Monday, 30 September 2013

6th Belfast Anarchist Bookfair: Sat. 5th Oct.

The 6th Belfast Anarchist Bookfair promises to be packed with stalls, discussion and great craic. 
This year we are pleased to be hosting the 'official' launch of the Belfast Local of the Solidarity Federation, an affiliate of the anarcho-syndicalist International Workers Association.

The event takes place at the Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre, 45/47 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2FG.
To book stalls at this years event please contact us by email via belfastsolfed@gmail.com
 EVENT LIST:
12.30 Social Housing - Co-operative Alternatives - speaker from North Belfast Housing Co-op Ltd,

1.30 Anarchists and the Abortion Struggle in Ireland - Suzanne Lee, WSM and SolFed,

2:30 Transitory Economics - Dr Conor McCabe (including discussion, Q&A )

3.30 The Uprising In Turkey- An International Anarchist movement - Andrew Flood, Workers Solidarity Movement

4.30 Rudolph (was a punk) Rocker - the relationship between anarchism and punk - Jim Donaghy.
5.15 Anarchist Tendencies in Ireland - speakers from WSM and SolFed Belfast Local.

There will be stalls throughout the day from a wide variety of groups selling books, handing out free materials and plenty of people happy to talk and share ideas.

Stalls from:

Abortion Rights Campaign
Anarchist Studies
Anti-Fascist Action
Anti-Racism Network Ireland
Art n Anarchy
Heretic Books - Belfast's new anarchist book distributors
North Belfast Housing Co-operative
PM Press
Revolutionary Anarcha-Feminist Group (RAG)
Saoirse Books
Seomra Spraoi
Solidarity Federation
Workers Solidarity Movement

And - A music gig at a secret location - to be announced soon ! 
Watch this space for further details!
Belfast Anarchist Bookfair on Facebook

Derry Action for Choice: Sept. 28th

Derry action which took place at Free Derry Corner on Sat. 28th Sept. to mark International Day of Action for the Decriminalisation of Abortion. Following this event activists distributed leaflets in the City Centre to highlight the continuing campaign. Please Share.
 

Friday, 27 September 2013

International Day of Action for the Decriminalisation of Abortion

Saturday September 28th will mark the International Day of Action for the Decriminalisation of Abortion , this is an initiative that sprung from Latin America in 1990 to highlight the inhumane circumstances endured by women in countries where access to abortion is partially or totally prohibited.

As part of this global campaign, Alliance for Choice call on the governments North and South to implement access to safe and legal abortion for women as part of their health care. We demand the right for women to control their own bodies and to be able to make the choices that are right for them to be respected and upheld for what it essentially is: a human right.

Photo call at 13:00 at free Derry wall. Everyone is welcome to come along and support the call for women's right to legal and safe abortions.

At 14:00 at Guildhall square for street action as part of the 28th of September global campaign for the decriminalisation of abortion.
Please share and come and show your support!!

CLASSE talk in Magee University

A special thanks to everyone who made the effort to attend this afternoon's talk in Magee University on 'Lessons of the Mass Student Strike in Quebec' by Vanessa the Quebec student union, combative national student union (CLASSE). 
To find out more about the group Classe please visit their site: http://www.studentstrike.net/
 
For an insight into the recent 7 minutes conversation Vanessa had on Sunday while in Dublin, mostly around Feminist organising and the strike click on to the following link: http://www.mixcloud.com/workerssolidarity/quebec-strudent-mass-strike-2012-sampler-from-tour-around-ireland-with-vanessa/
 
 

Monday, 23 September 2013

Derry Public Meeting: Lessons From The Mass Student Strike in Quebec

In 2012 the attempt by the government to Quebec to introduce a 75% fee hike was defeated by the organisation of a mass student strike that lasted over 6 months. That fee increase was part of the global process of imposing the privatisation and commodification of education. Since the victory, organisers of the strike have been being doing speaking tours to aid the process whereby "youth and students everywhere are becoming increasingly conscious of the need to organize as a means to defend education as a social right".

Why is Quebec different

"In Quebec, a student strike isn’t just a bunch of rallies, marches and occupations. The strike is a complete shutdown of all courses on campus : no classes, no exams and no evaluations are to take place while the strike is on. Once the strike is voted in a general assembly and comes into effect, picket lines are erected and classrooms are emptied. Everyone, students and faculty alike, is forced to respect the strike mandate. Universities and colleges affected by the strike see their academic calendars disrupted, and since no classes or grading is allowed to happen, degrees can’t be awarded.


During the 2012 strike, most student unions held general assemblies every week to decide whether or not to stay on strike until the next assembly. While doing so, students meeting each other could also discuss the orientation and the actions of the movement. These regular and populous assemblies were fundamental in creating empowerment and a deep investment into the movement among students." ( from http://www.studentstrike.net/ )

Our speaker Vanessa participated and organised at many levels of the strike in small horizontal and autonomous groups, but also as a delegate for her local student union in the most combative national student union (CLASSE). She says “as a feminist activist I was involved in the organization of many collectives projects directly linked with the strike, and as a delegate elected by my general assembly I was one of the transmitting tool necessary for the practice of direct democracy on a large scale”. “All my analysis of the experience of the strike is formed by my political ideas of feminism, class struggle and anti-hierarchy."

Tour organised by the Workers Solidarity Movement, co-hosted by Socialist Society at Magee University, Derry.

1pm Fri 27 Sept, Minor Hall, Main Building, Magee Campus, University of Ulster, Derry.

Facebook Event Here

Seán Morrin, Presente!

We just heard the sad news tonight that a friend and comrade Seán Morrin who died suddenly over the weekend

Devastating to think that such a social activist, a humanitarian is gone. 

Reading all the messages on Sean's facebook page shortly after news of his death broke, it is true that the LGBT community and Derry has lost a great friend and community activist.

We have posted here a great photo of Sean taken at a recent protest in Derry in solidarity with the LGBT community in Russia who are currently under attack.


Earlier today in tribute to Sean, the rainbow flag was erected on Free Derry corner in Derry, at half mast, in honour/memory him.

Solidarity With Greek Anti Fascists in Derry

Anti Fascist Action vigil at Free Derry Corner in Derry, took place on Saturday afternoon in solidarity with Greek Anti Fascists.

Similar actions took place in Dublin and in other cities across Europe following the murder of 34-year-old Pavlos Fysass a Greek Hip-Hop artist and anti fascist activist by members of the neo-nazi organisation Golden Dawn.

More images of saturday's action can be viewedon Derry AFA facebook site.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Derry Solidarity Gathering for Anti-Fascist Pavlos Fyssas

On the night of September 17th, a 34-year-old man died in the early hours of Wednesday morning after he was attacked by a neonazi (member of Golden Dawn) and subsequently stabbed in Piraeus. 

The victim has been named as Pavlos Fyssas (who went by the stage name of Killah P.), a hip-hopper involved in the antifascist scene, organising anti-racist concerts and other social activities in the area where he lived. 

He was stabbed in the chest outside a café at 60 Panayi Tsaldari Avenue in Amfiali, in the Keratsini district of Piraeus, shortly after midnight by a group of neonazis dressed in black and camouflage uniforms. The name of the 45-year murderer of Fyssas appears to be Giorgos Roupakias.

Derry Anti fascist Action have called for a solidarity action at Free Derry Corner on Saturday 21st September at 4.30pm to condemn the actions of Golden Dawn and to express our solidarity.


Come and join with us!

RIP Killah P! Our brother will never be forgotten!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Greek Neo-nazis murder anti-fascist hip-hop artist

Last night, just after midnight a cowardly attack by over 15b members of Golden Dawn resulted in the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, an anti-fascist, left militant and hip-hop artist also known by his rap name Killah P.

Athens which is already in the grip of a public sector general strike, is in turmoil with Greek anti-fascists vowing vengence. Despite the murderer, reportedly a member of Golden Dawn, being arrested at the scene, knife in hand, the Greek neo-nazi party denied any involvement in what was clearly a pre-meditated ambush by a paramilitary uniformed mob.

Demonstrating strikers have already been pushed back from Golden Dawn headquarters in Athens and anti-fascists have called national mobilisations for 18 hrs this evening, local time.

This outrage is only the latest event in an escalating catalogue of violent provocations from the GD who have the electoral support of over 50% of the Greek police force who routinely witness their attacks without intervening, as they did last night during Pavlos' murder. The state that invented the "strategy of tension" back under the dictatorship of the Colonels in the 1970s is once again using fascist goon violence to create an atmosphere of social crisis and virtual civil war in order to distract from the troika-backed economic programme of destruction. Current opinion poll ratings show that if there was an election tomorrow the current Neo Dimokratia and PASOK coalition would be swept aside and replaced by a majority for the anti-troika Syriza party. With no alternative to the Frankfurt-dictated programme of austerity that is devasting the lives of Greek workers, neo-nazi violence is being used to attack and disrupt opposition and resistance to troika-rule.

Solidarity with Greek anti-fascists and resistance to troika austerity!
No Pasaran!
Pavlos Fyssas, Presente!

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Monday, 16 September 2013

The Story of the 1913 Dublin Lockout

It’s a hundred years since the most famous labour dispute in Irish history when James Larkin led 20,000 Dublin workers in a struggle against their employers, resulting in a lockout lasting 5 turbulent months. 
Charismatic and headstrong, Larkin had cut his teeth in Belfast and Derry several years before when he led a Dockers’ strike, succeeding briefly in uniting Protestants and Catholics in a common cause, with 100,000 people following him in procession around East Belfast, the Falls and Shankill Roads. 
Played out against a backdrop of the arming of thousands of Unionists in the North against the imminent Home Rule Bill and the looming shadow of a world war, the Dublin Lockout of 1913 was a human drama of epic proportions. 
Jane Cassidy and Maurice Leyden tell the story of the 1913 Dublin Lockout and the Belfast Dockers’ Strike which preceded it through words and music, using the songs and ballads of the day to tap into the passions and struggles of the men, women and children of the slums as they embarked on a David and Goliath struggle with their employers. Jane and Maurice are well known singers and broadcasters with an impressive track record in inter-weaving history and folk-song in a way which illumines both. Their most famous show told the story of the 1798 heroine Mary Ann McCracken. 
They will be joined on keyboard by Anna Leyden on keyboards, Nollaig Casey on fiddle and well-known Dublin traditional singer Barry Gleeson.
Sandinos: Thursday 19th September 2013 
9.15 p.m. Admission FREE
All Welcome!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Derry Benefit Gig: Rock Against Incineration

Get along to Sandinos Bar on Wednesday next 18th September 9pm if you are in Derry and show you support for this worthy cause.

Stop Strip Searching Now!

When people talk about the strip searching of prisoners, its as if it was something which has happened in prisons during the 70's & 80's. Strip Searching continues to happen here today and it should be a concern for everyone interested human rights and social justice issues, no matter what their political persuasion. We must demand the immediate end to forced strip-searching and selective internment by this or any other state as a weapon of intimidation and oppression. 

Strip-search ‘had impact of sexual assault &

Internment, parading and the politics of class

North West Play: Pits & Perverts

Pits and Perverts by Micheál Kerrigan, touring N Ireland and Donegal, October 2013! 

"An emotional, funny, and utterly relevant story about solidarity, humanity and having a ball!"

GET YOUR TICKET NOW!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Derry Hands Off Syria March & Rally

Today's Hands Off Syria march and rally in Derry was, despite low numbers, a success. The Derry Anti-War Coalition event coincided with similar anti-war protests across Ireland and in other parts of Europe against the Obama administration pushing for military action on Syria.

If you would like to take part in similar solidarity actions, the Derry Anti War Coalition meets on the last Thursday of each month in Sandinos Bar, everyone is welcome.

The next meeting will be Thurs. 26th Sept. at 5.30pm.


 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Derry Public Meeting: Lessons From The Mass Student Strike

Derry meeting - In 2012 the attempt by the government to Quebec to introduce a 75% fee hike was defeated by the organisation of a mass student strike that lasted over 6 months. That fee increase was part of the global process of imposing the privatisation and commodification of education. 

Since the victory, organisers of the strike have been being doing speaking tours to aid the process whereby "youth and students everywhere are becoming increasingly conscious of the need to organize as a means to defend education as a social right".

Why is Quebec different

"In Quebec, a student strike isn’t just a bunch of rallies, marches and occupations. The strike is a complete shutdown of all courses on campus : no classes, no exams and no evaluations are to take place while the strike is on. Once the strike is voted in a general assembly and comes into effect, picket lines are erected and classrooms are emptied. Everyone, students and faculty alike, is forced to respect the strike mandate. Universities and colleges affected by the strike see their academic calendars disrupted, and since no classes or grading is allowed to happen, degrees can’t be awarded.

During the 2012 strike, most student unions held general assemblies every week to decide whether or not to stay on strike until the next assembly. While doing so, students meeting each other could also discuss the orientation and the actions of the movement. These regular and populous assemblies were fundamental in creating empowerment and a deep investment into the movement among students." ( from http://www.studentstrike.net/ )


Our speaker Vanessa participated and organised at many levels of the strike in small horizontal and autonomous groups, but also as a delegate for her local student union in the most combative national student union (CLASSE). She says “as a feminist activist I was involved in the organization of many collectives projects directly linked with the strike, and as a delegate elected by my general assembly I was one of the transmitting tool necessary for the practice of direct democracy on a large scale”. “All my analysis of the experience of the strike is formed by my political ideas of feminism, class struggle and anti-hierarchy."

Tour organised by the Workers Solidarity Movement ( https://www.facebook.com/WorkersSolidarityMovement?
co-hosted by Socialist Society and WSM

1pm Fri 27 Sept, Minor Hall, Main Building, Magee Campus, University of Ulster, Derry

Saturday, 7 September 2013

No War On Syria!

This coming Saturday afternoon (Sat. 14th September, War Memorial, Derry at 4pm) in Derry there will be an anti war demonstration against the increasing US military threat on Syria.

You can help out too as there's a few things you could do, despite the weather, make an effort to attend.

Try and encourage your family and friends to attend, make a flag, make a banner or a placard.

Spread the word, No To War on Syria!

See you there! Ⓐ

Friday, 6 September 2013

Syrian Anarchist Challenges the Rebel-Regime Binary View of Resistance

As the US intensifies its push for military intervention in Syria, virtually the only narrative available swings from the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad to the role of Islamist elements within the resistance. Further, where dissent with the US position appears, much of it hinges on the contradiction of providing support for Al Qaeda-linked entities seeking to topple the regime, as though they represent the only countervailing force to the existing dictatorship. But as Jay Cassano recently wrote for tech magazine Fast Company, the network of unarmed, democratic resistance to Assad's regime is rich and varied, representing a vast web of local political initiatives, arts-based coalitions, human rights organizations, nonviolence groups and more. (The Syria Nonviolence Movement created an online, interactive map to demonstrate this intricate network of connections.)

Meanwhile, the writing and dispatches of Syrian anarchists have been enormously influential in other Arab struggles, with anarchists tortured to death in Assad's prisons memorialized in the writing of Palestinians, and at demonstrations for Palestinian political prisoners held in Israel. Two key features of this unfolding warrant close attention: the manner in which anarchists in the Arab world are increasingly staging critiques and interventions that upend the contradictions held up as justification for US foreign policy, and the ongoing conversations between anti-authoritarian movements in the Arab world that bypass and remain unmediated by Western reference points. Whether Syrian anarchists' insistence on self-determination as a central organizing principle can withstand the immediate reality of violence or the leverage of foreign interests remains an open question.

Nader Atassi is a Syrian political researcher and writer originally from Homs, currently living between the United States and Beirut. He runs the blog Darth Nader, reflecting on events within the Syrian revolution. I talked him into chatting about its anarchist traces, and the prospect of US intervention.

Joshua Stephens for Truthout: Anarchists have been both active in and writing from the Syrian revolution since the get-go. Do you have any sense of what sort of activity was happening prior? Were there influential threads that generated a Syrian articulation of anarchism?

Nader Atassi: Due to the authoritarian nature of the Syrian regime, there was always very little space to operate before the revolution began. However, in terms of anarchism in the Arab world, many of the most prominent voices were Syrians'. Despite there being no organizing that was explicitly "anarchist," Syrian bloggers and writers with anarchist influences were becoming increasingly prominent in the "scene" in the last decade or so. Mazen Kamalmaz is a Syrian anarchist who has written a lot over the last few years. His writings contain a lot of anarchist theory applied to contemporary situations, and he was a prominent voice in Arab anarchism long before the uprising began. He's written a good deal in Arabic, and recently gave a talk in a cafe in Cairo titled "What is Anarchism?"

In terms of organizing, the situation was different however. In the tough political landscape of an authoritarian regime, many had to get creative and exploit openings they saw in order to organize any type of movement, and this led to a de facto decentralized mode of organizing. For example, student movements erupted in Syrian universities during the second Palestinian intifada and the Iraq War. This was a type of popular discontent that the regime tolerated. Marches were organized to protest the Iraq War, or in solidarity with the Palestinian intifada. Although many members of the mukhabarat infiltrated those movements and monitored them closely, this was a purely spontaneous eruption on the part of the students. And although the students were well aware how closely they were being watched (apparently, mukhabarat used to follow the marches with a notepad, writing down what slogans were being chanted and being written on signs), they used this little political space they were given to operate in order to gradually address domestic issues within the regime-sanctioned protests about foreign issues.

Article Continues: Syrian Anarchist Challenges the Rebel regime..

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Derry Demonstration: Hands Off Syria!

The Derry Anti War Coalition have organised a demonstration in Derry on Saturday 14th September.

The demonstration will begin at the War Memorial, The Diamond at 4pm and make its way down Shipquay Street to the Guildhall Square for a rally.

Please share this event and invite friends.  Show your solidarity, No To War on Syria!

Facebook Event Here