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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 :  

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Your Rights Are Written in Stone/Corner Stones!

At the occasion of 2019 World Day of Social Justice, ATD invited all citizens interested to the launch of “Corner Stones”, a creative project aiming to prepare an artistic piece with the 700 decorated stones created during the “Your Rights Are Written in Stone” Campaign run in 2018! From February 20th to April 27th, a series of workshops have been be held in the North East Inner City to design and eventually create the “Corner Stones”. Some of these “Corner Stones” found their place in the NEC Farmer’s Hill Communnity Garden once renovated (as part of the larger “Rutland School” renovation…

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Let’s make the best Irish anti-poverty plan ever! Have your say before Saint Patrick’s Day!

On 16th February 2018, the Irish Government launched its public consultation on a new National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2018-2021. This move follows the commitment included in the Programme for Partnership Government to develop a new Integrated Framework for Social Inclusion, to tackle inequality and poverty. The former plan quickly named NAPinclusion (National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007-2016 and update) identified a wide range of targeted actions and interventions to support the overall objective of achieving the National Social Target for Poverty Reduction (NSTPR). It adopted a life-cycle approach with goals set for each group: children; people of working…

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The “I Have A Dream” campaign kicked off with its first creative writing workshop

The "I Have A Dream" campaign kicked off with its first creative writing workshop facilitated by Fighting Words in Dublin 1. The legacy of Martin Luther King is the inspiration for the ATD Dublin youth group who officially kicked off their creative writing campaign Ireland, I Have a Dream on Tuesday 13th February.  The Unity in the Community youth group are an ATD project run from the ATD office in Dublin’s North inner city. Participants in Ireland, I Have a Dream will be encouraged to write about the dreams they have to stop persistent poverty in Ireland through the context of…

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When Voices Unite for Social Justice – Songs to sing along on Social Justice Day!

Sing Along Evening – Tuesday 20th February, 7pm to 9pm In the Hall of Killarney Court Community Building- Dublin 1 Entrance to the venue via the “Home” memorial plaza at the junction of Buckingham St and Sean McDermott St On World Social Justice Day, All Together in Dignity (ATD) invites you to join a “Sing Along Evening” and raise your voice in songs of hope and dignity. The evening is an informal get together with karaoke, guitars and readings of inspiring texts for social justice activists. As 2018 marks 70 years since the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights…

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