28 Apr. 2021

Transforming Urban Politics from the Bottom Up: New Municipalism and Governance

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:30pm EDT

New municipalist movements are bringing social movements and activists into governments and making way for emancipatory political processes. Movement parties like Spain’s Barcelona en Comú are pushing back on several decades’ worth of neoliberal politics, which transformed our cities into objects of capital investment and playing fields for the financial sector. And they are fighting forward: towards new forms of collective governance and democratic control over vital material resources like water and housing; towards realizing co-operative and local economies; towards a right to the city for all.

With the help of our panelists, we shall draw upon lessons from community organizing and institutional politics to examine new municipalism’s dual power-strategy. We will discuss how municipalist principles like the feminization of politics, participatory and open decision-making mechanisms, and grassroots democracy help to truly distribute power and directly address material needs.

Discussion with Julia Salazar (New York State Senator), Margit Mayer (Freie Universität Berlin, a.D.), Michael Partis (Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative), Andrej Holm (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Rob Robinson (Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights).

Presented by Anastasia Blinzov (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung).

This event is a collaboration between the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung’s New York City office. It is part of the series of events For a Right to the City from Berlin to New York from 27 – 29 April.

The event-series will be held in English and German.

Please register for the event, and direct any inquiries to anastasia.blinzov@rosalux.org.