YOUTH campaign group Generation YES is back and is saying ‘Yes’ to the referendum on the stability treaty. The group, which formed to burst the bubble on myths around the Lisbon Treaty, have re-launched to challenge what they see as fear-mongering on both sides of the debate on the stability treaty with an online campaign.
Andrew Byrne, Executive Director of Generation YES, says: “We want to present the facts on the stability treaty in a no-nonsense way and we are determined to take on lies and mistruths that anyone else – on the Yes or No sides – spreads in the campaign.
“We’re not going to waste anyone’s time with slogans like “Yes to Jobs”, with baseless threats or poorly informed statements. We know this treaty isn’t a solution to all of Europe’s problems but after taking the time to read carefully through the text, research the economic, legal and political arguments, we have no doubt that voting Yes is the right thing to do.”
The Generation YES campaign will focus on the online space to reach their 18-35 year old audience. Generationyes.ie went live yesterday and will post the facts on the treaty that no one else is talking about. What marks the website out among Yes campaigns is its forceful, no-nonsense arguments backed up with solid evidence. The GenYES facebook page, which has over 4,000 followers, and twitter accounts have already been reactivated.
“The members of Generation YES have come together again because thus far no other group is answering our questions or discussing the issues we want raised. We want a realistic, frank debate on the facts and we will make sure that our generation gets that debate, “ adds Byrne.
A group of young people formed Generation YES in 2009 out of a sense that the political establishment had failed to speak to them during the first referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. The group’s objective is to bring the debate on Europe back to the facts.
What a year! 2009 is approaching its end and its been and up and down year for me.
What a year for me and blogging! It started off great being selected for the first Th!nk about it competition and then that led to other cool projects, again involving European Journalism Centre and the Anna Lindh Foundation. I of course moved the blog .com and its bein great doing that. I have gotten involved with bloggingportal, irishelection and sluggerotoole at various points through out the year. I have met and been contacted by lots of cool people through all this.
Its been an up and down year with work. Loosing my job, like so many others, was a bit of a wake up call, and thankfully I landed on my feet. I know am back in college and have a part-time job. Things really did turn out for the better.
What a year to be involved in Politcs. The Local and European elections were great fun, as was the preceding the Ard Fheis. I learned a lot during the campiagns and look forward to putting that to good use in the coming General Election, whenever that will be. The second Lisbon Referendum was also a great opportunity. Getting involved with Generation Yes, Ireland For Europe and Bloggers for Europe, let to more learning and of course meeting lots of people. It was a great experience. It also got me published in local newspapers!
While 2009 was a great year, it saw a number of deaths for me too. This year I lost a favourite teacher from school, Paddy Mulcahy, and a good friend of mine, Brian Finn. Its right to remember them at this time of year. This year, brought lots of opportunities in my personal life, and I am glad I took them!
So what will next year bring? Who knows, but im looking forward to it!
All thats left to do now, is to wish you all a Happy New Year and best of luck for 2010!
And thats not counting the Political Parties in favour of the Treaty, Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Labour and the Green Party! That is nearly 9 groups. There are probably more!
On the no side we have as Robert points out “Coir, Sinn Fein, Socialist Party, Socialist Workers Party and the other lefty fringe groups”. Does this mean that because of the broadcasting act the Yes side could be left without a coherent voice? Each group having only a small amount of time While the No side is able to pick from a small group of people. That is a possibility.
But why is there so many Yes Groups? Robert has one theory
Politicians are not popular right now, so it seems the Yes side’s tactic will be to keep them locked away in their offices
That is one reason yes, but I would add to it. What is your reaction when a politician starts talking about Europe? I switch off, and I am EU-phile. Why? Because they are boring, they try to show off how much they know and basically bore people. The talk about “we europeans” and use cliches like “at the heart of Europe” which means nothing to most people.
Hopefully these groups will be better at talking ordinary language and not high faluting stuff that confuse and bore people. If they don’t, the Yes Vote could be in danger.
Do you want to see the Lisbon Treaty passsed in October?
Are you willing to get involved in a youth campaign to get it passed?
If you answer “Yes” to these three questions and are living in the Cork Area, you might want to get involved with Generation Yes.
Generation Yes is currently being organised in Cork (by me and others) and if you ant to get involved please either email me: Stephen@stephenspillane.com or join the Facebook Group for Generation Yes – Cork and will contact you that way about upcomming events and meetings.
If you want more information on Generation Yes, check out their website
Generation Yes are holding an event in Cork this Thursday at 18:30 in the Classic Bar on South Main Street. Legal expert Roderic O’Gorman will be on hand to explain what the Legal Guarantees mean for Ireland and for the Lisbon Treaty.
Hopefully it will be a well attended meeting and will answer a few questions for us all before we make up our minds on what way we will vote in October.
The Pingg event page is here if you want to RSVP there or there is Facebook Event Page if you want to RSVP there.