Edinburgh in Protest
Join us for a discussion about housing: from anti-eviction movements to rent controls with a special focus on collective alternative solutions to fight back the consequences of the housing bubble. In the specific case of Spain, from the start of the economic crisis in 2007, it is estimated there have been more than 550,000 foreclosures. In 2009 the PAH-Barcelona was born, the Platform for People Affected by Mortgages, a citizen’s movement that defends the rights to decent housing. Today the PAH has more than 200 nodes across Spain and has become the main opposition to the housing policies of the Spanish government.
For this discussion, two main speakers have been invited: Jose Luis Carretero Miramar and Mike Williamson, a member from the Living Rent Campaign-Scotland. In addition, the documentary ‘7 dias con la PAH’ (anti-eviction movement in Spain) will be screened.
Time and Location: 15:00 at The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh
Link to the doc trailer (English): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOW16NSn4_g
Jose Luis Carretero Miramar is a Madrid-based lawyer, also member of the ‘Solidaridad Obrera’ union and of the Economical Science and Self-Management Institute (Instituo de Ciencias Economicas y de la Autogestion, ICEA). He is also a lecturer on labour law and author of several books, amongst them, ‘Tu casa no es tuya es del banco’ (‘Your house is not yours, it’s from the bank’) on the anti-evictions movement and ‘Autogestion viva’ (Self-management Alive’), about recuperated factories in the Spanish state.
Link to the summary of the book ‘Tu casa no es tuya, es del banco’ (Spanish): https://www.traficantes.net/libros/tu-casa-no-es-tuya-es-del-banco
Mike Williamson, a member of the ‘Living Rent Campaign’ will talk about its history and achievements. In few words, Living Rent is Scotland’s tenant’s union who wants homes for people not for profit, and ensure that everyone has decent and affordable housing. They use the collective power of tenants to come together to fight for their rights.
Link to the web (English): http://www.livingrent.org/
The event will be both in English and Spanish with translation, documentary in Spanish with English subtitles.