Coping with fears

Urban struggles in the Greater Manila amid COVID-19 and beyond

Michael Beltran with Hung-Ying Chen, and Ana Vilenica

Published in Issue 3.1 // Conversations

Abstract:

In this conversation, the Manila-based housing activist Michael Beltran discusses with our editors (Hung-Ying and Ana) how political oppressions intensified during the pandemic and melded with the ongoing eviction, food, and public health crises. Michael shares with us how the pandemic changed ways of grassroots organizing and enabled the government to seize political opportunities to increase political crackdown and expand infrastructural projects. Michael also shares how people develop their voices and communal alternatives amid compounded crises of eviction, food, public health, and democracy.

Michael Beltran a Manila-based activist and journalist.

Hung-Ying Chen (RHJ) is Post Doctoral Research Associate at Durham University (UK), and member of the Taiwan Alliance of Anti-Forced Eviction and International Tribunal on Evictions (ITE).

Ana Vilenica is editor of the Radical Housing Journal, and regional editor for Central and South East Europe at Interface – a journal for and about social movements.

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