Hello all from the PAH Barcelona,
As many of you might already know, during the next month and a half the
People’s Legislative Initiative (ILP) advanced by the PAH, (Spain’s
Mortgage Holders Platform) will be discussed in the Spanish Congress and
Senate house. This ILP is a law proposal backed by a million and a half
people who signed in approval of what the PAH is asking for: dacion en pago
-meaning cancellation of any outstanding mortgage debt upon handover of
property (with retroactive effect), an immediate increase in social housing
(using existing and unoccupied properties currently held by banks) and a
halt to evictions.
The Popular Party, which holds a majority in congress has already advanced
that they will not accept the PAH’s proposed text. For this reason, the PAH
in Barcelona and all across the Spanish state, are organizing a number of
tactics, both as direct actions and as online campaigns. The idea is to
increase social pressure and show the government that the majority of the
population (over 88%) support the PAH’s legislative initiative.
In conversation with DAL Paris, we’ve been thinking of organizing a joint
international demonstration. We wanted to invite all social movements we’ve
closely worked with over the past years to partake in it. The objective is
to show the Spanish government and the public at large that the PAH’s
petitions are also widely supported abroad. We are thus writing to invite
you all to join this international action.
The proposed collective support will take place on *March 18th* and it
would be a demonstration in front of as many Spanish embassies as possible,
asking for immediate approval of the PAH’s legislative proposal. These are
crucial dates to put pressure on the Spanish government, right before they
must take a vote on the future of Spain’s housing law.
We would love to have as much support as possible from the social movements
we’ve closely worked with, thus we are contacting you in the hope you will
be able to participate. It is important for us to show the Spanish
government that we have a large support for our demands not only locally
but internationally as well. We hope we can count on you!
Let’s keep in touch,
Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (PAH)