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(en) Workers solidarity, 72, Sep. 2002 - Reclaiming the planet - building a movement in Ireland

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 24 Sep 2002 10:55:57 -0400 (EDT)


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Over the last few years the libertarian/anarchist movement in
Ireland has started to grow significantly. Beyond the number
of new organisations there are also far more people choosing
to become active on a libertarian basis. The popularity of
Reclaim the Streets is one demonstration of this.

Their press release for September 22nd described how RTS events
are also "demonstrations of our desire to have a say in how our
city and our environment is run, demonstrations of an alternative
vision of how public space should be used, demonstrations of
ordinary peoples' ability to organise their own celebrations, based
on co-operation and mutual aid instead of competition and
greed. Our demonstrations are celebrations of the range of visions
of our world that are present in our society. We do not shout
towards the deaf ears of politicians, instead we aim to empower
people and give them a sense of their own potential for creativity
and organisation."

There are lots of other groups in Ireland that are organising along
similar lines, "to empower people and give them a sense of their
own potential for creativity and organisation". As we grow it is
important that we continue to build on the links between the
different organisations and people involved in the movement. Last
year included two successful events aimed at doing just that, the
Grassroots Gatherings held in Dublin (November 2001) and Cork
(March 2002). These brought 70 or 80 people together into a
couple of days of workshops, parties and action.

In October the Grassroots Gathering moves north of the border to
Belfast. It will be held Oct 26-27 in Giros (Belfast Youth and
Community Group hall), at 1/5 Donegal Lane, Belfast. This
should be the biggest gathering to date, if you want to network
with other libertarian activists and exchange experiences and
laughs, make sure you get along.

More information, write to Grassroots Gathering c/o PO Box 505,
Belfast, BT12 6BQ, email GGcontact@yahoogroups.com

More info http://grassrootsgathering.freeservers.com

    This page is from the print version of the Irish Anarchist paper 'Workers
  Solidarity'.  http://struggle.ws/worksol.html

We also provide PDF files of all our publications for you to print out
 and distribute locally http://struggle.ws/wsm/pdf.html



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