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“Urban exclusion versus inclusion: the global challenges of housing eviction” / “Exclusión urbana versus inclusión: los desafíos globales del desalojo de viviendas” Oslo

Last October 4th PAH participated at the Oslo conference “Urban Exclusion Versus Inclusion: The Global Challenges of Housing Eviction” organized by Habitat Norway for the World Habitat Day.

A great event where we learned about the massive illegal displacements that are taking place in Lagos (Nigeria) Nairobi (Kenia) and Spain. At the same time in all this countries, we find well-organized grass roots organizations fighting against those displacements and evictions. Sdi in Nairobi, Jei in Lagos and PAH in Spain are powerful civil society organizations that are trying to stop, and many times succeed, this criminal activity.

At the conference, we also heard the analysis on Housing Evictions of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, Leilani Fahra, and the analysis on Evictions and architecture by Clare Short from Cities Alliance. Both very interesting analysis on evictions and how those evictions shape the cities.

The main question that was raised for discussion was if it was relevant or necessary to speak about a human rights perspective/approach in relation to housing in affluent, safe and democratic Norway?, or are these only Challenges in the less fortunate countries and cities of the world? If Oslo and Norway is not able to handle housing as a human right, how could you expect Nairobi, Lagos, Montevideo or London to do it? Are the methodologies and approaches pursued by grassroots movements in the Global South/North relevant in Our Norwegian context?

PAH in its presentation also raised the question if Norway should consider responsible of part of the more than 2.000.0000 people evicted in Spain since 2008. Norwegian Pension Fund owns a percentage of all Spanish banks and banks have not only evicted vulnerable families but also sold have been declared responsible for abusive practices. We raised the question if Norway could and should act to stop those evictions and mal praxis. View full presentation here.

PAH has written an open letter to Norway society asking to act and stop being responsible for evictions in Spain. We hope to have results soon.

In the afternoon PAH participated in another panel in a social center at a gentrified neighborhood with the same speakers plus Marianne Morgen the major of Oslo. In this debate, Leilani Fahra presented the Shift. The debate was extremely interested because we also had the opportunity to hear the struggles that residents in Oslo and Norway in general are also facing regarding access to housing at an affordable price.

El pasado 4 de octubre, La PAH participó en la conferencia de Oslo “Exclusión urbana versus inclusión: los desafíos globales del desalojo de viviendas”, organizada por Hábitat Noruega para el Día Mundial del Hábitat.

Un gran evento en el que aprendimos sobre los desplazamientos ilegales masivos que tienen lugar en Lagos (Nigeria), Nairobi (Kenia) y España. Al mismo tiempo, en todos estos países, encontramos organizaciones de base bien organizadas que luchan contra esos desplazamientos y desalojos. Sdi en Nairobi, Jei en Lagos y La PAH en España son poderosas organizaciones de la sociedad civil que intentan detener esta actividad criminal, y muchas veces tienen éxito!

En la conferencia, también escuchamos el análisis sobre los Desalojos de Vivienda del Relator Especial de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Derecho a la Vivienda, Leilani Fahra, y el análisis sobre Desalojos y arquitectura de Clare Short de Cities Alliance. Ambos análisis muy interesantes sobre los desalojos y cómo esos desalojos dan forma a las ciudades.

La pregunta principal que se planteó para el debate fue si era relevante o necesario hablar sobre una perspectiva / enfoque de los derechos humanos en relación con la vivienda en una Noruega rica, segura y democrática, o si estos son los únicos desafíos en los países y ciudades menos afortunados de México. ¿el mundo? Si Oslo y Noruega no pueden manejar la vivienda como un derecho humano, ¿cómo pueden esperar que lo hagan Nairobi, Lagos, Montevideo o Londres? ¿Las metodologías y los enfoques aplicados por los movimientos de base en el Sur / Norte Global son relevantes en nuestro contexto noruego?

En su presentación, La PAH también planteó la pregunta de si Noruega debería considerar responsable de una parte de las más de 2,000,000 de personas desalojadas en España desde 2008. El Fondo de Pensiones de Noruega posee un porcentaje de todos los bancos españoles y los bancos no solo han desalojado familias vulnerables sino que también han vendido y han sido declarados responsables de prácticas abusivas. Planteamos la pregunta de si Noruega podría y debería actuar para detener esos desalojos y malas prácticas. Ver la presentación completa aquí.

La PAH ha escrito una carta abierta a la sociedad noruega para que actúe y deje de ser responsable de los desalojos en España. Esperamos tener resultados pronto.

Por la tarde,La PAH participó en otro panel en un centro social en un vecindario gentrificado con los mismos oradores más Marianne Morgen, la Mayor de Oslo. En este debate, Leilani Fahra presentó el Cambio. El debate fue sumamente interesante porque también tuvimos la oportunidad de escuchar las luchas que los residentes de Oslo y Noruega en general también enfrentan en relación con el acceso a la vivienda a un precio asequible.

PorLa PAH

Summit The Art of Organising Hope (El Arte de Organizar la Esperanza)

We have been as the International Commission of the PAH on November 9 and 10 in Ghent (Belgium) invited by Victoria Deluxe to the Summit “The Art of Organizing Hope” (TAOH). The name of this project refers to the subtitle of a book by Ana Cecilia Dinerstein (The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organizing Hope), born in Buenos Aires; where she tells us that “Hope is not only the ability to fantasize, but a tool to take alternative realities seriously so that they really can be possible”

In this Summit it was intended to unite people from all over Europe, to participate in the global politics of hope, and as Ana Cecilia says, hope here is not a wish or a fantasy, but an invitation to work together, to develop alternatives for challenge capitalism, cross the contradictions and face oppressions / repressions that come from power in a Europe that today becomes increasingly oppressive, where the welfare state is being attacked and the extreme right grows.

We can not abandon hope, because our ability to dream and collectively aspire is our only way to make a truly better world.

And why do they refer to Art? They refer to art in the sense of finding creative ways to explore our potential, art in the sense of designing strategies, art as life. Without art, there can be no life.

During the alternative European summit, the activists presented our hopeful practices, exchanged knowledge and shared them. We have tried to find a way to change Europe and rebuild it.

We speak of Right to the City, of Gender, Sexuality, Class and Race, of Mining Resistance and Climate Change among others …

If you want more info you can enter at http://theartoforganisinghope.eu/ and at https://www.anaceciliadinerstein.com/

 

Hemos estado como la comisión Internacional de la PAH los días 9 y 10 de noviembre en Gante (Bélgica) invitadas por Victoria Deluxe al Summit “El Arte de Organizar la Esperanza” (TAOH). El nombre de este proyecto se refiere al subtítulo de un libro de Ana Cecilia Dinerstein (La política de la autonomía en América Latina: El arte de organizar la esperanza), nacida en Buenos Aires; donde ella nos narra que “La esperanza no es solo la capacidad de fantasear, sino una herramienta para tomar en serio realidades alternativas para que realmente puedan ser posibles”

En este Summit se pretendía unir a personas de toda Europa, para participar en la política global de la esperanza, y como dice Ana Cecilia, la esperanza aquí no es un deseo o una fantasía, sino una invitación a trabajar juntos, a desarrollar alternativas para desafiar al capitalismo, atravesar las contradicciones y enfrentar opresiones / represiones que provienen del poder en una Europa que hoy por hoy se vuelve cada vez más opresiva, donde el estado de bienestar está siendo atacado y la extrema derecha crece.

No podemos abandonar la esperanza, porque nuestra capacidad de soñar y aspirar colectivamente es nuestra única manera de hacer un mundo verdaderamente mejor.

Y porque se refieren al Arte? Pues se refieren al arte en el sentido de encontrar formas creativas para explorar nuestro potencial, arte en el sentido de diseñar estrategias, arte como vida. Sin arte, no puede haber vida.

Durante la cumbre europea alternativa, los activistas presentarnos nuestras prácticas esperanzadoras, intercambiamos conocimientos y los pusimos en común. Hemos intentado encontrar una forma de cambiar Europa y de reconstruirla.

Hablamos de Derecho a la ciudad, de Género, sexualidad, clase y raza, de la resistencia minera y el cambio climático entre otros…

Si quieres más Info puedes entrar en http://theartoforganisinghope.eu/ y en https://www.anaceciliadinerstein.com/

PorLa PAH

DÉCLARATION DE SOLIDARITÉ AVEC MARSEILLE / SOLIDARITY STATMENT WHIT MARSEILLE / COMUNICADO SOLIDARIDAD CON MARSELLA

Las terribles noticias del colapso de dos edificios en Marsella esta semana nos con-mueven a seguir en la lucha por la vivienda digna. Nuestra solidaridad para las familias y víctimas de esta tragedia.

Nos unimos a la exigencia que muchos movimientos por la Defensa del derecho a una vivienda digna han hecho de que las familias afectadas sean realojadas de manera inmediata en espacios seguros y habitables.

Lo que deja claro este lamentable hecho es la falta de atención y mantenimiento de la vivienda pública  que provoca no sólo situaciones de inseguridad a lo largo de Europa sino también tragedias fatales. Hace poco más de un año se incendia un edificio en Londres (Grenfell tower) donde 72 personas perdieron la vida. Esta semana en Marsella 8 personas fueron rescatadas de entre los escombros sin vida. A pesar de múltiples llamadas de atención al gobierno local se han ignorado una y otra vez las condiciones de inhabitabilidad y abandono en las que se encontraban las viviendas de la calle d’Aubagne.

La vivienda es un derecho y nunca puede convertirse en un espacio de inminente peligro. Como en Francia, en España son necesarias políticas para afrontar la emergencia habitacional en que estamos inmersos, hace falta de forma urgente que se apruebe nuestra  ley de vivienda PAH!!!

Nuestra solidaridad con Marsella, nuestra solidaridad con todas las victimas de políticas nefastas e injustas de vivienda. No esperemos a que tragedias como las de Londres o Marsella se conviertan en el momento de acción, hay mucho que podemos hacer ahora. Sabemos que Si Se Puede y tenemos propuestas concretas para hacerlo.

FRANCES

Les terribles nouvelles de l’effondrement de deux bâtiments à Marseille cette semaine nous incite à continuer de lutter pour un logement décent. Notre solidarité pour les familles et les victimes de cette tragédie.

Nous nous ajoutons à la demande selon laquelle de nombreux mouvements de défense du droit à un logement digne ont immédiatement fait posible reloger les familles touchées dans des espaces sûrs et habitables.

Ce qui reste claire après ce faite regrettable, c’est le manque d’attention et de maintenance des logements sociaux qui engendre non seulement des situations d’insécurité dans toute l’Europe, mais aussi des tragédies fatales. Il y a un peu plus d’un an, un bâtiment à Londres a brûlé (tour Grenfell) où 72 personnes ont perdu la vie. Cette semaine à Marseille, 8 personnes ont été récupérées des débris sans vie. Malgré de multiples appels à l’attention du gouvernement local, les conditions d’inhabitabilité et d’abandon dans lesquelles étaient situés les logements de la rue d’Aubagne ont été ignorées encore et encore.

Le logement est un droit et ne peut jamais devenir un espace de danger imminent. Comme en France, en Espagne, il est nécessaire d’adopter politiques pour affronter la situación de urgence de logement, il faut que on approuve notre loi sur le logement PAH !!!

Notre solidarité avec Marseille, notre solidarité avec toutes les victimes de politiques de logement néfastes et injustes. N’attendez pas que des tragédies comme celles de Londres ou de Marseille deviennent le moment d’action, nous avons beaucoup à faire maintenant. Nous savons que Si Se Puede et nous avons des propositions concrètes pour le faire.

INGLES

The terrible news of the collapse of two buildings in Marseille this week motivates us to continue fighting for decent housing. Our solidarity for families and victims of this tragedy.

We join the demand that many movements for the defense of the right to decent housing have made affected families immediately rehoused in safe and habitable spaces.

What makes this unfortunate fact clear is the lack of attention and maintenance of public housing that causes not only situations of insecurity throughout Europe but also fatal tragedies. A little over a year ago a building in London burned down (Grenfell tower) where 72 people lost their lives. This week in Marseille 8 people were rescued from the debris without life. Despite multiple calls for attention to the local government, the conditions of uninhabitability and abandonment in which the dwellings on Rue d’Aubagne were located have been ignored again and again.

Housing is a right and can never become a space of imminent danger. As in France, in Spain policies are necessary to face the housing emergency in which we are immersed, we urgently need to approve our PAH housing law !!!

Our solidarity with Marseille, our solidarity with all the victims of nefarious and unjust housing policies. Do not wait for tragedies like those in London or Marseille to become the moment of action, there is much we can do now. We know that Yes We Can  and we have concrete proposals to do it.

PorLa PAH

Thanks to social pressure the PAH Housing Law enters the Spanish Congress.

They said that it had no place, but after nine years of struggle, the PAH´s demands will be brought before the assembled Congress this September. A gigantic step to make the Right to Housing a reality in Spain.

At last the PAH Housing Law will be submitted to the Congress for consideration in the next plenary session on Tuesday September.18. The PAH Housing Law was registered nine months ago on January 13, endorsed by the parliamentary groups of the political parties Unidos Podemos (United We Can), ERC (Catalonian Republican Left), EH-Bildu (Basque Country Gathering) and Compromís (Compromise). After having been vetoed by the previous government of the PP, the law was again pushed forward after the High Court of the Constitution (Tribunal Constitucional) ruled OUT the veto, since this law did not affect the national budgets as the Government claimed, and not having been vetoed by the actual Government, the Parliamentary Group of Unidos Podemos comprised of Podemos (We Can), En ComúPodem (In Common We Can), IU (United Left), En Marea (Tide for Change) and Equo (The Green Party) will take it to the plenary session.of the Congress.

The Popular Legislative Initiative (ILP) we took to the Congress in 2013, backed up by 1.5 million signatures, was transmuted by the PP into the Law 1/2013. That transmutation was reviled by the European High Court of Justice (CJUE) on several occasions. Now we return with a law prepared by the affected families that addresses the current problems globally; those of access to housing in Spain: evictions, life-long indebtedness, lack of public housing, rents and energy poverty. The PAH Housing Law must overcome the process of being taken into consideration by the PSOE (Spanish Socialist Workers Party), PNV (Basque Nacionalist Party) and PDeCAT (Catalonian European Democratic Party) if they fulfill their commitments acquired with the PAH and vote together with the groups that have already guaranteed their registration.

From 2013 until today, there have been more than 700,000 evictions in Spain due to non-payment of mortgages and, in recent years, this figure has been increased by rent evictions. Home purchase prices are again rising at rates closing on those that created the housing bubble. Rents rise at a much higher rate. Vulture funds do not cease to hoard housing while we continue without a park of public housing, generating thousands of families that live in precarious conditions. Each year about 7,000 people die in accidents derived from energy poverty, and this without counting the suicides caused by the anguish of losing the home.

We hope that the representatives of the citizenship are up to the task and able to go further than just to take all this into account. We want it processed with speed and fidelity to the original text, as required by the housing emergency we suffer. We take this opportunity to remind José Luis Ábalos, Secretary of State for Housing, of his commitment to meet with the PAH to comprehensively address issues related to the Government’s housing policy. We await the date of this meeting.

The road has been long, but our steps have been firm. Organized civil society has not surrendered to the abuses of power and the systematic violation of a right as basic as that of housing. Soon, we will have reached 10 years since the PAH started, with conviction and clear determination, to put an end to the criminal and unjust laws we have in this country.

The objective is clear: to guarantee the right to a roof for everyone as our Constitution dictates.

Today is a historic step, the result of the work of thousands of families, who from the street, fought the politics of fear and guilt and raised their heads to move forward without taking a step back, to defend and win the rights of all.

Yes We Can! ¡¡¡Si Se puede!!!

Porlapah

They will call it what they want but what happened in Cornellá has been a murder

On the morning of June 14, 2018, the press echoed a new life taken by a criminal system promoted by the banking system.
A 45-year-old man has died at the hands of the banking system and the criminal legislation of this country, in terms of housing. He was going to be evicted because he could not pay the rent of his house to Banco Popular. A house recently acquired by the Blackstone vulture fund. This outrageous event, has occurred on the same day that the PAH started a new international campaign against these scavengers.
The victim was facing his second eviction, but today, when a judicial delegation accompanied by agents of the Mossos d’Esquadra was going to evict the family from the house, located on the tenth floor of the block, he has decided to end his life due to his despair.
The family was a registered at the local Social Services and was waiting to receive aid from the Administration that never arrived, that broke their hope. And there are many hopes on the verge of bankruptcy, on the verge of a suicide that is really murder. The greediness of banks that have killed him deprives them of feelings. And now, everyone (social services, banks, justice …) will kick balls out.
From the PAH we demand urgent measures that rescue those hopes and end with so much injustice, with so much suffering with so much death.
In his memory and on the memory of all the people previously killed, to prevent it from happening again, from the PAH we call to concentrate tomorrow at 12 o’clock, in front of the doors of the Banco Popular and later in front of the PSOE headquarters, with some clear demands that we have been raising for years:
Indefinite moratorium on evictions of families in situations of social exclusion and vulnerability.
That the Government of Pedro Sánchez immediately withdraw all resources to the autonomic housing laws pending in the TC.
That the Housing Law of the PAH be processed and approved urgently, the only one that includes all the mechanisms to end once and for all the usury of the banks, the speculation of our most fundamental rights, and achieve that in this country we can say that we have a law that guarantees the right to housing for all without exception.
It’s not a motto, it’s a reality! There are lives at stake and the time has come to put a solution, to avoid further bias.

PorLa PAH

The Platform of People Affected by Mortgages (PAH by its Spanish acronym) returns to the fray defending families affected by Blackstone’s extortion

Ever since it clamped its claws on our homes via a complex network of companies, Blackstone has become the biggest real estate agent in Spain, treating tenants shamefully, permiting quarters for drug-dealing to proliferate in our neighbourhoods and contributing to the outrageous inflation of rental price bubbles.

Today the PAH is launching a new international action to wrestle against Blackstone, and its Spanish subsidiary Anticipa, in order to obtain a victory after years of struggle defending multitudes of families throughout Spain whose housing problems are at a standstill -the vulture’s claws around their necks.

Blackstone is the world’s biggest vulture fund. It arrived in Spain in 2013 when the then-mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, sold 1.860 apartments of public housing stock for 128.5 million euros -housing that was destined for rental to vulnerable families. This outrageous operation set the scene for Blackstone to become the main real estate actor in Spain, sponsoring an endless amount of evictions and the current rental prices bubble.

A year later Blackstone bought 40.000 mortgages for 4.000 million euros at a high discount price which was not offered to the families who had signed the mortgages for their homes. The operation was known as Project Hercules. The mortgages belonged to Catalunya Caixa, a savings bank bailed out with 12,000 million euros of public money without any social compensation whatsoever in return. The savings bank rid itself of these toxic assets without setting about to rescue the families it had previously swindled. Blackstone created its Spanish subsidiary Anticipa to manage these assets. Since then, this vulture fund has created dozens of SOCIMIs (the Spanish version of Real Estate Investment Trusts or REITs). Thanks to the creation of privileged tax regulations by the Peoples Party (PP) which ruled Spain at that time, these companies are exempt from paying corporate tax. Their operations have left families, with mortgages from banks such as Catalunya Caixa, BBVA, Santander or Banco Popular, in a state of utter defenselessnes.

These families are facing the loss of their homes, be it via regular evictions, “silent evictions” (due to increased rental prices they can’t afford) or payment in kind (foreclosure with mortgage debt cancellation without an offer of alternative housing. The famillies which Catalunya Caixa left stranded in 2014 receive degrading treatment and the complete unwillingness of Anticipa/Blackstone to negotiate any kind of deal other than to get hold of their apartments to speculate with them later. Meanwhile they employ mob-like practices such as extortion, blackmail, bribes, rental prices which families can’t afford (excusing themselves in public subsidies), abusive clauses, and selling apartments before rental contracts end in order to promote the expulsion of the tenants.

Today, and for all of these reasons, the PAHs of Catalonia are occuping Anticipa/Blackstone’s headquarters in Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona) to demand a fair solution for all the families which have been mistreated for years by this financial network which turns their rights to housing into mere goods for speculation by a few.

We will not give up nor step back in this titans‘ duel until affected families receive guarantees that they will be allowed to start again with dignified lives, be it with foreclosures without outstanding debt or payments, or social and renewable rents without blackmail or abusive clauses, and debt cancellations that allow families to keep the homes for which they have sacrificed so much. Additionally we demand an improved telephone attention protocol to bring an end the degrading treatment, threats, lies, pressure and abuse. And that Blackstone creates physical offices in each provincial capital so that affected families can negotiate their cases in person, face to face.

Currently this vulture has free rein thanks to political complicity. The PAH will not stand for it. We will strike and strike again from the grassroots, fighting case by case, until our demands are made law via the #LeyViviendaPAH (PAH’s Housing Law) to achieve the structural changes needed to guarantee, once and for all, the right to dignified, stable and affordable housing.

#StopBlackstone

PorLramisa

La PAH participa en el encuentro en Milán de la European Action Coalition

Meeting European Action Coalition

Milan 12-15 Abril 2018

Este encuentro ha tenido un carácter un poco diferente que los habidos hasta el momento por cuanto se concentra en el trabajo en gruposy destina un menor tiempo al plenario de la Coalición. Tal vez este sea el motivo por el que contamos con una menor participación de personas representantes de sus respectivos movimientos.

Los cuatro grupos existentes en la actualidad en la Coalición, Research, Comunicación, Movilización y Dinamización, han cubierto una nueva etapa de su trabajo y han presentado al final del mitin su evolución y su timeline para con las tareas hasta la próxima cita en Lisboa.

Precisamente la organización de este evento, Lisboa 2018 – European Coalition for the housing and to de City´s open Camp, fue el tema central del Plenario celebrado en la 2ª mitad de la jornada final de este encuentro: un Coalition Camp abierto donde podamos ampliar la participación de miembros de los diferentes grupos integrantes de la Coalición. Resulta complicado organizar un evento así por cuanto la logística, las lógicas precauciones a tomar sobre la participación de elementos exteriores que puedan generar tensiones, el presupuesto… pero convencidas de que si se puedeel proyecto va para adelante.

Estaría muy bien que la PAH se volcara en esta ocasión, puesto que Lisboa no nos queda tan lejos, Septiembre (19-26) puede ser una buena fecha para viajar, y el conocimiento de la actividad de la Coalición resulta del todo interesante para todas nosotras. Siempre podemos aportar pero también recibir imputs de energía positiva. Eso que tan bien nos sabe cuando nos encontramos en nuestras asambleas y superamos los retos organizativos y activos que se nos van presentando con inteligencia y energía colectivas.

Amén a todo lo anterior y haciendo honor al nombre de la Coalición se llevó a cabo una acción ante la sede de la Unión Europea en Milan en la que se entregó un documento con unas consideraciones y unas demandas específicas dada la ocasión.

 

Finalmente nos reunimos ante una pancarta en apoyo y solidaridad con ZADde la región francesa de Nantes donde se están viviendo horas críticas de lucha y enfrentamiento.

Y una vez más nos despedimos con tristeza de las compas de todo el espacio europeo que en presencia, o en la distancia, nos acompañan en este viajar por el skyline del derecho a la vivienda y la ciudad. Pero también con la alegría de pensar que nos veremos pronto para seguir en lucha.

Si Se Puede

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!

#ApoyosPAH / PAHsSupport

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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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La PAH hemos participado en Meeting Paris Research Group

Meeting Paris Research Group

2-7 Febrero 2018

La trayectoria de la European Action Coalition for the Housing and to the City (EAC) comienza a ser ya dilatada en el tiempo y consecuentemente aporta resultados en todos los sentidos. Son ya muchos encuentros los celebrados. Ha crecido en número de participantes (países y grupos). Se han formado grupos de trabajo como Dinamización, Comunicación, Research y Movilización, cuyo trabajo va ofreciendo a su ritmo resultados prácticos.

Nuestra participación como PAH no deja de ser muy importante para la Coalición si bien hay períodos en que ésta baja en intensidad al punto de casi desaparecer (háganselo mirar). Es apreciada, esperada siempre y casi se puede decir que nunca defrauda. No parece posible llegar a más pues nuestras ocupaciones personales, dentro y fuera de la PAH, así lo limitan. Hemos seguido entre todas la trayectoria de la Coalición desde sus inicios, formándola incluso, tenemos en ella un peso específico que nadie nos puede negar, y sin duda cabe esperar de ella más y mejores resultados. Resultados que tienen que ver precisamente con un futuro ciertamente complejo que nos afecta a nivel local, como bien sabemos en España, comunidad por comunidad, pueblo a pueblo, PAH por PAH. De norte a Sur, de Este a Oeste.

El grupo de trabajo llamado Research (Investigación; iniciado en Dublin 2016), investiga sobre los fenómenos característicos que relacionan la vivienda y la ciudad con la economía, el derecho con los aspectos financieros, … en síntesis la llamada financiarización, que afecta no solo a España sino a toda Europa y al mundo entero pues los capitales se mueven a nivel global. Este grupo realiza un trabajo que los otros grupos aprovechan para organizar campañas y sirve también como soporte del saber y de la coherencia de la Coalición.

Así es que este grupo ha producido, entre otros logros, un estudio de casos con participación de buena parte de los 28 grupos miembros, de 20 países europeos participantes, un manifiesto “corto” directamente relacionado con dicho estudio, y se propone completar para Septiembre otro manifiesto más completo por medio del cual explicar íntegramente el fenómeno de la financiarización en sus vertiente principales: Capital global, Privatización de la vivienda pública/propiedad privada, qué es finanza y Viviendas vacías/Exclusión. Es posible afirmar que con este documento, Brochure o manifiesto, además de servir de guía para los movimientos, la Coalición podrá trasladar al “público interesado” su visión de los fenómenos que nos afectan, sus causas, actores, y efectos sobre los bienes y derechos que nos conciernen directamente como habitantes Europeos. Vivienda y ciudad.

Este trabajo del grupo Research tendrá su continuidad en Milán, próxima cita de la Coalición, y será presentado en Lisboa, segunda cita semestral de la Coalición, para su debate y aprobación.


Así comienza la reunión


El equipo trabaja

Y, Como ejemplo de buena organización por parte de nuestras queridas compas anfitrionas de París, debo citar que el meeting terminó con una conferencia, de pequeño formato, abierta a público y prensa, en la que los diferentes grupos asistentes tuvimos la ocasión de presentar una imagen de lo que pasa en nuestros respectivos países. Compartir experiencias es básico para avanzar en toda lucha.


Gracias a todas por el trabajo realizado y especialmente a DAL, NOVOX, y AITEC por acogernos.