NEIGHBOURHOODS GET TOGETHER and ISTANBUL CLAIMS ITS RIGHT TO THE CITY

We, as NGOs, neighbourhood associations,grassroots,urban movemens and platforms plus academicians,activists,architects,planners,legal consultants,documentarists,artists,labourers, deputies… from differing political backgrounds, ideologies, and occupations; We, as the signatories to this call ,would like to announce our committent henceforth to pursue an organized resistance against urban renewal,gentrification and transformation projects, aiming to turn İstanbul into a brand city catering to global capital and property markets but not to the needs of its citizens. Namely; Against mega projects like the 3rd Bridge and Crazy Canale which aim for profit and rent rather than public good, Projects which will endanger the natural resources and cultural and historical wealth of the city, Projects,which, by demolishing our neighbourhoods,and causing forced evictions and displacement, not only ruin our living spaces but also our lives and habitats together with the decades old social networks and solidarity bonds we have built through years. Projects which present no alternative to displaced communities other than relocation to dismal Mass-Housing (TOKI) Blocks in the periphery, to the human disposal silos of TOKI, giving rise to a myriad of economic,social and cultural human rights violations plus psychological traumas. Projects which also violate the housing rights of the most vulnerable groups of transformation areas,,namely those of the renters,by leaving them to streets. Together with renewal projects, the privatizations of state schools, state hospitals and public spaces for flagship projects of the brand city, make it impossible for us to survive in the city. The gates are shown to us. We will be expulsed and excluded forever while public spaces and buildings and also those of common memory, and even open spaces reserved for earthquake emergency tents plus the shores, city parks and historical buildings and even cinemas are eitheir transformed or put on the agenda to be transformed into 5-star hotels, malls, luxurious residences and so forth.. This city,starting to turn into a brickhell, will no longer be able to breath ! What is more, this split city with the wealthy in the center and poor at the peripheries, will no longer be safe and secure. Organized and mobilized under the banner of Urban Movements against all these violations, we henceforth claim our Right to the City ,that is, our right to construct and transform the city according to our own desires and needs.

THE STAGE IS YOURS ISTANBUL/ SPEAK UP FOR THE RIGHT TO THE CITY JOIN US:

JANUARY 29, 2012 SUNDAY, 11:00 am GEZI PARK (where all the trees are red crossed to be cut for a mall project) TAKSIM SQUARE

THE PROGRAMME:

Jan.28th Saturday:

14:00-16:00: Meeting with reps. from grassroots, associations and urban movements at Bedreddin Neighbourhood, Kasimpasa. Welcome Speech by Suleyman Songur (Chairperson of Bedreddin Neighbourhood Association) Lectures on Zero Evictions Campaign (ZEC) and Forced Evictions by: Cesare Ottolini-Chairperson of International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI) Prof. Yves Cabannes- Chair of Development Planning, Development Planning Unit, University College London, and Chair of UN-Habitat AGFE (2004-10)

16:00-17:00 Discussions

Jan. 29th Sunday:

11.00 am-14:00 pm Gezi Park Taksim The Event: ‘Neighbourhoods Get Together/Istanbul Claims its Right to the City’

11:00 am-11:45 am Opening Speech: Omer Kiris: Neighbourhood Associations Platform: Solidarity Speeches: Prof. Yves Cabannes-UCL/Cesare Ottolini-IAI Main Speakers representing: -Gecekondu Areas -Historical Neighbourhoods -Platform Against the 3rd Bridge -Struggle for Beyoglu

11:45 am-12:30 pm – A performance by Public Arts Lab. (an activist artists group) :The theme is on solidarity, -Small concert by Bandista, Gunes and other bands

12:30 pm-14:00 pm. Open Pulpit: Neighbourhoods Speak up for the Right to the City Atakoy Part1 Neighbourhood Association Ataşehir Neighbourhood Association Ayaspasa Neighbourhood Association Ayazma Tenant Families Basibuyuk Neighbourhood Association Bedreddin Neighbourhood Association Beyoglu icin Mucadele-Struggle for Beyoglu CIFTDER Ciftehavuzlar-Esenler Neighbourhod Association Dayanışmacı Atölye -Solidarity Studio Doğal ve Kültürel Çevre için Yaşam Girişimi-Life Initiative for Natural and Cultural Environment FEBAYDER- Fener-Balat-Ayvansaray Neighbourhood Association Gencler Meydana-Youth on the Squares GULDAM-Gülsuyu-Gülensu Neighbourhood Association IMECE-People’s Urban Movement Istanbul SOS Kamusal Sanat Laboratuarı: Public Arts Lab. Kocatas Neighbourhood Konut Hakkı Koordinasyonu- Housing Right Coordination Maden Neighbourhood Sarıyer Neighbourhood Associations Platform Sarıyer Halkevleri: Sarıyer People’s Houses Seyrantepe Neighbourhood Sulukule Platform Sosyal Haklar Derneği -Social Rights Association Tarlabaşı Toplumu Dayanisma Dernegi-Association for Support of Tarlabasi Society Toz-Der-Tozkoparan Neighbourhood Association Yenisehir Neighbourhood Association

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