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ireland / britain | anarchist movement | link to pdf Thursday January 27, 2011 21:57 by WSM - WS Editorial Group
The January - February 2011 Edition of Ireland's anarchist paper, the Workers Solidarity freesheet is now online to read or to download as a PDF file.
Anarchism and the WSM
The end of last year proved to be a busy period for the WSM as the IMF/ECB road show arrived in town. We were active in organising a ‘left block’ within the ICTU protest against the governments 4-year plan held on 27th November. We marched in that block as part of the 1% network, an anti-capitalist coalition of socialist organisations that we are part of. The same network gathered at the Wolfe Tone statue at Stephens Green to join with another ‘left block’ protest at the Dail on budget night. In Cork, our branch was involved in organising a further protest against the budget on the following evening and our members there were involved in a Social Welfare Defenders protest and occupation of Anglo-Irish Bank.
Elsewhere on the streets, WSM members were involved in student protests at the Department of Finance in Dublin, in Cork and in Maynooth, while we also supported the anti-Garda brutality march in Dublin following the deployment of riot police and subsequent beatings of students at the afore-mentioned protest in Dublin. We attended the community sectors “Spectacle of Defiance and Hope” held in Dublin city centre on the Friday following the budget. Finally, our members were present at the Feminist Open Forum rally at the GPO on December 18th calling for abortion legislation in line with the X case following the European Court of Human Rights decision against the Irish state in the ABC case.
While street activity is important, we are also fully aware of the importance of education and political discussion. With this in mind, we staged our fifth “Rethinking Revolution” meeting in Seomra Spraoi in Dublin titled “The Republican Tradition - A Place to Build From?” which gave an anarchist perspective on Republicanism in Ireland over the last 200 years or so. In Cork we hosted the latest in the Winter Talks series in Solidarity Books with speakers on the Land War and famed anarchist, Piotr Kropotkin. Our members also participated in the “Claiming our Future” conference in the RDS in Dublin where almost 1,000 people gathered to discuss ways of combating the cuts and constructing an alternative Ireland.
Street protests and radicalisation of the populace are no good in and of themselves and at our National Conference, held in Cork in November, we discussed a number of possible ways forward for the WSM. However, whatever strategy is employed, if we are to have any chance of successfully resisting the ongoing attack on our living conditions, we need to be organised. This can be as part a specific political organisation, like the WSM, or in trade unions, community organisations and campaigning groups, where many of our members are also active. If this sounds like a necessity to you or if you would like to find out more about our work, or us, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
For further written, audio and video reports on the above, see our website: www.wsm.ie
In This Issue
Government Attacks on Healthcare
Thinking About Anarchism: Can Ireland Go It Alone?
Review: The Pipe
Wikileaks: Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?
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