Greater Poland Tenants' Association together with European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the are inviting you to the conference of tenants' rights groups. The congress will take place in Pozna? between 6th and 9th November 2015.
It has been many years since we can observe the expansion of precarity of housing condition all over the world. The neoliberal policies are forcing increasingly larger clusters of a society to outlay more and more: privatisation of common resources, welfare cuts, limiting citizens' rights, mass evictions, gentrification and proliferation of banks on the housing market. These techniques are of international scope - the results, with varying dynamics and at different stages are discernible everywhere in the world. It is absolutely essential to create a network of solidarity in struggle for decent housing conditions. We are obliged to expose the radius of human rights violations, including the right to decent living, that shall not be aligned neither with one's economic status nor their origin. We have to reveal the genuine character of EU and UN-Habitat policy (UN-Habitat Conference, Quito, Ecuador, October 2016) aiming to blow "the right to the city" and "the right to housing".
The meeting of the European coalition is meant to become a platform for sharing knowledge and strategies crucial in local struggles for tenants' rights. International speculations have an ever stronger impact on everyone's life. The banks and private owners hire companies specialising in mass evictions. This is rapidly emerging market in Poland - so-called "house cleansing" - hence violent and illegal evictions are a common occurrence nowadays.
The conference in Pozna? is an aftermath of the meeting that took place in Athens on 20th and 21th May this year. The convergence aims to integrate groups engaged in struggle for tenants' rights operating in countries of Eastern Europe. During the conference we will analyse current state of affairs in several countries undergoing hasty urban metamorphoses - Serbia, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. These nations have similar historical, social and political background, therefore a common field naturally occurs - we are able to share experiences and tactics and to shape a joint political reference. We will discuss issues regarding the influence of global mechanisms on tenants' situation in given countries; we will deliberate how to compose the means of resistance as well as how to engage in international solidarity for it to hold relevance with actions taken locally. We will speak about founding a joint almanac of knowledge concerning the matters of inhabitants of particular cities and the methods of self-organisation, equally on international and local level - under the plight of rolling crisis.
The event is divided in two sections: conference, open to the public (6th and 7th November) and internal meeting of European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City (8th and 9th November).
FRIDAY, 6TH NOVEMBER
From 12pm onwards the registration for participants is open.
12:00 PRESS CONFERENCE, Centrum Kultury Amarant
14:00 - 16:30 BUS ACTION: „MIEJSCA WARTE POZNANIA” (Places worth of Pozna?/Places worth knowing).
The rented bus will take participants to places that exemplify the dynamic changes that have occurred in the space of Poznan over the last years. Displaced and gentrificated buildings, substandard social housing on the outskirts of the city and workers' hotels, which each year are resettled evicted Poznanians.Guides through those awkward for local authorities places will once evicted tenants or are currently residents who are involved in fighting jointly with WSL (GTA).
16:30 - 17:00 Dinner break.
17:00 - 21:00 FILM SCREENINGS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT GENTRIFICATION IN BERLIN.
MOTHERS' STRIKE, by SzumTV i Think Tank Feministyczny 2010/23 min./Polish and English subtitles
Documentary on living and working conditions of women in Wa?brzych. They describe the circumstances of their daily life without permanent income, local politics, nursing work they endure and methods of resistance they undertake.
CONTAINER, by Kontrplan 2013/15 min./Polish and English subtitles
Documentary on social housing in containers. Container housing projects explicitly show that the value of a human is their economic precondition. Low socio-economic status of a person is a primary criteria and justification for instruments of exclusion, simultaneously being the determinant for implementation of a housing sub-standard. Derogatory conditions and spatial isolation are the only offer local authorities are capable of spelling out in response to social housing insufficiencies in Poland. This is the voice of class hatred obscuring self-defensive, critical stance expressed by inhabitants of containers. Collective knowledge gathering, self-organising and apprehension of the fact that container ghetto's problem may soon affect many people are the first steps towards popular resistance against container housing.
RENT REBELS - the resistance against selling the city away, by Gertrud Schulte Westenberg, Matthias Coers 2014/78 min. /English, Italian, French and Spanish subtitles
Berlin has changed a lot in recent years. What were once unappealing flats now became the focus of major investing. Rent prices skyrocketing and real estate annexation by new owners is a daily phenomenon nowadays. Tenants' protests directed at shortfall of affordable housing are happening on a regular basis."Rent Rebels" is a coverage of tenants struggles against their expulsion from housing cooperatives. Ranging from city council occupation to a camp in Kottbuser Tor - the emergence of anti-eviction protests and in protection of elderly inhabitants is vivid. The discussion with the authors will follow.
SATURDAY, 7TH NOVEMBER - TENANTS' RESISTANCE IN EASTERN EUROPE
Yesrerday thirteen families entered the ex-Traffic Police barracks at no° 80, Via Zarotto to recover the right to housing that had been taken by the greed of the real estate market and the public housing policies. These fmilies were already under threat of eviction or already evicted and some of the families were evicted on the 7th October from the occupied house of via Cagliari 38. The Via Zarotto ’s building was abandoned and left empty for years and it belongs to a family that owns dozen of appartments in Parma. Obviously the building does not need a landlord since it has been left to rot on itself. The new inhabitants are willing to the readjust the barracks to their essencial and primary needs and make out of it their house to live with dignity.
The via Cagliari’s eviction, set up in order to accomodate the desire of speculation of Europe’s most powerful banks (Unicredit), was even heavier because to the evicted families not a single acceptable alternative was given and thus the very same day were litterally thrown in the street. In addiction to the desplecable attitude of the bank, whose vice president Fabrizio Pelanzona was investigated for financial fraud and mafia, we can only condamn the attitude of the town council. On one hand they are concious to have esausted the solutions used until now to solve the housing emergency , on the other hand they had support the pressure of the bank during the execution of the eviction on via Cagliari, knowing that there was no solution for the inhabitants.
To the social policies assessor L. Rossi, who says that the occupations are not the solutions to housing problem, we reply strongly that the thousands of empty and abandoned houses, in town and the province, can be effectively the solution to the problem. Who decides to occupy a house dosen’t do this action in order to obtain a public building provided by the town council, as the assessor Rossi says. A person occupies because is driven by the needs and find the solution where there is a empty house, to refresh the social utility and not for profit.
Occupay, today, is a real necessity, because nobody block the countless evictions, that affect every year also our Town. The public resources to solve this emergency, like public buildings provided by the town council and reception centers, are inadeguate and full. The evictions are carried out to defend the interests of the banks and the large property owners, and the authorities do nothing to confiscate the thousands empty places. The Agency for lease, instrument to which authorities attribute fantastic virtues, it relies on Landlords who only are interested into speculating.
The concurred rent cannot be considered a solution for families in economical difficulties who are struggling to find the minimum ammount of money to survive.
We need social rent houses. Since the public authority does not ensure for homless families these devices, the only solution are the empty houses themselves.
Speacking about via Zarotto, we say that we want to reach out and work with the neighborood. We want to assure everybody that the new inhabitants of via Zarotto no° 80 are known people with a steady experience of living together, they are people who claim the protection of their dignity and they claim the recognition, after tens years in Italy, of their right to a decent life. The experience of via Cagliari was, at first, perceived with suspect, but after a few months they had estabilished with the whole neighborood a relationship of trust and mutual respect . We don’t want to create discomfort, but human relationship. We are setting as a listening point for social emergencies, in particular for those who are in trouble with the payment of rents, morgage and/or bills.
These problem should not be experienced as personal tragedies, but they must become social issues to be solved publicly with the Fight .
The stop of evictions, The stop of seizures of empty, The stop of utilities detachments, The stop of foreclosures! Those are the solutions to the housing crisis.
Where institutions (politicians, prefecture,etc…) are not involved, we will.
In solidarity with the evicted from the Bologna’s ex-Telecom, and with all those affected by the war against the poor carried on by Renzi’s government.
People are not to be canceled. The resistance will never give up!
RETE DIRITTI IN CASA PARMA
In the 17th of October The City is for All will organize it’s – by now traditional – march of empty buildings. We denounce irresponsible municipal housing management and draw attention to real estate speculation. Through the speaches of people affected in different ways by housing deprivation and through our choice of stops we will draw attention to the broad and diverse reality of housing problems in Hungary.
The march will proceed in a poor and stigmatized neighborhood of Budapest, where issues of housing poverty are particularly important and where the local municipality is currently orchestering a wave of evictions.
Action in the center of Athens informing people about the auctions, and our campain about the re- use off empty buildings for homes and other social needs.
Dal 10 al 18 Ottobre ricorre la settimana mondiale "sfratti zero", in tante città del mondo i movimenti ed i sindacati per il diritto alla casa stanno costruendo iniziative per denunciare il fenomeno allarmante degli sfratti che ogni anno colpisce migliaia di famiglie.
In Italia gli sfratti nel 2014 (ultimo dato ufficiale a disposizione) sfiorano ormai le 80.000 sentenze all'anno, 150.000 sono le richieste di esecuzione forzosa degli sfratti e circa 35.000 sono gli sfratti eseguiti ogni anno con la forza pubblica. In Sicilia dal 2007 (inizio della crisi) sino al 2014 sono state emesse 29887 sentenze di sfratto, di cui 23195 per morosità incolpevole, il 78%. Nel 2014 in Sicilia ci sono state circa 8120 richieste di sfratto. Di queste ne sono state esitate quasi 2000 e la situazione è preoccupante perché il trend è in continua crescita (i dati del 2014 sono incompleti).
A Messina nonostante i dati 2014 siano incompleti ( mancano quelli del secondo semestre ) registriamo 364 provvedimenti di sfratto, in tutto il 2013 gli sfratti furono 413. Dati allarmanti che ci dicono come le politiche intraprese dal governo siano insufficienti e facciano sprofondare sempre più persone nell’esclusione sociale.
Inoltre le misure messe in atto dal Comune di Messina inerenti le politiche della casa restano ancora insufficienti, pur riconoscendo una certa sensibilità al problema. Infatti, la gestione delle assegnazioni delle case popolari ancora rimane ingessata tra pastoie burocratiche e poca chiarezza degli Istituti di competenza. La questione del risanamento resta una partita ancora aperta e mancano misure straordinarie per cercare di soddisfare i bisogni di chi soffre questo disagio. A chiudere il quadro, la gestione inefficace della “morosità incolpevole” che non si è saputa interpretare nel modo giusto, infatti pensiamo che questo istituto abbia delle grosse potenzialità: il DM 202 del 14/05/2014 aveva disegnato la cornice dentro cui dovevano agire Regione e Comuni per destinare le risorse ai morosi e favorire percorsi di accompagnamento sociale, tuttavia, non comprendendone bene le finalità, hanno azzoppato tutto il processo.
E' in questo quadro che con 10 famiglie, 15 bambini e due donne incinte, abbiamo occupato una palazzina vuota, precedentemente adibita a caserma dei carabinieri con alloggi per i militari e rimasta chiusa e disabitata per sei anni. Si tratta di famiglie sfrattate, senza casa, costrette a sistemazioni di fortuna ( baracche, dormitori, camper, auto o ospiti da parenti ). Disperazione, sofferenza ma anche un profondo senso di ribellione hanno sospinto queste persone a compiere questo gesto. Le famiglie tuttavia non sono sole, hanno trovato e troveranno sostegno nella nostra organizzazione sindacale, in singoli cittadini, in alcuni consiglieri di quartiere e nei militanti di Rifondazione Comunista.
Siamo davanti alle ennesime vittime della crisi economica e della totale assenza di politiche di welfare a tutti i livelli.
Ancora una volta l'inefficienza delle Istituzioni di fronte ai disagi sociali fa da padrona. Molto spesso la burocrazia e le priorità dei livelli istituzionali non camminano di pari passo coi bisogni primari della gente. Riteniamo che, in questo periodo di crisi economica molto forte sia fondamentale impegnare le istituzioni a garantire il diritto all'abitare. La casa è un diritto essenziale della persona, elemento fondamentale di tranquillità e sicurezza. Infatti in questi anni proprio il "fattore casa" è stato un elemento che ha fatto scivolare molte famiglie sotto la soglia di povertà, facendole precipitare nell'area dell'esclusione sociale.
Di fronte ad una domanda crescente di alloggi a prezzi popolari pensiamo che le istituzioni non possano stare a guardare: assistiamo alla cinica contraddizione de' "tanta gente senza case e tante case senza gente". Per questo pensiamo che tali iniziative, nonostante travalichino l'alveo della legalità formale, possono sollevare d'impeto la questione casa, fotografare i drammi che ne discendono e spronare le istituzioni ad adottare azioni inclusive e innovative per la precarietà abitativa.
Pensiamo che dal gesto di queste famiglie possa nascere un ragionamento di acquisizione/gestione da parte del Comune, di strutture, alloggi, anche privati, da destinare ai senza casa. Pertanto consideriamo improcrastinabile l'ipotesi che il Comune rediga strumenti di intesa con la “piccola e grande proprietà”, per reperire abitazioni ed edifici per lo più vuoti ed inutilizzati da concedere in locazione a canone concordato e offrire garanzie per la stipula dei contratti.
In tanti Comuni, con l'ausilio e la collaborazione della prefettura si sono aperti tavoli di lavoro con soggetti pubblici (Poste, Fs, Asl, IPAB,ANAS) e privati, disponibili alla messa a disposizione di edifici del loro patrimonio, al momento inutilizzati , che possono essere dedicati in modo immediato a forme di protezione abitativa per le famiglie in estremo disagio. Inoltre l’art.26 del D.L. n°133/2014 offre la possibilità di avviare accordi di programma tra l’Agenzia del Demanio ed i Comuni per reperire immobili da valorizzare. Secondo il comma 1 bis , “hanno priorità di valutazione i progetti di recupero di immobili a fini di edilizia residenziale pubblica, da destinare a nuclei familiari utilmente collocati nelle graduatorie comunali per l'accesso ad alloggi di edilizia economica e popolare e a nuclei sottoposti a provvedimenti di rilascio per morosità incolpevole, nonché gli immobili da destinare ad auto recupero”.
Inoltre c’è da dire che la nostra Costituzione conferisce alla proprietà privata un ruolo sociale così come stabilito dall' art.42, comma 2 "La proprietà privata è riconosciuta e garantita dalla legge, che ne determina i modi di acquisto, di godimento e i limiti allo scopo di assicurarne la funzione sociale e di renderla accessibile a tutti", e comma 3 "La proprietà privata può essere, nei casi preveduti dalla legge, e salvo indennizzo, espropriata per motivi d'interesse generale". Questi due articoli,spesso ignorati, ci danno il senso di come in questi anni si sia persa la bussola nella programmazione delle politiche sul settore pubblico e come si sia lasciato troppo spazio a finanziamenti e a norme che favoriscono l’iniziativa privata selvaggia, senza il contrappeso pubblico che garantisce una distribuzione equa delle risorse economiche e territoriali. Tutto questo non ha fatto altro che divaricare sempre di più la forbice tra ricco e povero e, nel caso degli alloggi, favorire la rendita immobiliare senza penalizzare lo sfitto che nelle regole di mercato incoraggia l’innalzamento del prezzo degli affitti.
Vogliamo un cambio di passo, un’ inversione di queste politiche anche al livello territoriale. Lottiamo per un nuovo Piano Casa contro la crisi.
Segreteria Unione Inquilini Messina
Rassemblement au campement | Place de la République
International meeting, 20-21 June 2015, Athens (Greece)
On the occasion of the Week of Action in Solidarity with Greece and against Austerity from 20 to 26 June, we are organising this international meeting on housing on 20 and 21 June in Athens.
Many people in Greece and Europe are facing an acute housing crisis. More than 50% of the Greek population finds it hard to cover housing and living expenses every month. Many live in overcrowded homes facing inadequate housing conditions and energy poverty, without electricity and heating. Homelessness is rising dramatically.
People all over Europe face similar worsening housing conditions and violation of their basic rights, through forced evictions, privatisations of public housing and resources, financialization of housing and the increasing power acquired by the banking sector.
In Greece, the recent political changes and the new left government of Syriza have set as first priority to face poverty and housing problems. This will be a big and difficult task because of the long lasting recession and “external” pressures for further austerity measures.
Initiatives and networks all over Greece have been, and still are, organising in order to resist auctions and evictions, by protesting, networking, advocating, providing mutual solidarity and support. At the same time these initiatives intend to open the discussion on common housing problems to all grassroots and institutional/formal structures in order to develop tools and strategies and formulate alternatives against the present misery.
Concrete solidarity from all over Europe is needed to render visibility to the housing problems, to empower the emerging social movements in Greece and to advance the common struggles against evictions and dispossession provoked by the Troika and current EU policy direction on a European level.
DAY 1 – 20/6/2015
1st session: Land and housing dispossession (neoliberal policies in the urban spaces)
2nd session: Debt as an instrument of social control (auctions and evictions)
3rd session: Migrant and refugee housing needs in the European south
DAY 2 – 21/6/2015
1st session: Alternative housing policies
2nd session: Collective ownership schemes, urban spaces as commons
3rd session: Organising for action (struggles against evictions, occupations, organizing against banks…)
Concluding assembly: towards a charter/manifesto/common claims for
the right to housing
More information: www.housingright.wordpress.com
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
In co-operation with:
Solidarity for All - Encounter Athens - Platform against Auctions - European Coalition for the Right to Housing and the City
STOP WAR NOT PEOPLE
Stop war and those who fuel it; those who send weapons to conflict zones, finance armies and mercenaries, and devastate territories through the logic of exploitation and profit. Stop the racism that destroys the lives of millions around the world, and then tries to shut out those escaping the devastation. Stop the walls, the rejections, the war between the poor, the fear, the scapegoating of black people come to steal homes, work, or identity. Stop war, not people. Welcome people, those who run because all hope was taken from them and those who dream and hope for something better. Because if we are sure that financial speculation and the big weapons and oil companies can never guarantee the interests of the population, we are also convinced that what can is solidarity from below, exchange, and collective participation in the territories that we choose to live in.
The European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City is supporting this campaign because of the impact of racism and imperialism on our members organising for housing rights across the continent. It is black and brown people who are most likely to be poorly housed, and who have least recourse to support from racist state institutions. Nationalist declarations of war from power-holders lead to an amplification of racist violence in our cities, the deepening of islamophobia, and the rejection of any difference - we will not tolerate this prejudice. Those seeking asylum, some due to the destruction of their homes, some due to other oppressions they face, are imprisoned or crammed into substandard housing. Many migrating for work, following the resources stolen from their land, are in the least secure tenures. Working together we can stop evictions and begin to build resilient communities together, communities that outlast the hot topics of the media and support those bearing the brunt of racist austerity.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE?
> Organize yourself with neighbours, friends, classmates: spread active solidarity through demonstrations, solidarity collections of food and clothes, and actions…
> Spread the message! use the hashtag #StopWarNotPeople and share the logo!
> Boycott companies and institutions that support wars and racism
> Collect information and statistics - share them!
> Step in! Make a selfie or a small video with the hashtag #StopWarNotPeople