Sunday, 7 October 2018

Barricade Bulletin No.6: OUT NOW!

Barricade Bulletin No.6 OUT NOW! 
Barricade Bulletin is now available in various bookshops and libraries around Derry. If you can't wait or live outside Derry then click the following link for PDF version

Saturday, 6 October 2018

In the Spirit of 1968 - Fight the Power!

This week marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement in Derry on October 5th 1968. Those historical black and white television images of unarmed peaceful civil rights protesters being baton-charged off the streets of their city for attempting to challenge the Unionist masters in Storming created shock-waves.
Amongst the clambering, infighting and drama as to who did what and when on the day, the various political parties lambasted one another over who exactly are the rightful inheritors of that day, anyone would be forgiven that there was some type of election in the offing next year.
Little do they know that after all their self-righteous ceremonies, speeches and honours that it was actually the people of the city who had taken to the streets and brought the events that faithful day to a head. It is the people themselves who truly deserve credit for their dignity and strength of courage against the state and its forces.
But whilst the great and the good gathered in the Guildhall, several hundred people rallied outside to remember the struggle of 1968 and the struggle that continues to this day which is why anarchists in the city took part. If there are lessons which can be learned from the events of '68 be in Paris, Chicago, Rome, Washington or here in Derry it has to be that is real change can only come about from below, by the people and in the streets and in our workplaces alone, not from within their chambers and halls of power.  
For our class the division of sectarianism, housing, jobs, health and education have reached depths not witnessed since the sixties however many communities are already mobilising in the streets in an effort to fight the power, drawing on the lessons of the past. Together, without the politicians we can win!
The Spirit of 1968 - Lessons from the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement:

Monday, 1 October 2018

The 3rd Annual Derry Radical Bookfair Announced

The third annual Radical Book Fair at Pilots Row Community Centre will return to the city once again in January. A spokesperson on behalf of the book fair organising committee said that over the past several years the book fair has been in existence it has grown in size which has encouraged us to make the event an annual affair. “We are delighted to announce what will be the 3rd annual Derry Radical Bookfair which will take place in January 2109. We have had regular requests and encouragement to continue the event which is now firmly part of the political calendar of the city.
“During the past couple of years the Radical Bookfair has played host to many participants from all across the island of Ireland as well as from England, Scotland and Wales which has been part of the Bloody Sunday week of events leading up to the annual Bloody Sunday March.
“We would like to extend a warm Derry welcome to all participants again to the Radical Bookfair who have different visions, ideas, practices and radical traditions. it is our view that this annual book fair will be used to present our support of small press publishers and independent booksellers and producers, circulating radical reading materials and information from independent distributors, non-party political campaigns and groups to share their publications and merchandise, which normally would be hard or impossible to find at mainstream bookshops.
“Books of local, national and international interests including social and labour history as well as themes covering radical feminism, queer liberation, anarchism, Marxism, republicanism and environmentalism.
“From the outset it is our view that Derry has a long and proud tradition of working-class radicalism which has influenced many historical events, standing out beyond most other cities that has both challenged and changed society around us for the better.
“At present, we are allocating stall space and as seen during past radical bookfairs, space is limited.
“If your bookstore, distribution or publishing collective would like to book a place at the radical bookfair then now is the time to confirm.
“We are currently getting ready to present what looks to be another amazing day of stalls, books, records, zines from independent booksellers, political and historical groups, local radical projects, small press and more.”

Sunday, 26 August 2018

STONEWALL Remembered: Foyle Pride 2018

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Derry's Foyle Pride week which hosted a series of commemorations events from talks to exhibitions. But in commemorating Pride it is vital that all of us take time out to remember the history of Pride celebrations, its origins and how radical LGBTQ activists made attempts to challenge a world that refused to recognise any form of sexual freedom. 

In particular the Stonewall riots which took place in New York and how the police and groups of lesbian, gay, bi and transgender people clashed in a series of early morning confrontations back in June 28, 1969. That date, just as the name of Stonewall, became synonymous with what was to be a watershed for the worldwide LGBTQ movement who for the first time stood up and actively resisted police and state oppression head on. 

Here in Derry, Foyle Pride has to be the only independent, cross-community based driven LGBTQ festivals in the entire island of Ireland which stands alone in its long held radical ethos of refusing both corporate funding and any participation of the police, no matter how hard they try to 'normalise' the celebrations. For this alone the Foyle Pride committee deserve a high-five from each and everyone of us, as people gathered to celebrate 25 years of organising Pride in the city viewed as the birth place of the civil rights movement. As ever the route of the Foyle Pride Parade followed in the foot steps of the original Civil Rights March back in 1968 which this year marks its 50th anniversary.

It was equally important that members of the Industrial Workers of the World in Derry took part in this years celebrations in solidarity with the LGBTQ community, standing with fellow workers in highlighting the call that an injury to one is an injury to all.

Monday, 13 August 2018

IWW Statement: A City United Against Racism!

The Industrial Workers of the World will take part in the forthcoming antifascist rally in Derry's Guildhall Square at 3pm in what will be a unified stand against any expression of the far-right to moblise. 

Over the past number of months we have seen how fascists have openly taken to the streets under the disguise 'free speech' in numbers not witnessed here since the thirties.

It is no surprise that this comes at a time when mirgrant workers and their homes have seen an increase in attacks as well as attacks on community and antiracist activists. Trade unionists and radical bookshops opposed to the growth in such racist hatred have also been openly attacked. 

Every decade since our inception the IWW have organised in the streets and in the workplace as antifascists to actively challenge every attempt of the far-right build, denying them oxygen to spread their hate and the division of our class.  

We must never allow these parasites to sow hate, division. The far-right will only move in one direction and we must not allow it to advance - They Shall Not Pass!

On Saturday 18th August a city united against racism will take place in Derry's Guildhall Square to ensure our message is heard loud and clear - Fascism will not be tolerated here!