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Droits devant !! (Association, France)

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Flags of Droits devant !! - Images by Ivan Sache, 16 January 2019

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Presentation of Droits devant !!

Droits devant !! is an association struggling for the equality of rights (identity papers, work, culture, health...) for all, founded on 18 December 1994 in Paris by members of Droit au Logement (DAL - Right to Housing), an association itself founded in 1990. The main goal of DAL was to force the government to apply a law enacted in 1945 that prescribes the requisition of empty homes to house homeless people. Occupations of empty buildings, camps, and street demonstrations resulted in the re-housing of hundreds of homeless people and progress towards the recognition of right to housing for all.
To increase public awareness on the issue, 1,000 members of DAL, 250 homeless people included, seized on 18 October a big building (12,000 sq. m) left empty in the center of Paris by COGEDIM, then one of the biggest real estate companies in France. The homeless people were proposed a decent home after 13 months of occupation.

On the first day of the occupation, members of the DAL proposed to extent to struggle for the right of housing for all to the eqality of rights (identity papers, work, culture, health...) for all. The new associaton was named Droits devant !!. "Droit devant", an expression commonly used in French, means "Straight Ahead!" while "Droits devant" would mean "Rights First".
The association was originally co-presided by four prominent members of DAL, the singer Jacques Higelin (1940-2018), the geneticist Albert Jacquard (1925-2013), the oncologist Léon Schwartzenberg (1923-2003), and His Grace Jacques Gaillot (b. 1935), Roman Catholic Bishop of Évreux, who would be removed the next year from his see having expressed too controversial and heterodox positions on religious, political and social matters, and has remained since then a social activist.
[ProMosaik, 7 January 2016]

Ivan Sache, 16 January 2019

Flag of Droit devant !!

The flag of Droits devant !! is green (photo) or yellow (photo, photo) with the association's emblem, made of its name in black, filled letters. The two dots in the two "!" are shaped like a "D" and a "d", recalling the initials of the association's name.

Ivan Sache, 16 January 2019