In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, municipalist movements emerged in towns and cities around the world with the goal of building power at local level, inside and outside of government institutions.
What challenges does physical distancing pose for a movement whose power is based on physical togetherness on the streets and popular assemblies? What are the inequalities that are being created or exposed by COVID? How are radical local governments responding to the pandemic?
This Webinar will explore these and other questions, using the example of the municipalist government in Barcelona as a case study.
Kate Shea Baird (London, 1985) works as a political advisor at the Barcelona Provincial Council. She is a member of the Executive Team of Barcelona En Comú, where she is responsible for communications and policy. She authored the chapter ‘How to create a participatory municipalist candidacy’ in the Fearless Cities book (2018) and her articles about municipalism have been featured in Roar Magazine, Red Pepper, ElDiario.es, In These Times, and the Indypendent, among other publications.