Daily Archive 15/03/2018

PorLa PAH

JAMÁS UNA PROPUESTA DE LEY HA TENIDO TANTOS APOYOS COMO LA LEY VIVIENDA PAH


 

Colectivos, instituciones y voces internacionales se alinean a favor de que se debata y se apruebe la Ley Vivienda PAH. Únicamente el Partido Popular y Ciudadanos estarían a favor de un veto del gobierno a esta propuesta de ley.

 
El pasado 10 de enero, las familias organizadas de la PAH registraron la Ley de Vivienda de la PAH en el Congreso de los diputados. Una propuesta de ley que, de aprobarse, acabaría con los desahucios, la pobreza energética y regularía los alquileres. Esta propuesta es el resultado de tres años de trabajo colectivo, donde las familias afectadas de 240 Plataformas repartidas en todo el Estado consensuaron un borrador de texto de ley. Posteriormente, el texto inicial fue negociado con todos los grupos parlamentarios del Congreso durante un año, pretendiendo ante todo generar una propuesta de consenso que desencadenará un diálogo democrático entre todas las fuerzas parlamentarias del Congreso.
 
Las medidas que resultaron de este proceso fueron: la dación en pago retroactiva, la regulación de los precios del alquiler, una moratoria de los desahucios, el aumento del parque público de vivienda y garantizar el acceso a agua, luz y gas. Medidas de puro sentido común que son una realidad en el resto de los países de la Unión Europea. Sin embargo, durante este proceso descubrimos que el gobierno del PP tiene la capacidad de vetar propuestas de ley que afecten a los presupuestos generales en vigor. Frente a esto, incluimos una cláusula por la que cualquier medida que suponga un gasto, no entraría en vigor hasta los presupuestos futuros.
 
Sin embargo, éramos conscientes de que el PP había hecho trampas en el pasado. Y ha registrado vetos injustificados, que después eran avalados por Ciudadanos en la Mesa del Congreso. Dada esta situación, comenzamos a tocar todas las puertas para explicar la necesidad de esta ley y el principal obstáculo al que se enfrentaba. El veto, a pesar de ser un ataque directo a la vida democrática, era también un mecanismo desconocido para la mayoría. Allí donde fuimos, encontramos un apoyo masivo. Apoyos que calificaban la posibilidad del “veto” como una barbaridad antidemocrática, y nuestra ley como un ejemplo que debería ser aplaudido. Hoy nos apoyan:
    
– Cientos de colectivos, sindicatos de base, asociaciones vecinales y movimientos sociales han participado en marchas que hemos realizado en las capitales de provincia. La última, realizada en Madrid el pasado 3 de marzo, donde familias de todo el Estado acudieron a la capital para exigir el debate y aprobación de la Ley de Vivienda de la PAH.
 
–  Movimientos sociales de Londres, Berlín, Munich, París, Bucarest, Milán, Chipre, Sarajevo y Lisboa han realizado acciones frente a las embajadas españolas exigiendo que el gobierno admita a trámite la Ley Vivienda PAH. Estas movilizaciones han estado coordinadas por la Coalición Europea por el Derecho a la Vivienda y el Derecho a la Ciudad, Marea Granate y la fundación Rosa de Luxemburgo.
 
– Bajo el lema #EstaEsMiLey, hemos recibido hasta 40 vídeos de apoyo de periodistas, músicos, dibujantes, presentadores de televisión, actrices y colectivos ciudadanos. Vídeos enviados por Jordi Évole, Rozalen, Àngel Llàcer, Oxfam y las Kellys Barcelona.
 
– Más de 100 Ayuntamientos han aprobado mociones a favor de que se legislen nuestras demandas.
    
– Grupos de hasta 14 Parlamentos Autonómicos han firmado documento de apoyo público a que se tramite esta ley. El Parlamento de Navarra incluso realizó una declaración pública de apoyo como institución.
    
– En el Congreso de los Diputados, conseguimos el apoyo de Podemos, ERC, Compromís y EH Bildu al registro del texto. Y aunque no participaron del registro del texto, tanto PSOE como PDECat apoyan públicamente la tramitación de nuestra ley.
    
– Recientemente, en el Parlamento Europeo conseguimos las firmas de dos eurogrupos al completo: del GUE/NGL (Izquierda Unitaria Europea y Verdes Nórdicos) y de los VERDES/Alianza Libre Europea, que entre ambos juntan 55 partidos políticos de toda la Unión Europea.
 
– Incluso, conseguimos el apoyo de la ONU en repetidas ocasiones. A día de hoy, la ONU ha dictaminado dos sentencias que afirman que en el estado español se vulneran los Derechos Humanos al cometer desahucios sin alternativa habitacional. La propia relatora de vivienda, Leilani Farha, publico un artículo donde afirmaba que la solución a esta problemática era la Ley Vivienda PAH. Incluso, llego a definir la Ley Vivienda PAH como un ejemplo para inspirar al mundo.
    
Por si fuera poco, recordamos que la Ley Vivienda PAH integra demandas de una ILP Hipotecaria que presentamos en 2013 en el Congreso, y que contaba con el 90% de apoyo ciudadano. La sociedad civil esta con la Ley Vivienda PAH. Las organizaciones sociales apoyan la Ley Vivienda PAH. Y las instituciones a todos los niveles reclaman que esta ley sea debatida y aprobada. Incluso existen voces internacionales que definen la Ley Vivienda PAH como un referente mundial. Es un precedente histórico en 40 años de democracia que una propuesta de ley reciba una pluralidad tan masiva de apoyos.
 
Los únicos que estarían a favor de un veto del gobierno, que impidiera debatir esta ley, son el Partido Popular y Ciudadanos. Los partidos de Mariano Rajoy y Albert Rivera. Frente a esta situación, nuestro mensaje es claro: que se deje funcionar a la democracia. Y que una ley escrita por y para la ciudadanía se pueda debatir. 
 
Mañana viernes 16 de marzo, será el último día en que el gobierno podrá registrar un veto, que estaría injustificado. El gobierno tiene la oportunidad de posicionarse al lado de todas las voces que defienden la Ley Vivienda PAH. Y en caso de desaprovechar esta oportunidad, Ciudadanos aún puede repensar su posición, y unirse a esa enorme mayoría que defiende los derechos de las familias. Es tan sólo cuestión de voluntad política ¡Sí Se Puede!
 
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PorLa PAH

NEVER HAS A LAW PROPOSAL HAD SO MUCH SUPPORT AS PAH’S HOUSING LAW (LEY VIVIENDA PAH)

Social collectives, institutions and international voices are aligned in favor of the debate and enactment of PAH’s Housing Law. Only the Popular Party (PP) and Ciudadanos would support a government veto against this law proposal.

Last January 10th, families organized within the Platform for People Affected by Mortgages (PAH by its Spanish acronym) registered PAH’s Housing Law in the Spanish Congress. Should it be passed, this law proposal would end evictions and energy poverty, as well as regulate rental contracts. This proposal is the result of three years of collective work, where affected families from 240 platforms throughout Spain agreed on the draft for a legal text. During the following year the initial text was negotiated with all Spanish MP’s, with the intention to generate a consensus proposal to kickstart a democratic debate among all forces of Congress.

The measures resulting from this process were: dation in payment, regulation of rental prices, a moratorium of evictions, an increase of public housing stock and guaranteed access to electricity, water and heating. All common sense measures which are a reality in the rest of the European Union. However, during this process we found out that the PP-led government has the capacity to veto law proposals affecting the national budget for the current tax year. Faced with this, we included a clause so that any measure needing public expenses would not be enforced until the next national budget were approved.

Nevertheless, we were aware that PP had cheated in the past. They had registered unjustified vetoes that were then endorsed by Ciudadanos in the Table of Congress. Given this fact, we began to knock on every door to explain the need for this law and the main obstacle it was facing. The veto, though a direct attack on democratic life, was also a mechanism unknown to most people. Everywhere we went we found overwhelming support. Those in favor described the possibility of the veto as an antidemocratic atrocity and our law as an example to be applauded. As of today we have the support of:

– Hundreds of social collectives, grassroot unions, neighbourhood associations and social movements which have taken part in demonstrations organized in Spain’s provincial capitals. The last one took place in Madrid on March 3rd, where families coming from all over Spain came to the country’s capital city to demand the debate and enactment of PAH’s Housing Law.

Social movements  from London, Berlin, Munich, Paris, Bucharest, Milan, Cyprus, Sarajevo and Lisbon have staged protest actions in front of Spanish embassies demanding that the government accepts PAH’s Housing Law for consideration. These demonstrations have been coordinated by the European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City, the Marea Granate (a collective of Spanish migrants abroad) and the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation.

With the slogan #EstaEsMiLey (#ThisIsMyLaw) we have received up to 40 supporting videos from journalists, musicians, artists, television presenters, actors and actresses and citizens’ collectives. Some examples would be Jordi Évole, Rozalen, Àngel Llàcer, Oxfam and the Kellys from Barcelona.

Over a hundred City Halls have signed motions supporting the legislation of our suggested measures.

Political parties of up to 14 Autonomic Parliaments (out of a total of 17) have signed documents of public support asking for this law to be accepted for consideration in Parliament. The Autonomic Parliament of Navarra even made a public statement of institutional support.

– In the Spanish Congress we have received support from the following political parties: Podemos, ERC (Catalan Republican Left), Compromís and EH Bildu. And even though they did not take part in the law’s registration process, both PSOE (Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party) and PDeCat (Catalan Democratic Party) have publicly supported the processing of our law.

– Recently, in the European Parliament, we received signatures of support from two Eurogroups in full: GUE/NGL (Gauche Unitaire Européenne / Nordic Green Left) and the EFA (European Free Alliance), who altogether represent 55 political parties from different European Union countries.

We have even garnered support repeatedly from the United Nations. As of today, the UN has ruled twice that in Spain human rights are violated when evictions without a housing alternative are carried out. UN Special Rapporteur on Housing, Leilani Farha, authored an article stating that the solution to these issues was PAH’s Housing Law. She went as far as describing PAH’s Housing Law as an example to inspire the world.

As if that were not enough, we would like to repeat that PAH’s Housing Law incorporates the demands of a Popular Legislative Initiative that we registered in 2013 in the Spanish Congress and which received 90% of public support from Spanish society. Spanish civil society stands behind PAH’s Housing Law. Social organizations stand behind PAH’s Housing Law. And institutions on all levels demand that this law be debated and enacted. Even voices from the international community have described PAH’s Housing Law as a world referent. In 40 years of democracy it is a historical precedent that a law proposal receives such massive and widespread support.

The only ones in favor of a government veto which would prevent this law being debated would be the Popular Party and Ciudadanos. The parties led by Mariano Rajoy and Albert Rivera. Faced with this situation, our message is clear: allow democracy to work. Allow a law written by and for the citizens to be debated.

Tomorrow, Friday the 16th of March, will be the last day when the government can register a veto, which would be unjustified. The government has the chance to position itself alongside all the voices that defend PAH’s Housing Law. And should they miss out on this opportunity, Ciudadanos can still reconsider their stance and join that overwhelming majority defending families’ rights. It is simply a question of political will. ¡Sí se puede! We can do it!

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The historical struggle supported from Europe

The support for the PAH Housing Law and the fight for a dignified housing does not end in Spain. On the 27th and 28th of febrary, the PAH with representation from all the territories, traveled to Brussels to take our demands to the European Parliaments, with the exception of the PP who refused to help us.The reception of our demands was practically unanimous both for the spanish representations, even the Ciudadanos,as recognized that there was no point in vetoing the discussion. as well as on the part of the majority of the members of the European Parliaments from the rest of the European caountries.

We also met with social movements from countries such as Greece and Brussels where we received a warm welcome that ended with a unanimous statement: “We need the PAH Housing Law in ours countries” A statement that only reaffirms the words of the UN Housing Rapporteur, affirming that this Law was a precedent that serves to inspire the world.

At the same time we were in Brussels, social movements across Europe supported the PAH Housing Law carrying out an action at Spanish embassies and consulates across the continent to bring them a document and obtein signatures of support from ambassadors and consumers in Berlin , Milan, Paris, Munich, Cyprus, Lisbon, Sarajevo, Bucharest. We only have words of thanks for the Foundation of Rosa de Luxembourg, Granates Tides, to all the members of the European Action Coalition for the right to housing and the city

All this is another example of the loneliness of the PP, protected only by Ciudadanos. If we do not overcome the veto, which has a deadline of March 16, we would face an absolute violation of Spanish democracy and a greater evidence of the lack of political height of those who claim to represent the families of this country, but only They worry about the economic interests of a few without taking into account the most fundamental rights and the lives that are at stake due to the violation of these.

Yesterday we showed it in . We have shown that if they do not sit down to talk, we will rise up and occupy the streets to achieve with mobilization and civil pressure to carry out what the government is not capable of doing.

Thanks to all who have joined us in this international show of support for our proposal for the Housing Law. Your support has been key in reminding us that we are not doing this alone. It has been a very successful call and we can not thank enough for the help to promote a fairer legal system in Spain. Changing the housing policy of our country would mean a gigantic victory for our movement and a social welfare for all citizens.

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