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Gentrification: are non-Germans to blame? And how can we expropriate the big landlords together?

meeting with: * Joanna Kusiak (Deutsche Wohnen & Co. Enteignen) * Karen Nafersky (housing activist in Brooklyn) * Hülya Kilic (housing activist in Kreuzberg) Chair: Jaime Martinez Porro (IU Exterior)
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Gentrification: are non-Germans to blame? And how can we expropriate the big landlords together?

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15 Mar, 19:00
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About the Event

A referendum is currently running in Berlin to expropriate the big landlords. If it is successful, it could have a massive impact on fair rents for everyone.

Only people with a German passport are allowed to vote. Non-Germans - about a quarter of the population of Berlin - must pay rents but are not allowed to take part in this important referendum.

Nonetheless, there are other ways in which you can get involved, which we want to discuss in this meeting. We also want to talk about how to overcome problems which may prevent non-Germans from being part of the fight.

Is it because you don't know enough about the campaign and about German politics? Joanna Kusiak, an activist in Deutsche Wohnen & Co. Enteignen in Berlin and an urban sociologist at King’s College, Cambridge will explain what is happening and why.

Do you think that maybe non-Germans are to blame for rising house prizes? Karen Nafersky, a housing activist in Brooklyn and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) will talk about who is really to blame and how her campaign was able to reach out and involve wider communities.

Have you had a bad experience of campaigns being dominated by white German men who have not paid enough consideration to the opinion of internationals? Hülya Kilic will talk of her experience as a housing activist in Kreuzberg in campaigns which did not just involve "people with migrant backgrounds" but were led by them

Whether you are a non-German wanting to know more or get more involved or a German who would like to diversify the campaign, you are invited to attend this meeting. To enable maximum participation, this meeting will be in English

NOTE: for non-Germans who would like to get more involved in Deutsche Wohnen Enteignen but don't speak good German, we encourage you to join the English-language working group Right2TheCity. Mail:

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