Category Archive : FRANCE

Alliance Citoyenne organized over 50 tenants from Aubervilliers

Alliance Citoyenne organized over 50 tenants from Aubervilliers to stand together against injustices from their landlord. Together, they are developing petitions, rallies, and a rent strike to amplify their voices and get members the justice they deserve.

Agro-Industry Dwellers Unite:

When the French government suspended the Ecophyto plan to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in farming, The Alliance Citoyenne and the Riverains Ensemble union co-wrote a tribune signed by eight associations representing hundreds of agro-industry dwellers who are standing up to protect their health and the earth!

IN THE NEWS: Victory of the Hijabeuses

The New York Times

April 18, 2022

The Female Soccer Players Challenging France’s Hijab Ban By Constant Méheut

Photographs by Monique Jaques

Union Busting in France: Alliance Citoyenne Report

In 2018, the anti-union repressive tactics of the Gennevilliers Mayor and elected officials finally defeated the ACORN citizens’ alliance in that city. After months of deprivation of communal public rooms, banishment, intimidation of individuals, discrimination in accessing City services public defamation, SLAPP lawsuits, an organizer went into depression and the leaders decided to put the organization on hold. Along with discourses on local democracy and citizen participation, these practices show the reality of local power and its tendency to repress dissident voices.

Following this defeat, Alliance Citoyenne (ACORN France) initiated an observatory of repression of community associations. The goal is to better understand the phenomenon and to show the reality of union busting tactics by public authorities, similar to union busting in the companies. The research was carried out by Alinsky Institute, the ACORN France research and training center, and chaired by researcher Julien Talpin and a team of nationally known social sciences researchers.

Read the full English summary of the report here.

ACORN convenes first global Zoom call during COVID-19 pandemic

ACORN International board members, supported by their staff, convened in a first global Zoom call today. ACORN leaders from 15 countries and 20 affiliates joined the call and participated using translators and translation software.

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