Join us for the opening session of Fearless Cities where activists from some of the most innovative and powerful grassroots organizations will share their experiences of electoral politics and working with allies in government. The session will close with a special announcement about the Fearless network and a speech by Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona.
Monday 2021.07.05 — Central European Summer Time [CEST]
- 17:00 to 18:30CESTGetting our hands dirty: stories of activists and electoral politics
[OPENING PANEL] (ES, EN)
Welcome speech: Marcelo Expósito, artist, activist and Member of the Coordination Assembly of Barcelona En Comú
Jelena Milos, Zagreb je nass (Zagreb es nuestro)
Francesco Gentilini, Coalizione Civica Bologna
Elena Tarifa, Barcelona En Comú
Maga Miranda, Revolución Democrática, Estación Central, Chile
Waleed Shahid, Justice Democrats, NYC
Final speech: Ada Colau, Mayor of BarcelonaCategory:EventModerated by:Kate Aronoff, journalist and writer
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTFeminism and democracy: networks of hate and hope (ES, EN)
Renata Ávila, Lawyer and Activist
Daffne Valdés & Sibila Sotomayor, performing artists LASTESIS, a feminist interdisciplinary artistic collective from Valparaíso, Chile.
Guiomar Rovira, Marie Curie Researcher at the Universidad de GironaCategory:Round tableModerated by:Javier Toret, activist and researcher
The privatizatization of the public digital space in the hands of big tech platforms has triggered the rise of technopolitics controlled by the 1% that uses the digital hate machines of the far right. The result is rising violence in the digital world, particularly against women in politics. Nonetheless, in the age of data colonialism and platform-capitalism, feminist movements are interacting in an interconnected and global way by using technology to grow protests and solidarity.
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTTransforming how we care (ES, EN)
Gemma Tarafa, Councilor for Health, Aging and Care of Barcelona
Luisa Broto Bernués, Councilor for Zaragoza En Común, Spain
Natalia Moreno, Technical Leader of the District Care System of BogotáCategory:Round tableModerated by:Carol Recio, Nou Barris Councilor, Barcelona En Comú
All of us, at some point in our lives, will have to be cared for, and perhaps take care of others. The current health, economic, social and emotional crisis has highlighted the importance of care in our society and our lives and has exposed a failed model of elder care. In this session we'll share different projects from Barcelona, Zaragoza and Bogotá that aim to guarantee dignified aging and value care work, one of the most essential jobs, as well as being one of the most precarious and feminized.
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTCities to the rescue of the right to information (ES)
Francisco Sierra, professor of Communication Theory at the University of Seville, president of the Latin Union of Political Economy of Information, Communication and Culture
Sergi Vicente, director of Betevé
Larisa Kejval, director of Communication Science at the University of Buenos Aires
Flora Beillouin, Journalist, member of Labo 148 and the Fédération de l'Audiovisuel Participatif of FranceCategory:Round table
How should the cities react to the challenges of globalization and the progressive concentration of private media? How can we ensure that social movements can broadcast information? Are local public media necessary? Barcelona is one of the few cities in the world that has a public platform, Betevé, for television, radio and internet, as well as citizen cooperatives for television and radio that have been launched with municipal support. What other experiences are there in Europe and America?
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTThe City vs the State (EN)
Jonathan Durand Folco, assistant professor at the School of Social Innovation, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. Author of À nous la ville! Traité de municipalisme (Écosociété, 2017)
Pablo Bustinduy, adjunct instructor at the City College in New York, Deputy in the Spanish Parliament for Podemos (2015-2019)
Sixtine van Outryve, PhD researcher in democratic theory, UCLouvain, Belgium
Biljana Djordjevic, member of the Small Council of Don't Let Belgrade Drown political movement. Belgrade, Serbia
Chanelle Helm, Black Lives Matter Louisville Strategic Core Co-Organizer, Louisville, Kentucky USACategory:Round tableModerated by:Debbie Bookchin, journalist, co-editor of The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy
An important thesis of municipalism is that empowered cities will slowly divest the centralized state of power, bringing authority closer to people at the local level. But what happens when the state fights back? Around the world we’ve seen municipal jurisdictions assert themselves only to have regional or state governments circumscribe their power. And if we elect municipal candidates to regional or federal governments how do we ensure their allegiance remains to the confederated municipalities?
Tuesday 2021.07.06 — Central European Summer Time [CEST]
- 15:30 to 17:30CESTShaping a feminist city. Bridging scales through data collection, participatory policies and urban planning (EN, IT)
Emily Clancy, Municipal Councillor for Coalizione Civica per Bologna
Teresa Carlone, Sociology researcher
Carlotta Trippa, Architect and urban designer
Naiara Yumiko, Architect and urban designerCategory:Speakers + open debate
Urban planning and urban design need to be areas of policy making shaped by an inclusive and intersectional approach. Starting from a feminist approach to data collection, we can envision a new way to shape a city which assesses the differences of the subjectivities that form it. A feminist city. The event will be divided in two parts: first, a roundtable of selected speakers and, afterwards, an interactive part where the audience can be part of the discussion.Side event
organised by Coalizione Civica per Bologna
- 15:30 to 17:00CESTEducomunication: against the media cartel (ES)
Raimon Ramis, specialist in digitization of cultural institutions. Co-founder of the MediaB Foundation in Chile and REduCom (Red Chilena de Educomunicación)
Eunate Serrano, member of the Right to Information Group of Barcelona En ComúCategory:Exchange of experiences
The old polis have become technopolises that make us permanently interconnected and mediate all our actions. They censor dissent so that the world is drawn from the ambitions of those who control knowledge. We discuss Educommunication, that wants to reverse the media cartel and preserve the communication ecosystem as a space for human and social development where we can all generate content in a diverse way under equal conditions.
- 15:30 to 17:00CESTSocial innovation and municipalism (ES)
Paloma Moré, researcher at the University of A Coruña
Lluís Torrens, Director of Social Innovation. Area of Social Rights, Global Justice, Feminisms and LGTBI in the Barcelona City Council
Silvia Cameán, City Councillor of Marea Atlántica (A Coruña)
Cristina Vilaplana, Bayt al-Thaqafa organization (Barcelona)
Sergi Raventós, Red Renta Básica -Universal Basic Income Network- (Barcelona)Category:Exchange of experiences
Cities are at the forefront in the fight against poverty and inequalities (which have worsened as a result of the pandemic), and often find themselves covering the obvious shortcomings of other levels of government. Municipalities that are implementing innovative policies to guarantee the social rights of all neighbors and to achieve a social solution to the crisis will share their experiences.
- 15:30 to 17:00CESTAntiracist participation and organizing (ES)
Juana C Francis Bone, President of the Social Action Foundation of the Women of Asfalto, Ecuador
Juliana Hernández, Director of the Open Politics Institute, Bogotá, Colombia
Yeison García, Antiracist political scientistCategory:Exchange of experiencesModerated by:Jess González, Deputy in the Catalan Parliament for En Comú Podem
The structural racism found in wider society is reproduced in progressive movements and parties, creating deep inequalities in the participation and representation of certain groups. This makes it essential that we work on actions and mechanisms to dismantle racism and drive the participation and empowerment of people who aren't white. We'll share the challenges to antiracist participation and the practices we're developing to tackle them.
- 16:00 to 17:30CESTDegrowth and Health: building a caring world beyond growth (EN)
Susan Paulson, professor at the Center for Latinamerican Studies of the University of Florida
Winne van Woerden, report's lead author and junior researcher at CommonsNetworkCategory:Round tableModerated by:Thomas de Groot, Head of Programmes at Commons Network
Commons Network (Amsterdam) will host a panel discussion based on their latest report Living well on a finite planet - rethinking health and care at the end of growth: a case study of caring commoning practices in the Netherlands. The panel will explore the future of health and care in a post-growth world.Side event
organised by Commons Network
- 17:30 to 19:00CESTCities and harbors (ES)
Jorge Sharp, Mayor of Valparaíso
Gala Pin, ex-councilor of Ciutat Vella and activist
María García, Marea Atlántica municipal group Spokesperson, A Coruña
Ramón Marrades, director of Placemaking EuropeCategory:Round tableModerated by:Marta Junqué, Co Coordinator of the Barcelona Time Use Initiative for a Healthy Society
It has always been said that a city with a harbor is a city open to the world. But what is the relationship between ports and cities? We discuss the economic, social, cultural and political implications of harbors based on the experiences of several port cities.
- 17:30 to 19:00CESTSport and Gender: Racism, Xenophobia and Homophobia in sport (ES)
Marta Carranza, Secretary of the Municipal Educational Council of Barcelona
Andrea Menendez, asturian journalist expert in women's football
Laia Palau, Girona and Spanish National Team basketball player
Carles Viñas, historian, writer and expert in sportCategory:Round tableModerated by:José V. Madolell and Mar Trallero
We must ensure that sports practices are free from discrimination, facilitators of women’s empowerment, with full equality of opportunities, which overcome prejudices and stereotypes and eliminate barriers and structural ceilings. Is racism in sport the inherent racism of society? Are stadiums a mirror that reflects it? Can sport contribute to building an inclusive future? In the world of sports, does discrimination still win the game?
- 17:30 to 19:00CESTEquality begins in the neighborhoods: local social action (ES)
Laia Ortiz, Social Action Director in the Prat de Llobregat City Council
Rubens Ascanio, First Deputy Mayor of La Laguna
Mariela Iglesias, Urban Policy / Forgotten Territories specialist
Category:Round tableModerated by:Natalia Rosetti, Political science teacher
Social equality in our towns and cities is built from the neighborhood level. It is in the neighborhoods where social segregation is increasingly seen, between classes or by origin. In this session, we'll share brave local policies that are improving living standards and combatting inequality.
- 17:30 to 19:00CESTCities taking care of the planet (ES, EN)
Álvaro Porro, Comissioner for the Social Economy, Local Development, and Food Policy of Barcelona
Ann Pettifor, Economist
Éric Piolle, Mayor of GrenobleCategory:Round tableModerated by:Tània Corrons, Spokesperson and Financial Manager of Barcelona En Comú
Is it possible to have a local economy that puts caring for people and the planet at the center? We talk about how to build towns and cities that combine the well-being of all people with respect for the environment.
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTMunicipalismo y Renta Básica Universal: ¿Qué tienen en común? (ES)
Alberto Tena, Politólogo, especialista en Políticas Públicas. Autor del libro Los orígenes revolucionarios de la renta básica (Postmetrópolis, 2021).
Marc Pradel, profesor del departamento de sociología de la UB, especializado en estudios urbanos
Laura Garcés, Profesora en la Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Argentina, Miembro de la Red Interuniversitaria de Posgrados en Políticas Sociales (RIPPSO) y de la Red Argentina de Ingreso Ciudadano (REDAIC)
Félix Talego, profesor antropología política, Universidad de Sevilla, Red Renta Básica en España)
Pablo Yanes, Coordinador de Investigaciones – Sede Subregional de la CEPAL
Araceli Damián, Profesora-Investigadora, Centro de Estudios Demográficos, Urbanos y Ambientales El Colegio de MéxicoCategory:Round tableModerated by:Elena Arrontes, Licenciada en Periodismo (U. Complutense de Madrid) - activista de Barcelona en Comú
La Renta Básica Universal, el sueldo incondicional para toda la población que garantiza una vida digna, se puede entender como una forma de repartir la riqueza común entre toda la ciudadanía y como un derecho ciudadano que recompensa por las pérdidas relacionadas con las privatizaciones de los recursos comunitarios. Además, serviría como una garantía material para ejercer efectivamente el derecho a la participación política que quienes ahora carecen del tiempo y recursos no pueden realizar. Por ello, la demanda de la RBU va de la mano del derecho a la ciudad y participación política, reclamado por el movimiento municipalista y puede servir como una herramienta más para avanzar en este frente. ¿Qué tiene que ver la RBU con el municipalismo? ¿Cuál sería el modelo de la RBU que reforzaría el municipalismo y por lo tanto debería estar defendido por el movimiento municipalista internacional?
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTWhat's the link between municipalism and the Universal Basic Income? (EN)
Massimo De Angelis, Emeritus Professor at the University of East London
Gabriela Cabaña, economic anthropologist from Chile, PhD student at London School of Economics and Political Science, Centro de Análisis Socioambiental, Chilean Network Ingreso Básico Universal
Julio Linares, economic anthropologist from Guatemala, Basic Income Earth Network, author of Fragments of an ecology of care: Basic income beyond the nation-state
Angelina Kussy, economic anthropologist from Poland, activist with Barcelona en Comú, predoctoral researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, member of DAFITS (Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work Department at the Rovira i Virgili University)
Rodrigo Gil, Social educator. Coordinator of Rights Office at Marea Atlántica. Member of Red Renta Básica and Colectivo Renda Básica da CoruñaCategory:Round tableModerated by:David Palomera, PhD researcher in Public Policy in the Government and Public Policy Institute (Iop), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
The Universal Basic Income, the unconditional salary for the entire population that guarantees a decent life, can be understood as a way to distribute the common wealth among all citizens and as a citizen's right that rewards the losses related to the privatizations that take over the community media. In addition, it would serve as a material guarantee to effectively exercise the right to political participation that those who now lack the time and resources cannot realize. For this reason, the demand of the UBI goes hand in hand with the right to the city and political participation, claimed by the municipal movement and can serve as another tool to advance on this front. What does the UBI have to do with municipalism? What would be the UBI model that would reinforce municipalism and therefore should be defended by the international municipal movement?
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTOrganizations, cities and constitutions from a feminist perspective (ES, EN)
Laura Pérez, Fourth Deputy Mayor and Councilor for Social Rights, Global Justice, Feminisms and LGTBI of Barcelona
Nieves Salobral, Akafem, Madrid
Constanza Schonhaut, Representative of District 11 de Santiago in the Constitutional Convention for Convergencia Social and Frente AmplioCategory:Round tableModerated by:Pablo Castaño, Barcelona En Comú
This session will allow us to reflect on the construction of feminist institutions, where we are, and how long we still have to go. What role do feminism and LGBTI politics have in left-wing organizations, in municipalist governments and in constitutional processes such as the one is currently going on in Chile? We share experiences on the feminist transformation of institutional politics and the creation of a broader feminist political agenda.
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTThe machine that kills fascists: music in politics (EN)
Nelini Stamp, National Director of Strategy and Partnerships, Working Families Party
Dave Randall, music, writer and activist
Serges Bambara aka Smockey, hip hop artist, actor and activist from Ouagadougou, Burkina FasoCategory:Round tableModerated by:Lucía Baratech
Wednesday 2021.07.07 — Central European Summer Time [CEST]
- 15:30 to 17:00CESTProtecting our School environments (EN)
Silvia Casorrán, District Councilor for Barcelona En Comú, activist and expert in sustainable mobility
Gilles Namur, Deputy Mayor of Grenoble
Sylvia Gauthereau, School Streets, Londres
Clementine Suraud, Revolta Escolar, BarcelonaCategory:Round tableModerated by:John Etherington, Urban Planning Group of Barcelona En Comú
Schools are very valuable spaces. In them, our children begin to understand themselves, others and the world around them. Play Streets in London or Protegim les Escoles in Barcelona are the fruit of a social movement calling for healthier and safer cities where childhood is no longer suffocated by traffic, but dedicated to games, learning and exploration.
- 17:30 to 19:00CESTThe city as a home: the right to housing (ES, EN)
Lucía Martín, Councilor for Housing and Rehabilitation of Barcelona
Tainá de Paula, Councilor for Feminism, Antirracism and Right to the City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tania Madriaga, Representative of Distrito 7, Quinta Costa in the Constitutional Assembly. Previously Director of the Planning Office of ValparaísoCategory:Round tableModerated by:Guillem Pujol Borràs, Director de Catalunya Plural
What makes a city a city and not just a collection of buildings? Without a doubt, the people who live in it. Real estate speculation has sent cities into a destructive spiral where residents are pushed out. In this session, we'll discuss the emergence of movements that defend the right to housing and municipalist policies that can help to save cities.
- 17:30 to 19:00CESTDemocratic representation from neighbourhood to metropolitan level (ES, EN)
Jordi Martí, Councilor of the Presidency of Barcelona
Emilia Ríos, Mayor of Ñuñoa, ChileCategory:Round tableModerated by:Júlia Miralles, Executive Management of Barcelona En Comú
Why are so many public positions still unelected? In towns and cities there are many levels of government where the ability of citizens to vote is very limited, creating a growing call for greater participation in the institutions that represent us and govern the places we live, from the neighbourhood level to metropolitan level. In this session, we'll analyse the challenges of improving democratic representation via direct local elections.
- 17:30 to 19:00CESTOrganizing in the 2020s: challenges and innovations at international level (ES)
Pablo Benson, Activist, Founding Partner of Movement Netlab and Co-organizer of the North American Fearless Cities
Bea Martínez, Head of Neighbourhood Organizing, Executive Team of Barcelona En Comú
Caio Tendolini, Member of Bancada Ativista, São PauloCategory:Speakers + open debateModerated by:Elia Gran, periodista
Transformative political candidacies around the world don’t usually enjoy economic or media power. Their strength is found in grassroots organizing, in direct communication and in the ability to mobilize a majority to win. Experts in grassroots organizing will discuss the challenges they face in 2021 and share how they are innovating to take them on in their work in campaigns and organizations.
- 17:30 to 19:00CESTOrganizing in the 2020s: challenges and innovations at international level (EN)
Maurice Mitchell, Director Nacional del Working Families Party
Valery Alzaga, Labour organizer, campaigner, trainer and a social and migrant rights activist
Kate Shea Baird, Executive Team, Barcelona En Comú
Gabe Tobias, Co-Founder of Movement School and Executive Director of Our CityCategory:Speakers + open debateModerated by:Steve Hughes, Estratega Senior (Formación Política y Relaciones Internacionales), Working Families Party
Transformative political candidacies around the world don’t usually enjoy economic or media power. Their strength is found in grassroots organizing, in direct communication and in the ability to mobilize a majority to win. Experts in grassroots organizing will discuss the challenges they face in 2021 and share how they are innovating to take them on in their work in campaigns and organizations.
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTTransparent and fair municipalities: challenging corruption and organized crime (ES, EN)
Ernest Urtasun, Member of the European Parliament for Catalunya En Comú
Eliska Drapalova, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Quality of Government Institute, University of Gothenburg
Joan Llinares, Director of the Agency for the Prevention and Fight against Fraud and Corruption of the Valencian CommunityCategory:Round tableModerated by:Júlia Miralles, Executive Management of Barcelona En Comú
Corruption and organized crime are scourges that affect municipalities around the world. In this session, we'll discuss corruption and organized crime at the local level, the role played by countries that are tax and legal havens and the policies needed for a more transparent and fair world.
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTDual Power (EN)
Sacajawea Hall, Cooperation Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi
Bitta Sharma, Mar Vista for All, Los Angeles
Glen Miles, Detroit Build and Fight and Black Socialists in America, Detroit
Tajh Morris, Detroit Build and Fight and Black Socialists in America, DetroitCategory:Round tableModerated by:Mason Herson-Hord, Symbiosis, Motor City Freedom Riders e Institute for Social Ecology, Detroit
Dual Power is a form of organizing in which we build a new world in the shell of the old. In this panel we'll discuss how to build parallel social, economic, and political systems. We'll explore how these new systems erode capitalist and state institutions by meeting basic human needs, channeling collective action, challenging the legitimacy of the existing system and allowing a transfer of power and authority to these bodies of direct democracy.
- 21:15 to 22:00CESTNetworking (ES)Category:Networking
One of the goals of Fearless Cities is to get to know each other, exchange proposals and create networks. Therefore, we will end the day meeting in an informal networking Zoom room. We will share the access link with all the people registered in the daily programme's email.
Thursday 2021.07.08 — Central European Summer Time [CEST]
- 15:30 to 17:00CESTMunicipalism in Europe: an opportunity to tackle social and political crisis? (EN)
Riccardo Laterza, spokesperson of Adesso Trieste
Ana Gilmet, activist in Allt åt alla Malmö
Ricardo Moreira, spokesman of Bloco de Esquerda, Lisboa
Iva Marčetić, activist in Zagreb je nass, district councillor at Zagreb City CouncilCategory:Round tableModerated by:Elena Tarifa, Barcelona En Comú
Different municipalist platforms all over Europe, some in local power, some developing themselves to build a bottom-up platform in their cities, share their experiences facing social and economic crisis at a local level as well as building a real political alternative in Europe. We also talk about how to influence EU policies from a municipalist perspective and on how to strengthen collaborative networks among us.
- 17:30 to 18:45CESTFearless and Transformative Cities: Housing Stories from the Ground (EN)
David Gabriel, Next Planning, Grenoble, France
Isadora Hastings, Cooperación Comunitaria A.C., Ixtepec, Mexico
Lúcia Ortiz, CaSanAT, Porto Alegre, Brasil
Peadar Kirby, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, IrelandCategory:Round tableModerated by:Adriana Allen, president of the Habitat International Coalition Panel
This session will showcase transformative solutions to the global housing crisis and bring together activists and community leaders from different countries that are tackling this issue. How did they organise their (trans)local housing movement from the ground up, how did they resist eviction or build better alternatives?Side event
Organised by the Transnational Institute TNI
- 17:30 to 19:00CESTLocal currencies, common data and social justice (EN)
Sergi Cutillas, ATARCA (Accounting Technologies for Anti-rival Coordination and Allocation)
Susan Witt, Executive Director of the Schumacher Center for New Economics
Fennie Wang, Digital BerkShares Consultant
Joshua Dedmond, Cooperation Jackson, MississippiCategory:Round tableModerated by:Susana Martín Belmonte, REC (the citizen currency of Barcelona)
Digitization weakens some of our rights and increases the power of big lobbies, but it also opens doors to a closer democracy from the municipalities. We talk about how to use tools like local currencies and public data control to build a new digital economic democracy.
- 17:30 to 19:00CESTThe future of municipalism in Spain (ES)
Xulio Ferreiro, Marea Atlántica
Pedro Santisteve, Zaragoza En Común
Kika González, Ganemos Jerez
Marta Lois, Compostela Aberta
Enric Bárcena, Barcelona En ComúCategory:Round tableModerated by:Candela López, Catalunya En Comú
Municipalism has become a political phenomenon which is growing in many parts of the world. Municipalism emerged in several cities of Spain as a result of 15-M and other social movements. These so-called "cities of change" served as an exemple to create successful municipalist platforms on an international level, as e.g. in France and in South-East Europe. Nevertheless, during the last municipal elections Spanish municipalism lost momentum. What do we need to do to revitalize Spanish municipalism?
- 17:30 to 19:00CESTTaking public space back (EN)
Alícia Puig, advisor to the Urban Ecology department of the Barcelona City Council
Patrick Kappert, Col·lectiu Superilla, Barcelona
Antje Heinrich, Changing Cities, Berlin
Adrien Sartre, responsible for the transformation of Public Space, Public Transport and Mobility in the cabinet of David Belliard, Deputy Mayor of Paris (EELV)Category:Round tableModerated by:Anke Kleff
What if the cities we live in were designed for people rather than for cars? We discuss the revolution that is transforming european urban space: superblocks.
- 17:30 to 19:00CESTCulture, a right or an industry? (ES, EN)
Joan Subirats, Sixth Deputy Mayor and Councilor for Culture, Education, Science and Comunity of Barcelona
Martiño Noriega, activist from Compostela Aberta and former Mayor of Santiago de CompostelaCategory:Round tableModerated by:Laura de Agorreta
If we see healthcare, education or housing as a right, why is culture still seen as an industry? Culture is essential, it excites us, unites us, allows us to understand each other, shapes our collective memory, demolishes prejudices and invents new freedoms. Ultimately, culture largely determines the possibilities that exist within a society. For this reason, a society will never be egalitarian if access to the enjoyment and creation of culture is not guaranteed to all people regardless of their origin and resources. We analyze how municipalism around the world is changing the framework to give rise to a new concept: cultural rights.
- 18:00 to 19:00CESTCities building momentum for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (EN)
Christine Boyle, city councillor of Vancouver
Paul Koretz, city councillor of Los Angeles
Eloi Badia, city councillor of BarcelonaCategory:Exchange of experiencesModerated by:Seble Samuel
Come join the global campaign for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, grounded in three pillars to stop the exploration and expansion of new fossil fuel reserves, phase out existing stockpiles of fossil fuels in line with a 1.5C pathway, and facilitate a just energy transition. Join this session and learn about the influential role of cities in making such a treaty possible and hear the voices of city councillors who have been instrumental in propelling their cities to endorse the treaty.Side event
Organised by the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTAre lobbies almighty? (ES & EN)
Janet Sanz, Second deputy Mayor of Barcelona and Councilor for Ecology, Planning, Infrastructures and Transport
Kenneth Haar, Researcher, Corporate Europe Observatory
Wenke Christoph, Die LinkeCategory:Round tableModerated by:Paul Mason
Lobbies are a signficant obstacle to progressive municipalist policies. Many vested interests are opposed to rent control, the remunicipalization of water and to limits on hotel constructions. How can we challenge these powers for real social change? What is the role of cities, regional and state governments and the EU?
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTCan we thrive without economic growth? (ES, EN)
Kate Raworth, Economist and author of Doughnut Economics
Eloi Badia, Councilor for Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition of Barcelona
Gabriela Cabaña, economic anthropologist from Chile, PhD student at London School of Economics and Political Science, CASA (Centro de Análisis Socioambiental), Chilean Network Ingreso Básico UniversalCategory:Round tableModerated by:Toni Ribas, Ecology Group and International Network of Barcelona En Comú
Municipalist governments face a dilemma when dealing with the systemic crisis we are facing. Should they opt for degrowth policies, for green growth or, like Amsterdam, for imaginative solutions such as Doughnut Economics?. We will discuss these three models and how to apply them in the context of the Next Generation EU funds.
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTWho defends the Human Rights defenders? (ES)
Helena Maleno, activist, Caminando Fronteras, Morocco
Natàlia Biffi, Head of Impact at "Reds": Network of Solidarity for Social Transformation
Néstor Troncoso, Mexican journalist. It was welcomed by the Barcelona Municipal Program for the Protection of Journalists Threatened by drug trafficking.
David Llistar, Director of Global Justice, Barcelona City CouncilCategory:Round tableModerated by:Clara Calderó, technician and researcher at the European Area at NOVACT
If aliens were to visit Earth, they would assume that we humans would protect those who dedicate their lives to defending us. This isn't so: Human Rights defenders see their rights frequently violated. We listen to first-person testimonies and talk about the cities that do defend the defenders and the need to open a state, European and international political process.
- 21:15 to 22:00CESTNetworkingCategory:Networking
One of the goals of Fearless Cities is to get to know each other, exchange proposals and create networks. Therefore, we will end the day meeting in an informal networking Zoom room. We will share the access link with all people registered in the daily programme's email.
Friday 2021.07.09 — Central European Summer Time [CEST]
- 15:30 to 17:00CESTTaboos of the left: let's talk about policing and security (ES)
Jaqueline de Olivera Muniz (Brasil);
Laurent Bonelli (Francia);
José Alejandro Glinski (Argentina);
Rocío Fraga (España)Category:Round table
Policing and security is an area traditionally dominated by the right. Not only do their policies fail to solve the existing problems, they even increase violence against citizens and groups. Ceding this terrain to conservative forces prevents us from transforming realities and contributes to reproducing the current model.
What barriers stop the left from addressing violence and insecurity as an area of public policy? How can we break them down?
- 15:30 to 17:00CESTMunicipal organizations that take care of their activists - experiences from the pandemic and beyond (ES)
Members of Grup de Cures de Barcelona En Comú
Members of Ciudad FuturaCategory:Exchange of experiences
How can we ensure that our organizations become more feminist and more caring? Activists from Barcelona en Comú and Ciudad Futura (Argentina) invite us to share approaches and create strategies in an open conversation.
- 17:30 to 19:00CESTPrison islands and the municipalities standing up to Fortress Europe (ES, EN)
Marc Serra, Councilor for Citizen Rights and Participation of Barcelona
Lara Lussón, journalist and activist in Lesbos
Antonello Antinori, spokesperson of the Lampedusa City Council
Idaira Afonso, Eighth Deputy Mayor and Councilor for Sports, Equality, LGBTI and Quality of Life at La Laguna City CouncilCategory:Round tableModerated by:María Martín, journalist from El País specialized in migrations
The intensification of migratory flows to the European continent through the Mediterranean has met with deterrence and containment policies on the part of the EU. This process has created so-called “Prison Islands”, in addition to serious violations of human rights and international law at sea. Lampedusa, Lesbos and San Cristóbal de La Laguna are three of the municipalities directly affected by the policies of their own states and the EU, the result of which couldn't be more dramatic. Representatives from each municipality talk about how they have sought real support from other local governments to face the crisis and implement refuge policies.
- 17:30 to 18:30CESTL’expérience municipaliste au Nord-Est syrien. Comment peut-elle influencer d’autres expériences municipalistes ?
Corinne Morel-Darleux, militante éco-socialiste
Maya Abdelwahab, coopérative Fréquence commune
Antoine Back, Adjoint au Maire de Grenoble
Zoé Lorioux-Chevalier, Adjointe à la Maire de PoitiersCategory:Round tableModerated by:Jérémie Chomette, Directeur général de la Fondation France LibertésSide event
Organisé dans le cadre du projet JASMINES avec le concours de la Ville de Grenoble, de la Ville de Lyon et de la Fondation France Libertés
- 17:30 to 19:00CESTLet's stand up to the far right! (ES, EN)
Erika Hilton, most voted city councillor of Brasil, president of the Human Rights Comission in São Paulo's Municipal Chamber
Ma Eugènia Rodríguez Palop, Member of the European Parliament for Unidas Podemos
Gerardo Pisarello, Member of the Spanish Parliament for En Comú PodemCategory:Round tableModerated by:Can Yüce, Municipalist international networks technician of BComú
The far right, which is opposed to municipalism and real social change, has been on the rise in recent years and has become mainstream in some parts of society. While Trump is no longer President of the U.S., there are several countries in which his admirers are still in power. What can we do in towns and cities to challenge this trend? What is the best way to stop the far right and drive positive change?
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTPublic tendering and the local administration: a municipalist tool for transforming the economy? (ES)
Jordi Ayala, Budget and Finance Manager of the Barcelona City Council
Betzabeth Marín-Nanco, PhD researcher in Sociology of Work and Gender, ex-leader of the National Union of Honorary Workers of the State of Chile
Yunailis Salazar, PhD researcher in Public Policy (IGOP), technician of socially responsible public procurement in Barcelona Activa, Barcelona City CouncilCategory:Round table
Municipalism advances towards a more inclusive, democratic, sustainable and feminist economy. In order to achieve this, public contracting can be a useful tool, which represents a significant weight of local economies. In this session we will talk about the potential, limits and complexities of public contracting as a transformative tool. We'll discuss the situation in Barcelona and Chile.
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTIs a municipalist policing possible? (ES, EN)
Lucia Morale, Advisor on Policing Policy at Barcelona City Council, 2015-2021
Phillipe Cunningham, City Council Member for Minneapolis Ward 4, EEUU
Nadine Finch, Advisor on policing policy for the Greater London Council in the 1980sCategory:Round tableModerated by:Anoa Changa, periodista
How should municipalist governments manage the police? Insecurity is often among the greatest public concerns. But cases of police brutality have put the debate about police methods on the agenda; in particular their proportionality, biases and impunity. In this session, we'll reflect on the challenges of guaranteeing the safety and equality of citizens as municipalists in the context of the resurgence of the global Black Lives Matter movement.
- 19:30 to 21:00CESTA journey through the history of municipalism (EN)
Pamela Radcliff, Professor and Chair of the Department of History, University of California, San Diego
Pierre Clavel, Professor Emeritus at the Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University. Author of 'Activists in City Hall'
Owen Hatherley, Culture Editor of Tribune. Author of 'Red Metropolis: Socialism and the Government of London'Category:Round tableModerated by:Kate Shea Baird, Executive Management of Barcelona En Comú
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. In this session we'll take an exciting tour through the history of municipalism alongside people who have studied it or lived through it first hand. We'll explore the examples of Spanish municipalism in the early 19th century, Italy’s Take Over the City movement of the 1970s, progressive cities in the US under Reagan and the Greater London Council that stood up to Thatcher in the 80s, and we'll identify the lessons that they hold for contemporary movements and governments.
Saturday 2021.07.10 — Central European Summer Time [CEST]
- 12:30 to 14:00CESTAn opportunity to promote a new model change in our towns and cities (CAT, EN)
Lluís Mijoler, Mayor of el Prat de Llobregat
Ascensión Ratia, Mayor of Pallejà
Lidia Muñoz, Mayor of Sant Feliu de Llobregat
Aina Vidal, Member of the Spanish Parliament for En Comú PodemCategory:Round tableModerated by:Claudio Carmona, Coordinador del Baix Llobregat En Comú y teniente de alcaldía del Ajuntament de Cornellà
From the local world, we are developing transformative policies that mitigate climate change. The table will expose how, in municipalities such as el Prat de Llobregat, St. Feliu de Llobregat or Pallejà, a transformation of reality is being promoted through respect for the environment, transformative urban planning, the New Urban Agenda and citizen participation, while we improve people’s lives from the State Government.Side event
organised by Catalunya En Comú
- 15:30 to 17:00CESTSouthern Europe municipalist networks (EN)
Emily Clancy, Councillor for Coalizione Civica per Bologna
Beatriz Gomes, Deputy to the Assembly of Portugal for Bloco de Esquerda
David Adler, General Coordinator of the Progressive InternationalCategory:Round tableModerated by:Jesús Hernández, Parliamentary Assistant to Ernest Urtasun at the European Parliament, Economic and Taxation specialist
The countries and cities of southern Europe share a common culture and history and many times we experience similar political situations. However, for years the alliances of Anglo-Saxon neoliberalism or the austerity-friendly Troika countries have seemed easier. Has the response to the Covid crisis managed to turn this situation around? Will we be able to build strong alliances between countries and municipalities that defend social and climate justice?
- 17:30 to 19:00CESTFeminization of politics
[CLOSING PANEL] (ES, EN)
Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona
Manuela D'Ávila, writer, journalist and Public Policy teacher
Irací Hassler, Mayor of Santiago de ChileCategory:EventModerated by:Gerardo Pisarello, Member of the Spanish Parliament for En Comú Podem
We analyze a revolution that has proven to be necessary: the feminization of politics. Today, female leaders in municipalist politics are carrying out a radical change of perspective: the personal is political, governing is a conversation and what is essential for life must be treated as a collective right. The old formulas have become obsolete, what are the strategies of this new politics driven by proximity and alliances?