RADICALS RUNNING THE CITY: LESSONS FROM BARCELONA
March 31, 2018 - Brooklyn, NY
In the 2015 local elections in Barcelona, activists from grassroots movements won power and are now inside City Hall under the leadership of radical Mayor Ada Colau. This municipalist project is raising fundamental questions about how cities can be engines of social transformation in the face of multiple crises, how we can further democratize decision-making, and how we manage tensions between activists, legislators and everyday residents.
Join us for a short film and roundtable discussion with 3 leaders from Barcelona working on the frontlines of these experiments in urban governance that have inspired similar electoral insurgencies across the globe. From the increasingly powerful influence of feminism, to the demands of the militant housing movement, to new digital tools expanding political participation, to a growing network of worker coops in the solidarity economy, Barcelona offers a unique case study on people-centered policies and the challenges to advancing them.
Gala Pin is a founding member of the citizen municipal platform Barcelona en Comú and Councilor for Participation and the Historic Centre of Barcelona. Resident in Barcelona since 2003, Pin was involved in the struggle for the right to housing through the Mortgage Victims Platform (PAH). She has worked on issues of internet rights and freedoms and the practice of technopolitics and online democracy since 2009. As city councilor, one of her priorities is the fight against gentrification.
Eva Alfama is a member of Barcelona en Comú, working with Gala Pin’s local council district team on health and social rights issues. She is a researcher specialized in gender and equity policies and is involved in the feminist movement.
Ernesto Morales is a social worker, sociologist, researcher and trainer in the Institute of Government and Public Policies (IGOP) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona focusing on community organization, citizen participation and the empowerment processes of the city. He helped form the municipalist platform Guanyem that later became Barcelona en Comú before winning election in 2015.
Saturday, March 31, 6-8pm
214 Starr Street, Brooklyn 11237
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