You are invited to the Municipalism and Labor panel, hosted by the Municipalism Learning Series.

Workers are rising up and taking back cities from capitalists and corporations. Unions are negotiating for benefits for the community and not just members, emerging from behind the fortress. This moment of labor insurgency in the aftermath of the pandemic, which laid bare the disposability of the working class, has echoes in historical struggles to make cities more livable and democratic.

Date: Monday, May 1st 2023
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM PT/4:00 – 5:00 PM ET
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BIANCA CUNNINGHAM, Bargaining for the Common Good
CLAUDIA JIMENEZ, Richmond Progressive Alliance
RAND WILSON, Somerville Stands Together
SHELTON STROMQUIST, labor historian

Facilitated by MICHELLE CHEN, host of Belabored podcast

Spanish and ASL interpretation will be provided.

The Municipalism Learning Series was started in 2022, with the goal of introducing a democratic municipalist framework to a broad audience in North America. Our opening panel on May Day of last year was attended by over 1,000 participants and three watch parties in Los Angeles, New York City, and Northern California.

We are pleased to share the release of Municipalism: A Critical Review by our sister project, Los Angeles for All. In recent years, a growing number of popular movements demanding the “right to the city” have come to describe themselves as municipalist or democratic confederalist. Although there is a diversity of positions within municipalism, we can generally say that it seeks to intensify decentralization over centralization; the networked over the isolated; the diverse over the monolithic. This critical review focuses on movements and organizations that today call themselves municipalist, or have been referred to as such in the literature on municipalism.

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