27 Jul

For We Are Glorious!

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We are not a stranger to the dark
Hide away, they say
‘Cause we don’t want your broken parts
We’ve learned to be ashamed of all our scars
Run away, they say
No one’ll love you as you are
But we won’t let them break me down to dust
We know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious
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When the sharpest words wanna cut us down
We’re gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
We are brave,  we are bruised
We are who we’re meant to be, this is us!
Look out ’cause here we come
And we’re marching on to the beat we drum
We’re not scared to be seen
We make no apologies, this is us!
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Another round of bullets hits our skin
Well, fire away ’cause today, we won’t let the shame sink in
We are bursting through the barricades and
Reaching for the sun!
We are warriors
Yeah, that’s what we’ve become
We won’t let them break us down to dust
We know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious
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and we know that we deserve your love
’cause there’s nothing we are not worthy of
When the sharpest words wanna cut us down
We’re gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
This is brave, this is proof
This is who we are meant to be, this is us
Look out ’cause here we come
And we are marching on to the beat we drum
We’re not scared to be seen
We make no apologies, this is us
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And if “The Greatest Showman” was all about All Together in Dignity?
The “Greatest Show” would be about the key goals of 2030 Agenda,
the show we are all waiting for: end extreme poverty and reduce inequalities!
“This is me (us)” would be the “All Together in Dignity” Anthem!

“From now own” would be the choice of our global community to look in a critical way to the growth, consumption and lights we have been “buying” since the end of 2nd World War and recognize we have been mislead!

We have to come back home again, 70 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and this time be genuine with people, animals, nature and the planet!

Time has come for the “Greatest Show”!

And join us every last Tuesday of the month for our Sing Along evening!

Next session: Tuesday 25th September 2018 at 7pm at ATD’s offices!

  
19 Jul

Make Poverty History! Be the Generation! We Walked Together with Nelson Mandela

Thank you to all the Dublin citizens who joined ATD Volunteers at the Famine Statues to ‘Be the Legacy’ on the day the world marked the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.

This day was a very special one as it is the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela and the world was marking it in a ”loud” way. It is also the Mandela Day of the year of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights #UDHR70!

Following the call of the South African Nelson Mandela Foundation and its #ActionsAgainstPoverty campaign, ATD Ireland invited the general public to mark the day on Custom House Quay inspired by the ‘Make Poverty History’ speech by Mandela in Trafalgar Square in 2005.

The momentum of the day from 5.30pm to 6.30pm was a symbolic ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ from the Famine Statues to the Human Rights and Poverty Stone on Custom House Quay.

The participants were invited to walk together the 40 meters from the Statues to the Stone while joining some songs and listening to some #EndPoverty quotes from Nelson Mandela’

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Also on the day:

From 11pm to 7pm :
displays of ‘Make Poverty History’ quotes on Liffey railings of Custom House Quay

From 12pm to 5pm:
two free workshops will be facilitated under two temporary pop-up shelters/gazebos equipped with tables and chairs and installed on the quay close to the Human Rights and Poverty Stone :

  • – workshop A: discover the Mandela ‘Make Poverty History’ Legacy and collection of messages “From Dublin to Mandela”
  • – workshop B: ”Your Rights Are Written in Stone” workshop to raise awareness about the End Poverty Message of the location with the Famine Statues and the Human Rights and Poverty Stone.

The event is supported by a small North East Inner City grant from the Trade Union FORSA.

Regular updates about the event on Custom House Quay on the Facebook Event Page!

This event is part of the ATD Ireland 2018 #LivingTheLegacy project marking the centenary of the birth of Mandela, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, the 30th anniversary of the death of Joseph Wresinski and the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declarartion of Human Rights.

  
07 Jul

ATD youth group launched ‘Ireland, I Have A Dream’ inspired by Martin Luther King

The ATD “Unity in the Community Youth Group” launched the ‘Ireland, I Have A Dream’ on Friday 6th July. The event hosted by the Unity in the Community Youth Group included games, spoken word, live music and speeches.

The book was prepared and printed with funding from the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund.

The ‘Ireland, I Have a Dream’ project run from January to July 2018 has provided a new space for young people in Ireland and beyond, under 25, to find their voice as leaders and to explore the inequalities of poverty in the context of their own lives by writing speeches, poems, raps, and spoken word in the spirit of the famous Martin Luther King ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.

The book chronicles the story of the youth group, the project itself, the youth groups we visited, workshops, and partners. The core of this publication is a collection of over 30 ‘Dreams’ written by young people.

From February to May 2018, the UC Youth Group managed to host eight workshops, as opposed to the planned five, which made a huge difference to the young people involved.

With the Youth Group, ATD friends and volunteers are thrilled to be able to celebrate the publication with all the young people who contributed to it along with their proud families. It’s a great achievement for all of them!

Hard copies are available from the ATD offices, 26 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1! Small donation welcome! contact: info[at]atdireland.ie

Download the free pdf here!

ATD Ireland received €5,000 from the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund in October 2017 and launched their project in January.

Watch the RTE social media News coverage of the project: twitter.com/rtenews

For more information on the Unity in the Community Youth Group visit www.ihaveadream.ie