RIGHT TO THE CITY: A TRANSATLANTIC ROUNDTABLE
December 1-3, 2017 - Hamburg
Based on Henri Lefebvre’s 1967 manifesto, the “Right to the City” movement has mushroomed into formal organizations across the globe, calling for equitable housing, access to public space, and a redefinition of citizenship. For the past five years, the “Right to the City” roundtable (co-organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office and the Right to the City Alliance) has offered an opportunity for housing activists and policy advocates to share transatlantic perspectives, strategize, and create solidarity in real time.
This year’s roundtable will boast its largest number of participants and is ambitious in its programming, covering issues ranging from the rise of the right, race and migration, and the role of international activist networks to the democratization and de-commodification of housing. The gathering takes place in Hamburg, which has its own storied history of urban struggles. During several field trips, participants will meet with migrant, housing, and cultural organizations throughout the city.
Friday, December 1: RACE AND MIGRATION
Dawn Phillips and Albert Scharenberg
9:30am-11:00am The Right, Race, and Refugees in Hamburg and Germany
Albert Scharenberg (RLS—NYC), Florian Kasiske (Right to the City, Hamburg), and Abimbola Odugbesan (Silent University/Lampedusa in Hamburg). Followed by a discussion and break.
11:15am-12:45pm Race and Migration in Europe and the United States
Deborah Dickerson (Picture the Homeless, NYC), Desiree Westlund (United for a New Economy, Denver CO), and Andrea (Dre) Chiriboga-Flor (9 to 5 Colorado). Followed by a discussion.
2:00pm-4:00pm Field Trip
The city walk shows Hamburg from the perspectives of refugees.
6:00pm-8:30pm Film Screening/Discussion
“Ada for Mayor” (88 min.); “Two Years Later” (24 min.), both directed by Pau Faus
Saturday, December 2: DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE AND INTERNATIONAL NETWORKING
9:00am Recap of First Day/Outstanding Questions
9:30am-11:00am Introduction to the Global Platform for the Right to the City
Lorena Zarate (Global Platform for the Right to the City/Habitat International Coalition). Followed by a discussion and break.
11:15am-12:45pm Democratic Governance: Case Studies of Barcelona, Spain, and Jackson, Mississippi
Vicente Rubio Peuyo (Fordham University, author of “Municipalism in Spain: From Barcelona to Madrid, and Beyond,” RLS—NYC, 2017) and Sacajawea Hall (Cooperation Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi). Followed by a discussion.
2:00pm-5:00pm Field Trip
This guided tour takes us through the Gängeviertel, where the roundtable takes place.
Sunday, December 3: DE-COMMODIFICATION/DEMOCRATIC CONTROL OF LAND – BUILDING A TRANSFORMATIVE PERSPECTIVE
9:00am Recap of Second Day/Outstanding Questions
9:30am-11:00am On Gentrification
Lydia Lowe (Chinatown Community Land Trust); response by Javier Arizmendi (Platform for People Affected by the Mortgage Crisis/PAH). Followed by a discussion.
11:00am-12:30pm Combating Gentrification: Case Studies from Philadelphia, Dublin, and Sweden
Christi Clark (Women’s Revitalization Center, Philadelphia); response by Dominika Polanska and Bjorn Krogvig (Ort till Ort, Stockholm, Sweden), and Seamus Farrell (Irish Housing Network, Dublin). Followed by a discussion.
2:00pm-3:00pm Reflection/Next Steps/Closing
3:00pm-5:00pm Field Trip
On this trip, we will first walk around Altona, a district undergoing heavy gentrification.
6:00pm-8:00pm Semi-Public Event on Urban Citizenship/Sanctuary Cities/Municipal ID
Lydia Lowe (Chinatown Community Land Trust); response by Javier Arizmendi (Platform for People Affected by the Mortgage Crisis/PAH)
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office
The Right to the City Alliance USA
Barcelona En Comu
Global Platform for the Right to the City
Colorado 9 to 5 (Denver)
Irish Housing Network (Dublin)
Picture the Homeless (New York City)
Cooperation Jackson (Jackson, Mississippi)
Ort till Ort (Stockholm, Sweden)
Storehouse of Hope (Detroit, Michigan)
Lampedusa/Silent University (Hamburg, Germany)
Women’s Community Revitalization Project (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Right to the City Hamburg
Chinatown Community Landtrust (Boston, Massachusetts)
Institute for Critical Social Analysis, RLS Berlin
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