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This panel will debate how housing struggles and strategies can be critical for revolutionary change. In a time when housing unaffordability and environmental sustainability are great challenges — especially in global cities such as NYC — radical approaches offer possibilities to struggle for both better housing and post-capitalism. Squatting, expanding appropriate public (social) housing, and eco-collaborative models (eco-communes, eco-cohousing and ecovillages) are discussed with special reference to new book Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet (2018), urban squatters’ movements and leading housing organizations in Washington DC (ONE DC and Empower DC).

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Right-wing mobilizations in the United States and elsewhere have brought what Human Rights Watch has called a “frontal assault on the values of inclusivity, tolerance, and respect.” We know from long history that the only way to protect the commons upon which all life depends is to build and strengthen movements for a just and inclusive society. This panel highlights work of a growing global “human rights cities” movement around the world that is coming together to build power, define alternatives to dominant economic policies, nurture inclusive and just communities, and defend the “right to the city.” Panelists from diverse communities will offer lessons and examples of how local organizing in a human rights framework can help us both protect ourselves from the further erosion of human rights and democracy while realizing alternatives to capitalism. Opportunities for participants to engage in work to build national and international human rights movements will be discussed.