[P2P-F] Fwd: [CommonGood] Berlin Awakening

Michel Bauwens michel at p2pfoundation.net
Mon May 6 14:02:13 CEST 2019

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From: Birgit Daiber <bir.dai at hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, May 6, 2019 at 1:49 PM
Subject: [CommonGood] Berlin Awakening
To: commongood at listi.jpberlin.de <commongood at listi.jpberlin.de>,
transform-commons-wg at googlegroups.com <transform-commons-wg at googlegroups.com

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I'm working on an article "The Right to the
City" for the Transform-Seminar 31.5./2.6. in Zagreb, but as I just was
interviewing activists in Berlin running a wonderful campaign on housing,
here a short information:

*Berlin awakening*

Every year about 40 000 people arrive in Berlin and try to find a living.
Beyond the hype of glamour and politics Berlin is a working-class city.
Traditionally most of it’s citizens do not own houses. Still today 86 %
live in social housing ore privately rented flats. As in all globalized
cities real estate run by hedge-fonds became one of the big businesses in
Berlin. In the last five years rents increased about 50 % - means
traditional tenants are evicted and no “normal” family is any more able to
find a place to live. In this extremely tense situation activists
remembered a wonderful and never practised article in the German
Constitution: Art. 15 says *“**Land, natural resources and means of
production may for the purpose of socialisation be transferred to public
ownership or other forms of public enterprise by a law that determines the
nature and extent of compensation.”*Since March 2019 now activists campaign
for a referendum to expropriate big private housing-companies, and it’s
going rather well. Until mid-June they have to deliver 20 000 signatures
(already completed), after proof by Berlin-Senate the Referendum can be
started. The referendum needs the mayority of 35 % of the eligible voters
to be successful. Already now the campaign provoked extensive political
debates all over the country – because the situation is not better in other
cities. And for sure, the traditional political scene is deeply shocked.

Yours, Birgit

*bir.dai at hotmail.com <bir.dai at hotmail.com>*
*www.birgitdaiber.eu <http://www.birgitdaiber.eu>*
*Mobile: 0039-366-4207762*

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