Lusophone associations in France came together today to discuss new ways of promoting citizenship among the communities and a well-supported suggestion was to offer coffee and a Christmas pastry to those who register for electoral lists.
The 16th National Meeting of Lusophone Associations, promoted by the Coordination of the Portuguese Collectivities of France (CCPF), took place in Paris, bringing together about 150 people from 40 different associations from all over France. citizenship and new forms of intervention.
“I have the impression that we are witnessing a change, there are new people and new associations. And all this gives a new image of Portuguese life and the community. I think it is crucial that we work on areas that are common to all, ”said Marie-Hélène Euvrard, chairman of the CCPF, in remarks to Agência Lusa.
For Marie-Hélène Euvrard, these challenges include culture, language, building Europe, the environment and citizenship. Thus, as France will have in March 2020 municipal elections where Portuguese citizens can vote, the associations present organized a workshop to propose new forms of civic intervention.
“One of our proposals is to invite people for coffee and cream to motivate them to vote! It can work, ”suggested Antonia Fernandes, head of Sol do Portugal, a Bordeaux association.
The room responded cheerfully. But the suggestions didn't stop there. The associations agreed that a clear and unified message was needed to spread on social networks, giving the possibility of the Portuguese participating in municipal elections, as well as helping to register with their local authorities on the lists by 7 February.
But citizenship is not by the act of voting. For Hugo dos Santos, leader of the Northern Gay Association of Ivry-sur-Seine, sharing testimonies and civic workshops are essential in the associations. “It would be important to do small workshops to refresh the rules of civility adapted to children and adults. But it also shares testimonies with figures from our communities, ”he suggested.
These suggestions, according to Marie-Hélène Euvrard, show that associations still play an active role in community life and always will, especially in welcoming new migrants.
“There will always be social ties that associations can guarantee. There are people who are still coming from Portugal and need help getting settled here. And we must also be aware that there are people on the fringes of society and with whom we must collaborate to help. Solidarity in associative life is very important, ”said the CCPF president.
The meeting was attended by the French ambassador in Portugal, Jorge Torres Pereira, as well as the Portuguese consul in Paris, Antonio Moniz, and the deputies elected by the circle of Europe, Paulo Pisco and Carlos Alberto Gonçalves.
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