Sorry I don't have my own profile on libcom or read the forums so am gatecrashing George's profile (as he drew my attention to this thread as we talked about the fact that LCAP doesn't advertise its successes on the Left in the same way as the IWW does for example). I'm part of the Hackney Housing Group which is part of LCAP (and an anarchist).
I don't really think there are any differences between the way LCAP organises or SeaSol.
Really the Hackney Housing Group for example is very grassroots. We organise through group meetings. We don't do direct-action-casework in any of the local groups now. If you come with a problem then the expectation is that you become a full participant in the group. We found that with the direct-action- casework model it wasn't that people didn't want to engage politically or support other people but that this individual way of working discouraged this. We stopped the direct-action-casework model nearly two years ago.
We would tend to deal with housing problems by taking direct action which normally involves going down to the housing office in a big group. The fact that we also use the law is probably more to do with the fact that when you are engaged with a housing/ workplace issue if it helps you to win to also use legal tools then you do it... I don't think having an abstract ideological objection to using the expertise of lawyers etc. is very useful provided doing this doesn't contradict your aims. And I know OCAP will use a legal framework as well as disruptive action if it is useful.
I don't see a difference politically between pressurising an employer through a self-organised group and taking direct action and pressurising the housing office or the job centre. The call for more social housing relates directly to people's immediate needs. It isn't a final aim - it is similar to workers within the Post Office for example calling for the Post Office to stay public - why? Because they know that they will have more control over their lives at work if it remains a public sector body. Equally people in the housing group know they fare better under a council rather than a private landlord - so we consider it a useful political demand to make. Frankly however we don't do very much "calling for more social housing" - perhaps it might be worth us doing more!! Certainly being in a group where most people's first language isn't English means that any media work is quite hard for us to do.
I know in the Hackney Housing Group which I am part of we don't advertise very much on the Left. This is something I would hope to change but has more to do with the fact that most people do not define themselves as being on the Left (despite the fact that the way in which we organise and take action could be called anarchist).
If this is something people are interested in I could post up a talk I have at a Cophenhagen anarchist conference about it on here. Would that be useful? It is a bit out of date but I think reading this thread that people's perceptions of LCAP are even more out of date! So might be worth me putting it up.