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Philadelphia, Chery Honkala, the People's Sheriff: Keeping families in their homes

My name is Cheri Honkala and I’m running for Sheriff of Philadelphia to keep families in their homes. Every 7 seconds in this country a family is going into foreclosure. The banks received billions of dollars in taxpayer bailout money and yet they refuse to help out struggling homeowners and continue to increase blight and homelessness in our communities. Well, I’m here to act as the people’s bailout! When I’m elected Sheriff, I will refuse to throw anyone out of their home. We live in the richest nation in the world and there is no reason why we can’t house every man, woman, and child.

Dakar Declaration – local authorities in favor of housing rights

Abdel Sadi, Mairie de Bobigny, présente la Déclaration du FAL à l'Assemblée Mondiale des Habitants The 9th  World Assembly of the Forum of Local Authorities, taking place in Dakar (Senegal) on February 8, 2011, fully supports and shows its solidarity with World Assembly of Inhabitants of February 10 in Dakar. We are committed to carrying out joint measures with inhabitants organizations to declare our territories “anti-eviction zones” and to organize chains of solidarity to ensure that this declaration is actually acted upon.

France, les maires deposent des arrêtés anti-expulsions

Les maires de Seine-Saint-Denis ont demandé au préfet le moratoire des expulsions A la reprise des expulsions locatives en France, les 7 maires de Seine-Saint-Denis déposeront des arrêtés anti-expulsions locatives avec la conviction que cette bataille politique peut être gagnée sur la base du droit. Total soutien des associations et de l'Alliance Internationale des Habitants.

Mexico, Final declaration of the 10th conference of the International Observatory of Participatory Democracy

We, the participants at the present Conference, representatives from eight different countries, meeting here in Mexico City on the occasion of the 10th Conference of the International Observatory of Participatory Democracy for the purpose of reflecting on the global crisis and the search for alternatives at a local level:

The FAL network calls for participation in its 9th World Assembly in Dakar on February 8th 2011

The commitment of the FAL Network with the World Assembly of Inhabitants November 17th, Mexico FD. The hall was crowded and two screens were installed outside in order that the mass of local authorities and social activists gathered could follow the meeting. A group of more than 250 participants, including more than a hundred mayors, attended the Meeting of Progressive Local Authorities heading to Dakar 2011, which was held in the framework of the 3rd Mayors and Local Governments (UCLG) World Summit.

La AIH en la X Conferencia del OIDP, México noviembre 2010

La mesa (OIDP, México noviembre 2010) La AIH tuvo una participación activa en la X Conferencia del Observatorio Internacional de la Democracia Participativa: desde el mismo acto inaugural, se tuvo la oportunidad de fijar un posicionamiento político claro respecto del papel de la democracia participativa en la recuperación de la función social de las ciudades, refiriéndose a la importancia de los pobladores, como constructores de las mismas y sin embargo reiteradamente segregados y excluídos de la toma de decisiones del poder político. Por ello, se enfatizó en la necesidad de articular a las autoridades locales con los movimientos sociales y emprender la búsqueda de nuevos paradigmas para las ciudades, se invitó participar activamente en la Asamblea Mundial de Habitantes 2011, en el marco del FSM en Dakar.

México D.F, Foro de Autoridades Locales Progresistas

Las campanas de San Francisco, ciudad de México, repican a las 9.00 horas del día 17 de noviembre de 2010 anunciando la liturgia y justo a esta hora también se abren las puertas coloniales del magnifico edificio de la Escuela de Administración Publica del Gobierno del Distrito Federal, donde se inaugura el Encuentro de ciudades progresistas: Hacia la IX Asamblea de la RED FAL en Dakar, Foro de Autoridades Locales para la Inclusión Social y la Democracia Participativa: Poder Local frente a la Crisis Global, en articulación con los movimientos sociales.

France, Un front s’organise pour le droit au logement

Les élus communistes et républicains ont tenu à Ivry, Val-de-Marne, les états généraux du logement, de l’habitat et de la ville.

Trop d'Africains ont comme idéal la ville coloniale

L'Afrique et ses villes (Documentation française, sep. 2008) Interview de Jean-Pierre Elong-Mbassi, secrétaire général CGLU d'Afrique. Les citoyens ne sont pas préparés à ce discours de vérité. C'est plus facile pour les hommes politiques de promettre à tous un morceau de Paris. Trop d'Africains ont encore comme idéal la cité coloniale, la ville héritée.

Makeshift Camp

REPORT: BONJOUR BOBIGNY - 2 TO 8 JULY 2009 Under the Bondy bridge, between the canal and the tramway, is the spot where several Roma families have settled in their caravans. The atmosphere here is coloured by the inhabitants’ kindness, a certain degree of resignation, and great destitution.