
@ full stop, 202 Brick Lane London, UK E1 6SA.
free entry- but will be collecting donations
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Thank you to the Feminist Library Collective, who have written a letter of support to Lambeth Women’s Project:
“An open letter to LWP – offer of practical support
14th June 2012
Dear Ego and all at Lambeth Women’s Project,
I am writing on behalf of the Feminist Library management committee, to express solidarity and maintain practical and supportive sisterly relations between two of the last remaining autonomous women’s spaces surviving from the 1970s Women’s Liberation Movement.
We are very upset to hear about the project’s current predicament, especially as there is the possibility that the project may close. Lambeth Women’s Project has served the young women of Lambeth for 35 years, and it is these women who will suffer the most if the project is shut down.”
Read the full letter here.
Photo taken by Brixton Blog during their visit to LWP yesterday.
“Mothers stage sit-in at Stockwell primary school over poster on girls’ mutilation”
By Mark Blunden, Evening Standard
“A dozen women are staging a sit-in at a primary school in a row over an advice poster warning about the dangers of female genital mutilation.
Lambeth Women’s Project is rejecting demands to leave the listed building, part of Stockwell Primary School and Children’s Centre, and is today on the sixth day of its occupation.
Its action comes after relations with school chiefs and Lambeth council broke down over a loan — and accusations that it had left “sexually explicit material” lying around in areas where it could be seen by children.
But the women say the material is actually a police-sponsored poster for services to help London girls at risk of female genital mutilation.”
Read full article here.
Tonight at 6:30pm we will be protesting outside Lambeth Town Hall (Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW – opposite Windrush Square). The local cabinet is meeting at 7pm and Lambeth Women’s Project will be joining other local groups to protest against cuts. We hope to have a strong LWP presence, to make sure cabinet members are aware of what is going on and urged to take action.
On Monday Stockwell Primary School LOCKED women into the building and were eventually made to hand over a key and open up the gates by the police. Is this how we want our schools run and local women treated?
Download PDF here. Please pass on to media contacts.
Thanks to photographer Kay Tabernacle, here’s a photo report of today’s SOS, where 5 women were locked in the premises by Stockwell Primary School. Please credit the photographer when reposting images.
LWP members find themselves locked out of LWP this morning- new lock added to gate by School
Five women who were inside the building are also locked in. No one is allowed to enter or leave the premises. Stockwell Primary School threaten to cut off power. Brixton Blog reports witnessing one woman scale a 7ft iron fence to get out of the building.
A crowd of LWP supporters gather peacefully outside the building. Stockwell Primary School call the police
LWP members show police the agreement that Lambeth Women’s Project have legal access to the building through the front entrance (the school only has legal access through the side entrance).
Police inform LWP there is no basis for them to be involved, i.e. to evict
Police enter through gate
Gate open! The police make Stockwell Primary School hand over keys to the gate and front entrance to LWP.
As one LWP facebook message said earlier:
Stockwell Primary School – have locked us in – no way in, no way out and have just told us they will be cutting the power!!!!!
This is unlawful!
“Lambeth women ‘locked in’ centre during Brixton eviction dispute”
By Tim Dickens, Brixton Blog
Volunteers from the Lambeth Women’s Project (LWP) claim they were locked into their headquarters this morning by the Brixton school trying to evict them.
At least six members of the project have been staging a sit-in since Friday, the deadline given in an eviction letter they received two weeks before.
Police officers arrived at the Stockwell Road building, owned by Stockwell Primary School, at midday to help resolve the situation.
LWP coordinator Ego Ahaiwe claims the locks on the main gate were changed this morning and school staff were refusing to let women leave or enter via the alternative school entrance.
Read full article here