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SWAN Ireland 1st Annual Conference!

October 2, 2013 admin 0

“Building Alliance, Defending Services” – the Social Work Action Network Ireland 1st Annual Conference.

The theme of the conference will be building alliances in the struggle to defend services and challenge austerity measures.

The Social Work Action Network Ireland (SWAN Ireland) is a growing grassroots network of people who are concerned about the increase in structural inequalities in Irish society, the attacks on basic services and supports that the welfare state has traditionally provided people and the increasing privatisation of our once public services.

SWAN Ireland wants to build alliances with all social workers, social care workers, students, academics, family members, service users, welfare claimants, activists, trade unionists, advocacy workers and care workers, in order to fight for a just society that values people and solidarity at it’s core.

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Fight continues against attacks on Hungary’s homeless population

October 2, 2013 admin 0

This Monday (30th September 2013), the Hungarian Parliament voted to amend the 2012 Petty Offences Act. Passing the amendment local governments can now create homeless-free zones, (i.e. areas where living in public space is considered an offence) and the construction of homeless shacks. SWAN London organised a public demonstration against this action a couple of days before on 28th September, gathered signatures for a petition and delivered this to the Hungarian Embassy in solidarity with Hungary people affected by homeless. Photos of the action are below.

Our activist peers from “A varos mindenkie” (City is for all) from Budapest held a defiant demonstration on the day of the vote and made the following press release, following this disgraceful commitment by the Hungarian government to criminalise homelessness in this country: