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Let’s have a chat, Dave.

As has been explicitly noted in many pieces, we at the #SaveBrickLane campaign after organising on the ground for MONTHS can tell you we got over 7000+ objections submitted, collected 550+ signatures from LOCAL residents (majority of whom were Bengali)…
…and we got over 140 traders (businesses in your vernacular) also as signatories who object to this new development.

So to go ahead and claim this is a form of ‘populism’ means you don’t under the very premise of how local democracies work.
The 7 orgs involved in the campaign (@thegentleauthor @SpitalfieldsT @EastEndTrades @EastEndPSociety @nijjormanush Bengali East End Heritage Society and Assemble) also put together two exhibitions which ran for months at 25 Princelet St AND we had various meetings w/ officials.
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This evening the Development Committee of @TowerHamletsNow voted IN FAVOUR of the Truman Brewery redevelopment proposal by a margin of 1. 🧵
Today's decision ultimately came down to the votes of just two Labour councillors : Cllr @Kevin_J_Brady and Cllr @KaharChowdhury - both of whom sided with profiteers this evening. Councillior Leema Qureshi was not allowed to vote because she was self isolating at home.
The Save Brick Lane campaign, on the other hand, has engaged & mobilised hundreds of locals & residents in and around Brick Lane. It is they that have made it clear to us that they reject this proposal, & resent politics as usual under Tower Hamlets Council.
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More than a year ago, the Truman Brewery thought that this proposal would glide through the council during the height of a pandemic. 🧵
Since this campaign began a year ago, we have collected thousands of objections, gained the support of more than 140 traders & businesses on Brick Lane, knocked on more than hundreds of doors and alerted supporters around the world 🌎
We have built a coalition that has kept Tower Hamlets Council and the Mayor on edge.

This campaign is a clear expression of the people versus the profiteers. ✊🏽
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We asked Bangladeshis & Bengalis in the U.K. and around the world 🌎 to answer one simple question:
“Why is the #savebricklane campaign to you?”
Full video on our Instagram instagram.com/tv/CTxicn0IVrh
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We asked Bangladeshis & Bengalis in the U.K. and around the world 🌎 to answer one simple question:
“Why is the #savebricklane campaign to you?”
Full video on our Instagram instagram.com/tv/CTxicn0IVrh…
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What you need to know about the #savebricklane campaign ❗️🧵
Tower Hamlets has experienced more gentrification than any other London borough 🏙
The Truman Brewery proposal will cause up to 60% loss of light ⛅️
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On 4 May 1978, 24-year-old Bangladeshi textile worker Altab Ali was stabbed to death on his way home by white supremacist teenagers in Whitechapel, East London. [Image by Shamsuddin Shams] (1/4)
The murder occurred amidst an atmosphere of virulent racism, bolstered by government immigration policy, xenophobic media and nativist scaremongering from MPs like Tory opposition leader Margaret Thatcher. (2/4)
Ten days after Altab Ali's death, 7,000 people from the local Bengali community marched w his coffin to Downing St, demanding an end to racism. The East End's minorities—Bangladeshi, Jewish, Indian, Caribbean, Pakistani—would come together as a united front against fascism. (3/4)
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