7. From Each According to their Ability and Means

(from Pamphlet: “IRISH CITIZENS, WE MUST EMPOWER OURSELVES!”)

The first step begins with ourselves. Just like the saying that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, so the creation of an organisation of all citizen voters begins with individuals who see the necessity to get organised.

Everyone has plenty of obligations in life – work, caring for others, studies and so on. So the effort must be to reduce the burden by everyone carrying the bit of the load that they can manage. We all vary in our abilities and have varying amounts time and energy resources. But it is possible for everyone to make a contribution for the betterment of all – and all such contributions are needed.

We begin by empowering ourselves.

We need to make a conscious decision to empower ourselves, to reject the concept of being ruled over, and to engage with our fellow citizens to bring about change.
Sign-up and register with The Peoples Convention, join the discussions and help build the movement. Talk to your neighbours, work colleagues, fellow students and call a local meeting, starting with a neighbourhood gathering. By example we will create the conditions for others to follow.

Every organisation of the people – political, social, cultural, and campaigning – should likewise take a decision to mobilise in support of this movement to empower the people

This document is available in some quantities to kick start work in your area and constituency. More can be produced as funds are made available from each constituency as each gets organised. There is no American philanthropist to fund this movement, only ourselves the citizens. Likewise there are no organisers readily available to go to every area of the country to do the work in them. Those of us who have developed this initiative are actively pursuing it in our own constituencies; we are happy to share experiences and help in any way we can. We have developed various tools and resources, especially this Pamphlet, the website, Twitter feed and the Facebook page.
Some hundreds of citizens have signed up and expressed an interest in The People’s Convention throughout the country.

Join in! Contact information and website are inside the front cover.

Ní neart go cur le chéile

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