UPDATE: 4000 Promises Postcard Campaign
AND SO WE LAUNCH THE 4000 PROMISES POSTCARD CAMPAIGN!
Will you send a postcard to our Minister for Justice?
It is up to us to hold our government to their promises. It is our collective voice that has power. Last year the Irish government promised to give home and safety to 4000 people displaced through war and violence. They promised to give priority to the most vulnerable. These are children, fleeing across Europe without their parents.
They have not done this.
Ireland co-chairs the UN summit on Refugees and Asylum Seekers on the 19th September. We call on them to take a leading role in addressing the crisis.
Here's a very EASY and EFFECTIVE way for us to join together and remind our leaders of their promise to us. It's called the 4000 Promises Postcard Campaign.
There are 4 steps to it.
1. Download the postcards here: http://tinyurl.com/z5nncga
2. Sign your name
3. Post it to our Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald before the 19th of September. Your postcard is one of thousands that will be delivered to the door of the Department of Justice over the coming weeks.
4. Join us for a fun and creative action in front of the Department of Justice on September the 16th (more details below)
It couldn't be more simple!
You can of course tweet the Minister for Justice (we do believe though, that old-school, snail-mail is really quite powerful!)
And that action on the 16th?
We will hand-deliver a giant postcard to the steps of the Department for Justice (51 St Stephens Green) at 6PM. Do please come along from 6-6:30PM
You might like to know a little more about the campaign, supported by individuals and groups all over Ireland. Read on below...
The postcard campaign aims to refocus people's atention to the plight of separated children. It calls on the Irish Government to take immediate action and fulfill their promise to respond and ensure safe passage and protection for refugees. So far, Ireland has taken in 311 refugees under the IRPP resettlement and relocation programme.
Ireland is co-chairing the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants on the 19th of September. We must take a leading role in addressing the crisis.
Why a postcard campaign?
Historical campaigns using the medium of postcards have had impact in communicating a clear message to elected politicians. Remember the 'Shut Sellafield' campaign in 2002? 1.3 million postcards were sent to Tony Blair on the 16th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.
Ireland has also led the way as a land of refuge for children in the past. In 1946, we gave homes to over 1000 German, French and Austrian refugee children under the Operation Shamrock campaign. The safe passage was organised by the Irish Red Cross and children were taken in by Irish foster families.