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Principles of Unity for the Right to the City Alliance

By: 
Right to the City Alliance
Date Published: 
November 01, 2007

We believe the right to the city is the right for all people to produce the living conditions that meet their needs. This includes:

Land for People vs. Land for Speculation
The right to land and housing that is free from market speculation and that serves the interests of community building, sustainable economies, and cultural and political space.

  • Land Ownership
    The right to permanent public ownership of urban territories for public use.
  • Economic Justice
    The right of working class communities of color, women, queer and transgender people to an economy that serves their interests.
  • Indigenous Justice
    The right of First Nation indigenous people to their ancestral lands that have historical or spiritual significance, regardless of state borders and urban or rural settings.
  • Environmental Justice
    The right to sustainable and healthy neighborhoods & workplaces, healing, quality health care, and reparations for the legacy of toxic abuses such as brown fields, cancer clusters, and superfund sites.
  • Freedom from Police & State Harassment
    The right to safe neighborhoods and protection from police, INS/ICE, and vigilante repression which has historically targeted communities of color, women, queer, and transgender people.
  • Immigrant Justice

  • The right of equal access to housing, employment, and public services regardless of race, ethnicity, and immigration status and without the threat of deportation by landlords, ICE, or employers.
  • Services and Community Institutions
    The right of working class communities of color to transportation, infrastructure and services that reflect and support their cultural and social integrity.
  • Democracy and Participation
    The right of community control and decision making over the planning and governance of the cities where we live and work, with full transparency and accountability, including the right to public information without interrogation.
  • Reparations
    The right of working class communities of color to economic reciprocity and restoration from all local, national, and transnational institutions that have exploited and/or displaced the local economy.
  • Internationalism
    The right to support and build solidarity between cities across national boundaries, without state intervention.
  • Rural Justice
    The right of rural people to economically healthy and stable communities that are protected from environmental degradation and economic pressures that force migration to urban area.