31 May

Members of ATD in the United States share their Vision!

In May 2014, 50 delegates from across the United States came together for the ATD USA national strategic planning retreat. The goal was to reflect on ATD’s past 50 years of work in the US, and to plan for the future. There were tears, laughter, and a lot of amazing suggestions – and from all of discussions came the vision statement presented in the video (text below).  It’s still a work in progress, let us know what you think!

“All Together in Dignity (ATD Fourth World) holds a vision of a world without poverty, where everyone has equal opportunity to access all human rights. In this world, everyone can be fully themselves and be known and treated with dignity, as whole human beings. Everyone has a part in building this world.”

 

  
27 May

We run the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon for children in Central African Republic

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Women’s Flora Mini Marathon – Dublin

 2 June 2014 at 2 pm – 10 km

Please let us know  if you are running with us!  Contact us!

In 2014, your steps will make a difference in Ireland and abroad!

For every €10 collected, €3 will fund our work in Ireland and €7 will be sent to the ATD team in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Since March 2013, violence has to torn the country apart. In Bangui, the capital, people have fled their homes and taken up refuge at the airport where foreign soldiers and humanitarian aid are located.  The ATD team is working to run Street Libraries among children at the refugee camp, using the children’s artwork to decorate the emergency hospital built by Doctors Without Borders.

Read here the lastest news from ATD project in Bangui

 

  
26 May

Discover the new videos of the CityWide Drugs Crisis Campaign

CityWide Drugs Crisis Campaign is a national network of community activists and community organisations that are involved in responding to Ireland’s drugs crisis.

CityWide was set up in 1995 by the Inner City Organisations Network (ICON), to bring together Dublin communities that were struggling with the heroin crisis. It now works nationally linking communities across the country dealing with a range of substance issues.

CityWide works to promote and support a community development approach to the drugs problem – this means involving the people who are most affected by the problem in dealing with the problem – drug users, their families and communities.

Then and Now looks at how the drugs problem has affected the Dublin communities over the years and highlights some of the devastating impacts that are currently being experienced. At the same time as these problems have been developing, resources to projects in disadvantaged areas have been cut by up to 45%.

Crime and Punishment –  in this video, contributors speak about the link between social disadvantage and community drug problems and look at  the harm done to individuals and communities by criminalising people for using drugs.

  
22 May

Thank You Dominique and Françoise!

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We share our gratitude for Dominique and Françoise, ATD full-time volunteers, who spent 5 years in Dublin and who are joining today the ATD team in Montreal (http://www.atdquartmonde.ca/).

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We are really sad to see you go! Thank you for coming into our lives, and showing us what it is like out there for people in poverty. You are an inspiration for women around the world. Rachel for the women of the Saol project

It is definitely a loss for Ireland and a gain for Canada! I have always been impressed by your determination and your courage and your gentleness. At the very centre of your heart is a caring especially for those who suffer from poverty. You have done amazing work to raise awareness in Ireland. You have inspired me. John Lonergan

This is a big good bye, but not for ever. It’s a brilliant journey with both of you. You were there for me all the time, in addiction and out of addiction. I will never forget your visit when I was in treatment. You will be always in my heart. Ann Marie

Your presence here brought a huge sense of hope for people who are living in so impoverished conditions. The sense of hope you brought to the lads was  amazing. We thank you for your generosity, your warmness and your acceptance of us exactly as you found us. Derek – NWICTDP

I was very happy to meet Dominique and Françoise. I think they are great people. They came to see me. Also when I didn’t expect them or when I wasn’t well. I hope they’ll be happy where they are going to. Theresa

Dublin has been very priviledged to have you. The 17 October has grown from strength to strength and has raised a lot of awareness through people about poverty. I can only envy Canada who will have the use of your energy and enthusiasm. Peter McVerry

The speech I have done in town was the first time I have read that much.You have put a lot of courage and strength into me to do it. Anytime I look at the pictures of the day, I still think ‘it’s not me’.You proved to me it can be done! I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart! Martin

  
21 May

UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights to Leave No One Behind

HR conference in Newry

Responding to the invitation of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Designate and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Diana Skelton, Deputy General Director of ATD International, was a guest speaker at the Conference “A Human Rights Approach to Tackling Poverty and Social Inequality – An All Island Perspective”.

She presented the United Nations Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

“Adopted in September 2012 by the UN Human Rights Council, the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty provide for the first time, global policy guidelines. These focus specifically on the human rights of people living in poverty”, said Diana Skelton. “These Guidelines are a new tool for pratical implemention to the call for action given for the October 17 Day by Joseph Wresinski: ‘Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty. ‘”.

All presentations from the Conference in Newry are available on the IHREC website.

Diana Skelton’s paper presented at the Newry Conference

  
20 May

Become a supportive partner for those facing severe and persistent poverty in the EU

Dublin, 20th May 2014
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Dear Candidates,
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In a few days time, the election results will tell how Ireland will be represented at the European Parliament.

We wish you every success in these final campaigning days in recognition of your strong  commitments to a range of important issues.

Whether elected or not, we would like to invite you to become for the coming five years a supportive partner for those many European citizens facing severe and persistent poverty, and who are at risk of deeper social exclusion.

With the anti-poverty and human rights non-governmental organisation, ATD Ireland, and other like-minded organisations, you could join us to:

– Support the continuation at the European Parliament of the work of the cross-party Intergroup on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

– Help ATD Ireland to organise in October 2014 a debate on the attached European proposals which have been designed with people experiencing poverty.

– Create, with NGOs from the Irish anti-poverty sector, long-term participatory processes involving citizens who struggle with poverty on a daily basis in designing and monitoring anti-poverty policies at local, national and European levels.

We hope to be in contact in the coming weeks to develop these proposals further with you.

With our best wishes,

Mark Hogan, Chairperson, ATD Ireland

Read a summary of the proposals

Download the full 8-pages document with detailed proposals

  
19 May

Intensive week for the International Committee for October 17 gathered in Dublin.

HR conference in Newry

The work of the International Committee for October 17 ended in Newry at the All Island conference on Poverty and Human Rights

On the last day of the meeting of the International Committee for the Day for Eradication of Poverty (from 12th to 16th May in Dublin), Diana Skelton, Committee member from USA, presented the United Nations Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

Responding to the invitation of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Designate and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Diana Skelton was a guest speaker at the Conference “A Human Rights Approach to Tackling Poverty and Social Inequality – An All Island Perspective”.

“Adopted in September 2012 by the UN Human Rights Council, the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty provide for the first time, global policy guidelines. These focus specifically on the human rights of people living in poverty”, said Diana Skelton. “These Guidelines are a new tool for pratical implemention to the call for action given for the October 17 Day by Joseph Wresinski: ‘Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty. ‘”.

The Newry Conference was the conclusive event of a very intensive week for the International Committee for October 17 gathered in Dublin.

On Monday 12th May, Donald Lee, President of the Committee announced the international theme for the 2014 commemoration day: Leave no one behind: Think, Decide and Act Together against Extreme Poverty.

On Tuesday 13th, the Minister of Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, met the Committee and said she was ready to ask the Irish representation at the United Nations to involve itself actively in the promotion and observance of the Day in New York and internationally.

Meeting the local community of the North Wall area in Dublin on Wednesday 14th, the Committee wanted to understand from first-hand experience what it means trying to leave no one behind when life is made precarious by poverty and social exclusion.

Women from the SAOL Project (Amiens Street, Dublin 1) gave examples of their lives: “The rent is behind and I owe my ma. Did I mention that she keeps digging us out using most of her pension?”.

Members of All Together in Dignity – ATD Fourth World (Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1) contributed also: “Leaving  no  one  behind means  bringing  back  a  homeless person to my home. I could lose my flat for taking this risk but I know what its like… I wouldn’t leave any of my family behind.  My  home is important  to  me  but  my  family is more important.” We have  to  understand  each  other.  To take  time  to  walk  in  each  others shoes. We have also to avoid stigmatising people who are in places like special schools. If they are put within the community,  and not outside, then we’re not leaving anyone behind”.

An account day by day of the  intensive week of work of the International Committee for October 17 can be found in the news section of the www.17october.ie website

  
06 May

International Gathering on Extreme Poverty to be Held in Dublin

At the UN Day Stone Custom House QuayThe International Committee for October 17 and Irish Community Groups Gather in Dublin to Promote International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Venue: Sheriff Youth Club, 1 Commons Street, North Wall, Dublin 1
Date: Wednesday, 14th May 2014.  Time: 10.30am

In 1992, the United Nations recognised the 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Since then, governments, local authorities, members of civil society and the private sector have recognized the importance of this International Day, which has become a key rallying point for a growing number of citizens from all backgrounds and organizations, in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.

Members of the International Committee for October 17 and Irish community groups will be meeting in Dublin for the first time on 14th May.

The International Committee and its plan of action were established in 2008 after a United Nations’ report on the observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The composition of this Committee includes people with first-hand experience of poverty.

The Committee oversees the annual UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and the meeting in Dublin is recognition of Ireland’s past and on-going commitment to the fight against poverty.

“This meeting is going to be a great opportunity to share the progress made in Ireland towards addressing poverty as a human rights issue and to highlight the challenges that we have to face in the coming years”, said Donald Lee, Chairperson of the International Committee, former Head of UN Division for Social Policy and Development. “It is going to be a unique occasion to reaffirm our commitment and to discuss new ways to collaborate.”

“They chose Dublin for this event because in many ways Ireland has exhibited strong commitment to the central message of the UN Day”, a long term activist on social issues in Dublin City, Sean Dunne explained. “For example, for many years the Department for Social Protection has supported the promotion of UN Day through grants to organisations and community groups and that is something remarkable.”

Local organisations will also participate in the gathering to highlight the difficulties and achievements of people whose daily lives are affected by poverty and social exclusion.

The event will take place at the Sheriff Youth Club in Dublin north inner city, and will also include a commemorative activity at the 17 October Human Rights and Poverty Stone in Custom House Quay, Dublin 1.

You can support the event and join in the conversation by following the hashtag #EndPoverty or @icoct17  on Twitter and posting the following message on social accounts:

Alone you go faster, together we go further. On October 17th, let’s join the fight to #EndPoverty! @icoct17 #NVW14

To tweet this message, follow the link: http://ctt.ec/anH35

Press information kit to download

The event at Sheriff Youth Club is included in the general programme of the Irish Natonal Volunteering Week 2014. The 14th  May gathering will be a opportunity to recruit volunteers to help prepare the next 17 October events in Ireland.

For further information, contact Pierre 089 440 15 23

  
04 May

ATD at Conference on Human Rights, Poverty and Social Inequality, 16 May 2014

The IHRC and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will organise a joint conference on A Human Rights Approach to Tackling Poverty and Social Inequality  – An All Island Perspective at the Canal Court Hotel, Newry, 9am to 4pm, Friday 16 May 2014.

The conference will focus on the nature, extent and experience of poverty and social inequality in particular food poverty, inadequate housing and debt. It will highlight the importance of protecting and vindicating economic, social and cultural rights in times of economic crisis.

Read conference programme for details.

To register to participate please email: rsvp@ihrc.ie