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Attica Projects launch day was on July 26th, 2020. Thirty-six years ago, that was the anniversary of the fourth labour government that took power and decimated neoliberalism. Margret Thatcher bought in neoliberalism in Britan, and she said: “there is no alternative (TINA)” – Attica Project has announced they are that alternative.
The news is real, Attica Project has launched after three weeks of planning, writing policy & lots of long meetings to form a new un-registered party during the 2020 General Elections. Attica Project will not be participating in the elections this year for the party vote. Still, they are standing candidates under Attica’s policies in the attempt to win the electorate outright to get into parliament and deliver a complete rejection in that electorate of neoliberalism.
Attica Projects’ vision is to defend communities from the harms of neoliberalism and provide a genuine grassroots alternative to it. They will restore governance that serves the needs of the many, promoting ideals and legislation that creates a sustainable economy, localism and ecological health, affordable nutrient-dense food, a safe home, body sovereignty, freedom of choice, freedom of information and speech, high-quality education and opportunity for all.
Together, this team has worked tirelessly every day and night over the course of three weeks to develop a completely brand new political party to change the political game in New Zealand. The team members, some of which are not included in this photos are Board Members Soraya Bradley(far left), Calli Veludos(not in photo), Erica Wallis-iles (far right), Candidates Michael Kay for Otaki (middle left) & Mike ILES for Mana (middle right) – and, not to forget, farm dog Jess (lower left).
“Everybody had a lot of excitement and enthusiasm and engaging – Everybody got stuck in and a very easy group of people to work with. We had been doing other things in the meantime, all of us had to take charge of some of the same things if we’d go off and do other stuff. It’s a huge undertaking, but we still had eight months of a base of work that we were drawing from. The best thing is bringing all that work to a conclusion. It’s at the point where we would of like it four months ago for the voters to have a crack and interact with it and give us feedback – we are now way behind but the awareness that there is an election is more people that realise there is an election on that could give Attica Project more feedback,” said Candidate Michael Kay for Otaki.
“It’s the easiest group of people to work with, and it’s really satisfying to see policies come to life on the website. It’s really satisfying getting Michael’s agriculture policy up after working on it for nine months, I went and took some photos of our library books on regenerative agriculture books and organic books. We’ve been through hundreds of papers, and it’s really well researched but mainstream media treats regenerative agriculture like it’s a fringe thing, it’s the alternative to industrial agriculture. It’s the antithesis opposite of the neoliberal project, it’s about restoring localism, democracy and celebrating communities,” said Board Member Soraya Bradley.
The Water & Soil Policy from Attica’s website explains that water quality is the measure of New Zealand’s social-economic, cultural, and environmental prosperity. The countries current ecological snapshot, water is screaming ‘failure.’ Attica Project promises to rejoin the ecologies – water, soil, air. The policy has 13 internationally accepted practices in agro-ecology to produce healthy soil, nutrient-dense food, pure water, and healthy people.
“Soil is a nature’s filtration system, cleansing water as it moves across the landscape. The New Zealand watershed has broken down, as water moves across the landscape, it is collecting topsoil, fertilizer, and poisons depositing them into our lakes, rivers, and seas. Restoring the soil carbon sponge will restore the function of the soils and restore the purity of our water.”
You can see the full policies on the Attica Project website. One new policy will be released every day for the next two weeks, from July 26th, 2020.