Arvind Ramachandran
vasemmisto.fi -sivustolle

Hello Helsinki!

 

No city dweller left behind!

Towards equality between residents and neighbourhoods in Helsinki.

Have you wondered if your life in Helsinki can be better than it is now? Better access to nature, more affordable housing, closer local services, a variety of hobbies for your children?

Or are you satisfied with how well the public transportation system works, how good the schools are, how easy it is to get high quality public healthcare, and how the snow ploughs work all night to ensure a smooth life for you and your loved ones?

Whether you cannot wait to have your ideas to improve the city realised, or want to make sure current services continue in the future as well, join us as we attempt to make our shared home, our Helsinki, friendlier, enjoyable and more equal. For everyone.

My name is Arvind Ramachandran. I am an immigrant from India and have lived in Helsinki for 6 years. An architect and urban planner by training, I also serve as the employee representative at my current workplace. Outside of work, I am active in equality and human rights initiatives, organise events that build community, and dabble in stand-up comedy.

I am running for election in the 2021 municipal elections as a candidate for The Left Alliance in the Helsinki election district. Cities are my passion, and I look forward to collaborating with a diverse and motivated group of Helsinki residents to make a difference in the way our city is designed, built and run.

The main goal of the campaign is to reduce social inequality in the city, both between residents and between neighbourhoods. We aim to realise a city for everyone, especially those who are often ignored, such as children, youth, single parents, unemployed, elders, ethnic, gender and sexual minorities, people with disabilities, those with international backgrounds and the homeless.

We will achieve this by:

Improving access to basic services across the city, with special focus on underserved areas

Lessening adverse short and long term environmental impacts of urban development

Promoting feeling of belonging to the city among different population groups

Supporting those experiencing marginalisation due to individual situations or structural challenges

On these pages is presented a vision for a city which works for the many, and not just the few. You will also find general information about the upcoming municipal elections in Finland.

You are most welcome to join us on this collective journey towards a friendlier, enjoyable and more equal Helsinki!

Follow, support and share the campaign through the pages below:
https://www.arvind.cc
https://www.facebook.com/arvindsome
https://www.instagram.com/arvindrchn

Donate to the campaign:
https://www.arvindramachandran.com/donate

Get in touch:
arvind(at)arvind.cc

Thanks in advance and looking forward to working with you!

 


 

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Arvind Ramachandran
Arvind Ramachandran5 months ago
What initiatives would I propose when I am elected?

a.k.a

Arvind's dreams 3/20

Urban farming for everyone!

Helsinki is home to more than 630 000 people. 86% of homes in Helsinki are in multi-storey buildings.

Only a small percentage of Helsinkians are able to farm in their own place, be it their yards, allotment gardens, farming plots or large balconies.

Hence urban farming for everyone would be an important step towards equality.

The city would do this by offering tips, materials and courses in multiple languages, so that everyone could get started with growing their own food.

Urban farming that is made easy in this way would also be a good way to get to know the neighbours, while helping the environment.

It could even be a method to take back the city squares from cars.

Interesting idea, but nobody should be forced to do urban farming!

Not at all, just that any city dweller who wants to would be able to grow their own food, and at the same time make the city a greener and nicer place to live!

#Arvind2021 #ArvindValtuustoon #HelsinginVasemmisto #Vasemmisto #KaupunkilaistaEiJätetä #Helsinki #Yhdenvertaisuus #Kuntavaalit2021
Arvind Ramachandran
Arvind Ramachandran5 months ago
People in Helsinki asked if donations to Arvind's campaign can be made through MobilePay.

We like listening to people in Helsinki.

So dear friends, we from Arvind's support group are happy to inform you that you can support Arvind's journey to the city council, now also using MobilePay!

Donations will be used to cover social media advertisement, flyer printing and other campaign communication expenses.

You can donate from Finland through bank transfer or MobilePay (details for copying also in bio, and on www.arvind.cc):

Receiver: Arvind Ramachandranin Tukiyhdistys ry

Bank account number: FI34 5780 0720 5900 12

MobilePay number: 92915

Message: Donor name can be mentioned / cannot be mentioned

In case a donation is not possible right now, you can also support the campaign by liking, commenting and sharing social media posts, and most importantly, by telling your friends about Arvind's campaign!

Thank you for your contribution towards a friendlier and more equal Helsinki!

#Arvind2021 #ArvindValtuustoon #HelsinginVasemmisto #Vasemmisto #KaupunkilaistaEiJätetä #Helsinki #Yhdenvertaisuus #Kuntavaalit2021
Arvind Ramachandran
Arvind Ramachandran5 months ago
Marginal issues, municipal elections and completely clueless politicians.

In municipal politics, decisions are made about issues that are important to people's everyday lives. These include public services, social and healthcare facilities, culture and recreation, city planning, childcare and education.

But many local politicians look at these important issues only from their narrow personal perspectives. Topics like nature conservation, accessibility, mental health services, early childhood education, and healthcare are often dismissed as too marginal to bother about. By doing so, the needs of minorities especially get ignored.

In pushing aside these so called marginal issues in city council politics, we also end up continuously creating structures that cause the marginalisation. These structures are then used to even more easily forget the needs of city dwellers.

This situation can be improved only by working harder to understand every city dweller's life situation and needs. Because the current system works only for the few, and not for everyone!

For this reason, we need municipal politics in which no issue is ignored because it is too "marginal", and every need that city dwellers have is used to create a bridge towards a better life. So we can build welfare for everyone!

#Arvind2021 #ArvindValtuustoon #HelsinginVasemmisto #Vasemmisto #KaupunkilaistaEiJätetä #Helsinki #Yhdenvertaisuus #Kuntavaalit2021
Arvind Ramachandran
Arvind Ramachandran5 months ago
The first print run of flyers has arrived!

Finnish on one side, English on the other, equality all around.

We will have larger and more easily readable ones with the candidate number closer to the elections.

But if you want to start sharing these with your friends, family, neighbours or strangers in Helsinki (respecting pandemic and advertisement restrictions), do comment below or send me a message.

I will then bike to you and give you a few, like I did with a dear friend yesterday!

Please feel free to share this post as well, or use these images in your own social media channels to tell people you know about me.

Let's make our city, our Helsinki, friendlier, equal, accessible and enjoyable.

Together!

#Arvind2021 #ArvindValtuustoon #HelsinginVasemmisto #Vasemmisto #KaupunkilaistaEiJätetä #Helsinki #Yhdenvertaisuus #Kuntavaalit2021
Arvind Ramachandran
Arvind Ramachandran5 months ago
What initiatives would I propose when I am elected?

a.k.a

Arvind's dreams 2/20

Culture vouchers for teenage city-dwellers!

Helsinki is one of Finland's most diverse cities. It is also home to a wide selection of cultural events.

Many 13-17 year olds would like to attend these events. But the family's financial situation, parent's different interests etc. affect these choices.

Culture vouchers provided by the city to all 13-17 year olds would be a step towards equality. In addition to the Finnish model for hobbies, where every youngster is entitled to participate in one hobby free of cost through their school, these vouchers would help youngsters get to know the world through culture!

While giving youngsters an opportunity to enjoy cultural experiences together, this scheme would also support different actors in the culture fields.

Vouchers for 100 € for example would be enough to attend around 10 events in a year. And each youngster can themselves decide which events to use them for!

Sounds like an interesting idea, especially when the culture fields are suffering now, but wouldn't this be too expensive?

Not at all! There are around 33 000 city dwellers in this age group. So around four million euros would be enough. And the sum would go to supporting the culture field. While helping the entire city embrace diverse culture offerings.

In other words, a win-win-win situation!

#Arvind2021 #ArvindValtuustoon #HelsinginVasemmisto #Vasemmisto #KaupunkilaistaEiJätetä #Helsinki #Yhdenvertaisuus #Kuntavaalit2021
Arvind Ramachandran
Arvind Ramachandran5 months ago
In recent days, we have seen politicians in Helsinki pull a trick as old as the hills.

Changing tune to suit the situation, with no conscience or responsibility towards the people they are supposed to represent!

If you would like to see a change from this, and see some real walk of some real talk in the Helsinki city council, do consider donating to Arvind's campaign.

In 2017, several candidates spent thousands of euros to get elected to this very Helsinki city council.

In 2021, Arvind's support group is collecting donations for Arvind's election campaign to the same Helsinki city council by requesting that people donate for example 10 €.

Donations will be used to cover social media advertisement, flyer printing and other campaign communication expenses.

You can donate from Finland through bank transfer (details for copying also in bio, and on www.arvind.cc):

Receiver: Arvind Ramachandranin Tukiyhdistys ry

Bank account number: FI34 5780 0720 5900 12

Message: Donor name can be mentioned / cannot be mentioned

In case a donation is not possible right now, you can also support the campaign by liking, commenting and sharing social media posts, and most importantly, by telling your friends about Arvind's campaign!

Thank you for your contribution towards a friendlier and more equal Helsinki!

#Arvind2021 #ArvindValtuustoon #HelsinginVasemmisto #Vasemmisto #KaupunkilaistaEiJätetä #Helsinki #Yhdenvertaisuus #Kuntavaalit2021

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