In January, 2020, ahead of the municipal elections, communalist movements from all over France gathered in the town of Commercy for a “Commune of Communes.”
On November 30, 2018, Commercy, a small town of 5,000 inhabitants in the Meuse, a department known for its fog, came out of the shadows with its famous “Call of Commercy” inviting all Gilets Jaunes across France to organize themselves in local popular assemblies. After a second call inviting delegates of these assemblies to an “Assembly of Assemblies” at the end of January 2019, some Gilets Jaunes of Commercy constituted with others into a Citizens’ assembly. The following year, they decided to broaden the scope of their struggle by organizing a weekend-long gathering around the question of Communalism in the framework of the coming municipal elections.
This film was shot during the weekend of 18-19 January, 2020, when many across France, Gilets Jaunes or not, were preparing to participate in the upcoming municipal elections in March on either participatory or direct democratic platforms.
The purpose of the meeting was to share strategies and to discuss the participants’ understanding of Communalism. The 150 activists joined separate workshops and then shared their reports with the assembly. Through a recording, Janet Biehl addressed the audience to send her support. The overall atmosphere was a festive one, marked by comradery and solidarity, far from the alleged violence of the Gilets Jaunes that was so often depicted in the mainstream media.
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