The voice of the people
We are one of many civil society and non-governmental organizations that are behind the Voice of the People initiative. The initiative aims to articulate 100 public demands for the political parties that intend to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections to take a stance on. The voice of the people comes as a response to the low trust that people have in politics, to its emptiness in terms of content and the vulgar assertion of particular rather than public interests by many politicians. Because we deserve better.
When the Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Vizjak, was confronted with recordings of his inappropriate statements about the stupidity of paying taxes from the time he was Minister of the Economy, he responded by saying that the one who is without sin should first cast a stone at him. We dived deep inside our souls, we pondered thoroughly and made our confessions – and despite our best efforts we simply couldn’t find ourselves guilty of any similar machinations. Therefore, in order to help knock down the minister’s chair, we organized a massive online metaphorical stoning of his political persona. Since then, almost 50,000 stones have been cast.
Openness Index is a result of an international survey, coordinated by the regional network of non-governmental organizations Action SEE. Within the project we analyzed the transparency of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia, which, through a comprehensive comparison of five different factors (transparency, accessibility, integrity of deputies, efficiency of the National Assembly, open data), came out as second most open in the region. Although this result looks encouraging, there is still a lot of room for improvement – as far as the integrity of MPs is concerned, for example, we are in a disastrous penultimate place in the region.
Less than fair
On a cold December evening, social networks were flooded with outraged posts reacting to a memo from Hofer banning homeless people from selling their newspaper in front of its outlets. In doing so, they communicated to an already vulnerable social group that they are unwanted and should become invisible – just to provide their customers a holiday shopping experience without any bad conscience. We strongly oppose this kind of segregation, so called on the public to boycott Hofer and help the homeless.