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PKR tiru idea Obama, lancar ‘Invoke’, dapatkan sokongan kerusi marginal

Dalam usaha mendekatkan aktivis dan profesional dengan realiti sebenar melibatkan masyarakat tempatan, PKR akan melancarkan satu program baharu esok yang diharap mampu mendorong sokongan kepada kerusi marginal bakal ditandingi pada pilihan raya akan datang, dan pada masa sama memperkasakan masyarakat.

“Invoke”, yang diilhamkan pengelola Presiden Amerika Syarikat Barrack Obama semasa menjadi penganjur komuniti di Chicago, akan dilancarkan di Hotel Empire Subang esok oleh beberapa pemimpin atasan PKR seperti, Setiausaha Agung Rafizi Ramli, Ketua Pemuda Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Sekretariat Pakatan Harapan Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

Sekitar 1985 dan 1988, Obama bekerja sebagai penganjur komuniti di Chicago, jawatan beliau dakwa sebagai kelayakan utama baginya bertanding jawatan presiden pada 2008, yang akhirnya dimenangi.

Tema penganjuran aktiviti kemasyarakatan adalah penting bagi kejayaan kempen presiden Obama – di mana beliau membantu menyatukan dan merangsang masyarakat terpinggir mengambil tindakan bersama menyelesaikan masalah mereka dengan meletakkan tekanan ke atas negeri atau mana-mana pihak berkuasa yang berkaitan.
PKR sedang mencontohinya dengan mewujudkan satu “platform” di mana golongan profesional, pelajar dan aktivis boleh menggunakan kemahiran dan kepakaran mereka membantu masyarakat setempat, berdasarkan isu-isu tempatan.

“Ia adalah pendekatan yang sangat praktikal,” kata Nik Nazmi kepada The Malaysian Insider.

“Ramai aktivis dan profesional, mereka mempunyai kelebihan. Ini adalah platform bagi mereka untuk menyumbang – doktor boleh menyumbang dalam kem perubatan, atau seorang peguam boleh mengadakan bengkel undang-undang,” katanya.

Program ini akan dilancarkan di seluruh negara, dan dimulakan dengan memberi tumpuan kepada kerusi marginal di mana PKR bertanding.

“Kami menghubungkannya dengan strategi politik kami,” kata Nik Nazmi.

Pakatan pembangkang mengenal pasti 30 kerusi marginal menjelang pilihan raya akan datang, dan 24 daripadanya akan ditandingi PKR.

“Ideanya adalah pergi ke tempat di mana terdapat isu-isu penting untuk bercakap tentangnya dan melihat bagaimana kita boleh menghubungkan aktivis dan masyarakat bagi mencari penyelesaian setempat,” katanya.

“Terdapat banyak daripada mereka yang mempunyai minat mendalam dan suka bercakap. Kami berhasrat membawa mereka turun padang dan membantu mereka membuat perubahan,” katanya.

Program ini diketuai sekumpulan profesional muda, dan pasukannya akan diumumkan esok semasa pelancaran “Invoke”.

Pemimpin parti akan memberikan “bimbingan” kepada mereka, kata Nik Nazmi.

“Mereka akan mengendalikannya dengan cara day-to-day basis,” katanya.

Matlamat utama “Invoke” adalah membina “inisiatif berasaskan komuniti yang kuat.”

“Invoke berusaha menjana anjakan kuasa di mana orang-orang yang memerlukan akhirnya menerima, mengikut agenda sering tidak sejajar ditetapkan di tempat lain, mengambil tindakan sendiri dan membawa perubahan,” bahan promosinya berbunyi.

Invoke terbuka kepada penyertaan orang ramai dengan satu faktor persamaan iaitu “minat mendalam” terhadap khidmat masyarakat dan bertindak melakukan sesuatu berbanding hanya menjadi pengkritik pasif. – 15 November, 2015.

Inspired by Obama, PKR launches ‘Invoke’ to empower communities in marginal seats

In its bid to connect activists and professionals with the realities on the ground involving local communities, PKR will tomorrow launch a programme that it hopes will tilt support in marginal seats towards the party in the next elections.

At the same time, it also hopes to empower communities.

“Invoke”, inspired by United States President Barack Obama’s days as a community organiser in Chicago, will be launched at the Empire Hotel in Subang tomorrow by several top PKR leaders, including secretary-general Rafizi Ramli, Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Pakatan Harapan secretariat Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, among others.

Between 1985 and 1988, Obama worked as a community organiser in Chicago, a role he claimed was central in his qualification to run for the presidency in 2008, which he eventually won.
The community organising theme was central to Obama’s successful presidential campaign – where he helped unite and spur aggrieved communities to take collective action to solve their problems by putting pressure on the state or any relevant authorities.

PKR is looking to emulate that here by creating a “platform” on which professionals, students and activists can use their skills and expertise to help communities on local issues.

“It’s a very hands-on approach,” Nik Nazmi told The Malaysian Insider.

“Many of the activists and professionals, they have an advantage. This is a platform for them to contribute – a doctor can contribute in a medical camp, or a lawyer can hold legal workshops,” he said.

The programme will be nationwide and will focus on marginal seats in which PKR are contesting.

“We are linking it up with our political strategy,” Nik Nazmi said.

The opposition party has identified 30 marginal seats ahead of the next elections with 24 being contested by PKR.

“The idea is to go to places where there are pertinent issues to talk about and see how we can link the activists and communities to find localised solutions.

“There are many who are passionate and opinionated. We aim to bring them to the ground and help them make a difference.”

The programme will be led by a group of young professionals and the team announced tomorrow.

Party leaders would be providing “guidance”” to them, Nik Nazmi said.

“They will be the ones handling it on a day-to-day basis.”

The ultimate goal for Invoke is to build “powerful community-based initiatives”.

“Invoke strives to generate a fundamental shift in power whereby people, who have been on the receiving end, according to an often misaligned agenda set elsewhere, take action themselves and bring about change,” its promotional material reads.

Invoke is open to public participation with one common factor: a “passion” for community service and to invoke a little more than just being armchair critics. – November 15, 2015.

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