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Our candidates in Wieden
Single mother and grandmother. District councillor since 2
015. Wieden has been my home district for 22 years. Without my flat in municipal housing, I could never afford to live in my dream district – despite having higher education and a long working life in the social sector. Despite excessively high rents and prices,
Wieden is as colourful as few other districts in Vienna. More people with transnational biographies and non-Austrian citizenship live here than elsewhere. I run for office to ensur
e that the resources of our district (i.e. Budget, housing, public space, schools, cultural institutions, political participation, etc.) are equally available to ALL people and groups. That's what LINKS stands for!
I am a typical Viennese with Eastern European heritage, I´m multilingual, feminist and have been politicized early on by my single mother. Today, at 30 years of age, I am an urban planner (some would say: a space planner), a student, and working for an agency providing assistance to the homeless. I have also been involved in various left-wing causes and organisations for many years now. Everyone has a “right to the city” irrespective of their gender, income, skin-colour or education. I stand for a proactive housing policy that tackles unused or vacant spaces, for queer feminism and antiracism, and a socio-ecological economic and climate policy. These goals can be achieved by bringing together as many left-leaning people as possible.
The only permanent thing in life is change: That is why I want to help shaping the "direction" Wieden, our disctrict, takes together with its inhabitants. To achieve this aim, it is necessary to create structures that enable the democratic participation in decision-making of all of Wieden's residents. They are the experts for their life and their needs. Politics for the people must be replaced by politics of the people. For far too long, people's quality of life has been crushed under the neoliberal hammer of established politics, business and profits. But housing ist not there to "make' millions" from, equal opportunities must be available to all children, work must not make people ill and measures for a new transport and climate policy must be taken immediately. It is possible to provide EVERYONE with a digni
fied life, that strives for health and the common good! Together with LINKS district politics can be renewed. And it starts here in our neighbourhood….
Our manifesto for Wieden
Participation in decision-making
“The most revolutionary thing one can do is always to proclaim loudly what is happening.” ― Rosa Luxemburg
We want to address things as they are, without fudging or obscuring them. Projects in our district must be implemented swiftly and transparently, instead entangling them in excessive bureaucracy. The council offices in Favoritenstraße must become more approachable, which entails increased openness, friendliness and acessability. Information must be comprehensible to all and should also be available in the most current foreign languages.
Make the few green areas accessible!
Wieden is a district with comparatively few green areas, the largest of which are privately owned and not open to the public. We call for the largest green area in the district, the Theresianum Park, as well as the Theresianum swimming pool to be opened to the public, as they have been until the beginning of the 20th century. The Theresianum Park shall serve as a recreational area for all of Wieden's residents, especially on hot summer days.
Vacancy and unused spaces
Many apartments and commercial stand empty and unused. This is as major an issue for Wieden, as it is for Vienna as a whole.
A well-known and visible example is the former theatre/cinema "Mala Strana" on Mittersteig, which is derelict for 20 years and is owned by a real estate company known for its speculative practices. We demand for these spaces to be expropriated and made available for use by artistic and non-profit initiatives, such as give-away shops, local exchange trading circles, food coops and repair cafés.
About LINKS Wieden
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We are a colourful bunch. Our ages range from 18 to almost 80, and we come from various political backgrounds: left, critical-green, committed to peace and women's politics, from Donnertagsdemo to Wien Anders, from KPÖ to Volksstimme. Not all of us live in Wieden, but all are attached to it in one way or another.
We are headed by Amela, our current district councillor (formerly green), who knows all the intricacies of district politics, the availbilities in public space and the particularities of our district's housing structure
. We are concerned with traffic and transport issues, housing and business vacancies as well as student and queer agendas. We are convinced that all people who live here, should have the right to vote.
In the 4th district only 68% of the population had the full right to vote in 2019, 17.7% were EU citizens and were only allowed to vote at district level, while 14.3% were so-called "third-country nationals" with no voting rights at all. That means that 32% of Wieden residents are excluded from elect
ions. We plan events in public park to address our focus areas such as mobility, housing, local exchange exchange trading cricles and neighbourly help. We invite all residents to sit down with us to discuss how together we can shape our disctrict for the better.
- Mag.a Amela Mirkovic
- Anna László, BA MA
- DSA Helga Wolfgruber
- Moritz Bürchner
- Mag.a Barbara Steiner
- Melanie Berger
- Amir Amiri
- Maria Kohen
- Bärbel Mende
- Simon Neuhold
- DI Dr. Hans Peter Degischer