More than 800 people from about fifty countries have already registered for the international Fearless Cities summit organized by Barcelona en Comú from the 5th to the 10th of July. With this amount of participation, this second international summit already exceeds the number of registrations compared to the first one held in 2017.
Elected officials from around the world and municipalist movements that are transforming society from the bottom-up will gather online to discuss, exchange policies and participate in hands-on workshops during these days.
"Fearless Cities is a gathering where municipal movements build global networks of solidarity and hope in the face of hatred, walls and borders. Barcelona is a benchmark for feminist policies, social innovation and urbanism, and this international summit will serve to exchange successful experiences and policies in different cities around the world ", said Enric Bárcena, spokesman for Barcelona en Comú.
Mayors Ada Colau, Eric Piolle, Jorge Sharp. Chilean elected mayors Irací Hassler and Emilia Rios; economists Kate Raworth and Ann Pettifor; writers and journalists Kate Aronoff, Paul Mason and Debbie Bookchin; referents from the American left such as the Director of Communications for Justice Democrats (the platform promoted by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez in the US Congress), Waleed Shahid or the National Director of the Working Families Party, Maurice Mitchell; politicians like Phillipe Cunningham (Councilor of Minneapolis, the city where the Black Lives Matter movement resurfaced after the assassination of George Floyd last year) or Manuela de Ávila (Brazil) and artists like Daffne Valdés and Sibila Sotomayor of LASTESIS (creators of 'El Violador Eres Tu') or Serges Bambara alias Smockey, a hip hop artist from Burkina Faso.
The opening ceremony will take place on Monday July 5th at 5pm and will feature the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau. Under the title “We get wet: activist stories and institutional politics”, Waleed Shahid of Justice Democrats, Jelena Milos of Zagreb je nass (Zagreb is ours); Eric Recoura, Grenoble en Commun; Francesco Gentilini, Bologna Civic Coalition; Elena Tarifa, Barcelona En Comú and Maga Miranda, Revolución Democrática, Chile will talk about the challenges and opportunities when making the leap from social movements to institutional politics.
Fearless Cities will also have parallel sessions that will include the participation of the Transnational Institute or the Commons Network.
From Barcelona to the world
Fearless Cities is an informal global network of activists, organizations, councilors and mayors working to radicalize democracy, feminize politics and drive the transition to an economy that cares about people and our environment.
The first Fearless Cities event was organized in 2017 and was attended by more than 700 people representing more than 100 municipal organizations from all continents. The book documenting the first Fearless Cities Summit has been translated into five languages.
Since then, several local municipal platforms have organized regional Fearless Cities events in Brussels, Valparaiso, New York, Warsaw, Belgrade and Naples, in a decentralized manner.
Check out all the information about the Fearless Cities program on the web. You can also find the book of the first edition and the map of global municipalism https://www.fearlesscities.com/