In the face of an ill-concieved law delivered at the wrong time in the wrong way, we have reasoned, debated and engaged with the Government. This has been a mass civic campaign unprecedented in Irish politics. We have won the argument.
And we have been ignored. The Minister ended his sham debate on Tuesday by petulantly saying that he wouldn’t make any changes to the SI and it was going to be signed anyway.
As voters, we only have one more card to play. It is to say to our Government TDs that if they treat us with contempt, we will not vote for them.
Our representatives have made clear that they do not accept that we are serious when we email them. So, it’s time to do something unprecedented, something even more amazing. It’s time for more than a thousand of us to go to our FG and Labour TDs, politely but firmly, and tell them in person that they have lost our votes over this.
It’s time to step offline. Because if our 80,000 signatures aren’t going to be listened to, we’d better start using our feet and our votes.
We need 1,100 people to pledge to visit their TDs on Saturday, 04 February. That’s 10 people visiting every Labour and every Fine Gael TD in Ireland. That’s 1,100 people telling these TDs that because of SOPA and Sean Sherlock, they have lost our votes. That’s 114 Labour and FG TDs applying the pressure of party politics to cover their seats, and it’s our last and best chance.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Go to the home page and pledge to visit your Fine Gale and Labour TDs
- Call your local Fine Gael and Labour TDs constituency or Oireachtas offices to request a meeting with them for 5 minutes in person on Saturday, Feb 4th.
- Visit your TD for your scheduled meeting and tell them they have lost your vote because of SOPA Ireland. Here’s how to prepare!
- Use the hashtag #SOPApledge to Tweet or FB that you’ve taken part
Signing the pledge will sign you up for an informational email (you can unsubscribe instantly), and we’ll make sure every single person who pledges knows exactly who they need to see, has all the information they need for their appointment, and is ready for their TD visit.