Dear Senators, dear TDs, dear MEPs,
Today, Wednesday 20th December, is the United Nations' International Human Solidarity Day.
This year's celebration of the Solidarity Day comes after two years when leaders of the world and Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda, an inclusive development agenda to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure dignity for all.
Early in 2018, your colleague and Minister Denis Naughten TD will present the Irish 2030 Agenda Implementation Plan. A few months later, Minister Regina Doherty TD will finalize the new National Action Plan for Social Inclusion.
In order to make the best of this momentum in the Country's efforts to end poverty, All Together in Dignity Ireland (ATD) needs your help!
All the Jedis on the Skellig Islands, and every citizens on the main Island are needed. Help us to gather them!
To make sure that the new National Action Plan for Social Inclusion is the best ever, ATD is running a campaign to collect names of citizens ready to contribute to the drafting and the implementation of this plan. An on-line campaign is entitled "Walk as One" and can be accessed here www.walkasone.ie.
Today, on UN Solidarity Day, we have a request: would you be ready to share the www.walkasone.ie link with some dedicated citizens in your constituency? As Senators, TDs or MEPs, you know who in your local communities are genuinely committed to make change happen and stop poverty. Please, do invite them to join this national mobilisation. Let's start to Walk as One!
A first assessment of this citizens' mobilisation will be done on Social Justice Day (20 February 2018) and all signatories of the call to action will be contacted on this day. Early in March, at the time of the National Social Inclusion Forum in Dublin Castle (8 March 2018), contact will be made with the team of Minister Regina Doherty TD in charge of drafting the plan.
Do help us to initiate this national movement!
We use also the opportunity of this letter to give you the link to the 2018 End Poverty Calendar prepared by the Irish 17 October Committee. The End Poverty Calendar will inspire all activists in this very special year.
2018 will also mark the Centenary of the birth Nelson Mandela, patron of the Make Poverty History Campaign, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, at a time when he was launching the Poor People's Campaign, and the 30th anniversary of the passing of Joseph Wresinski, the initiator of the UN End Poverty Day.
We thank you in advance for your support.
We wish you a very inspiring International Human Solidarity Day, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Chair of the Board, All Together in Dignity Ireland
ATD, 26 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1