November 2008

Over 10,000 protest at Dáil against Education cuts - Video

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Somewhere in the region of 15,000 people took part in the INTO protest at the Dail Wednesday evening. From the crowd it was obvious that as well as teachers many parents, secondary school pupils and college students had turned up to show solidarity.
The Gardai prevented access to Kildare street and the mounted riot police were on standby at the gates of the Dail. An elaborate filter barrier had been installed across the top of Kildare street

The economic crash and the attack on education

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The world seems about to end. The markets are convulsing, the banks are tumbling, the entire island is about to become some sort of black hole off the coast of Europe.

Never fear though, we’ve got a brilliant political establishment to shepherd us through the economic wilderness, and in the Budget on Tuesday 14th they revealed their master-plan, carefully crafted, as Mary Hanafin said, to ‘protect the vulnerable’. Unfortunately, it seems like they’ve got a different understanding of who exactly ‘the vulnerable’ in Irish society are.

The Zapatistas and education

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This interview with a Zapatista Educational Promote was carried out in the autonomous and rebel Zapatista community of Morelia, Mexico. 

This area of Chiapas have been in rebellion since the 1st of January 1994 and during this time the rebel movement has constructed a new education system. The interviewer is a WSM member who lives outside of Ireland.

Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction

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Written months before the banking crash of the Autumn of 2008 this is the first part of a series of articles investigating the capitalist financial markets from a critical perspective.  It explains in some detail what the various financial instruments are that were to be blamed for the crash and what implication they have for class struggle. (Image: Just around the corner)

The historical development of the global financial order under US hegemony

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In 'Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction', Paul Bowman examined the derivatives market and promised that the succeeding article would cover the 'story of the historical development of successive regimes of global financial orders' and would explain the role of the Eurodollars market 'in undermining the Keynesian Bretton Woods system'.

However, in the interests of space and relevance, I will only tell the story of the historical development of the regime of global financial order under US hegemony. I will begin by examining how the centre of capital accumulation shifted from Europe to the US in the first half of the twentieth century, and how following World War II the global financial order became centred around the US through the Bretton Woods system.

I will then look at how the Bretton Woods System was undermined, concentrating as much on the role of workers’ militancy as on the role of the Eurodollars market. After considering the response to the crisis of Bretton Woods, I'll look at the Clinton boom bringing us up to the current situation of the US’s current heavy dependence on foreign borrowing.

Lurgan anti-fascist honoured

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Craigavon & District Council of Trade Unions present the inaugural
JIM HAUGHEY MEMORIAL LECTURE

Cabaret Fundraiser for Queer Equality group

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Subject: DRAGNET RETURNS!! Dragnet Two Fri. 7th Nov. 8pm @ The Sugar Club

Hey Noisy People!

DRAGNET is returning to the Sugar Club on Leeson Street this Friday 7th November with a new exposition of the GLORIOUS ART of CABARET! See our up-coming event page for photos from the previous Dragnet and a snazzy trailor for this Dragnet!

All your favourites from Dragnet One will be back - Miss Bunny, Sid Viscous, Julian Mandrews and more; plus a host of Dragnet newbies such as Bertha Defect and Juicy Dangler will be taking to the stage for your entertainment - and for a good cause.

UCD meeting on the Commercialisation of Education 6/11/08

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To mark the International Day of Action Against the Commercialisation of Education , Free Education for Everyone (FEE) will be hosting a public meeting and discussion on Thursday, 6th November at 5pm in UCD, room F101.

Grassroots Gathering in Cork

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The next Grass Roots Gathering will take place in Cork on the weekend of the 14th, 15th and 16th of November.

This Gathering will have the twin themes of Inclusion and Community Building - Surviving the ' Recession'.

Workshops, activities and events being planned so far include : The present legal situation for LGBT people, Travellers and settled people working together, Telling stories, sharing experience looking at exclusion, Housing cooperatives, food security, tackling racism in times of unemployment, reproductive rights, women's right to choose, conflict resolution, social centres: recent experience, L.E.T.S. and reclaiming our natural resources.

Belfast: Picket Subway in support of Sacked Young Pregnant Migrant Worker

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You can make a difference.

Join the Protest

Subway

141 Lisburn Road,

(Across from Wellington Park Avenue)

Belfast

12.30 – 1.30 pm Friday 7th November

The Spirit of 1968 - Lessons from the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement

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AS we continue to bear the brunt of the recession and our politicians stabilise the interests of the rich and fat cats, the 1960s provides us with an example in the necessity for struggle and social revolution. Sinn Fein and the Social Democratic and Labour Party, pillars of the establishment continue to squabble over the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement they all share one thing in common when it comes to defending the status-quo and attacks on workers rights and conditions.

Report on the Fall 2008 National Conference of the WSM

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Report of the National Secretary for the Fall 2008 Conference held at the Teachers Club in Dublin on the 25th and 26 of October.

WSM members report from RIR homecoming protests

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The Workers Solidarity Movement held a public demonstration in Belfast in opposition to the Ministry of Defence's decision to hold a march celebrating the occupation and continued atrocities in Afganistan. Here we present two individual reports from members who took part in the protest.

Movement Building for Global Justice Bloom’s First Activist Forum- Audio

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WSM member Gregor Kerr took part in the Grassroots Mobilisation in Ireland: Opportunities and Challenges panel at Bloom’s First Activist Forum Saturday 8th November in the Teachers Club in Dublin. This is a recording of the session.

Belfast: Protest in support of sacked Subway migrant worker

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Subway

141 Lisburn Road,
(Across from Wellington Park Avenue)
Belfast
12.30 – 1.30 pm Friday 14th November

Extend the 1967 Abortion Act

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Despite the collaboration between the British Government and the DUP preventing the extension of the 1967 Abortion Act to the north the struggle for women's right to choose continues…..

Leading up to the Westminster vote, the Alliance for Choice campaign was active across the north organising public meetings, street stalls, a pub quiz and symbolic events such as the '40 women a week' protest outside Belfast city hall with an aim to highlight the fact that politicians here are exporting the 'problem' as over 40 women every week are forced to travel to other parts of the UK to carry out an abortion.

Anti-education cuts leafet to distribute

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As part of the growing struggle against education cuts WSM branches have produced a leaflet that is being distributed by anarchists who study or work across the education sector. We’re working together to build a democratic and open campaign that can fight education cuts, challenge the imposition of fees and push to improve access to, and quality of, education. You can help by downloading the leaflet and distributing it at education protests or at local schools and colleges.

Obamania, the factory of illusions...

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The victory of Obama in the US presidential elections, echoed all over the world through the mass media, tried to convince us that the single most relevant event in 2 millions of years of human existence had just happened.

Educational: The Role of the Revolutionary Organisation

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Revolutionary organisational principles, both internal and external as theorised by various tendencies.

SIPTU Childcare Protest - Tuesday Dec. 9th

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SIPTU Childcare Protest - Tuesday Dec. 9th
Liberty Hall, 1pm

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