Category: Activism

  • Episode 73 – The Far Right and the City

    Episode 73 – The Far Right and the City

    Tune in for our new episode on the far-right and the city! In this discussion, members of the Terra-R (Territorialisations of the Radical Right) network examine the developments of the radical right in Germany beyond simplistic urban-rural and East-West attributions, and outline the current and future challenges for academia and civil society alike. The aim…

  • Episode 72 — Rent Strike Series Part 3

    Episode 72 — Rent Strike Series Part 3

    This is episode three of the Rent Strike Series, focusing on the Veritas Tenants Association’s ongoing multibuilding rent strike in San Francisco to demand a say in the terms of sale of their buildings. In November 2023, the Prado Group assumed ownership of 20 Veritas-owned buildings, while on January 18, 2024, Ballast Investments and their partner…

  • Episode 71 — Cosmopolitan Solidarity

    Episode 71 — Cosmopolitan Solidarity

    To live in the age of precarity is a tolling, everyday struggle. It erodes one’s strength to carry on, live another day, and keep the hope for a modicum of prosperity due to come in some vague future. And when things get unbearably harsh, when the hegemony of neoliberalism has individualised the problems and told…

  • Episode 70 — Property Rights Versus Tenants in Poland

    Episode 70 — Property Rights Versus Tenants in Poland

    Beata Siemieniako on the restitution of housing and tenants’ struggles. Unregulated restitution of property to prewar owners (or rather their legal successors) remains a major source of conflict over housing in Poland, most notably in Warsaw. This episode features Beata Siemieniako, a Warsaw lawyer and urban activist who has been supporting tenants in their struggle…

  • Episode 69 – Rent Strike Series Part 2

    Episode 69 – Rent Strike Series Part 2

    This is episode two of the Rent Strike Series, focusing on the Veritas Tenants Association’s ongoing multibuilding rent strike in San Francisco to demand a say in the terms of sale of their buildings. On August 30, corporate landlord Ballast Investments won the auction for Veritas Investments’ delinquent debt and will take over 75 Veritas-owned…

  • Episode 67 – Rent Strike Series Part 1

    Episode 67 – Rent Strike Series Part 1

    The Veritas Tenants Association (VTA) in San Francisco This is the first episode of the Rent Strike Series from Urban Political, a multi-episode series about the Veritas Tenants Association’s (VTA) on-going rent strike against San Francisco’s largest landlord, Veritas Investments, Inc. The episode brings in tenants and organizers from the VTA to discuss organizing against…

  • Episode 63 – Russian Academia and Urban Activism in Times of War: Insights from St. Petersburg

    Episode 63 – Russian Academia and Urban Activism in Times of War: Insights from St. Petersburg

    Meet urban scholar Oleg Pachenkov who left Russia few weeks after the invasion of Ukraine. Markus speaks with him about his personal and professional trajectory as a critical scholar bringing him to Berlin. The conversation covers the breakdown of the public sphere in Russia within weeks after the start of the war in Ukraine and…

  • Episode 61 – Are Community Land Trusts Transformative?

    Episode 61 – Are Community Land Trusts Transformative?

    Community land trusts are proliferating across the globe, promoted as a potential solution to the ever-worsening affordable housing crisis. CLTs provide a mechanism for decommodification, collective ownership, and community control; however, those ideals are hard to operationalize, and many CLTs function more as traditional affordable housing providers than as urban commons. This episode discusses the…

  • Episode 59 – Inside the Woman Life Freedom Movement in Iran

    Episode 59 – Inside the Woman Life Freedom Movement in Iran

    Listen to this gripping account from the current „Woman Life Freedom“ movement in Iran and its impact on cities and their inhabitants. The movement was sparked by the killing of Mahsa Jina Amini in the custody of the Islamic regime’s „morality police“ in September 2022. After several weeks of uprising, the media coverage in Western…

  • Episode 42 – Housing struggles in Berlin: Part II Grassroots Expropriation Activism

    Episode 42 – Housing struggles in Berlin: Part II Grassroots Expropriation Activism

    On April 15, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court overturned Berlin’s rent cap. This immediately led to a massive spontaneous protest with 15,000 people voicing their concerns and proclaiming their right to the city. Moreover, within a week after the court’s decision the number of signatures for the grassroots campaign ‘Deutsche Wohnen & Co enteignen’ increased tremendously…

  • Episode 41 – Housing Struggles in Berlin: Part I Rent Cap

    Episode 41 – Housing Struggles in Berlin: Part I Rent Cap

    From Friedrich Engel’s series ‘Zur Wohnungsfrage‘ to the decision of Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court on the #Berlin #RentCap last week: housing was and remains one of the crucial social issues of our time. Together with Andrej Holm, we discuss the social and political consequences of the Court’s decision that the Berlin state government had no…

  • Episode 34 – Radical Municipal Politics in Latin America since the 1990s

    Episode 34 – Radical Municipal Politics in Latin America since the 1990s

    Gianpaolo Baiocchi offers us an historical overview of what he terms Radical Cities in Latin America and draws out some lessons from the past 30 years. Comparing these experiences to municipal politics in Europe and elsewhere, he highlights the distinctive features and charts the ups and downs of these urban movements. Massive suburbanization, metropolitan fragmentation…

  • Episode 31 – Multiple Crises and Radical Urban Research (AfterCorona #13)

    Episode 31 – Multiple Crises and Radical Urban Research (AfterCorona #13)

    Starting off from her latest agenda-setting article “What does it mean to be a radical urban scholar-activist, or activist scholar today?” published earlier this year in the relaunch issue of the journal CITY – analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action. It was published before the pandemic shock and the current wave of Black Lives…

  • Episode 30 – The Revolutionary Movements in Algeria and Lebanon (AfterCorona #12)

    Episode 30 – The Revolutionary Movements in Algeria and Lebanon (AfterCorona #12)

    This episode delves deep into the ongoing revolutionary movements in Algeria and Lebanon. Ratiba Hadj-Moussa and Rana Sukarieh provide us with a rich and inspiring account of developments, offering social-economic background to the events of the last two years, outlining the main contours of the political struggles in the two countries and drawing comparative insights.…

  • Episode 28 – Urban Commonwealth (AfterCorona #10)

    Episode 28 – Urban Commonwealth (AfterCorona #10)

    On the basis of the book The Death and Life of the Urban Commonwealth, we discuss with Margaret Kohn her resuscitation of the early 20th century solidarist ideas and the links to the Lefebvrian notion of the right to the city. We challenge her on the question of scale and the role of the state in…

  • Episode 4 – Bridging Urban Research and Action

    Episode 4 – Bridging Urban Research and Action

    The call to make academic research more socially relevant has become a commonplace. But what does it mean to for academic research to benefit urban activism? What is to be done when the logics of academia obstruct deeper activist engagements?  This roundtable engages these challenges with four seasoned activist-scholars. Kate and Uli work in academia…