German Alliance “We do not pay for your crisis!” is an open organization launching an action/day the 17th of September 2009 to discuss local possibilities and initiatives for solidarity against the crisis.
Text in German
Lecture by David Harvey at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, april 2009
The Urban Roots of the Fiscal Crisis
How many fiscal disruptions over the last thirty years have been urban/property led?
Why does this particular one takes the form it does?
In what ways does this fits into a Marxist theory of urbanization under capitalism?
Spring/Summer 2009 Issue 12 in urbanism
As the housing liberation movement grows, Take Back the Land is featured in many US and International news / watch the videos here:
This is a follow-up to the article
The New Joads: Trying to Survive in the Spectacle-Commodity Society
written by another participant in the project:
On Saturday April 5 four friends and I went to the homeless encampment in Sacramento, California and built a simple pit latrine. With all the media attention this camp has received, and all the sympathetic statements by the mayor and even the governor (who’ve both visited the camp twice in the past month) it seemed remarkable to us that something as basic as a latrine had not been built. At one end of the camp is the transmitting tower of KSMH, a Christian radio station considered to be the flagship of the Immaculate Heart Radio Network. And the camp is tucked in right next to Blue Diamond Almonds, a union-busting company that has the largest stake in one of the biggest cash crops in California. But these landmarks of charity and wealth only serve to highlight the deep contradictions that exist at the margins of our land of plenty.
At April 2 - parallel to G 20 in London - we did a small protest camp in front of the municipality in Witten/Germany, protesting against the crisis and underlining the need to get back social control over real values, especially land and housing.
At the occasion of G 20 protests in London, March/April 2009, the group “London Housing Action Now” produced a leaflet about the current housing and financial crisis, focussing on the U.K. Read
HOUSING IS A RIGHT, NOT A COMMODITY…
Two US comrades investigate the tent city in Sacramento, California
I’ll be around in the dark. I’ll be ever’where. Wherever there’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there. I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad…An’ when our folks eat the stuff they raise an’ live in the houses they build—why I’ll be there.”
Tom Joad in John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath
The world at once present and absent that the spectacle holds up to view is the world of the commodity dominating all living experience. The world of the commodity is thus shown for it , because its development is identical to people’s estrangement from each other and from everything they produce.
Thesis #37 in Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle
On Wednesday, March 18, a comrade and I drove from San Francisco to investigate the tent city in Sacramento that we had been hearing so much about in the bourgeois media. It had been covered in most daily city papers in the U.S. like the New York and Los Angeles Times, and on TV everywhere from local new broadcasts to a special expose for Oprah Winfrey’s show. Television crews from Germany, Switzerland and the U.K. had covered it too and many video clips can be found on YouTube (a simple internet search of “Sacramento tent city” will result in countless articles, videos, audio interviews, and other news sources).