May 2013

X-case legislation looking like a step backwards for women's rights

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The WSM has always argued that the X-Case legislation was not enough but even so we were shocked to finally see the details of the bill Fine Gael and Labour are preparing.  We expected it to be a small but almost insignificant step foward.  Instead there is a clear danger that women with unwanted pregnancies will be worse off than before if the final bill resembles what has been presented so far.

Experiences of Anarchism in Ireland - talk at Jura in Syndney

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Earlier this year two Irish anarchists delivered talk at Jura books in Sydney regarding the history of anarchism in Ireland, the politics of the WSM and how it organises. The speakers also referred to its ongoing involvement in campaigns and struggles from shell to sea, anti-war activity and involvement in the CAHWT.

Cork: Thursday Toddlers Group in Solidarity Books! – This Thursday and every Thursday from 10am to 1pm

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Thursday Toddlers Group in Solidarity Books! – This Thursday and every Thursday from 10am to 1pm

Thursday Toddlers Group in Solidarity Books!  

Cork: The Threepenny Kino: GasLand (2010) 107 mins. Dir. Josh Fox  Wed. May 8th 9pm @solidaritybooks

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Join us in Solidarity Books on Wed. May 8th 9pm for a showing of GasLand (2010) 107 mins. Dir. Josh Fox 

Film description follows :

 

What the No to Croke Park means for radicals & why you should get stuck in

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300,000 public service workers may shortly be forced to strike, something that may very well transform the potential for radical politics in Ireland.  The purpose of this Open Letter is to provide information for activists who are not working in Public Services in order to explain the importance of the No vote to Croke Park. It is important in terms of the general struggle against austerity and we want to suggest some ways you can help make sure this fight is won, in particular by coming to a discussion of just that on Wednesday 8th May at 7.30 in the Teachers Club. (RSVP on Facebook)

Cork: Workshop: Homemade Sounds: Sound, instrument building and improv - this Saturday in Solidarity Books Cork

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This Saturday May 4th at 3pm, Solidarity Books will be proud to host a free workshop for folk of all ages – children, musicians, educators and other humans – on making musical instruments from recycled materials, understanding sound, tools and improvisation practices AND a live performance at 5pm...

Dub: Anti-Racism Network Public Journal Launch

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The ARN Public Journal Launch is this Thursday May 2nd at Trinity College Dublin Sociology Department College Green, 5-7 pm. The event will be held at Department of Sociology Trinity College Dublin 3 College Green Dublin 2. (Please note that this is not at the large campus, but on Dame Street between Starbucks and Costa)

Cork: Veg Out Cafe, next Tuesday & every Tuesday from 7pm @solidarity books

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Veg Out Cafe, next Tuesday & every Tuesday from 7pm

Anarchism and the City - Revolutionary Barcelona in the lead up to the 1936 revolution audio

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Anarchism in Barcelona in the lead-up to the 1936 Spanish revolution.  This is the audio and video of the  talk given at the 2013 Dublin anarchist bookfair by Chris Ealham (author of 'Anarchism and the City: Revolution and Counter-revolution in Barcelona, 1898--1937')

X case law - An Alibi of Doctors

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We know that the collective noun for a group of geese is a gaggle and for cows a herd, but what is the appropriate term for a plurality of doctors? According to the Irish state and political class, it would seem the correct name is an Alibi of Doctors.

2013 May day in Dublin with text of WSM leaflet

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Mayday in Dublin save a collection of historic trade union banners and the Fintan Lalor pipe band lead over 1,000 people from the Garden of Remembrance to Liberty Hall. The march is organised by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions (DCTU) and featured ten banners created for the ITGWU by the artist Jer O’Leary with images of militant syndicalist trade union leaders  Jim Larkin and James Connolly and scenes from the 1913 Lockout.

Cork - Thursday Toddlers Group in Solidarity Books! – This Thursday and every Thursday from 10am to 1pm

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Thursday Toddlers Group in Solidarity Books! – This Thursday and every Thursday from 10am to 1pm

Come Here to Me blog discussion at the 2013 Dublin anarchist book fair

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If you are not familiar with the infamous Come Here to Me blog then you should really have a look at it or the book and join thousands of other readers finding out about social history in Dublin. There are over 2,000 stories on the site addressing many different facets of everyday life and culture in Dublin from forgotten lanes, to overlooked monuments through to stories about the Gards, the eating habits of Dubs, and clubbing in the 50's and everything in between. The site has won a number of awards over the years and two of the authors spoke at the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair to a crowd of academics, librarians, archivists and many interested members of the general public.

Dub: After Croke Park - Winning the fight - organising together

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 A discussion & planning session for everyone who thinks that any attempt by the government to implement pay cuts on public service workers after the Croke Park vote should be met by effective strikes & civil disobedience.

RSVP on Facebook

Government & Revenue Commissioners’ spin & intimidation will not break property tax boycott

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Campaigners against the property tax have condemned government “spin and intimidation aimed at trying to force people to pay the property tax” and said that it is clear that huge numbers of people are prepared to resist the threats and refuse to pay the tax.

Mayday in Belfast in Photos

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Around 2000 people took part in the Mayday march in Belfast on Sat 4th May.  The WSM were on the march and our photographer prepared the photo slideshow below, you will find more photos from Belfast Mayday in our Facebook album

CAHWT in a trap? - Review from 2013 Anarchist Bookfair

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The talk on the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes (CAHWT) at the Anarchist Bookfair 2013 in the Main Hall was relatively sombre in tone to say the least.  The echoing clamour of the Main Hall only served to highlight the strange impasse which the campaign has found itself in of late. The assembled survivors could have fitted easily into Room 2, which was packed to capacity by speakers on issues which would seemingly be less of a political immediacy.

Guest review by Ciara

Sex Work as Work - Dr. Laura Agustín at the Dublin anarchist book fair

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Dr. Laura Agustín (author of Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry) talked at the 2013 Dublin Anarchist Bookfair about why she believes sex work should be treated as work and why we should “resist the general victimising of women who sell sex”. 

A migrant reports on Mayday in Sydney

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A few thousand took part in the annual mayday parade in Sydney this year with organisers claiming it was the largest in years.  This years event theme was a 'a proud past, a fighting future' which certainly matched the range of trade union banners on display and political groups of all shades including the James Connolly Society involving recent Irish migrants.

Industrial Action: Strong Yes Vote needed from teacher unions

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Members of the 3 teacher unions – INTO, TUI and ASTI – have begun a ballot for industrial action which, if agreed, “will be triggered in the event of government proceeding unilaterally to impose salary cuts or to worsen working conditions.”     INTO members will vote at meetings to be held across the country this coming week while ASTI and TUI members are voting by postal ballot with a closing date of 20th May.

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