The Laura Flanders Show

Minicast Exclusive: Municipalism 101: Fearless Cities 2018

Episode Summary

In the upcoming 2019 Barcelona elections, Mayor Ada Colau of BCN en Comú is up for re-election. BCN en Comú is a part of a network of municipalist movements that calls themselves Fearless Cities. We will hear from Debbie Bookchin author and activist, based in New York; Rodgrigo Conejo of WikiPolitico based in Mexico; Kali Akuno of Operation Jackson based in Jackson Mississipi, Gala Pin of Barcelona en Comú. They share some of their challenges and successes in their projects, and what they have learned from building municipalist networks in their respective territories. Support the LFShow! Become a member during our May Day to Memorial Day membership drive. https://Patreon.com/theLFShow

Episode Notes

Across the world, renters in cities are being pushed out of neighborhoods because landlords and homeowners can make more money temporarily renting out their spaces to tourists.

In 2014 thousands of people took to the streets of BCN to protest Air Bnb. Four years later with Barcelona en Comú represented in City Council the city has successfully passed legislation to limit Air BnB and lay some ground rules for tourist development.

What can be learned from the Barcelona example? What strategies do we use to re-articulate that the city is a shared space for living and not for speculative and extractive economics?

Barcelona en Comú is a part of a network of municipalist movements that calls themselves Fearless Cities. Today, on the LF Show, we will hear from people building these fearless institutions and movements with guests Debbie Bookchin, Rodrigo Cornejo, Kali Akuno, and Gala Pin.

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