1,500 sign petition against riot-related council home evictions in Wandsworth

Re posted from Wandsworth Guardian

Hundreds of people are urging Wandsworth Council to rethink evicting families of suspected rioters.

More than 1,500 signed a petition against the authority’s stance after Maite de Calva, 43, became the first person to be handed an eviction notice from her council flat – a notice served in response to her son being charged with offences during the Battersea riots.

The petition reached the 1,500 mark today – the same day campaign group The Social Justice Collective arranged a 5pm to 8pm protest outside the Wandsworth home of council leader, Councillor Ravi Govindia. (The Petition has now over 2500 signatures – ed)

Ms de Calva, who lives in Battersea with her son Daniel Sartain-Clarke and her eight-year-old daughter, has received support from Latchmere ward councillor, Tony Belton, who branded the council’s actions “wrong, immoral, pointless and family destructive”.

Robert Davidson, a postgraduate student living in Wandsworth, launched the petition campaign this week on Change.org.

He said: “I’m as upset as anyone about the riots, but evicting vulnerable families from their homes will only deepen the social rift that led to the riots.

“I have friends that live in Clapham and Croydon and I heard the sirens screaming up and down Garratt Lane.

“I detest the rioting and looting that went on. Of course we need to punish criminals but I just don’t see why an eight-year-old child or a mum should be evicted from their home just because a young boy got caught up in some trouble.

“This kind of collective punishment is only going to make innocent people feel hated by society and is going to cause more problems in future.”

Read the whole article here:

http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/local/wandsworthnews/9204557.1_500_sign_petition_against_riot_related_council_home_evictions/

There is further comment from Tony Belton here:

http://www.labourlist.org/a-difficult-moral-dilemma

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One thought on “1,500 sign petition against riot-related council home evictions in Wandsworth

  1. Judges are throwing out the sentencing guidelines in order to “send a message”. But using ultra hard sentences for minor offences – 2 years for stealing a bottle of water, 4 years for setting up a facebook group – is simply only sending a message of injustice.

    These knee jerk sentences will only cause more problems later on. There is wide spread comparison between these harsh sentences and the lack of apparent punishment for MPs expenses, and bankers greed. These sentiments will be most greatly felt and agreed in the communities that have the most problems as they see their sons and daughters locked up for years for minor offences.

    To sign the petition, go to: https://www.change.org/petitions/wandsworth-borough-council-tell-wandsworth-council-not-to-punish-innocent-people

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