Keep Our Homes Detroit

25,000 homes in Detroit are up for auction and at least 8,000 of them are occupied.

Detroit residents are undergoing the largest mass tax foreclosure crisis in US history. In the next 10 days –until October 22—up to 8,000 occupied Detroit homes Detroit will sell for an estimated average bid of $2,400 at the Wayne County Treasurer’s Auction of Tax-Foreclosed Properties.

Detroit People’s Platform and Storehouse of Hope Community Land Trust are teaming up to purchase occupied homes in the auction and secure them permanently in a Community Land Trust (CLT) so families can stay in their homes and we can ensure that these properties remain permanently the off marketplace and out of the hands of speculators. Families participating in the program have been connected through the United Community Housing Coalition. UCHC provides free housing resources for low and no-income Detroiters. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »


25η συνάντηση του διεθνούς δικτύου INURA

Ανοιχτές εκδηλώσεις το πλαίσιο της συνάντησης του διεθνούς δικτύου INURA (International Network for Urban Research and Action) που φιλοξενείται στην Αθήνα από 31 Αυγούστου έως 2 Σεπτεμβρίου:

Δευτέρα 31 Αυγούστου, 18:30 – 20 :30 
συζήτηση στο Δημαρχείο Κερατσινίου-Δραπετσώνας με θέμα
«Challenges and conflicts in western Piraeus«

Τρίτη, 1 Σεπτεμβρίου, 18:30- 20:30
εκδήλωση στο αυτοδιαχειριζόμενο Θέατρο ΕΜΠΡΟΣ με θέμα:
«Commons and solidarity economies: transformative potentials»

Τετάρτη, 2 Σεπτεμβρίου, 16:00 – 21:00
διεθνή πάνελ στο Σύλλογο Ελλήνων Αρχαιολόγων με θέμα:
«INURA’s collaborative project on real-existing New Metropolitan Mainstream»
«Challenging austerity urbanism»
θα ακολουθήσει πάρτυ!

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες για το πρόγραμμα του συνεδρίου εδώ

Transformative urban politics. How can we?

25th INURA conference, Athens, August 30th – September 6th 2015

The 25th INURA conference returns to Athens 7 seven years after it tried to reflect on “Non/De/Re-regulation” and while the city has been at the whirlwind of glocal crises.

Since 2007 the words crisis, debt, austerity, economic depression became commonplace around the world. From 2009 Athens became the prominent association with these notions; notions that have also strong spatial manifestations and implications for the city and those living in it. As a new “guinea pig” Athens became a territory for implementing harsh neoliberal measures under the pretext of the “exceptionality” of the crisis. Since this exception was anything but temporary, these past years reflect a “normalization of exception” in everyday life, in the introduction of urban politics and policies and in the (re)production of urban spaces. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »


STATEMENT of European housing movements on the clash of the European austerity regime with the Greek people

The Greek government has called for a national referendum on Sunday, 5th July, for the new ‘bailout’ terms presented by the EU, the ECB and the IMF. These terms include an extension of high VAT and a reduction of pensions, and go even further on the liberalisation of labour, while the programme again fails to write off or cut the extraordinary debt. Under conditions of increased and unpayable sovereign debt, growing unemployment and mass poverty, produced over the past years of the Troika-crisis-regime, the Greek state will stand no chance of running a functioning welfare system, recovering the economy or indeed introducing democratic reforms of taxation. One of the results of this will be the failure to ensure secure, decent housing for all. It is therefore most likely that the new programme presented by EU, ECB and IMF will only serve to worsen the economy and exacerbate the situation of the majority of people in Greece. These people include all those who may lose their homes after private mortgage default or tax debts, and those who cannot find decent and affordable homes, including many refugees and other migrants.

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Grassroots protest against worsening Housing across Europe

As a consequence of the unsolved crisis and anti-social austerity measurements the housing situation of many Europeans has extremely worsened during the past five years. This is the reason why, before the coming elections to the European Parliament and to many local councils, housing grass-root groups of the “European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City” are joining protests for a democratic and social transformation of the European structures and for a rights based approach in urban development. We urgently need an immediate stop of forced evictions which are the result of financial speculation and economic collapses.  And we need a general shift from the rule of financialized real estate markets to social housing policies. Below, we want to highlight two of the national protests.

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Struggles for an alternative use of public land – Experiences from abroad

Public event, Athens, 5 April 2014

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Brussels Office, Office in Greece) in cooperation with the Municipality of Hellinikon-Argyroupoli organize a public discussion on Saturday, April 5 2014, at 18:00 in the “Mikis Theodorakis” Cultural and Conference Centre of Argyroupoli titled: «Struggles for an alternative use of public land – Experiences from abroad» Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Workshop : Urban crisis or urban crises? – VIDEO

Comparing austerity urbanism, everyday life and resistance in Greek and German cities

Athens, 5th-7th December 2013

Organized by: Department of Geosciences / Geography, GoetheUniversity Frankfurt am Main

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, NationalTechnicalUniversity of Athens

Supported by: DAAD

Videos of the presentations:

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Accusation against TAIPED at the anti-MIPIM popular tribunal, 12/3/2014, Cannes

The sell-off of public land and property of Greece as part of the adjustment programme for the repayment of the public debt

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Public goods and public land are not for sale

Stop trading our collective heritage

The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (TAIPED) was established on 1st July 2011 (Law 3986/2011), under the mid-term fiscal strategy that was imposed by the Troika and adopted by the Greek government. It constitutes the agency responsible for implementing the Greek privatization program with the sole purpose of using its revenues for re-paying the country’s public debt. TAIPED is a “limited liability company”, whose sole shareholder is the Hellenic Republic with a share capital of €30 million. The Fund is not a public entity, and is governed by private law. Full ownership, possession and occupation of all ‘state owned assets’ (land, infrastructure and public companies) that are to be privatized are transferred to TAIPED with the provision that these assets cannot be transferred back to the Greek state. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Open assembly for the right to housing and the right to the city

a first step towards the coordination of collective action for housing rights

19O-Athens-housing is a right not a commodity          19O-Athens-open assembly

On the European day of action for housing rights (October 19th), more than 120 people gathered at Eleftherias square in Athens, in order to participate at the first open assembly on the right to housing and the right to the city. Participants represented a range of groups and organisations and voiced their  concerns about the housing situation and the forthcoming measures and reflected on future actions. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Athens: call for common action and open assembly, 19Oct, 12:00, Eleftherias sq.

Greece is facing an acute housing crisis, part of broader socio-economic crisis of the last four years. Under the memorandum and austerity politics, imposed by the Troika and the Greek governments,  the right to housing and the right to the city are severely violated. Due to the rapid impoverishment of the majority of the population and the rising unemployment, an increasing number of people are forced to live in precarious and inadequate housing; even on the streets. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »