Urban alternatives, to what degree? Parallelisms between Commons and Municipalism

Written by Iolanda Bianchi . Originally published in Spatial Justice and the Commons (Istanbul: Centre for Spatial Justice, 2019). Over recent years, two concepts have been widely used in the urban studies vocabulary to generate and unify the multiform and variegated antagonistic activities that “express a dissent and a rupture with the current order of […]

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Workshops on Confederalism and Democratic Modernity at Hamburg Conference

Report by ANF As part of the Hamburg conference “We want our world back” from the event series “Challenging Capitalist Modernity”, 23 workshops took place on Saturday. The venues had to be moved due to the cancellation of the Audimax at short notice by the administration of the University of Hamburg under pressure from the […]

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April 13, 2023

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Anti-Eviction Strategies as an Instrument of Municipalist Housing Policies

The following text is an excerpt from the book Municipalism in Practice: Progressive Housing Policies in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, and Vienna ( RLS-Cities: April 2022). Every year hundreds of thousands of people are evicted in Europe. National governments and courts systematically leave citizens unprotected against displacements fuelled by real estate interests. Cities like Amsterdam, Barcelona, […]

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Activity Report of the Citizens’ Committee of Milton Parc (2019-20)

Below we reproduce the annual report for 2019-2020 of the Citizens’ Committee of Milton Parc (CCMP). The CCMP is a municipalist initiative that strives to encourage and help create grassroots democracy and collective autonomy. It was born in the fight of Milton Parc‘s inhabitants to save their neighborhood from capitalist speculation. The result of this […]

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November 29, 2020

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Is the Right to the City a Right or a Revolution?

  Written by Magali Fricaudet   From a catastrophist point of view, we could probably say that the unprecedented rate of urbanization that the world is currently experiencing is a realization of the more destructive tendencies of capitalism, where life is at serious stake. Indeed, urbanization seems to have no end, as the ideology of […]

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Cities of Tomorrow

  Written by TRISE member Mike Small. Originally published in Bella Caledonia   Transforming our cities could be the pathway to a Post-Covid world Sorry to bring doom to the doom but the sequence is this: public health disaster, shambolic elite failure, peak coronavirus, then the long reveal of the consequences. There’s bound to be […]

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International endorsement letter for Barcelona En Comú

  Originally published at https://ada2019.barcelona/ca/international-endorsement-letter   To the people of Barcelona, We’re living in times of great uncertainty. Across the world, inequalities are deepening, the far right is attacking the foundations of our democracy, and climate change is threatening life itself. But against this backdrop, you can be proud that Barcelona has become a beacon […]

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May 23, 2019

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Basic Standards for Organizing Citizens’ Assemblies

Written by Marcin Gerwin   1.Random selection of participants All members of a citizens’ assembly are selected by lot. Ideally, every member of the population eligible to take part in a citizens’ assembly should be able to potentially receive invitation to participate. 2.Demographic representation The composition of a citizens’ assembly should broadly match the demographic […]

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December 13, 2018

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Citizens’ Assemblies: Democracy that Works

Written by Marcin Gerwin. The following post is Chapter 1 of his new publication Citizen Assemblies: Guide to Democracy that Works. Imagine a group of people of different ages who meet in order to settle some matter important for a city, a country or for the European Union. This group was not selected through elections […]

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