Call To Action

Easter Rising 2019:
Walking as One for an Inclusive Society


Let’s walk as One!
Let’s commit together to design and implement
the best social inclusion plan ever!

The call to action “Walking as one for an inclusive society”  has been launched in Leinster House on the United Nations’ End Poverty Day, the 17 October 2017.

ATD Ireland and various partners will collect signatures until Easter 2019. Easter 2019 will be a deadline to assess this mobilisation, at the time when the Irish Government should be launching the new National Action Plan for Social Inclusion.

Responding to the feedback this call generates from citizens around the country, ATD plans to initiate a dialogue with the signatories and with the team of the Minister Regina Doherty in charge of the new National Action Plan for Social Inclusion.

The background of the Call to Action

The year 2017 marked twenty years since Ireland’s first comprehensive plan to address poverty: the National Anti-Poverty Strategy 1997-2006.

The year 2018 marked key anniversary for End Poverty activists and for the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights! The 30th anniversary of the death of Joseph Wresinski, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela (who launched the Make Poverty History Campaign) and the 70 years of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On 16th February 2018 the Irish Government launched a public consultation to inform the drafting of a new National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2018-2021.

The year 2019 is starting with the Centenary of the first meeting of Dáil Éireann which occurred on 21 January 1919 in the Round Room of the Dublin Mansion House. In this first and highly symbolic meeting, the proceedings of the Dáil were conducted for the only time entirely in the Irish language, except for previously drafted declarations including the proclamation of the “Democratic Programme” including the following pledge: “It shall be the first duty of the Government of the Republic to make provision for the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the children, to secure that no child shall suffer hunger or cold from lack of food, clothing, or shelter, but that all shall be provided with the means and facilities requisite for their proper education and training as Citizens of a Free and Gaelic Ireland.”

We believe that Ireland needs a new Integrated Framework for Social Inclusion, to tackle inequality and poverty.

We know Ireland faces major challenges:

– to end the housing crisis
– to deliver the SlainteCare’s vision for a better and fairer health system
– to implement the 17 Global Goals set down in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including action to limit climate change
– to become a society with communities ready to leave no one behind, the promise of the UN 2030 Agenda

If we are serious about tackling these issues, and serious about lifting people out of poverty and eliminating its causes, we must have a consistent, comprehensive plan to address poverty and social exclusion.

Such a plan will only succeed if it is owned by civil society at large and also by the people experiencing poverty, not just politicians and the organisations that work to combat inequality and exclusion.

Our call to action: let’s rise on Easter 2019!

In the follow-up of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10 December 2018),
as Ireland marks the Centenary of the Democratic Programme,
inspired by the “End Poverty” legacies of Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela,
inspired also by the pledge of Joseph Wresinski: “To come together is our solemn duty,”
and following the call by Mary Robinson and the Elders to “Walk Together”,
we seek a new approach.

Let’s bring everyone who wants to make a difference together! All stakeholders: public bodies, teachers, trainers and researchers, corporates and services, youth groups and pensioners, and the people who fight against the poverty and stigma that they experience.

Let’s say:

“We – citizens, workers, leaders, managers, carers, parents, activists or professionals or both – are ready to be part of the End Poverty plan. We all need to own this plan: to know the goals and own them.

Together we wish to take part in a strong participatory process to make the next Anti-Poverty Plan the best ever. Those who live with poverty and social exclusion deserve it. They also should have the opportunity help develop this new plan. And when the plan is in place they should be able to play their part to ensure it is implemented.

I have a role to play and I support this call to action and would like to be involve in the design, implementation and monitoring of our common plan!”

Let us leave no one behind! All together in dignity!”

Add you name to the list of people ready to take action here


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