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Last month’s evening session…and this month’s festive session November 30, 2013

“Right to the City” by War on Want
Instead of our usual ASF evening session; we all went to a compelling and thought provoking lecture, “Right to the City” by War on Want [Thursday 7th November].
So, what is the “Right to the City”?
Defined by War on Want:
What right? People’s right to reclaim, use, shape and remake our urban surroundings
Whose right? Everyone’s common right, particularly people who are excluded or marginalised
What city? Your city how you choose to create it
The lecture included a range of speakers from different parts of the world emphasising the difficulties and contrasts faced globally.
The speakers began by sharing their experience of the city they had been exposed to, reflecting on just some of the social, economical and political issues embedded within. They discussed the context of the problems how the people in their city had responded in order to reclaim the city back.
In South Africa the largest social movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo (meaning people living in shacks) campaign for everyone to have a life of dignity based on equal access to land, housing and basic services.
In Brazil 2013, a mass public demonstration across the city called for improvement on services, particularly education, health care and transportation in response to future events (FIFA world cup and Olympics).
The lecture focused on the concept that the people living in the city must “unite to take back the city”.
Bryony Preston
This month’s evening session
Join us for Christmas jumpers/ scarfs and mulled wine at next month’s ASF-UK Evening Session on Tuesday the 10th of December 7pm at Candid Arts Cafe and Courtyard, 3 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ.
The nearest tube stop is Angel and the Candid art cafe is just behind, if you are cycling the nearest location to lock your bike up is just outside Angel station.

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