Keyword: World Assembly of Inhabitants
We’ve had enough of being considered objects with neither minds nor bodies, trash to be used and then swept aside pitilessly, expelled to settle elsewhere. In 2011, and for the good of all, the World Assembly of Inhabitants will finally show that the time has come for the homeless, the badly housed and the evicted to show that they are capable of standing up in solidarity and to resist the cracking whip of neoliberalism and to create an alternative to this global force of repression.You are invited to get involved, making this the year of the success for inhabitants to take back their rightful claims, by supporting the World Assembly of Inhabitants! Here's how …
The International Alliance of Inhabitants, global network of urban social organizations and movements without boundaries, strongly supports the Call of the People's Summit for Social and environmental Justice and the Permanent Assembly of the Peoples, against the commoditisation of life and nature and in defense of common goods, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15-23 June 2012, simultaneously to the UN Conference for Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
The meetings of African associations of urban citizens at convergences like the WAI 2011, the USF and Africities 2012, have shown the consensus to establish a continental network of organised inhabitants. The IAI has proposed to debate the issue on the occasion of the WAI of Tunis. The interested parties are called to participate and share comments and suggestions ahead of this seminal meeting on the path to an empowered citizenry across the continent.
The roots of the WAI can be traced back to the principles established in the WSF Charter , the Salvador Declaration , the World Assembly of Inhabitants (Mexico, October 2000) and the World Assembly of Citizens for Solidarity and a Responsible World (Lille, October 2001) .
The Madrid Declaration ... we call and support the convocation of a World Assembly of Inhabitants for 2011 ... Madrid, June 2nd 2008, International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAH) delegates of popular organizations of different continents meeting at Madrid for the Coordination Committee of the IAH. The Madrid Declaration (english June 2, 2008).pdf [120.77 kB]
From the 26th to the 30th of March, as part of the World Social Forum, the city of Tunis will host the next World Assembly of Inhabitants (WAI), supported by international networks and inhabitants organisations, such as the IAI, HIC and No-Vox, and in collaboration with local social organisations. Everyone is invited to take part in this key stage in the process of bringing together the various struggles for the right to housing, cities, land and common goods, follow up of WAI Dakar 2011 and of a year filled with opportunities for inhabitants to have their voices heard on a global level.
The European Social Forum ‘Cap Nord’ in Malmö (17-21 September 2008) is the unexpected product of an initiatve to bring the anti-globalisation debate to the historical (and now crisis-ridden) homeland of social democracy and the welfare state, to establish direct links between the social movements of the European Union and those of the former Soviet bloc.
We hereby invite : inhabitants’, tenants’, homeless, landless, immigrants’ associations; co-operatives, committees and social centres as well as urban social movements all across the world to increase their own initiatives (i.e. marches, press conferences, sit-ins, solidarity days, blocks, meetings, etc)
The World Social Forum gets into full swing from Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 March in Tunis. The World Assembly of Inhabitants is in the final stages of preparation as delegates arrive from around the world to participate in a packed programme.
Key question: Are the inhabitants ready to face the crisis? The crisis is the source of all sorts of drastic change, but are we ready to face it with unified proposals that are capable of combining resistance with alternatives? As Marxist geographer David Harvey highlighted during his presentation at the seminar on the right to the city, this is the most serious crisis and the most structurally rooted crisis in urban areas in modern history. Consequently, could the social movements attack the roots on the premise of the right to housing and to the city? How? With whom? When?
The World Assembly of Inhabitants (WAI) is being prepared to stop over in Istanbul, incidentally during the European Social Forum, to root this proposition together to local organizations, give it a regional dimension, and strengthen the dialogue with social sectors that demand that the this crisis end through “another possible world.” After the Urban Social Forum, which successfully launched the Call from Rio, several Unitary Promoter Committees of the WAI came together. So the moment has come for inhabitant organizations from Europe to contribute to this process.
In the afternoon we will hold our main plenary session Assemblée Mondiale des Habitants / World Assembly of Inhabitants / Asamblea Mundial de los Habitantes Time: 16.00 – 18.30Room: Faculty of Sciences - Amphi A