We are raising much needed funds to help the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) organise. MASI are in a unique position financially, because everyone in MASI is living in Direct Provsion and living on €19/week. Unlike other activist groups who can rely on individual members to cover certain logistical costs, MASI does not have the privilege of such a safety-net. These funds will help cover the cost of transportation for activists in the various DP centres around Ireland to come together for meetings. It will also cover printing and other costs associated with running a successful campaign.
For everyone who is interested in the self-determination and dignity of asylum seekers in Ireland fighting for themselves, please put your money where your mouth is and give what you can.
Statement from MASI-MOVEMENT of ASYLUM SEEKERS in IRELAND:
We came together as MASI after the protests in the DP centres way back in 2014. We believe that speaking together in one voice, moving together in one direction, we are much stronger, our voices much louder and more difficult to ignore and dismiss. Part of the purpose of direct provision and dispersal is to keep us apart, divided, ghettoised, our power stolen. For us, MASI is a way to take back our power and demand freedom, justice and dignity for all asylum seekers.
MASI is the collective Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, a platform for asylum seekers to join together in unity and purpose. We seek justice, freedom and dignity for all asylum seekers.
Our demands are simple;
· End of direct provision;
· The right to work;
· The right to third level education;
· Opposes deportation;
· Opposes single application procedure.
· Residency for all in the system
What makes MASI to be unique is independency through self-organisation: We are not an NGO nor affiliated to any NGO or political party.
· MASI is not funded; we depend on our own resources and raise our own funds as we can.
· In MASI, all are equal to each other; all are of equal value and deserving of equal respect and dignity.
· MASI is democratic and collective. All decisions are made collectively, through discussion and agreement.
· MASI has no ‘membership’. We are part of MASI through our commitment and contribution to the collective work of the movement.
· MASI has no organisational structures. Structures can become rigid and hierarchical. We decide on tasks according to the nature of each action, and according to who is able to commit the time and energy needed at that time.
This is why MASI is different to other organisations, we are the true voice of the people.https://www.facebook.com/MASI-Movement-of-Asylum-Seekers-in-Ireland-321969801334321/