Monday, September 17, 2018

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Raise The Roof Rally

An appeal by Macdara Doyle, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, in support of a rally on the housing and homeless situation.

Colleagues,

As you may be aware, the Executive Council of Congress has called a lunchtime rally on the housing and homeless crisis, to take place outside Leinster on Wednesday October 3 @ 12.30-2pm.

The rally is also being supported by the National Housing & Homeless Coalition, the National Women’s Council of Ireland, the Union of Students in Ireland and a wide range of housing agencies and advocates, under the umbrella of the Raise the Roof initiative.

The rally coincides with a cross-party opposition motion that is to be debated in the Dail on the same day. The motion is supported by Sinn Fein, the Labour Party, the Social Democrats, the Green Party, People Before Profit and Independents4Change. The motion demands radical action on the housing crisis and strongly reflects the key points set out in the Congress Charter for Housing Rights.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could circulate and share the attached leaflet amongst colleagues and friends and encourage as many people as possible to attend on Wednesday, October 3 @ 12.30-2pm.

A copy of the leaflet can also be downloaded here:

Many thanks for your cooperation and assistance in this.

1 comments :

DaithiD said...

As artificial intelligence increasingly automates output in industry, the assumption that private property promotes a creativity otherwise absent in the use of resources (Locke) becomes shrinkingly relevant. Private property has been synonymous with an individuals liberty, and perhaps until 2008 that was broadly what was empirically observed, but the evidence of a fault with those assumptions is increasingly clear with every year of austerity that follows.

If ownership of land no longer correlates with creativity and or productivity, and is ultimately a deferred cost to the tax base (bank bailouts), how then can it be utilised better? How can we embed technological advancements within our political theories, beyond the old amorphous frames of left or right?

This needn't hereald a return to serfdom, if we can start thinking of its implications now, like what compromises with freedom of movement should be made if ‘housing as a right’ is to be realised?

It seems from marches like this or the horror of balaclaved evictors, the appetite of the public for questioning current, failed hierarchies is there.