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World Social Forum on Migration
From 5 – 9 December, ten representatives of the four Emmaus international regions are to attend the World Social Forum on Migration in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the last forum in 2012 in Manila, the Philippines, the Organisation for Universal Citizenship (OUC) introduced its plans for a universal citizenship passport. In 2014, Emmaus International and the OUC organised three workshops with partner organisations to demonstrate through talks from grassroots stakeholders that migration policies based on freedom of movement and settlement are possible. They also called for a cycle of United Nations conferences on the subject to be held.   Details...

No to the ‘wall of shame’ in Calais!
On 18 December, migrants and the civil society organisations that work with them, the Emmaus movement and the Organisation for Universal Citizenship are calling for people to take part in a large-scale awareness-raising event on International Migrants’ Day in Calais and throughout France:- To denounce the shameful conditions being experienced by the migrants and demand, in accordance with the recommendations made by non-profit activists, that a realistic reception system is set up in the Calais area.- To reject the security-based response and the building, in our name, of a ‘wall of shame’ in Calais.- In favour of new migration policies that respect the rights and dignity of migrants being put in place at national, European and world level.We denounce the construction of the wall of shame, a dangerous new step that contravenes migrant freedom and respect for their rights, and a policy that places the emphasis on 'total security’, and we wish to demonstrate that other alternatives are possible.We are inviting you – citizens and civil society organisations – to join our procession on 18 December. You can read the appeal here .  Details...

Political action and solidarity within the Movement
The World Council for Political Action and International Solidarity was held from 5-7 November at Montreuil (France). Its aim: to get a take on the collective action being carried out in the Movement in anticipation of the forthcoming 2016 World Assembly (which will bring together all member organisations to determine the main directions of the Movement). Representatives from four continents – Africa, America, Asia, Europe – were present. They had an exchange about the two missions of the Movement: 1) organising everyone’s participation in international solidarity and 2) making a collective call on the authorities to provide access to everyone’s fundamental rights. After feedback on the activities of the member organisations, the participants and three guest speakers debated a number of themes: What is international solidarity nowadays? How can we lobby for the political commitments of Emmaus International?  The external perspective of the three speakers helped us highlight the strong and weak points of the Movement, and the way in which these need to be handled so that we can be a voice for the most needy, as Abbé Pierre did throughout his life. “We have a responsibility to build solidarity together, and to make a commitment to it”, summed up World Council Member Juan Melquiades.  Details...

Support civil society in Burkina Faso
There is growing concern about the situation in Burkina Faso, where in the last few days there have been general strikes, protests and clashes with police. Emmaus Africa, whose board has met in Togo, and Emmaus International reiterate that they lend their full support to civil society organisations there, which are calling for the constitution to be followed and for a democratic change of government.In solidarity with civil society organisations and the four Emmaus groups that are mobilised in Burkina Faso, Emmaus International and Emmaus Africa fully support the demonstration to be held on Thursday 30 October in front of the Burkina Faso embassy in Paris, France. Meeting at 4:30pm, 32 rue de Courcelles.  Details...

Upcoming regional salons
Several regional salons will be held in France in November. Some of the proceeds will go to international solidarity.• Rouen-Elbeuf Salon (1st-2nd Nov, Rouen)• Herbiers Salon (9th Nov, Herbiers)• Emmaus International auction,organised by the Tours and Angers groups (22nd Nov, Angers).  Details...

A closer look at Florence Home Foundation
Florence Home Foundation (FHF) defends children and women’s rights in poor and rural regions in India. The group has two homes which accommodate, at no cost, 30 girls and 25 boys who have been abandoned by their families. These homes help keep children in school as they can go to classes at nearby schools. This is what Ajith Kumar has to say: “I’m 13 and go to secondary school. I’m an orphan. I’ve been at FHF for three years now, and am very happy there. When I finish my studies, I'll get a good job, and I’ll then be able to support FHF's work myself. I’d like to thank the members and friends of FHF for their work and for their welcome.”  Details...

Campaign for democratic change in Africa
Emmaus Africa and Emmaus International are supporting the campaign entitled Tournons la page (Let’s turn the page) regarding democracy in Africa. “Constitutional coup d’Etats” are brewing in several countries, but people – in particular young people – are having none of it. This campaign, initiated by African Civil Society is being launched to show them that they are not alone.  The petition calls on citizens of Europe and Africa, intellectuals, artists, associations, religious figures, trade unions to reject any kind of constitutional manipulation, to protect activists committed to democratic change in Africa and to collectively envisage what the situation would be like post democratic change. Around forty organisations and key figures feature among the signatories, including Emmaus Africa, Emmaus International, Y' en a marre in Senegal, le Balai citoyen in Burkina and Noam Chomsky. Many people seem to have become accustomed to the fact that democracy in many African countries is just a facade. Not us!  For more information on the campaign http://tournonslapage.com   Details...

Month-long solidarity sale at Tara Projects
Emmaus Tara Projects in India is running its annual solidarity sale in support of international solidarity from 25 September to 22 October in Delhi. On sale there will be artisanal goods and accessories produced in their workshops.Chief Executive of Emmaus UK, Arvinda Gohil visited the group on 26 September, and helped run the sale for a day (see photo).    Details...

Rally for Roma rights in Europe
Emmaus International has signed the Roma Pride manifesto, a campaign run since 2011 by the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM). A march will be held in Paris on Sunday 5 October at Place de la République, and in another 15 countries, to fight the persecution of Roma and Travellers and to call for their dignity to be respected. The manifesto calls for the French law of 1969, which keeps Travellers outside common law, to be wholly abolished. It also calls for an end to be put to the current expulsion policy, and for strong condemnation of racist discourse by high-level French political authorities.  Details...

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Workshop in Cologne – ‘Emmaus: Europe in all of its facets’
As part of Emmaus International’s training plan, Emmaus Europe is running a workshop from 4 – 5 November this year on the theme of ‘Emmaus: Europe in all of its facets’. The aim of the two-day session is for participants to take ownership of the movement’s core values and to find out about Emmaus’s development in Europe and around the world. The workshop will take place at the Cologne Emmaus community in Germany, with European world councillors for training and new generations attending, as well as some of the movement’s trainers, and focal points. Emmaus Cologne’s community leader and volunteers will also be taking part. The workshop is intended for companions, leaders and volunteers who want to strengthen their sense of belonging to the movement.There’s still some space left, so if you’d like to take part, go to Emmaus Europe’s website.  Details...

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