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(en) Ireland: Grassroots Gathering Report

From "anatolikronstadt" <anatolikronstadt@yahoo.com>
Date Sun, 3 Nov 2002 09:02:04 -0500 (EST)


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The highly successful 3rd Grassroots Gathering brought together
over one hundred environmentalists, anarchists, and other
assorted troublemakers from across the island and beyond. There
were almost 20 different workshops on a wide variety of topics
including Gender, Direct Action, Social Centres, Reclaim the
Streets, Sectarianism, and Forest Gardens. 

It took place in Giros, which has been a democratically managed 
social centre in Belfast, with gigs, meetings, a cafe, a
darkroom, a library, and in all probability much more, since
back when The Cure were fashionable.

The highpoint of the workshops was for me, and many others, the 
"Arrest and Interrogation" one. This was introduced by a member
of the Cork Anarchist Alliance, and was pretty much free of
waffle, with a down to earth sharing of experiences, mistakes
and lessons learned. Apart from no comment, no comment and no
comment, important points included the need to talk to arrested
persons afterward, as there maybe some trauma, and the
importance of not bringing information providing things such as
ID, notebooks, or switched on mobiles to situations where you
may be arrested.

Police intelligence gathering and harassment were also talked
about.

Given the international situation, unsurprisingly talk about the
war took up a lot of time. One excellent workshop was introduced
by the Shannon plane spotters of Refuelling Peace. The
discussion following this was mostly about schemes to establish
a peace camp at Shannon, creating a democratic anti-war network
and a call for a further demonstration at Shannon warport. These
proposals were then taken to the Morning meeting, i.e. to all
folk at Grassroots, not just attendees at one workshop (or at
least everyone who had got out of bed).

The call has gone out for a demonstration at Shannon, on Sunday,

December the 8th., at 2pm. There will be local meetings before
this, and a meeting on the day itself to discuss tactics. A
Grassroots Network for Peace is in the process of establishing
itself, as a means of communication for people into direct
action, democracy, and kicking  Washington's legions out of
county Clare. Less a formal organisation more a way of getting
people in touch with each other. For starters there's a mailing
list send a blank e-mail to 
gg-antiwar-subscribe@yahoogroups.com .


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