“Soul Restoring”: The Values of the ATD Fourth World Community – ATD FOURTH WORLD UK

From left: Amanda Button, Moraene Roberts, and Thomas Mayes In March, 2019, three ATD Fourth World members talked about how their experience of poverty forged their roles as activists. Below they describe why they value ATD’s approach, and what they see as key steps forward.  Sadly, Moraene Roberts passed away in January, 2020. Her memory continues to inspire all who knew her. Moraene Roberts: The first step, before becoming an activist, is recognising yourself as part of a community in poverty, part of the ATD Fourth World community. When I first came here, I didn’t think of myself as being “in poverty”.…

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Community Platform Election Manifesto 2020

In the run-up to Elections 2020 ATD Ireland was delighted to help the Community Platform develop a values based manifesto and materials to promote it. The values are Community, Participation and Decency and must be put to the forefront in Elections 2020. Electing people who will deliver on these values on the 8th February will help achieve the type of inclusive society we all want to live in. Below is the Election 2020 Manifesto and a Public Leaflet with questions people can ask candidates who knock on your door. You can also view the MyValuesMyVote video and follow the Community Platform twitter @CommunityP_IRL and website communtyplatform.ie. The…

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Seasonal Greetings from ATD Ireland

"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future." We hope you all enjoyed a blessed festive season. There was a great Christmas spirit in the office for the last while before our holidays, where we had been practicing our seasonal songs before our annual carol fundraiser on Grafton Street on December 10th. We would like to sincerely thank all our friends and allies who lent us their voice for a fun and frosty evening.Whilst we may not be winning any awards for our singing abilities, our cheery presence was felt by the many passers by who…

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Hidden Dimensions of Poverty – Irish Report Launch

On the 23rd October, people gathered to attend the Irish launch of the participatory research study “The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty”, an international collaboration between ATD Fourth World International and Oxford University involving research activity in six countries in the Global North and the Global South. Hosted by ATD Ireland this conference brought people with lived experience of poverty together with professionals and researchers working to address poverty. As co-researchers, people in poverty, academics and professionals, shared their journey on researching the hidden dimensions of poverty. Guest speakers were: Sr. Bernadette McMahon, Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice Ireland Dr. Bernadette Browne…

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17 October – Dublin Event

As always on the 17th of October, ATD alongside the 17 October committee launched our annual event at the Human Rights and Poverty Stone, Dublin, to mark the UN International Eradication of Poverty Day. This years chosen international theme was “Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty”. In relation to this, we chose a sub-theme of ‘footsteps for a better future’ and so we placed hundreds of colored footprints of peoples dreams (many of those written by children) that we had collected over the past months as well as on the day, from the famine statues to the…

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Cycle for SDG’s

A fantastic adventure organised by ATD Quart Monde! 475km from Dublin to Paris over 6 days as part of the international week of action and awareness for the Sustainable Development Goals (#Act4SDGs). A team of eight Irish cyclists took the boat from Dublin Port to Cherbourg and were joined by a number of French cyclists, including some local authorities, along the way. The purpose of the trip was to raise awareness for SDGs Week, to highlight the strong alliance between Ireland and France in SDG implementation, and to promote France's recent adoption of a new Roadmap for the 2030 Agenda. The route…

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“Does it only happen to me?” The ATD Ireland report on Socio-Economic Discrimination

The report, ''Does It Only Happen to Me? Living in the shadows of Socio-Economic Discrimination'' was launched on Wednesday 18th September by Senator Lynn Ruane at an event prepared by All Together in Dignity Ireland. The 19 recommendations from the report were discussed by academics, elected representatives, civil society organisations and people with direct experience of discrimination gathered in the Auditorium of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC). The report calls on the Government and the Oireachtas to speed up the passage of the Private Members Bill introducing the recognition of a tenth ground of discrimination in the Irish…

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Festival of Nations

"In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction."      - Audre Lorde This month ATD Ireland played a part in the organisation and participation of the wonderful Festival of Nations event which took place from 12 - 6pm in Mountjoy Square Park on Saturday the 24th of August. At our stand we held a "footsteps" for a better future workshop - where we asked both children and adults to write or draw something that represented their dreams for the future on a colorful footstep,…

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