Kategorie-Archiv: Konferenz 2013

Open Letter: RE-THINKING TRANS-EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY IN THE FIELD OF HOUSING AND CITIES

Internationaler Solidaritätspaziergang Duisburg-BruckhausenShort report about proposals for coordinated action and advocacy.

Dear comrades, dear friends,
late April some activists from tenant organizations, local urban movements, militant research and international housing rights networks met in Essen and Wuppertal (Germany) for internal and public Meetings. There we discussed reasons and possible tasks of international solidarity cooperation in the field of housing and cities under the conditions of financialisation and crisis, austerity regimes and  urban transformation. Coming from Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Padova, Paris, Pescara, the Ruhr-District, Rotterdam, Santiago, Vienna we used this occasion to exchange local experiences, map common questions and brainstorm some ideas for coordinated activities in future.  It was a main success of the meetings that activists from different cities and countries, generations, professions and political movements started to get into intensive communication within an open atmosphere. We started some rich debates on the necessary activist analysis of real estate in modern capitalism and crisis, about political orientations and instruments for the defense and the realization of the right to housing in the countries and at European levels, about the questions of organizing across the fragmentations at local and transnational levels, and about the need for international solidarity with concrete actions.

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