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Community rallies for Selma

In late November, 30 ACORN members took action for our member Selma at City Hall in Bristol. Selma and her young son were facing a nightmare that started when they survived a tower block fire at Twinnell House in Easton in which their neighbour Abdul died, leaving them traumatised.

Since then they've been in temporary accommodation which the council recently stopped paying for, trying to force them back into Twinnell House despite their terror of returning.

Their treatment has been beyond appalling, including Travelodge trying to force them out by shutting off utilities and stationing security outside their room to prevent them returning should they leave. The doors of City Hall were locked against us when they saw us coming this afternoon. To chants of 'Justice for Selma' and 'Shame on you' we papered the doors of City Hall with posters and read out our demands for Marvin Rees and Director for Housing Donald Graham - that Selma and her son be appropriately housed and that their shameful treatment be immediately investigated.

But then as we were debriefing around the corner, the mayor was spotted! A couple of us managed to catch him on his way back from lunch and handed him our letter of demands. Within an hour Selma received an email from the council offering her temporary accommodation in a flat near her son’s school, and they were both safe in the flat by the same evening.

You can read about the Bristol tower block fire safety win here.

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