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(en) France, UCL leaflet, April 1: Dignified housing for all (ca, de, fr, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 13 Apr 2024 10:05:55 +0300

Rent prices, soaring real estate prices, speculation, evictions, urban segregation, fight against gentrification, requisitions of empty housing... This April 1, on the occasion of the European Day of Action for the Right to Housing, let's mobilize! ---- 1) Inventory of the accommodation. ---- The winter break will end on March 31 in a context more difficult than ever. Inflation and rising energy prices combine with rising rents and make many tenants fear the loss of their homes. With this in mind, 13 demonstrations in 12 cities are organized to demand decent housing for all.

2) The Kasbarian law
While INSEE counted three million unoccupied homes in 2023 (an increase of more than 60% since 1990), the Kasbarian-Bergé law was adopted in July 2023 in a dynamic of criminalization of poverty. This law "aimed at protecting housing against illegal occupation" in fact aims to consider tenants as delinquents: acceleration of eviction procedures for unpaid rent, tripling of the sanctions incurred by squatters and creation of an offense punishing "propaganda or advertising in favor of methods encouraging home invasion". In addition to exploitation at work, workers experience capitalist violence even in their homes and particularly for residents of working-class neighborhoods whose lives are increasingly sacrificed to the profits of merchants. sleep and speculators. By having appointed Guillaume Kasbarian - bearer of this "anti-squat" law - Minister of Housing at the start of the year, the government, half of which are millionaires, once again shows its contempt for the working classes.

3) Housing from the point of view of UCL or libertarian communists
We promote direct action by those concerned to challenge private property and the capitalist housing market. Necessary prerequisite for the construction of a socialized public housing service. This is why we support the action of collectives and associations fighting against poor housing such as the DAL.

We consider that the fight for the immediate improvement of living conditions could lead to this rupture. This is why we claim:

- Rent freezing.

- The requisition of empty housing for speculative purposes.

- A dissuasive tax on unoccupied square meters.

- Compliance with the SRU which imposes a minimum threshold for social housing in municipalities which still remains largely unmonitored.

- Insulation of the building in order to minimize tenants' energy bills and high environmental standards.

- Access to social housing for undocumented people.

- No eviction from slums without sustainable social rehousing taking into account family situations.

- Reinforced control to detect and sanction slumlords.

- A real reinforced support policy for homeless people in order to avoid leaving people on the street.

- An increase in emergency accommodation capacity, for homeless people with or without papers, but also for women victims of domestic violence.

- One in four homeless people in France have gone through the ASE. We need more resources for child protection, a roof over our heads and an income for each independent young person.

Let's be in the streets on April 1 for the right to decent housing for all!

Libertarian Communist Union, March 28, 2024

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