Category Archive : ACORN Czech Republic

ACORN International’s global response to the COVID-19 Pandemic – Mumbai to British Columbia

At the outset of the now-ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, over a dozen chapters, branches, and affiliate organizations of ACORN International issued a global call for the social protection of low-income families and individuals. The collective call urged a global response and for a guarantee of social justice from every national state by cancelling rent debt, protecting renters from eviction, and guaranteeing a minimum crisis income for all families in need.

ACORN continues to call upon us to imagine forms of global social protection. In this time when the costs of the next pandemics and the climate crisis accumulate on a global scale, social protection should be thought globally as well.

Across the globe, ACORN International chapters, branches, and affiliate organizations mobilized members for mutual support, health and safety, and member defense.

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ACORN convenes first global Zoom call during COVID-19 pandemic

ACORN International board members, supported by their staff, convened in a first global Zoom call today. ACORN leaders from 15 countries and 20 affiliates joined the call and participated using translators and translation software.

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ACORN at the Forefront of the Working Class

12 members and workers of our social building cooperative and civil association met at the Republic Square to support the event called the Revolution Betrayed held by the emergent student platform Real Left.

Equality, unity and fraternity somehow disappeared yet left with a taste for the unknown fruit of freedom, which we had managed to try.
We suffered bitterly from how worms wriggled, irritated the stomach juices and triggered a thunderstorm of pathological effects, but its taste, the taste of sweetness still lingers on the palate and reminds of what we were worth and what we would like to achieve.
Yes, the Velvet Revolution is considered to be an unfinished piece of hot iron, and we are holding wrenches and ringing them loudly! Velvet Revolution.

Execution on Property, Debts, The Unemployed, The Homeless and Dead Ideas.

Our solution is so far taking place primarily within the social cooperative and civic community association, but it can also grow to be political. We are both a social cooperative and a registered community association.

At the event “Revolution Betrayed”, we chanted: “Velvet is not over, so let’s pull it through!”

It is a slogan that certainly does not end with one demonstration or will not just repeat on the next November 17.

Czech ACORN members are considering how it can work throughout the year, prospectively until next November.

-Why not launch our own year-round campaign “Completing the Velvet” or some such?

In 1989, the Civic Forum was founded. CF was supposed not only to mediate between citizens and executive bodies of the state, but to strengthen the thesis that democracy is a space for equal opportunities to offer various solutions, concepts and principles.

Public policies should engage in the form of competition, but it does not always have to be rivalry in terms of being attracted to the trough or persuading crowds. We can imagine devising and social consensus and increasing efforts to cooperate.

Why do we propose the principle of political competition?

It is here to give citizens the opportunity to choose the agenda that convinces them most, which is the best.

Unfortunately, the very principle of today’s political competition forces the policies of particular political parties to sell their agenda at all costs as well as denigrating the agenda of other political parties. There is practically no way in which a politician would recognize or attempt to support the agenda of their political rival.

But democracy is here to stay

However, democracy is the principle for an independent platform through which citizens can propose legislation, administrative and executive decisions, engaging in social activism, as well as expressing their views on a variety of issues, such as local matters.

The Civic Forum originally stood a chance to become a platform, as a tool for citizens to exercise control in a transparent way.

Parliamentary democracy is good, but it has its shortcomings

Parliamentary democracy, except for all its advantages, to a number of parties means the incessant abstention from putting the proposed changes into practice. One government spends four years trying to implement their policies The opposition makes attempts to disrupt it, explaining to the citizens that this is the wrong direction. Four years later they want to come to power and the situation is reversed

That is also why we believe that a comprehensive platform of civil control and citizens’ direct influence on the legitimate and executive power would be a party principle. By offering people the means to exercise control, we simplify the way civil society works as it begins to function more directly and thus we create a more democratic environment for its full development.

Society is not built in such a way, but it barely survives !!!

Therefore, we staunchly support the implementation of the idea of ​​an organization similar to the Civic Forum. For instance, a way of its instantiation could be establishing a organization that would be nonprofit in civic transparent hands and would force the current order to share power.

We think that creating a peaceful environment based on a friendly community can transform the whole political culture.

At first glance, small communities seem to be unable to change anything by themselves. Nonetheless, they work internally, for example, to provide social help, establish social cooperatives, and externally, they engage in tasks such as activism.

Small grassroots communities can form a common local organization. More local organizations can make up a common regional one, which, if united, can result in a nationwide network.

At first glance, it is a small scale drudgery, but at the same time, small communities keep emerging and some have recently joined together.

So in our view it is possible both to influence political culture and attain certain political goals.

A community does not automatically have to mean a political movement.

In a community, social work, counseling, say neighborhood assistance, is shaped, which can later grow to form cooperatives and become politically involved.

The betrayal of the CF was indeed a revolution betrayed.

CF initially assumed that there would naturally exist political parties and the notion of the party would work, but CF also counted on its own role. CF should be a community and politics should emerge at a grassroots level.

ACORN at the Forefront of the Working Class..

ACORN Czech Republic: We will complete the 1989 Revolution

Demonstration on November 17th anniversary.

We are a ready organization

At the beginning of its establishment ten years ago, the ACORN Association had constituted statutes ready to support a political parties wishing to set up platforms or non-profits alongside its own political activities that would offer citizens the opportunity to engage in their forums and assemblies either as individuals or entire groups with their goals.

According to the Articles of Association, it is possible to establish both a freadom members forum and a council of associated organizations with fixed settings or a council of organizations which belong directly to ACORN.

In doing so, we seek to extend the possibilities of party politics by involving citizens and, above all, bringing organizations and independent citizens together.

Our association has therefore decided to support some specific movements, to try to create a direct, united platform through which other engaged organizations or independent citizens can directly influence events and, using this principle, directly run or propose programs. Initiatives of free members, community associations, employees of social enterprises and so on can be involved.

Contact us on Messenger on the ACORN Czech facebook page and join the association or cooperative, we are recruiting all those interested in taking democratic measures to reach common consensus of all citizens!

Update on Activities in the Czech Republic

Social Cooperative has a new opportunity for workers to join a small ceramics factory. 

Social counseling for citizens and migrants can be found here.

 

Congratulations to ACORN Czech on a Great Year of Work

ACORN Czech has had a busy year of work.

 

Click on this link to check out the complete gallery of all the work that ACORN Czech has been up to over the last year.

 

Interview conducted in Prague in offices of Alternatives

Complete Interview Link Here

Organizing Discussion at AKORN Gallery in Prague on May 12th, 2013

Community & Resource Project in Prague

Art, Coffee and ACORN

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Report from ACORN Czech

Check out our new website!

We are active in organizing in the mines of Bilina.

 

Also, we are organizing in the Roma settlements.  These settlers come from the ghettos with the promise of free rentals.  However, there is no work and no social benefits for their needs.  We are organizing against this injustice.

Roma & Czech Flag on t-shirt!

 

 

 


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