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ireland / britain / anarchist movement Thursday December 06, 2018 15:50 by WSM
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Eddie Conlon (left) and Alan (right) at Dunnes Stores strike picket against Apartheid in South Africa, 1984.

The WSM are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of Alan MacSimóin, one of our founder members, a friend, and a key central figure in building the anarchist movement in Ireland for over four decades. Alan had not been a member of WSM for some years but remained politically active right to the end. His last Facebook post on November 29th was supporting the locked out bricklayers at Mary’s Mansions. Alan will be sorely missed by all in the WSM and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

See also:

"Alan MacSimóin (1957-2018) – Dublin Historian and Political Activist" Sam
"Alan MacSimóin (1957-2018): a pioneer of anarchism in Ireland" José Antonio Gutiérrez D. [Castellano]

ireland / britain / repression / prisoners Tuesday June 12, 2018 19:13 by WSM
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Tuesday, June 12 (Russia Day) We are asking for a day of action to highlight the torture and detention of Russian Antifascist Anarchists who are being detained with forced confessions for charges of terrorism.

The Actions: Please take photos of yourselves with messages of support and solidarity for the Anarchist prisoners. You can include signs with the names of those detained and tortured (names are below).

Workers Solidarity Movement Ireland will be holding a demo outside the Russian embassy on the 20th of June at 7pm with such posters and signs.

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ireland / britain / gender Friday May 25, 2018 19:44 by WSM   text 2 comments (last - tuesday may 29, 2018 19:03)
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WSM on the 2017 March for Choice in Dublin

On May 25th we in Ireland finally get to vote to Repeal the hated 8th amendment. Here we present the 8 reasons WSM members are voting Yes to Repeal along with many of the articles we have published on the issue in recent months.

ireland / britain / miscellaneous Saturday March 18, 2017 02:25 by Tomás Lynch
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Aodhan Ó Ríordáin jets off to the States this week to try and crack America with his unique brand of hypocritical liberalism, trumpeting himself as an anti-racist icon in contrast to Trump’s policies of detention and deportation of undocumented migrants. Tómas Lynch takes a look at his record on the homefront.

ireland / britain / migration / racism Thursday June 30, 2016 06:19 by Andrew   text 5 comments (last - tuesday july 12, 2016 23:00)
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Nigel Farage in front of a Leave poster
which many pointed out was very similar to a Nazi propaganda film.

The Leave / Brexit vote in the referendum came in the end as a surprise, a narrow win for Remain was expected. This may be because the core Leave vote was in the run-down white working class communities of the now desolate English and Welsh industrial zones. A population trapped in conditions of long-term unemployment and poverty who no one really pays much attention to anymore.

Some on the left have seized on the makeup of this core vote to suggest that there was some progressive element to the Brexit vote despite the campaign being led by racist hatemongers and wealthy US-oriented neoliberals. Mostly that's a mixture of wishful thinking and post hoc justification for having called for a Leave vote in the first place, but it is true that a section of the working class, C2DEs in marketing speak, voted to Leave in close to a 2:1 ratio. Is the class composition of that vote enough to automatically make it progressive regardless of content? And what does it tell us that a section of the radical left seems to think the answer to that question is yes, that it is enough to be anti-establishment?

See also:

Observations on Brexit and Lexit in the UK EU membership referendum
10 point guide for post Brexit resistance as racist right wins EU referendum

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r0_0_800_600_w1200_h678_fmax.jpg imageDefend Julian Assange May 13 23:17 by Melbourne Anarchist Communist Grouptri 0 comments

The MACG thus defends Julian Assange, not because of his politics, which have curdled and are now quite suspect, nor because we consider him innocent of the Swedish accusations. The US ruling class has no objection to his politics, because they are riddled with the sort of people with whom he has been collaborating. And neither do they have any objection to sexual assault – if they did, Donald Trump would not be President. The United States wants to punish him, not for any crimes he might have committed, but for his good deeds. The MACG defend Assange for those same good deeds.

textAn inevitable division: the politics and consequences of the Labour split Feb 27 18:03 by Jeremy Gilbert 0 comments

It’s the changing nature of class and capital that’s caused this split – and should shape the Left’s response to it. But discussing class meaningfully is the last media taboo.

front.jpg image[Book review] A beautiful idea: history of the Freedom Press anarchists by Rob Ray Feb 24 17:31 by KSL 0 comments

Rob Ray’s book begins with the disarming confession that he imagined writing a ‘relatively short pamphlet’ (p3). 300 pages later you’ve been given a whistle-stop tour of Freedom’s history (both newspaper and publishing house). Thankfully, while he draws on previous histories, he includes some new accounts and comments from other people connected with Freedom Press.

textAgainst Anarcho-Liberalism and the curse of identity politics Jan 14 18:34 by Woke Anarchists Collective 0 comments

Anarchism in the UK is a joke. Once symbolising hard-fought struggles for freedom, the word has been stripped bare to make way for narrow-minded, separatist and hateful identity politics by middle class activists keen to protect their own privileges. We write this leaflet to reclaim anarchism from these identity politicians.

alan_1.jpg imageAlan MacSimóin (1957-2018): pionero del anarquismo en Irlanda Dec 26 19:07 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 0 comments

El 5 de Diciembre nos embargó un dolor inmenso al escuchar de la inesperada muerte de Alan MacSimóin, veterano anarquista, sindicalista y luchador infatigable de Irlanda. El 13 de Diciembre le despedimos en el cementerio de Glasnevin en Dublín, donde yacen muchos otros revolucionarios que lo precedieron. Será recordado, sin lugar a dudas, como una de las figuras más influyentes en la izquierda irlandesa de las últimas décadas. Fue parte de un puñado de personas que comenzaron a hablar de anarquismo en Irlanda en la década de 1970 y 1980. Su trabajo para crear un espacio para la izquierda libertaria en un país dominado por el conservadurismo político y religioso, cambió por siempre la cara de la política irlandesa por siempre. Ya no sería más un asunto exclusivo de los partidos tradicionales. Si la sociedad irlandesa ha avanzado, en algún grado, durante las últimas décadas, en gran medida se lo debemos a los esfuerzos de personas como Alan.

alan.jpg imageAlan MacSimóin (1957-2018): a pioneer of anarchism in Ireland Dec 14 08:34 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 0 comments

On December 5th we were pained to hear about the untimely death of Alan MacSimóin, veteran anarchist, trade unionist and tireless organiser in Ireland. Today we said farewell to him at Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin, where many other revolutionaries before him have been put to rest. Many friends and comrades from all parties and movements of the left joined his family to bid farewell to this exceptional man. SIPTU, his trade union, had arranged a guard of honour for him. The previous night, the wake at the Teachers’ Club was equally well attended by comrades of all persuasions: from the Communist Party, the Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party, Sinn Féin, Workers Solidarity Movement, Workers’ Party, even Labour. He, as a true non-sectarian, had friends in every single left-wing party, a friendship nurtured in decades of activism.

download.jpg imageΠρώτο βήμα η αυτο ... Dec 08 20:28 by Zaher Baher 0 comments

Η αυτοοργάνωση είναι το πρώτο και κύριο βήμα προς τον στόχο μας
Το άρθρο αυτό εξηγεί εν ολίγοις την κατάσταση που βρίσκονται οι αναρχικοί στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο, υπενθυμίζοντας ότι δεν μπορούμε να περιμένουμε άλλο, πρέπει εδώ και τώρα να αυτοοργανωθούμε πριν είναι αργά.

Alan at anti-fascist demo in the 1990s. imageAlan MacSimóin (1957-2018) – Dublin Historian and Political Activist Dec 06 16:02 by Sam 0 comments

We learned at lunchtime today of the tragic news that Alan MacSimóin has died. It was sudden and hit us hard. Alan was a social historian, political activist, trade unionist and great supporter of the Come Here To Me! project from day one.

Eddie Conlon (left) and Alan (right) at Dunnes Stores strike picket against Apartheid in South Africa, 1984. imageAlan MacSimóin (1957-2018)- Rest In Power Dec 06 15:50 by WSM 0 comments

The WSM are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of Alan MacSimóin, one of our founder members, a friend, and a key central figure in building the anarchist movement in Ireland for over four decades. Alan had not been a member of WSM for some years but remained politically active right to the end. His last Facebook post on November 29th was supporting the locked out bricklayers at Mary’s Mansions. Alan will be sorely missed by all in the WSM and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

wsmclgenderviolence.jpg imageWSM marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women at their strateg... Nov 26 21:12 by Andrew 0 comments

The WSM took some time out from our future directions discussions session at Cloughjordan eco village over the week to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

textOrganising ourselves is the first and main step towards our aim Oct 30 22:08 by Zaher Baher 0 comments

This article is about a brief explanation of anarchists situation in UK and reminding that we cannot wait any longer, we right now need organising ourselves before getting very late .

textStand down, Margaret! Aug 10 17:14 by David Rosenberg 0 comments

NOT content with calling Jeremy Corbyn a “fucking anti-semite and racist,” and treating herself as the victim when the Labour Party threatened to act on a third party complaint about her use of outrageous and abusive language against a fellow Labour MP whom she has known for several decades, and is the leader of the Labour Party, Margaret Hodge has had the chutzpah to compare her fight against Corbyn’s alleged anti-semitism with her fight in her Barking constituency against the British National Party (BNP).

Monumento a los mártires de Loughgall McKearney y Lynagh en Drumfurrer, Monaghan (Imagen de José Antonio Gutiérrez D.) image30 años de la masacre de Loughgall: rumores y contrainsurgencia británica Jun 26 18:26 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 0 comments

Publicado originalmente en el número 1 de la revista anarquista chilena Vida Libre, Abril de 2018.

rssnprsnrs.jpg imageCall for Solidarity with our Russian Comrades! Jun 12 19:13 by WSM 0 comments

Tuesday, June 12 (Russia Day) We are asking for a day of action to highlight the torture and detention of Russian Antifascist Anarchists who are being detained with forced confessions for charges of terrorism.

The Actions: Please take photos of yourselves with messages of support and solidarity for the Anarchist prisoners. You can include signs with the names of those detained and tortured (names are below).

Workers Solidarity Movement Ireland will be holding a demo outside the Russian embassy on the 20th of June at 7pm with such posters and signs.

rssnprsnrs_1.jpg imageAppel à la solidarité avec nos camarades Russes! Jun 10 20:31 by WSM 0 comments

Le Mardi 12 juin ( journée de la Russie) nous appelons à une journée d'action pour mettre en lumière la détention et la torture d'anarchistes antifascistes russes qui sont détenus sur la base d'aveux extorqués concernant des accusations de terrorisme.

Les actions proposées: prenez vous en photo avec un message de solidarité et de soutien aux prisoniers anarchistes. Vous pouvez inclure des panneaux comportant les noms des personnes détenues ou torturées (liste des noms ci-dessous)

Le Worker Solidarity Movement Ireland manifestera le 20 juin à 19h devant l'embassade Russe avec des panneaux de ce type.

rssnprsnrs_2.jpg imageAppello di solidarietà con i compagni russi! Jun 10 20:29 by WSM 0 comments

Martedì 12 giugno (festa nazionale della Russia) chiamiamo a una giornata di azione per denunciare la tortura e l’incarcerazione di alcuni anarchici antifascisti russi,che al momento si trovano in carcere a seguito di confessioni estorte con la violenza.

Le azioni: postate una vostra foto con messaggi di sostegno e di solidarietà per i prigionieri anarchici. Potete includere dei cartelli con i nomi dei compagni detenuti e torturati (riportati qua sotto).

Il Workers Solidarity Movement Ireland condurrà inoltre una protesta il 20 giugno alle 7 della sera fuori dall'ambasciata russa a Dublino, con cartelli e striscioni simili.

repeal8thwsmbannerthin.jpg image8 reasons anarchists are voting Yes to Repeal the hated 8th May 25 19:44 by WSM 2 comments

Today May 25th we in Ireland finally get to vote to Repeal the hated 8th amendment. Here we present the 8 reasons WSM members are voting Yes to Repeal along with many of the articles we have published on the issue in recent months.

repealbanner.jpg imageWSM International Women’s Day Message - 2018 Mar 08 19:13 by WSM women 0 comments

International Working Women’s Day is steeped in the radical history of women demanding improvement in our daily lives and in our working conditions. IWWD dates back to 1857 in New York City. Women garment workers went on strike to demand a 10-hour working day, better working conditions and equal rights.  In honour of this strike, another was held  in 1908 by women needle trade workers.  They demanded voting rights and, an end to sweatshops and child labour. Two years later, the socialist, Clara Zetkin, proposed that the 8th of March be commemorated as International Working Women’s Day.  It was first celebrated nationally in the Soviet Union after the https://www.wsm.ie/russian-revolution, a  revolution which  began with a strike  of women textile workers. On https://www.wsm.ie/iwd, women stand in solidarity with each other against oppression. We demand control over our lives. We demand https://www.wsm.ie/c/anarchism-oppression-exploitation-policy. We demand freedom.

Collage showing politicians who announced referendum in front of one of the protests that forced them to act imageDecades of organising wins new abortion referendum in Ireland Feb 02 18:43 by Emilia & Andrew 0 comments

The announcement that there will be a referendum to decriminalise abortion in Ireland is the product of decades of active campaigning. Pro-choice campaigners built for repeal ever since the hated 8th amendment was entered into the Constitution in 1983, putting a ban on abortion, which was already illegal in the country, into the constitution. If at first this seemed like a distant demand now repeal looks by far the most likely outcome in May. The story of how this happened illustrates how change comes in general. That is not through elections but through people getting organised to demand that change, regardless of which politicians happen to be running the show in any particular year.

textRallying for Choice in Belfast Oct 14 00:31 by Kellie 0 comments

On 14th October 2017, Rally for Choice will march through the streets of Belfast. - Last year saw us counter protest the Rally for Life in the North of Ireland, for the first time we marched against their lies instead of our usual static demo. Our counter protest was a huge success, despite being organised at short notice and with only a handful of activists. The protest burst across our streets and convened at Buoy Park afterwards for speakers. We outnumbered the Rally for Life 2016 significantly.

textThe WSM on the struggle for abortion rights in Ireland Oct 13 23:32 by National Conference 0 comments

This is the Workers Solidarity Movement position paper on Abortion Rights as collectively agreed at July 2017 WSM National Conference.  This position paper sits under the Patriarchy paper which in turn is under the Anarchism, Oppression & Exploitation paper, and hence does not repeat any of that material in these.

The front of the march passed the GPO imageMarch for Choice 2017 - report & video from Dublin Oct 13 23:03 by Dermo & Andrew 0 comments

Saturday the 30th of September 2017 will go down as a high point in the fight for abortion rights in the Republic of Ireland, and that is a struggle that stretches back decades. Years of campaigning and maintaining a focus on the issue, saw a massive crowd of nearly 30,000 people take to the streets for the annual March for Choice as organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign [ARC]. The calls are for action, and the need for Repeal of the 8th Amendment which bans abortion in almost all circumstances.

shoutprochoice.jpg imageFrom Dublin to Brussels demand universal access to abortion Sep 26 20:09 by International Sec 0 comments

The Workers Solidarity Movement in Ireland is in full support of the protests in Brussels on the 28th September demanding a guaranteed, free, and accessible access to abortion across Europe. The EU has stood by idly while the bodily autonomy of pregnant people continues to be violated by some member states including Ireland and Malta. It has similarly done nothing while other member states progressively attack reproductive rights based on the political whimsy of the controlling parties of ever-increasing conservative governments. We hope the this mobilisation will demonstrate the united commitment to reproductive freedom for all.

We stand with you in spirit as we prepare for our own mobilisation on the 30th of September for the Dublin March for Choice and it appears almost certain a constitutional referendum to remove the ban on abortion next summer. The text that follows is our position paper on abortion rights agreed by WSM national conference this summer.

textNational Conference Workers Solidarity Movement Ireland Sep 03 21:37 by Nic 0 comments

The Workers Solidarity Movement held our national conference in Dublin, Ireland on the 22nd July. What follows is a brief report on the day’s proceedings.

textIn Ireland Jobstown not Guilty verdict points to a Garda conspiracy Jul 21 00:26 by Andrew 0 comments

The outraged media reaction to a jury doing its job and finding the Jobstown defendants not guilty is quite extraordinary. Rather than do the right thing and launch an investigation as to how 180 cops could produce evidence that was directly contradicted by video evidence, the media have gone on a rant against Twitter! Rather than finding it suspicious that nearly 3 million in public funds was spent by the DPP on a case that any proper check of available evidence should have indicated was never likely to convince a jury, the media suggest instead that the problem lay in the exact charges brought. The trial was part of a large scale state operation to suppress a mass anti-austerity community campaign.

rally4choiceimage.jpg imageRally 4 Choice successfully sees off annual anti-choice parade in Ireland Jul 21 00:17 by Andrew 0 comments

Every year in either Dublin or Belfast the pro and anti choice movements come head to head around the so called ‘Rally for Life’. This year it was Dublin’s unwilling role to play host to the bigot parade. It mattered more years than many as a referendum on the hated 8th Amendment that bans abortion is promised for next year. It could be that the next Dublin bigot parade scheduled for 2019 will come after they have suffered a major defeat.

jobstownjoan.jpg imageIrish state fails in bid to frame community activists for false imprisonment Jun 30 23:27 by Various 0 comments

Six men were on trial accused of falsely imprisoning the then Tanáiste (deputy Prime Minister) and Labour Party TD, Joan Burton, and her colleague in Jobstown, a working class suburb of Dublin, on 15 November 2014. The charge of false imprisonment carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. All six men claimed that they were exercising their right to protest, and that the protest was peaceful. This was part of a mass campaign that successfully defeated the attempt to introduce water charges. Following a nine week trial, the six have been found not guilty.

badgeagecorbynfurcoatsportscarc4publicity.jpg imageAbsolute boy - The Youth Revolt that led Corbyn to a victory of sorts Jun 15 20:24 by Andrew Flood 0 comments

Corbyn’s strong showing in the June 2017 UK elections has given a big morale boost to the left.  A considerable youth vote, self-mobilising in larger part as a reaction to the ‘me and mine’ selfish society revealed by the Brexit vote seriously set back Tory plans for a fresh wave of Brexit required austerity.  Activists used social networking to overcome what had previously been seen as an all powerful smear machine of the billionaire print press.  Very few outside the radical left expected this outcome, what drove it and more importantly where can it lead?
[ This is a long read so you can also listen to an audio of the text ] This piece is not going to answer that in terms of assumptions and assertions but as far as possible through hard numbers.  66% of 18-24 year old’s voted Labour, only a quarter of that, 18% voted Tory [p4].  27% of those 18-24 year olds said the NHS was the most important issue for them, even though they are least likely to need it [p40].  For the over 65 age group this was flipped, only 23% voted Labour and over twice as many (58%) voted Tory [p4].  In fact, given the way the UK election system works, if only 18-24 year olds had voted, Labour would have been heading for 500 seats.  If it had only been those over 65 voting the Tories would have had over 400 seats.

standwithbusworkers.jpg imageSuccessful secondary pickets bring public transport to a halt in Ireland Mar 31 19:04 by Andrew 0 comments

Inter city bus workers in Ireland launched widespread secondary pickets at 4am this morning. Solidarity from transport workers at the other services picketed meant that most of the country ground to a halt as morning rush hour approached, almost all trains, Dublin bus and light rail services did not operate. The action is a clear demonstration of the power transport workers hold because of their position in economies.

Dublin's main bridge was occupied imageThousands take part in pro-choice #Strike4Repeal in Ireland Mar 30 18:46 by Andrew 0 comments

International Womens Day in Ireland saw thousands take to the streets in a sequence of 'in work time' protests under the heading 'Strike4Repeal'. Abortion is illegal in almost all circumstances and the protests were an attempt by pro-choice activists to forced the government to stop delaying a referendum to repeal the anti-choice 8th Amendment placed in the Irish constitution in 1983. Workers Solidarity Movement members took part in organising the day and in the aftermath produced a number of articles and videos detailing what happened.

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