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V1. David Gabriel (Grenoble, France) contact : asso.planning@gresille.org
 
  • What are the existing experiences of the Commons movement in this field, what initiatives of commoning have been related to this issue so far ? 
 
Europe is one of the most urbanised places in the world. Actually, more than 75% of the european population live in cities. Dailylife in cities plus the historic struggle of the inhabitants have created urban commons. Many groups across the EU reclaim their urban commons, like public space or housing, and try to create new ones. Recently, several movements have been fighting for the right of housing and the right to the city in Europe.
 
  • Why is it  relevant to discuss this proposals at the European scale, with the EU institution, in the EU agenda ? Why is it an urgent matter to deal with at this political level ?
 
The European Union has no formal authority over urban policy. But given the crisis of the European Union, the cities could become the new scale to implement european policies and to create democratic relations among the citizens. The former European Parliament already called for an Urban Agenda for the EU in 2011. During the Netherlands presidency of the EU in 2016, member states, cities and European Commission signed a new political agreement -the Pact of Amsterdam - to cooperate in four fields : air quality, housing, inclusion of the refugiees and migrants, and urban poverty. Presently, the civil society and  the citizens are not involved in the definition and implementation of the new urban agenda. Nonetheless, the urban common process could be a way the co-produce and implement the NUA. 
 
  • What are the existing components to this commons ?
 
-Housing
-Public Space
-The right to the City
-Social facilities
-Policy without school segregation
-Inclusion of the migrants and refugiees
-Localizing the human rights
-New Municipalism
 
  • What are the main ideas the commoners are reclaiming or struggling for in this field ?
 
One of the main ideas reclaimed by the urban commoners is the Right to housing and the Right to the City. The first formulation of a right to the city dates back to Henry Lefebvre during the 1960's. Since then, networks and civil society organizations have defined « the right to the city as the equitable use of cities according to the principles of sustainability, democracy, equity and social justice. It is a collective right of the inhabitants of these cities, especially for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups who gain legitimacy of action and organization based on their use and custums with the objectif of achieving, in practice, the right to free self-determination and an adequate level of life » (definition of the Global Plateform for the Right to the City). The occupation of the public space is also a new practice of the urban commoners, with important consequences in Egypt (Tahrir), Turquey (Taksim), Spain (15M), US (Occupy Wall Street) or France (Nuit Debout). Nowadays, many urban commoners are debating about the use, role and importance of public space in the exercice of the democratic rights and  in the ways of challenging capitalism.
 
  • What are the measures arleady experimented in this field  ? Where has it occurred ? (in a particular country ? Part of Europe ? Elsewhere?)
 
-Europe : european coalition for the right to housing and the city
- Spain : Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca / iniciativa legislativa Popular por la Vivienda Digna
- Belgium : Habitat et Participation
- England : Radical Housing Network
- France : Droit au Logement / Coordination Pas Sans Nous / Atelier Populaire d'Urbanisme
- The Netherlans : Bon Preaire Woonvormen
- Portugal : Habita – Colectivo pelo Direito a Habitaçao e à Cidade
- Turquey: Istanbul Urban Movemens
 
  • Who are the actors involved in these struggles ?
 
Inhabitants, citizen and theirs organizations are involved in the right to the city movement and also networks, foundations, multilateral organizations... One strategic orientation of the social movement is to achieve alliance with local authority and networks of cities.
 
  • How could these commons or comming actions be reinforced, scaled up, or replicated ?
 
Each inhabitant or citizen could be involved in protecting and developping the urban commons. To reinforce the movement, we need to create new relations with the inhabitants and communities, particularly with the people who live in the popular neighborhoods. Community organizing and advocacy planning could be useful methods to rely on. We also need to propose social leader trainings focused on urbans commons issues. The articulation between local, national and regional levels is also decisive to scaled up the local campains and share knowledges. With the institutions, we must re-open the planning theory debate.
 
  • What are the changes (mobilisations, laws, declarations, education...) required to move forward ?
 
Introducing the urbans commons in the europan urban agenda is the first difficulty. A new alliance between social movements, progressive cities and some European deputies would help. To put the EU agenda into practice, the issues of governance of the urban comons are central to include the citizens and the civil society. We are aiming at a cultural change of the european, national and locals institutions.
 
What are the ressources needed ?
 
We need money, methodology and human ressources. The european common assembly must reclaim a permanent european fund to support groups of commoners (ex of the french national coalition of popular neighborhoods named « Pas Sans Nous » which reclaims a national fund to support groups of citizens). About the methodology, we must share our different practices like comunity organizing, chartering, advocacy planning, occupation of places... Finally, we need a european center for training new organizers with various capabilities (emotional, relational, rational...)
 
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«Common action week IN GRENOBLE » (FRANCE) – 6-12 MARCH 2017
 
 
 
It is an unofficial call to participate to a week of actions in Grenoble (France), from the 6th to the 12th of March 17, to claim together for urban commons, the right to housing, the right to the city and city transition. 
We  will organize various workshops, actions and debates during the  official and unofficial programs. The official program is produced by  the new ecologist, leftist and citizen-oriented coalition in power at  the municipality since march 2014, they want to organize a « Biennale  about cities in transition ». Grenoble School of Managment organizes  also a Geopolitics festival - themed on « Cities powers ». During this  week, we will also set up different events to exchange knowledges and  practices, and elaborate a critical analysis of the transition, of  geopolitics and metropolisation. According to us, transition is not  compatible with the « Smart City » which grows in Grenoble, nor with the  solutions promoted by the big compagnies. Could the Right to the city  movement stand as an alternative to the Smart City ? Could the right to  housing movement  challenge speculation and gentrification ? What is the  impact of the climate change in ours cities ? One year after the start  of a long occupation of public space by « Nuit Debout Grenoble », we  want to re-open the discussion about public spaces and urban commons. 
 
All  the commoners and activists are invited to join this week in Grenoble,  to share our views and elaborate new strategies to challenge capitalism  under the permanent state of emergency.
 
If  you have any idea or activity in mind for with week, if you want to  take part to the organization and logistics, please contact us : asso.planning@gresille.org
 
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See also :  6 october 2016 "AP THÉMATIQUE organisée par la commission sur les Communs"
 
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Urban Commons
contributor ; David Gabriel (asso.planning (a) gresille.org)
 
 
What are the existing experiences of the Commons movement in this field, what initiatives of commoning have been related to this issue so far ?
 
Europe is one of the most urbanised places in the world. Actually, more  than 75% of the european population live in cities. Dailylife in cities  plus the historic struggle of the inhabitants have created urban commons. Many groups across the EU reclaim their urban commons,  like public space or housing, and try to create new ones. Recently,  several movements have been fighting for the right of housing and the  right to the city in Europe.
 
Why is it relevant to discuss this proposals at the European scale, with  the EU institution, in the EU agenda ? Why is it an urgent matter to  deal with at this political level ?
 
The European Union has no formal authority over urban  policy. But given the crisis of the European Union, the cities could  become the new scale to implement european policies and to create  democratic relations among the citizens. The former European Parliament  already called for an Urban Agenda for the EU in  2011. During the Netherlands presidency of the EU in 2016, member  states, cities and European Commission signed a new political agreement  -the Pact of Amsterdam - to cooperate in four fields : air quality,  housing, inclusion of the refugiees and migrants, and urban poverty. Presently, the civil society and the citizens are not involved in the definition and implementation of the new urban agenda. Nonetheless, the urban common process could be a way the co-produce and implement the NUA.
 
What are the existing components to this commons ?
 
-Housing
 
-Public Space
 
-The right to the City
 
-Social facilities
 
-Policy without school segregation
 
-Inclusion of the migrants and refugiees
 
-Localizing the human rights
 
-New Municipalism
 
What are the main ideas the commoners are reclaiming or struggling for in this field ?
 
One of the main ideas reclaimed by the urban  commoners is the Right to housing and the Right to the City. The first  formulation of a right to the city dates back to Henry Lefebvre during  the 1960's. Since then, networks and civil society organizations have  defined « the right to the city as the equitable use of cities according  to the principles of sustainability, democracy, equity and social  justice. It is a collective right of the inhabitants of these cities,  especially for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups who gain legitimacy  of action and organization based on their use and custums with the  objectif of achieving, in practice, the right to free self-determination  and an adequate level of life » (definition of the Global Plateform for  the Right to the City). The occupation of the public space is also a  new practice of the urban commoners, with  important consequences in Egypt (Tahrir), Turquey (Taksim), Spain (15M),  US (Occupy Wall Street) or France (Nuit Debout). Nowadays, many urban  commoners are debating about the use, role and importance of public  space in the exercice of the democratic rights and in the ways of  challenging capitalism.
 
What are the measures arleady experimented in this field ? Where has it  occurred ? (in a particular country ? Part of Europe ? Elsewhere?)
 
-Europe : european coalition for the right to housing and the city
 
- Spain : Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca / iniciativa legislativa Popular por la Vivienda Digna
 
- Belgium : Habitat et Participation
 
- England : Radical Housing Network
 
- France : Droit au Logement / Coordination Pas Sans Nous / Atelier Populaire d'Urbanisme
 
- The Netherlans : Bon Preaire Woonvormen
 
- Portugal : Habita – Colectivo pelo Direito a Habitaçao e à Cidade
 
- Turquey: Istanbul Urban Movemens
 
Who are the actors involved in these struggles ?
 
Inhabitants, citizen and theirs organizations are involved in the right  to the city movement and also networks, foundations, multilateral  organizations... One strategic orientation of the social movement is to  achieve alliance with local authority and networks of cities.
 
How could these commons or comming actions be reinforced, scaled up, or replicated ?
 
Each inhabitant or citizen could be involved in protecting and developping the urban commons.  To reinforce the movement, we need to create new relations with the  inhabitants and communities, particularly with the people who live in  the popular neighborhoods. Community organizing and advocacy planning  could be useful methods to rely on. We also need to propose social  leader trainings focused on urbans commons  issues. The articulation between local, national and regional levels is  also decisive to scaled up the local campains and share knowledges. With  the institutions, we must re-open the planning theory debate.
 
What are the changes (mobilisations, laws, declarations, education...) required to move forward ?
 
Introducing the urbans commons in the europan urban  agenda is the first difficulty. A new alliance between social  movements, progressive cities and some European deputies would help. To  put the EU agenda into practice, the issues of governance of the urban  comons are central to include the citizens and the civil society. We  are aiming at a cultural change of the european, national and locals  institutions.
 
What are the ressources needed ?
 
We need money, methodology and human ressources. The european common  assembly must reclaim a permanent european fund to support groups of  commoners (ex of the french national coalition of popular neighborhoods  named « Pas Sans Nous » which reclaims a national fund to support groups  of citizens). About the methodology, we must share our different  practices like comunity organizing, chartering, advocacy planning,  occupation of places... Finally, we need a european center for training  new organizers with various capabilities (emotional, relational,  rational...)
 
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Joe J «Proposal to a Common action week IN GRENOBLE » (FRANCE) – 6-12 MARCH 2017
by David Gabriel, right to the city activist from Grenoble (France) contact : asso.planning@gresille.org
Organization : Atelier Populaire d'Urbanisme - www.assoplanning.org
Urban Commons – the Right to the City – the Right to Housing – Occupation of public space 
 
It is an unofficial call to participate to a week of actions in Grenoble (France), from the 6th to the 12th of March 17, to claim together for urban commons, the right to housing, the right to the city and city transition. 
We will organize various workshops, actions and debates during the official and unofficial programs. The official program is produced by the new ecologist, leftist and citizen-oriented coalition in power at the municipality since march 2014, they want to organize a « Biennale about cities in transition ». Grenoble School of Managment organizes also a Geopolitics festival - themed on « Cities powers ». During this week, we will also set up different events to exchange knowledges and practices, and elaborate a critical analysis of the transition, of geopolitics and metropolisation. According to us, transition is not compatible with the « Smart City » which grows in Grenoble, nor with the solutions promoted by the big compagnies. Could the Right to the city movement stand as an alternative to the Smart City ? Could the right to housing movement  challenge speculation and gentrification ? What is the impact of the climate change in ours cities ? One year after the start of a long occupation of public space by « Nuit Debout Grenoble », we want to re-open the discussion about public spaces and urban commons. 
 
All the commoners and activists are invited to join this week in Grenoble, to share our views and elaborate new strategies to challenge capitalism under the permanent state of emergency.
 
If you have any idea or activity in mind for with week, if you want to take part to the organization and logistics, please contact us : asso.planning@gresille.org
 
See also Urban Commons Policy Proposals : https://europeancommonsassembly.hackpad.com/SQJ1iJrcOLp
by David Gabriel (Grenoble, France)
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Bonjour, je m'excuse si il ne faut pas parler en français mais c'est la langue dans laquelle je m'exprime le mieux. 
 

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