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Una entrevista cordial de María Jesús Cañizares.



In a few months, I’ll be heading into the voting booth to cast my vote for the next President of the United States. And, like so many of you, I’ve spent this primary observing the candidates and the parties, and what they represent.

And I have to say, this has been a difficult period for the Republicans. They’re trying to figure out what they’re standing for — whether they will be the party of building walls and surveilling neighborhoods, whether they will be the party that enshrines discrimination in our laws.

But the good news for Democrats is that we know what we believe. We believe that climate change is real and that we must do something about it. We believe in raising the minimum wage, and that women should be paid the same as men for doing the same job. We believe that our laws should reflect our heritage as a nation of immigrants. We believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect, no matter their race or religion, gender or sexual orientation.

We have two fine Democratic candidates who, no matter their differences, share this same set of core beliefs that defines our party. And in November, we’re going to make sure that one of them becomes our next president.

But first — right now — I need to know that you’re in:


Barack Obama

Donald Trump just got one step closer to becoming the Republican nominee. Make sure we’re ready to beat him.

Donald Trump just won New York, and he’s closer than ever to securing the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States.

Which means his dangerous policy proposals — from mass deportations and banning Muslims from entering the country to punishing women for seeking abortions — are one step closer to becoming a reality.

We can’t let that happen.

We can beat this guy and his extreme Republican friends if we work together. So thanks.


El pròxim dijous 17 de març a les 18:30h us convidem a participar a la presentació del llibre que hem publicat recentment des de la Fundació Ferrer i Guàrdia:

‘Informe Ferrer i Guàrdia 2015. Compromís per una societat laica’



La presentació comptarà amb la participació de:

  • Enric Vendrell, Director General d’Afers Religiosos. Generalitat de Catalunya.
  • Joan-Francesc Pont, President de la Fundació Ferrer i Guàrdia.
  • Sílvia Luque, Directora de la Fundació Ferrer i Guàrdia.
  • Chiqui Subirana, Associació de Mestres Rosa Sensat.

La presentació serà a les 18:30h del dijous 17 de març al Centre Cívic Convent de Sant Agustí – Sala Calidoscopi (c. Comerç, 36, Bcn).  Podeu descarregar aquí el targetó. L’activitat és gratuïta però us demanem confirmar assistència escrivint

L’Informe Ferrer i Guàrdia 2015, és una publicació, que elaborem anualment des de fa 5 anys, de pensament i anàlisi crítica que tracta temes relacionats amb lalaïcitat des d’una perspectiva transversal, mediàtica i pedagògica. És una eina per a la reflexió, la definició i la identificació dels principals reptes de la laïcitat.

L’Informe Ferrer i Guàrdia 2015, compta enguany amb signatures prestigioses com: Enric Vendrell, Joan-Francesc Pont, Sílvia Luque, Jaume Botey, Lluís Pérez, Pablo Faura, Chiqui Subirana, Santiago Castellà, Joffre Villanueva, Laia Sánchez, Vicenç Molina, Hungria Panadero i Josep Mañé. I compta amb la col·laboració de la Direcció General d’Afers Religiosos del Departament de Governació i Relacions Institucionals de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

Friend —

Earlier this week, I released my budget for my last year as President — and if you take a look beyond the numbers and math of it all, what you’ll see is a set of priorities that are uniquely American, that reflect our values and our core beliefs in equality, in progress, and in hope.

My friend Joe Biden has said many times, “Don’t tell me what your priorities are. Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what your priorities are.” I hope that this budget — one that strives to promote economic fairness, to fight against the effects of climate change, and to find treatments for devastating diseases that affect far too many American families — does just that.

But I want to be very clear that these aren’t all battles we’re going to win while I’m still in office. These are long, hard fights, and they’re going to take the dedication and hard work of our next president, and the one after that, and the one after that.

So I need to know you’re committed to electing another Democrat to the White House — and giving him or her a Democratic Congress to work with:

I believe, more than anything else, that when we stand together and fight for the change we believe in, we can do some amazing things. So let’s do this — let’s make this country the brightest it can be for our kids, our grandkids, and generations to come. Thank you so much for standing by my side.

Barack Obama

Dear friend,

Just after midnight on December 22, 2014, I got a phone call that no parent should ever get. It was my niece, who I raised as a daughter, telling me that she and my granddaughter had both been shot. A man had broken into her house and chased the two of them into the driveway, before shooting both of them and then himself.

Someone from the sheriff’s department told me later that the killer used a gun that he bought legally, with no background check, from a seller on Facebook. He was a convicted felon.

Thankfully, last week Facebook moved to ban the selling of guns on its site. Headlines like that give me hope, but hundreds of thousands of guns are still available for sale online, no questions asked and no background check required.

OFA volunteers have been working hard to hold our elected leaders accountable and demand that they take action to curb gun violence in America.

Stand with me by adding your name — say you’ll keep up the fight against gun violence.

When too many of our representatives in Washington are busy hiding from special interest groups, it depends on each one of us raising our individual voices to make change.

Together, we’ve pushed Congress to pass the universal background checks that a vast majority of Americans support. And in the face of Congressional inaction, we’re working alongside our friends and neighbors to pass common-sense initiatives at the state and local levels. That’s what progress looks like, and it’s how we’re going to keep moving forward.

Joan-Francesc, I have been an OFA volunteer since the beginning. I will do anything I can to protect other families from what I experienced, and I know you feel the same way.

Show your support for gun violence prevention:

With hope and love,

Martha Clark
OFA Ohio State Lead

“Wake Up Europe!” est en ligne:
Protégez la démocratie hongroise en signant la pétition.
Bruxelles, le 25 janvier 2016
L’Initiative Citoyenne Européenne “Wake Up Europe” lance aujourd’hui la plateforme en ligne pour la signature de sa pétition exigeant des Institutions Européennes qu’elles adressent un message politique fort à l’encontre de l’agenda autoritaire du Premier Ministre Hongrois Viktor Orban.
Jusqu’à présent, la Commission européenne s’est contentée d’une approche technocratique et de mises en garde inefficaces, restant bien en-deçà de la forte action politique que la situation exigerait contre ce qui constitue une érosion systématique des valeurs démocratiques et des violations répétées des droits de l’Homme par le gouvernement hongrois.
Les citoyens à l’origine de “Wake up Europe!” regrettent cet état de fait et appellent tout citoyen européen voulant rejeter ce comportement autoritaire à signer la pétition exigeant de la Commission européenne qu’elle initie les procédures de l’article 7 du Traité de l’Union européenne.
« En laissant libre cours aux pratiques de M. Orban, les institutions européennes encouragent d’autres états membres à suivre la Hongrie dans sa dérive autoritaire. Le cas de la Pologne le démontre clairement. Bien que nous soutenions le lancement par l’UE la semaine dernière d’un monitoring complet de l’état de droit en Pologne, nous aimerions voir un même attachement par les institutions européennes à faire respecter l’état de droit en Hongrie également. », déclare Pierre Galand, Membre du Comité citoyen « Wake Up Europe! ».
La plateforme en ligne pour collecter le million de signatures nécessaires pour valider la pétition sera accessible jusqu’en novembre 2016.
Pour plus d’informations:
Fundació Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia


Several points of high concerns for the Wake up Europe Committee:


– The building of a razor-wire wall at its border with Serbia, the criminalization of migrants (arrest and prosecution of those trying to pass the wall), the authorization to shoot at them even if ‘not necessary’ (according to Mr Orban’s word) . All these measures are at odds with the necessary protection of the right to life but also with the right to seek  asylum recognised at the international level(among others : UDHR and 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its Protocol)


–       The launch of a debate to reintroduce death penalty. Mr Orban proposed it at 2 occasions, despite EU leaders’s strong condemnation : see here European Parliament resolution on the situation in Hungary As mentioned by the MEPs, the reintroduction of death penalty would constitute a breach of EU values as referred in Article 2 TEU and first of all, a clear violation of the right to life. But the proposal only is already a clear risk of this violation (the risk is also covered by Article 7 we ask the Commission to trigger).


– The launch of a public consultation on immigration which asks biased questions and associates migrants to terrorists. This also constitute a threat of violation and is contrary to EU spirit of non-discrimination on the ground of ethnicity and religion.


–       The new fundamental law that came into power in January 2012 clearly violates the rule of law. This law which replaces the Constitution came into power despite strong criticism from the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe (but never denounced by the Council of ministers !). This constitutional reform clearly undermines the independence of justice, freedom of media, womens’ rights – including their right to sexual and reproductive health (by protecting the human embryo) and also introduced constitutional discrimination against LGBT people by stating that marriage is only between a man and a woman.  It also introduced the criminalization of homeless people. The Hungarian Constitutional Court criticized this law  and Orban ignored all criticisms and introduced an amendment to the new Constitution in March 2013 stating that the legislative and executive power now surpass the judiciary powe.  On these particular reforms and their impact, please see the excellent report made by Human Rights Watch in 2013 :

See also :




Le blason de la ville de Paris représente un bateau à voile avec l’inscription, en dessous, du célèbre “Fluctuat nec mergitur”. Sous l’Antiquité, ce blason et cette devise étaient utilisés par la corporation des Nautes (Marchands de l’eau). Ces hommes, qui utilisaient le transport fluvial (et plus particulièrement la Seine) pour le commerce, étaient très puissants. Sous Saint-Louis, au XIIIème siècle, le prévôt des marchands (ancêtre du maire) utilisait cette devise pour certifier les actes. À la fin du XVIème siècle, elle apparaissait sur la monnaie locale.

Jusqu’à la Révolution, ce “Fluctuat nec mergitur” n’est qu’une devise parmi d’autres. ce n’est que le 24 novembre 1853 que le baron Haussmann, préfet de la Seine, la rend officielle par arrêté. Elle est aujourd’hui inscrite sur les chapeaux des gardes républicains et sur le casque de tradition des sapeurs-pompiers de Paris.


EHF statement on Paris’ attacks



Brussels, 18 November 2015

Friday’s atrocity in Paris has left the world shaken, stupefied, and appalled at the deaths of so many innocent people. Many have awoken to a strange new realisation that the targets of terrorism are not simply strategic sites or public figures, but ordinary human beings, regardless of their origins, opinions, culture or belief.

On Friday, the forces of terror chose to assault our joy and freedoms in the most direct way they could. This joie de vivre that makes us smile, laugh, enjoy a drink with friends and dance to music.  In Paris, the terrorists found an emblem for everything they despise: a city where diversity has always been the rule, a seat of the Enlightenment which has seen the values of secularism, human rights and equality take roots and spread.

Today we express our deepest condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones. In response to this unspeakable tragedy, our call is a call for unity – a plea for solidarity. Together we will mount a defence of our freedoms while resisting political exploitation and amalgams.

We will not ensure our liberties by closing our doors or by locking our societies up. While there is room for intelligence agencies to improve the way they share information and monitor possible terrorist threats, we caution against easy answers.

Instead, we urge governments and companies to take a critical look at their own links to states which are suspected of supporting terrorism, and to put their values into practice. Sticking to one’s principles may well have an economic cost, but we must never feel inclined to measure human lives in euros. The fight for a fairer society and a more peaceful world begins with the recognition of human value – along with peace, liberty, and fraternity – as supreme above other interests.

We must also call on European governments to improve their measures at preventing the radicalization of European citizens. In increasingly divided societies, we must do more to champion inclusive social and economic policies and invest in education and social justice initiatives so that everyone can find their place in our societies.

And last but not least: we must not harden our hearts to refugees who have experienced crisis alike our own. These people whom Poland, Hungary and Slovakia are already turning their back on. In banishing or refusing sanctuary to others attempting to escape the very same violence that rocked the streets of Paris on Friday, Europe will sacrifice its soul, its conscience, and the lessons it learned over a long and bloody history.  As humanists, we urge states to show solidarity with all the victims of terrorism, be they in Europe or in Egypt, Turkey or Lebanon, Syria or anywhere else in this world.

On Friday, terrorists attempted to undermine the values they hate us for and which define Europe today: freedom, secularism, tolerance and solidarity. They were inspired by a belief that we are weak; that we will buckle and give up on the progressive values that make us who we are.

We must resist that trap. In rallying to the defence of our values, we shall prove them wrong, and we shall triumph over hate and intolerance.
European Humanist Federation



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