We are ordinary people. We are like you. We are citizens of different ages, nationalities and social backgrounds. We get up every morning to study, to look after our homes, to go to work, or to look for work. We all work hard every day at building a better future for ourselves and for the people around us. But all of us are worried and angry about what is unfolding, politically and economically, in our society.
We want REAL DEMOCRACY NOW! Not the pretense of democracy that presently exists in Ireland. The present system silences the voices of those who want a meaningful role in shaping our society and concentrates power in the hands of a minority. Our political system does not represent us but instead administers on behalf of unaccountable elites. It is time for us all to start a movement for a better society.
We want a society based on equality, solidarity, respect, ecological sustainability, and the development and well-being of all people.
We want a society that guarantees the following: housing, work, culture, health care, education, political participation and a fulfilled life. Our political and economic system places these things under attack.
We therefore reject a political system that exists simply to allow others to rob us of our living standards, our public services, and our political voice.
The politicians do not represent us. Their promises are nothing more than a way of gaining power to administer on behalf of their powerful masters.
The trade unions do not represent us, because the agreements made by their leadership consent to the robbery of the people.
State-owned and corporate media do not represent us: we can represent ourselves. We do not need experts to define our needs or shape our thoughts in advance.
No entity, national or international, has the right to burden the people with illegitimate debt. We will not spend our future working to pay off illegitimate bankers’ debt through lower wages, longer hours, and a tax regime that benefits wealth and power and impoverishes everyone else. We must put an end to this.
We want total transparency in the management of the country, zero tolerance to corruption, and prosecution of those responsible for major economic crimes.
We will no longer be cogs in a machine designed to enrich a small minority through the toil of the vast majority and the destruction of the environment.
We are not commodities. We are more than consumers. We are citizens.
Real Democracy NOW! means every one’s voice, participation and welfare is given equal importance in deciding how our society should be run. We can do this ourselves.
The problems we face are local, but they are also global. We want this movement to grow, and we offer total solidarity to any group or collective elsewhere that shares our desire for direct and real democracy.
This situation harms us every day. As a consequence of all the above, WE ARE OUTRAGED!
We can change this.
We can all play our part.
Together we can create a new reality.
This is just the beginning.