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Session 1: Saturday, June 2nd: 10:00 - 11:50am
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This panel will debate how housing struggles and strategies can be critical for revolutionary change. In a time when housing unaffordability and environmental sustainability are great challenges — especially in global cities such as NYC — radical approaches offer possibilities to struggle for both better housing and post-capitalism. Squatting, expanding appropriate public (social) housing, and eco-collaborative models (eco-communes, eco-cohousing and ecovillages) are discussed with special reference to new book Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet (2018), urban squatters’ movements and leading housing organizations in Washington DC (ONE DC and Empower DC).


David Schwartzman, running for DC Council At-Large as a candidate of the DC Statehood Green Party (affiliate of the national GP), as an ecosocialist; Professor Emeritus, Howard University (biogeochemist, environmental scientist); website with son Peter Schwartzman —...

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Miguel Á. Martínez, research interests centre on European squatters’ movement, citizen participation and democracy — Professor of Housing and Urban Sociology, IBF (Institute for Housing and Urban Research), Uppsala University (Sweden)

Anitra Nelson, activist-scholar at the Center for Urban Research, RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia): Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet (2018); Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies (2011); and Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and...

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