Possibilities of Trans-Local Organizing
Trans-local organizing proves otherwise. It connects local groups directly to each other and creates the conditions in which groups from different cities share time, resources, knowledge, and experiences to support each other’s local campaigns. Specific struggles take place at county and state level but are coordinated across city, state, and national boundaries. As you will hear in Tony Samara’s presentation about the successes of trans-local organizing, the Right to the City group in California organizes on three tracks: fighting for renters’ rights such as rent control and just cause eviction, promoting development without displacement, and working to bring land under community control outside the market. The readings will cover the Lefevbrian principles behind Right to the City and more in-depth discussions about the network’s work since inception. We will also pay attention to the emerging concept of the trans-local scale and how the trans-local is a unique scale at which solidarities are constructed through negotiating and rearticulating differences.
Reading SuggestionsLeavitt, J., Samara, T. R., & Brady, M. (2009). The Right to the City Alliance: Time to democratize urban governance. Progressive Planning, 181, 4-10.
Fisher, R., Katiya, Y., Reid, C., & Shragge, E. (2013). We Are Radical: The Right to the City Alliance and the Future of Community Organizing. J. Soc. & Soc. Welfare, 40, 157.
Mayer, M. (2009). The ‘Right to the City’ in the context of shifting mottos of urban social movements. City, 13(2-3), 362-374.
Greiner, C., & Sakdapolrak, P. (2013). Translocality: Concepts, applications and emerging research perspectives. Geography Compass, 7(5), 373-384.
Castree, N., Featherstone, D., & Herod, A. (2008). Contrapuntal geographies: The politics of organizing across sociospatial difference. The Sage handbook of political geography, 305-321.