RIGHT TO THE CITY TRANSATLANTIC ROUNDTABLE
October 12-14, 2018 - New York City
For photos of this event, visit our Flickr page. For six years, the Right to the City Roundtables have provided an opportunity for housing activists from North America and Europe to meet, debate, and share strategies to ensure fair, equitable cities for all.
Coming off last year’s successful gathering in Hamburg, this year’s roundtable will focus on the issue of social housing. As the affordability crisis deepens in the major cities (and, conversely, a vacancy crisis haunts deindustrialized areas), there has been renewed calls to defend and expand social housing. Social housing is nothing new; indeed, it was a hallmark for many social democratic city governments from New York to Vienna. And in many cases social housing is the anchor that allows for cities to exist as racially diverse eco-systems and to maintain the integrity of communities.
However, in recent years, social housing on both sides of the Atlantic has faced the ravages of austerity and neglect. A majority of housing produced in cities are for profit, and the large commodification of land and housing serves as the driving force for displacement. In the face of this, many social activists have adopted a “shield and sword approach,” one to defend existing social housing stock and the other to advance the demand for the creation of more housing through community land trusts and cooperative developments.
Through case studies and field trips, this roundtable will explore the history of social housing, its relationship to social movements and real time experiments in building democratic, inclusive housing. Topics within the roundtable will also include housing and race, migration, democratic governance, and fighting displacement.
This roundtable is co-organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office and the Right to the City Alliance USA.
Finnish Youth Housing Alliance (Helsinki, Finland)
Chain Breaker Collective (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
PAH (People Affected by Mortgage Crisis, Spain)
Rochester Community Land Trust (Rochester, New York)
International Alliance of Inhabitants (Venice, Italy)
Picture the Homeless (New York City)
Chinatown Community Land Trust (Boston, MA)
Front D’Action Populaire en Réaménagement Urbain (FRAPU, Montréal)
One DC (Washington, DC)
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE, Brooklyn)
French Communist Party (Paris)
Dudley Street Community Land Trust
Fideicomiso Comunitario Tierra Libra (Los Angeles)
Cooper Square Committee (New York City)
MieterInnen-Initiative (Vienna, Austria)
Between the late 1940s and the 1990s, movements for independence, decolonization, and Black Power emerged and flourished. While these movements altered the terrain of the global south, they had a profound echo effect on the culture, politics, and artistic expression of the global north. In Europe, support committees for Black political prisoners, anti-Apartheid actions as well as the Black Panthers provided “hot flashes” during the Cold War. Across social......
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