Call for participation with the European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and the City

In December housing rights activists from a number of European cities met in Paris to discuss ideas for joint actions in 2014. One of the main outcomes was a general plan for decentralised action at the occasion of the international real estate fair MIPIM.

MIPIM 2014 will take place from 11 to 14 March in Cannes in the south of France. This is one of global capitalism’s major annual events for all aspects of the real estate business, including the buying and selling of land, the planning, construction, financing, facilitation and management of housing and commercial property around the world. Some 20,000 people will take part, with an entry fee of €1600 per person. At MIPIM the planet is for sale.

Some of those attending the MIPIM real estate market will come from public municipalities and councils around the world. They will be seeking to sell public land and infrastructure, directly, as part of development projects or in “private-public-partnerships” (PPPs), the collaborationist approach of UN-Habitat’s “Manifesto for cities”. They will be approving ‘regeneration’ plans that respond to the interests of speculators: hotels, offices, luxury housing, shopping centres. Here, they will make contact with possible business partners to sell the commons in order to escape their financial crisis. The ordinary people who will be affected often know nothing of these deals until it is too late. We are coming together to disrupt this process.

The inhabitants of capitals across Europe will be targeting political representatives travelling to MIPIM to sell off our cities. Over 20 UK and London councils are already confirmed, including the Greater London Authority, with overall responsibility for housing in London. A teaser list of councils, developers, estate agents, banks and investors attending is below, along with a link to Boris’ keynote speech at last year’s MIPIM.

Please scan the list for any corporations you are struggling against, and let us know the projects they are involved with, and demands you have of them. Our actions will be successful if we can bring together diverse groups already organising against attendees, and make the links across the city and internationally. We will be acting not just on our own behalf, but also in solidarity with organisers in Southern Europe, whose domestic housing policies are controlled solely by the Troika and international big business. If we have enough local case studies we will present a dossier at a tribunal in Cannes during MIPIM in addition to the London action.

The Radical Housing Network is pulling together a coalition to take action against our political representatives selling off London – we are calling meetings for all constituencies who are affected by transnational real estate, especially those whose enemies are named below.

Contact londonnotforsale[at]gmail[dot]com for further information, or to get involved in organising for March.

Harrow Estates- Redrow PLC
Knight Frank
Helical Bar
Wilmott Dixon
Albany Homes Developments
A2 Dominion
Morgan Sindall Group PLC
Muir Group
Muse Developments
British Land
Neat Developments
One Housing Group
Cowell Group
Pembroke Real Estate
Generation Estates
Great Portland Estates
London District Housing Association
M and G Investments
United House Group
University of Oxford
British Property Federation
British Airways Pension Fund
Presidential Capital
CLS Holidays PLC
Reed Elsevier
Goldman Sachs
Curson Real Estate
Shaftesbury PLC
ICM Wealth Management Ltd.
Jeffries International
Land Securities
Langham Estate Management Ltd
Capital and Centric PLC
Logicor Europe Ltd.
Royal Mail Group
Residential Land Ltd.
Terence O Rourke
Transport for Greater Manchester
London and Continental Railways

UK Councils
Bath, Somerset
City of London
Greater Lincoln
Greater London Authority
Leeds City Region
Scottish Cities Alliance
Sheffield City
South Gloucestershire City
Cardiff City

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