29 Mar

In the Name of Love: April 4, a shot rings out in the Memphis sky

ATD Ireland and the Irish End Poverty Day Committee
invite you to gather at the Famine Statues
and the Human Rights and Poverty Stone on

Wednesday the 4th April 2018 from 5.30pm to 6.30pm

to commemorate the 50th anniversary
of the assassination of Martin Luther King

“Pride – In the Name of Love” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the second track on the band’s 1984 album: The Unforgettable Fire. It was released as the album’s lead single in September 1984. Written about Martin Luther King Jr., the song received mixed critical reviews at the time, but it was a major commercial success for the band and has since become one of the band’s most popular songs.

This song will be one of the song which will be on the songs list of the MLK 50 Dublin commemoration on Wednesday April 4th 2018, marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King.

On 4th April 1968 at 6.01pm Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in Memphis, USA at a time he was supporting the strike of the Memphis Sanitation Workers for a decent wage and preparing the momentum of the “poor peoples campaing”, a huge non-violent march on Washington DC and the Capitol.
The dreamer was shot dead but his dream of social justice is alive.

ATD Ireland and the Irish End Poverty Day Committee invite you to gather at the Famine Statues and the Human Rights and Poverty Stone on Wednesday the 4th April 2018 from 5.30pm to 6.30pm to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King and to commit together to make the dream come true.

The gathering will include speeches, music and songs, creative common gesture, a moment of silence and bells of Dublin tolling together at 6.01pm.

Guest speakers: Peter McVerry, Lord Mayor of Dublin and more (TBC)

Before the 4th April 2018, visit www.ihaveadream.ie and share with us your “I Have A Dream” speech!


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr will forever hold a place in the hearts of millions of people around the world. The immediate need for freedom from racism, discrimination and flat out brutality toward African Americans will forever be King’s message.However, Dr. King also used his platform to shed light on global poverty.

He expressed the need for poverty to be abolished and the need for nations to come together to combat this growing problem.

“A second evil which plagues the modern world is that of poverty. Like a monstrous octopus, it projects it’s nagging, prehensile tentacles in lands and villages all over the world. Almost two thirds of the peoples of the world go to bed hungry at night. They are undernourished, ill-housed, and shabbily clad. Many of them have no houses or beds to sleep in. Their only beds are the sidewalks of the cities and the dusty roads of the villages. Most of these poverty-stricken children of God have never seen a physician or a dentist.” (…) “So it is obvious that if a man is to redeem his spiritual and moral ‘lag,’ he must go all out to bridge the social and economic gulf between the ‘haves’ and ‘have not’s’ of the world. Poverty is one of the most urgent items on the agenda of modern life.” (…) “There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of it. The time has come for an all-out world war against poverty. (…) The rich nations must use their vast resources of wealth to develop the underdeveloped, school the unschooled, and feed the unfed. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for ‘the least of these.’”

Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize address in 1964

“We are in an era in which the issue of human rights is the central question confronting all nations. In this complex struggle an obvious but little appreciated fact has gained attention-the large majority of the human race is non-white-yet it is that large majority which lives in hideous poverty. While millions enjoy an unexampled opulence in developed nations, ten thousand people die of hunger each and every day of the year in the south of the world”

“Let My People Go” speech. Human Rights Day December 10, 1965

“I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective – the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed matter: the guaranteed income.” (…) “The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.”

“Where do we go from Here: Chaos or Community” written in 1967

Below: an intensely moving and definitive one-hour documentary by Trevor McDonald! He traveled America to cover a story he has always wanted to explore: the life of the Civil Rights icon, Martin Luther King.Starting with the monumental ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech in Washington, this films sees McDonald discover how King became a Civil Rights leader almost by accident.

Made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death in April 1968, McDonald interviews King’s key allies veteran singer Harry Belafonte, Congressman John Lewisand Ambassador Andrew Young. He tracks down rarely interviewed women who helped King behind the scenes such as his assistant Willie Pearl Mackey King – speaking for the first time on British television – who typed up the address that became known as the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.

26 Mar

Eyes Full of Wonder – the ATD 2018 Spring Message

In the end, sharing the best of ourselves is the surest path to ending exclusion.

Joseph Wresinski

Elisa’s red dress shines under the spotlight. She moves forward, smiling, and starts to sing in a melodic language, both strange and foreign. She is joined on stage by her two brothers and her parents, all dressed in traditional costume. Together, they join their voices in an enchanting song, which is enthusiastically applauded by the audience.

Elisa is tiny. At ten years old, she looks about six. She is the youngest child of the most denigrated family in the neighbourhood — a family that is singled out; labelled as the one that causes trouble, that does not take care of itself, that makes a lot of noise. Again and again, Elisa and her brothers have pushed their neighbours over the edge. Their behaviour, like that of their parents, was often misunderstood.

Yet, for a few weeks now, Elisa and her family have been taking part in a theatre workshop led by a theatre professional and a member of the ATD Volunteer Corps. How many times did they knock on the family’s door to convince them that beyond the difficulties of everyday life, they had a place in this workshop? The two workshop leaders needed to believe in the family, believe with them and even more strongly than them, support, encourage, and overcome the obstacles. They had a long way to go, and it wouldn’t just happen by magic.

But this evening the family gets a standing ovation. Elisa’s eyes are full of wonder. How beautiful her mother is! How elegant her father looks in his suit! How proud she feels seeing her family under the spotlight and the admiring gaze of the audience! She won’t soon forget the applause.

The performance took the audience on a journey. Elisa’s song moved them. This evening, her family members were able to tell their story and to express their fight to live in dignity. Their words, so strong and sincere, touched people.

Some days later, Elisa’s father and brother were invited to go fishing by their next-door neighbour. It was an opportunity to spend time together, to bond, and to build friendship.

If only we lived in a society that made it possible for all of us to hold our heads up and to meet one another simply and openly.

To create experiences and cultural projects that bring people together, the teams of ATD around the world and ATD Ireland need your support and donations.

Isabelle Pypaert Perrin
Director General
ATD International
Member of the Board
of ATD Ireland

This message is an invitation to support ATD’s grassroots work with the most disadvantaged children, young people, and families in order to build relationships of solidarity between them and people of very different walks of life.

Your gift can make a difference.

If you would like to make a donation online to ATD Ireland, please click here.
If you would like to make a one-time donation online to ATD International,
please click here.
Or to make a regular monthly pledge to ATD International, please click here.

26 Mar

Join creative Human Rights workshops in the North East Inner City!

On the 20th of February ATD Ireland launched the project ‘Your Rights are Written in Stone’.

The project, which is funded by the North East Inner City community fund, aims to creatively make a connection between community members and the Human Rights and Poverty Stone. The Human Rights and Poverty Stone is located in Dublin 1 beside the famine statues and celebrates its 10th birthday this year. Through a traveling exhibition of banners the project illustrates the history of the stone in Dublin while also outlining the international context of the Human Rights and Poverty Stones found all over the world.

The project aims to organize 10 workshops in community groups in the Dublin 1 area. Up to date information about the workshops can be found on the project Facebook page! Do like it!

The project was officially launched by Seanie Lambe who remarked that he had a personal connection to the stone and its story over the last 10 years. He spoke about his first encounters with ATD in Ireland and upon hearing the message engraved on the Human Rights and Poverty stones throughout the world he was motivation to begin the process of ensuring Dublin would have one of its own. Seanie along with many others successfully negotiated with the council and secured the necessary funding for the stone in 2008. The rest as they say is history!

The official launch of the project formed part of the latest, in a series of singing events organised by ATD in recent months.

The signing event was coordinated by the reigning ‘best voice in ATD’ award winner Elaine Whelan – who, along with contributions from members of the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir and of the Brother Kevin’s Choir  joined by the sound of a pipe, successfully encouraged those in attendance to find their signing voices and have great fun while doing so.  Joined by community activists, friends and even a group of children from the neighborhood, we sang “We shall overcome”, “In the name of love”, “How can a poor man stand such times and live”, “Keep your Eyes on the prize”… and many other social justice songs. The children joined us with their guitars to sing a beautiful version of “Molly Malone”.

Now, ATD is looking forward to organize workshops with people from the North Inner City. The ‘Your Rights are Written in Stone’ will run from March 2018 to June 2018. For more information visit about workshops and how to get involved visit the project Facebook page or contact Coraline!

A first ‘pilote’ workshop was held Thursday 8 March, International Women’s Day, at the ATD office in Mountjoy Square. Discussion focused on the message of the Dublin 1 Human Rights and Poverty Stone and what it represents for people. Friends of ATD and the team created beautiful and meaningful stones! A second workshop took place the next day Friday 9 March with friends from the Inner city now living in Ballymun.


Follow updates of the project Facebook page!Discover here the banners from the exhibition! Download the exhibition booklet here!

This project is supported by the Dublin City Council and the Department of the Taoiseach via the North East Inner City Programme!


21 Mar

Poverty and Discrimination: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

On Thursday 23rd March, Equinet and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) are co-organising in Dulbin a conference on poverty and discrimination.

This conference will aim to review the links between poverty and discrimination, take stock of recent initiatives introducing socio-economic status as a discrimination ground and discuss what can be done at EU and national levels to break the vicious cycle of social exclusion.

The conference is timely as it takes place at a time when the Irish Deputies Fiona O’Loughlin TD and Jim O’Callaghan TD introduced a Private Bill to the Irish Parliament. The amendment aims to prohibit discrimination on the basis of a person’s social and economic background.

Details about this Private Bill initiative here:  Report 1Report 2

ATD Ireland together with ATD Europe is currently campaigning for a Europe wide recognition of the socio-economic status as a discrimination ground. More about this work here!

More about the work of ATD:

In France: France Bans Discrimination on the Grounds of Social Conditions

In the Netherlands:  A delegation from ATD Fourth World is received by the Institute of Human Rights in The Netherlands.

Background of the conference

Combating poverty is a key undertaking of the European Union in the field of economic and social rights. This is reflected not only in the European Pillar of Social Rights, but also in fighting poverty and social exclusion being one of the five targets of Europe 2020, the EU’s ten-year jobs and growth strategy. Further to this, one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Equinet’s earlier work on ‘Addressing Poverty and Discrimination: Two Sides of the One Coin’ and ‘Equality Bodies Contributing to the Protection, Respect and Fulfilment of Economic and Social Rights’ demonstrates, based on the experiences of equality bodies, the inextricable link between discrimination and poverty. Most equality bodies have a broad mandate covering discrimination not only in the field of employment but also in fields such as housing, access to education, healthcare and other services where a number of grounds intersect with socio-economic status as a cause of social exclusion. Important intersections include the grounds of race and gender.

There is growing recognition that socio-economic status as a ground of discrimination is an important tool to tackle inequality. Recent years have seen legislative initiatives in a number of European jurisdictions where the anti-discrimination legislation did not historically recognize socio-economic status as a discrimination ground, including France and Ireland.

This conference will aim to:

  • Review the mutually reinforcing links between poverty and discrimination.
  • Take stock of recent initiatives introducing socio-economic status as a discrimination ground.
  • Explore the manner in which grounds such as race and gender intersect with poverty to result in aggravated forms of social exclusion.
  • Discuss what can be done at EU and national levels to break the vicious cycle of social exclusion.

Draft Agenda

08 Mar

On Saint Patrick’s Day, Go Green For SDGs

The Irish Coalition 2030 (ATD is one of its members) invites all citizens around the world to mark the 17 March, Saint Patrick’s Day, in a very special way: make March 17 a day for the 17 Global Goals!

Here are some ideas about what you can do:

– In your Paddy’s Day social media messages, and during the whole week before 17th March, use the hashtags #GoGreen4SDGs and #Act4SDGs and some of the graphics below!

– On your green-white-orange tricolor costume you plan to wear on the 17 March, add some #GlobalGoals sign in green,

– if you are taking part in a St Patrick’s Day Parade or preparing a group to take part, find a way to promote the best plan for people and the Planet: the Agenda 2030 with its 17 #SDGs and the #LeaveNoOneBehind promise (more at www.globalgoals.org),

– if your country is preparing itself to review its SDGs progress in July 2018 in New York at the UN (47 countries – see list below), make sure your Governement know you are watching them (more at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/vnrs/)! The 47 countries preparing their VNR (Vonluntar National Review) are: Albania – Andorra – Armenia – Australia – Bahamas – Bahrain – Benin – Bhutan – Cabo Verde – Canada – Colombia – Dominican Republic – Ecuador – Egypt – Greece – Guinea – Hungary – Ireland – Jamaica – Kiribati – Lao People’s Democratic Republic – Latvia – Lebanon – Lithuania – Mali – Malta – Mexico – Namibia – Niger – Paraguay – Poland – Qatar – Republic of Congo – Romania – Saudi Arabia – Senegal – Singapore – Slovakia – Spain – Sri Lanka – State of Palestine – Sudan – Switzerland – Togo – United Arab Emirates – Uruguay – Viet Nam

Graphics to download:

Download here!

06 Mar

Free Women Freeing Others! Marking Women’s Day 2018!


Happy International Women’s Day 2018!

As we still fight for gender equality, does the ATD 43 years old challenging 1975 call on the all feminist movements appeal to you today, in 2018?

Tell us what has changed, what need to change and what in this 1975 text is still inspiring today?

The fundamental question facing women today is to know whether they accept equal opportunity among themselves. Until now the world has never accepted an equality which gives priority to the most disadvantaged… This would be a radical turning point in the history of the world.”

Joseph Wresinski, All Together in Dignity,
Mexico, International Women’s Year, 1975

Read full appeal here: Women’s Year Appeal

The theme for the 2018 International Women’s Day is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.

On the 8th March 2018, ATD Ireland invites all women, men and transgender people to contribute to a creative workshop “Your Rights Are Written in Stone” from 3pm to 5pm at ATD’s office (26 Mountjoy Square).

More here and don’t hesitate to share the video below:

05 Mar

ATD Ireland pays tribute to Sister Caoimhín Ní Uallacháin OP

Our friend Sr. Caoimhín Ní Uallacháin O.P. passed a way peacefully in the care of the staff at Santa Sabina House in Cabra on Saturday March 3rd, 2018.

Here is how John Lonergan wrote about her in his book “The Governor”:

Read here the tributes to Sr. Caoimhín Ní Uallacháin prepared by members of ATD all around the world: ATD Tributes to Sr Caoimhin

You can watch her from 7min25sec in this video covering the 2013 UN End Poverty Day gathering :