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Participation in elections, legislation and politics
Since 1980, when Damanhurians created the first settlements in Baldissero Canavese, Vidracco, and Cuceglio, Italy, we have participated in local, provincial and regional elections through the political movement "Con Te, per il Paese," (With you, for the country). Taking on active commitments in the local area is considered to be one of the key prerequisites to being a socially active community.
Also, it is important to create political and legislative spaces that protect and regulate life in small and large communities such as Damanhur and many other ecovillages, which have much to say and to offer to the society where they are located.
On the national Italian level, Damanhur supports submitting to Parliament a law on intentional communities aimed at recognizing "community" as a status for groups that comply with a set of parameters with respect to transparency, social structure and longevity.
Many Damanhur citizens are involved in volunteer services
From the earliest years of Damanhur, its citizens have been engaged in volunteering-in regional fire-fighting teams for emergency aid teams, the Italian Red Cross and the Fire Brigade. Many Damanhurians have participated in humanitarian interventions, such as "Rainbow Mission" in Albania, helping refugees from Kosovo, assisting with emergency aid after the Sri Lanka tsunami in 2004 and after the earthquake of L'Aquila in 2009, and on many other occasions in the Piedmont region and around Italy.
The thread that connects Damanhurians to volunteering is, in some ways, the same one that connects us to the world of politics. There is a desire to fully participate in life and take care of the portion of the world where we are located.
In recent years, volunteers from Damanhur have received several awards for fire-fighting, Red Cross and Civil Protection. One such recognition was the Civil Medal of Valor awarded by the President of Italy to Alce Faggio (Pierluigi Luzi), who died in 2002. This medal honored a lifetime of volunteering with fire-fighting teams of the Piedmont area during floods, fires and humanitarian emergencies. Alce was also devoted to building (and sometimes mending) a network that unites all of the regional volunteer services. Through this, he demonstrated the best of the Damanhurian spirit. His medal is dear to Damanhurian volunteers, as it is an award for the commitment and engagement of all the volunteers.