Click here to support CAE
   
 
16beavergroup.org Mondays 16beavergroup.org About Mondays ARTicles Journalisms Events


Monday -- 10.21.13 -- Logics of Enclosure and Prospects for an Urban Common(s) -- Week 6

Printer-friendly verion

Monday -- 10.21.13 -- Logics of Enclosure and Prospects for an Urban Common(s) -- Week 6

Contents:
0. About Monday
1. Notes Relating to Detroit
2. Detroit Solidarity Gathering on Wall Street
3. Related Readings for Monday

__________________________________________________
0. About Monday

What: Meeting / Conversation / Gathering
When: Monday, October 21
Where: 16 Beaver Street (at 5:15pm) and Wall Street (at 7:30pm)
Who: Free and open to all

As we send this, today on the 19th of October, throughout Europe, a day of action has been organized around housing rights. The attack and enclosure on the bases of reproduction is nothing new in the global south, where decades of "structural adjustments" have attempted to destroy any possibility of autonomy for communities to exist outside the logic of enclosure and speculation. But as these neoliberal policies fuel a new phase of enclosure in Europe and the US, is there an opportunity to find common ground and bases of resistance. What is the thread linking Durban to Warsaw to Paris to Rome to Athens to Lissabon to Madrid to New York to Detroit ...?

Our inquiry into money and common(s) continues where we left off last week, looking into and discussing what we find a seminal and overlooked text from David Harvey, from his book, 'The Urban Experience' entitled: Money, Time, Space, and the City. At the time of its publication, 1989, the text may have felt completely off-sync considering the proclamations of the end of history and by inference politics at that time. Today, this text appears to us as a lucid account of the social power of money as money and as capital particularly in its intersections with time, space, and the city.

This week, in addition to the mix of regular contributors to the common(s) course, we will be joined by Nicholas Mirzoeff, who will be giving a report on Detroit where emergency management and debt are being used to mask an inherently racist and classist assault on the residents of the city.

Our friends in Detroit are organizing a week of actions related to the an upcoming court decision. We thought after the course, we could invite people to gather at Wall Street, at 7:30 to do something in solidarity with them.

We also are suggesting, for those who are interested and have time to explore two chapters from Rebel Cities, David's last book:
one on the 'Urban Roots of Capitalist Crisis'
two 'The Creation of Urban Commons'

The added texts are there as suggestions for people who are interested in seeing how some of the concerns outlined in the more speculative text from 1989 may relate to processes and struggles unfolding today especially as they relate to the city.

We hope to be organizing a subsequent gathering relating to Detroit, but given the timeliness of this week's actions, we thought even a brief discussion can be a good beginning.

__________________________________________________
1. Notes Relating to Detroit

On October 23, 2013, judgment will be rendered in Federal Court regarding the motion to place Detroit into bankruptcy and the petition under Michigan's constitution. Everyone expects the bankruptcy to be upheld and the constitutional challenge to be rejected. In order to satisfy Wall St, a city of 700,000 people, 85% African-American, will be placed outside even the limited electoral republic that is presented to us as democracy. The situation in the city is unparalleled. The COO of Emergency Manager Orr turned off city electricity this September, with temperatures at 91 and over, because he felt residents had not complied with his order to reduce consumption. Smirking, he said he wanted to send a "message," that message being apparently: do what we tell you.

The other message being transmitted very clearly is: "We want what you have. However little it is." Orr has been creating a great deal of fake anxiety about the art in the Detroit Institute of Arts being sold. It won't be. But it might be "leased," allowing for various quasi-legal forms of money laundering. Detroit would then find itself paying for the art it currently owns. Orr might decide to be "magnanimous" and leave the DIA alone, winning liberal support even as he further eviscerates services to the African-American community.

Detroit is evolving into a new model for neo-liberalism. The downtown is being equipped with sports stadia, outdoor markets, cheap apartments, art studios and other forms of gentrification to attract white people. These people may live downtown if they don't have children. Or they live in what Detroiters in a telling term call "across the border" in residential suburbs with the requisite "good schools" if they do have offspring. As one person said, "people used to realize that they were coming to live in an African-American city. Now they are clueless."

The actions being taken in the city express the remarkable local autonomous politics that has developed there over the long crisis. Urban agriculture. Autonomous schools. The work of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center. But people in the city are clear that they need support and solidarity. It's also clear that other cities are now likely to be targeted if the bankruptcy goes ahead.

__________________________________________________
2. Detroit Solidarity Gathering on Wall Street

At 7:30pm, we will try assemble in solidarity with our comrades in Detroit, who will throughout this week be staging actions in resistance to efforts to further privatize and destroy the city for its current residents. If you know singers and musicians, invite them to come, maybe we can write a song together.

 

__________________________________________________
3. Related Readings for Monday

European Day of Action for Housing Rights
http://housing-action.tk

In addition to last week's reading.
From David Harvey's Rebel Cities

http://abahlali.org/files/Harvey_Rebel_cities.pdf

Suggested Chapters:
The Urban Roots of the Capitalist Crisis
The Creation of the Urban Commons

Week 26 of the Occupation:
http://tidalmag.org/blog/from-the-east-side-of-detroit/week-26-of-the-occupation-of-detroit-resisting-the-emergency-management-of-public-education/

Detroit: Laboratory of Neo-Liberalism:
http://tidalmag.org/blog/intensify/detroit-the-laboratory-of-neo-liberalism/

A guide to the Emergency Manager:
http://tidalmag.org/blog/emfs-101-script/

Detroit Arcadia:
http://harpers.org/archive/2007/07/detroit-arcadia/

 

__________________________________________________
16 Beaver Group
16 Beaver Street, 4th fl.
New York, NY 10004

for directions/subscriptions/info visit:
http://www.16beavergroup.org

TRAINS:
4,5 -- Bowling Green
2,3 -- Wall Street
J,Z -- Broad Street
R -- Whitehall
1 -- South Ferry





Email this article to a friend:
Friend's email (required):
*Separate multiple emails with commas.



Your email address (required):



Message (optional):



 
Post or contact
Subscribe

Search
Archives
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003
June 2003
May 2003
April 2003
March 2003
January 2003
December 2002
November 2002
October 2002
September 2002
August 2002
July 2002
June 2002
February 2002
January 2002
April 2001
March 2001
February 2001
January 2001
December 2000


Recent
Monday Night -- 05.09.11 -- Exporting the Occupation: Israel's Pacification Industry -- Jimmy Johnson

Friday Night -- 04.15.11 -- From Wisconsin to New York: Crisis, Austerity and Resistance

Tuesday Night -- 04.12.11 -- Screening of Arna's Children -- Commemorating Juliano Mer-Khamis -- Event 8

Tuesday Night -- 03.22.11 -- Struggles against Austerity and Crisis -- Emma Dowling -- Event 7

Sunday Night -- 03.20.11 -- Property crossing the line -- Sarah Lewison

Tuesday Night -- 03.15.11 -- Secrecy & Politics -- Jack Bratich -- Event 6

Friday Night 03.04.11 -- Field Trip -- Franco Bifo Berardi

Thursday Night 02.24.11 Truth & Politics Series -- Event 5

Monday Night 02.14.11 Truth & Politics Series -- Event 4

Sunday Night 02.06.11 -- Event for Revolution -- Truth & Politics Series