The Scottish Young Greens are putting a call out for participants for our event Landlords Need Not Apply: Tackling Scotland’s Housing Crisis, which will take place from 15 - 17 November 2019 in Glasgow.
We are offering free food, accommodation and reimbursements on travel in order to make the event as accessible as possible.
Scotland has a housing crisis.
Homes are owned for profit, not run for people. This leads to astronomical prices for inaccessible, unsustainable, poor quality, exclusionary housing. Young people are particularly vulnerable to this exploitation by landlords, the effects of which are intersectional. People of marginalised identities, such as LGBTQ+ people, immigrants and people of colour, suffer at the whims of a landlord class with the power to pick and choose who they allow to live in their “properties” at will.
So what we can do?
Lots. We need creative campaigns, mass mobilisations, educational resources, stimulating graphics, etc. etc. Living Rent (big up) are doing an amazing job at empowering communities, and long may they continue to grow. But we also need a youth-led cross-organisational movement to back this up, and creativity in our methods. That’s where we come in.
We want to put 30 young people together from various backgrounds, regions and identities to create outputs to help tackle this crisis.
The event will comprise of two parts:
Opening day - Starting on Friday afternoon, we will work on creating a safe space and forming small groups for the hackathon. We will work on principles of non-formal education.
Hackathon - The hackathon itself will run from Saturday morning to late afternoon on the Sunday. It will be an intense, sprint-like, goal-orientated event, carried out in the groups determined on Friday. Over the period of 30 hours, participants will collaborate in their teams to plan, design and carry out their own mini-projects. Teams will be formed to include people with a mix of skills and backgrounds such as in activism, design, law, programming, writing and more.
Marginalised identities encouraged. Transphobes not.
We encourage applications reflecting diversity in all forms. We strongly encourage applications from those who identify as women, LGBTQIA+, people of colour, or with a disability or other health impairment. People who hold derogatory views towards any of these groups (including Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists) will not be accepted.
Gender & Regional Balance
Providing there is a sufficient number of applications, at least 50% of all participants will be female-identifying or of any other marginalised gender identity.
We will also strive to maximise regional balance, and therefore encourage applications from outside the central belt.
Logistics & Requirements
Age 16 - 30
15th - 17th November.
Participants are expected to arrive before 3pm on Friday 15th November, and leave after 6pm on Sunday 17th November. In some circumstances, we may consider applicants who are unable to attend for part of Friday or Sunday. However, due to the flow of the session, Saturday is mandatory.
A fitting city for an event on housing activism - Glasgow! Venue tbc.
The venue will be wheelchair accessible. We also hope to provide gender neutral toilets and will make this a priority in our venue search.
We ask participants to provide a £15 participation fee for the full weekend, allowing us to provide food, accommodation and to reimburse some participants’ travel. However, we don’t want to put any barriers in the way of participants attending so if you will struggle to pay this then please email us and we can work out a different arrangement on a case-by-case basis.
We are hoping to support you in travelling to the hackathon for up to 75% of journey costs to Glasgow providing it’s by public transport. This is up to a limit of £50 outside the Central Belt and £10 within the Central Belt but outwith Glasgow.
We are hoping to provide most meals throughout the event however as this depends on budgeting, we will only be able to confirm how many meals closer to the time.
Any questions then drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is supported by The Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG), The Council of Europe, and the European Youth Forum.