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The power of a transformative city

Sol Trumbo Vila and Nick Buxton | 19 May 2016 | Original article: Open Democracy “The local was where democracy was born; it is now where we will recover it.”  When Donald Trump announced in June that the US would pull out of the Paris...

Video Workshop: Fearless Cities Conference

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From Citizen Platforms to Fearless Cities: Europe’s New Municipalism

GIUSEPPE CACCIA | June 7, 2017 | Original article: politicalcritique.org The growing momentum of local democratic initiatives seizing institutional power at a city level has great potential to address national and transnational political problems. This weekend an international gathering will take important first steps in...

Radical municipalism: demanding the future

PLAN C and BERTIE RUSSELL | 26 June 2017 | Original article: OpenDemocracy.net ‘Municipal politics’ may raise new types of demands crucial in organising powerful social movements and improving material conditions, while orienting us towards new understandings of what is possible. Breakout working group from a session...

The Birth of a Translocal Movement

by Romy Krämer | Original article: Guerilla Foundation New Municipalism and the Fearless Cities Conference Exactly three years ago, Barcelona en Comú, a citizen platform, emerges from the Spanish anti-austerity 15M movement, and a year later they win the 2015 municipal election of Barcelona, becoming...

COMMONS IN THE TIME OF MONSTERS: HOW P2P POLITICS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD, ONE CITY AT A TIME

Originally published at commondreams.org So, where is the margin for action, if change from within is effectively blocked by the structural constraints of statist politics and the electoral arena? The Leninist notion of achieving state power with or without popular consent, and as a certain...

Local politics enters the global contest

Sol Trumbo Vila | 19 May 2016 | Original article: TNI.org European municipalities join the battle against TTIP to protect sovereignty and public services, demonstrating how to take political initiative and build an alternative economy Opponents of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) see...

A new international municipalist movement is on the rise – from small victories to global alternatives

KATE SHEA BAIRD | 7 June 2017 | Original Article: OpenDemocracy In a world stuck between neoliberal crisis and authoritarianism, a reinvigorated municipalist movement is proving a powerful tool to build emancipatory alternatives from the ground up. From 9 – 11 of June, mayors, local...

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