FOOTBALL 4 DEMOCRACY

To coincide with the counting of votes in the General Election, SARI Socrates 'Football 4 Democracy' team carried out two actions in Ardee and Drogheda to highlight the importance of exercising the franchise in order to participate fully in the democratic process. SARI plans to extend the campaign across the country in an effort to get people from diverse ethnic backgrounds to sign up on the register of electors.

Working with Louth Minority Ethnic Consortium and with funding from the Community Foundation of Ireland, SARI engaged former Irish Champion Freestyler Mark Tiernan along with Diverse City FC stars, Amina and Iesha Moustafa to carry out Street Football displays while volunteers, Abi from Nepal and Cru from Venezuela met with people on the streets to talk about their awareness of the recent election. It was clear from  the feedback that many people from the target cohort were of the opinion that the Irish political process was leaving them on the sidelines. This view tallies with the reports from other parts of the country and it is clear that the political parties have not taken 'New Citizens' into account when one studies their manifestos and the absence of cultural proofing of election literature.

On Wednesday, March 23 (11AM-1.30PM), SARI will host a 'Meet and Greet' Reception in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk. This will give the opportunity for County Louth's large ethnic mix of people to review the performance of their public representatives and meet the new incumbents. 

Following that, SARI along with the Immigrant Council of Ireland and other NGOs will form a Working Group to meet with the new Minister responsible for the sector.

In the meantime, SARI continues the street football programme with action in the Market Square, Dundalk on Saturday, March 5 from 12 noon - 4pm. All are welcome. For further info: Tosin (Project Coordinator) on 0894016071 and email: tosin.sari@gmail.com


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