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July 21, 2020 / 15:53
Interesting discussions - including the beginnings of Polish self-governance and the activities of local governments during a pandemic, live connections with several city presidents, performances by artists, presentation of the plebiscite winners in particular cities and the presentation of special prizes for the Solidary City, the Defiant City and the City of Change - all of this could be seen in a special virtual gala "Supermiasta", hosted by Maciej Stuhr, well-known Polish actor and Paula Skalnicka-Kirpsza, editor-in-chief of "Gazeta Wyborcza" in Poznań. During the gala "Gazeta Wyborcza" summed up on Tuesday, June 16 2020, its action and plebiscite, organized on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the first election to municipal councils in the history of the Third Republic of Poland.
On June 16, 2020, a gala summarizing the "Supermiasta" plebiscite held by all local editorial offices of "Gazeta Wyborcza" took place. Due to the circumstances, the event has happened online - live broadcast from the studio in Warsaw could be followed at Wyborcza.pl and on the "Gazeta Wyborcza’s" Facebook profile. The hosts of the gala were actor Maciej Stuhr, and Paula Skalnicka-Kirpsza, editor-in-chief of "Gazeta Wyborcza" in Poznań, and the individual thematic blocks were led by editors-in-chief of local editions of the daily: Małgorzata Bujara from Warsaw and Dariusz Kortko from Katowice.
The evening began with a speech by Adam Michnik, editor-in-chief of "Gazeta Wyborcza", who said, i.a:
- 30 years is a great date so that we can enjoy. What happened as a result of local government reform was a great step towards building a civil society. Just like Lech Wałęsa told us to take matters into our own hands.. The great success of the local government is that it has authority among citizens. All of us. The success of local government is that it has created a group of great social workers. From the perspective of the Varsovian, I will mention that we had great presidents: Lech Kaczyński, Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Hanna Gronkiewcz-Waltz, or now Rafał Trzaskowski.
Over a dozen of city presidents took the floor in live discussions. The beginnings of self-government in Poland were discussed by Piotr Kuczera, president of Rybnik, Krzysztof Żuk, president of Lublin, Robert Raczyński from Lubin and Rafał Bruski from Bydgoszcz. Bogdan Wenta, president of Kielce, Jacek Sutryk, president of Wrocław, Arkadiusz Wiśniewski, president of Opole and Tadeusz Truskolaski, president of Białystok discussed the present, or how local governments cope during the coronavirus pandemic. The third conversation concerned disputes between the government and the local government in the context of current events and future prospects, and were discussed by the president of Sopot Jacek Karnowski, Krakow - Jacek Majchrowski and Marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship Adam Struzik.
The gala organizers also prepared an exciting trip around Poland for the viewers, presenting the winners of the "Supermiasta" plebiscite in 31 cities. There was also good music - during the evening Adam Nowak from Raz Dwa Trzy, Wojtek Mazolewski and Warsaw Dance Combo performed.
At the end of the gala, the editors of "Gazeta Wyborcza" presented special prizes. Wrocław was awarded the prize for the Solidary City, Gdańsk for the Unsubmissive City and Rzeszów for the City of Changes.
Wrocław was honored as a “city of Solidarity and solidarity"; real Solidarity, which was instilled years ago by Władysław Frasyniuk, Barbara Labuda, and Karol Modzelewski. Which, in defense of the common good, makes us stand side by side, whether on the barricade, on levees or in the face of coronavirus attack. And which is also fulfilled today by a wide front to help health care and care for the most neediest”.
Gdańsk has been recognized as "the Free City of Gdańsk because it fearlessly opposes the government's attempts to limit self-government independence, because it is not afraid to express its own opinion, because it can stand up, speak out loud about injustice, lies and manipulations.".
Rzeszów, whereas, was recognized as the City of Changes - "because from a crummy town somewhere at the end of the world it became a nice, modern, well-organized and arranged city that no longer has complexes to the rest of the country. Because it proved that if you want - you can do anything. Because it put a tremendous effort to make this change. "
The broadcast of the "Supermiasta" gala had been watched live by almost 3,000 people, while the recording of the event was already viewed by over 180,000. people.
The report and video can be found at Wyborcza.pl.
The plebiscite and the "Supermiasta" campaign was created because of the 30th anniversary of the first elections to municipal councils. Local editors of "Gazeta Wyborcza" asked their readers what had been the best for their three decades in their cities and what they were most proud of. Over 39 thousand people took part in the vote: peoplepointed to bridges and roads, restored city centers, bike paths, development of quays on the rivers, seats of cultural institutions - but also a joint struggle for ecology, joint opposition to breaking the constitution. In this way, a unique portrait of local government in Poland was created.
The full results of the "Supermiasta" plebiscite were published on May 8. in local "Gazeta Wyborcza" weeklies and on local pages of Wyborcza.pl.
An important part of the "Supermiasta" campaign are also publications under the slogan "Supermiasta". Readers of local editions of "Gazeta Wyborcza" and local websites of Wyborcza.pl have already got to know thanks to them, among others a list of about 200 places and initiatives that are the pride of individual cities. Texts in Polish about the campaign can be found at Wyborcza.pl.
"Supermiasta" was supported by self-promotion in "Gazeta Wyborcza" editions, on Wyborcza.pl and on profiles in social media.
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