Final Monday of every month
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Town Hall Talks in 2018 will ask questions about our future, by drawing inspiration from the incredible history of our building and local area.
From radical politics to art and architecture, our building has a wealth of history to draw on from the past 125 years.
Join us to discuss a new topic each month, with each talk opening with provocations from our two guest speakers.
Complimentary drinks will be provided.
23 July | What is the Future of Affordable Housing?
At a time when affordable housing feels like an urgent discussion in Battersea, we are bringing together historian John Boughton, Author of Municipal Dreams, and members of Advocacy Academy who have successfully lobbied Lambeth Council to set up a Community Land Trust, to understand the history of the fight for affordable housing for all, the roles played by key figures in Battersea's history, and what the future of housing could look like in London.
John Boughton is a social historian whose book Municipal Dreams: the Rise and Fall of Council Housing was published by Verso in April 2018. He has published in the Historian and Labor History and gives talks on housing to a range of audiences. He is involved in a number of housing campaigns and lives in London. His blog is municipaldreams.wordpress.com.
Ilhan Yonis is 18 years old. She was born and raised in South London and is a second generation immigrant/refugee from Somalia. She is a graduate of the Advocacy Academy (class of 16/17) and has been involved in activism for the past two years. In 2017, Ilhan took part in a viral video campaign addressed tothe editors of The Sun and The Daily Mail, calling them out on the language that they used to talk about Muslims in their papers. She went on to meet the editor of The Sun and was able to explain to him how papers like The Sun are fuelling this hatred. Ilhan has also been interal in campaigning for Lambeth's first ever Community Land Trust to provide a viable alternative for genuinely affordable homes. She has appeared on Channel 4 News, in The Guardian newspaper and made a film for the Almeida Theatre about Islamaphobia. She is currently studying social anthropology at the University of Kent.
The Advocacy Academy is a transformational Social Justice Fellowship for young people (16-18) who are passionate about making a difference in the world. The graduates have spent eight months, including four residential retreats, working with campaigners, politicians, academics and coaches to grow their own grassroots campaigns tackling an array of issues from housing to mental health to gang crime.