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(en) Workers solidarity, 72 Sep. 2002 - Getting involved

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Thu, 26 Sep 2002 06:54:01 -0400 (EDT)


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Anarchism is a very simple idea basically
society should be organised in a non-hierarchical way, it
should not be divided into order-givers and
order-takers. We don't need bosses, politicians, bishops
or anybody else to tell us how to live our lives.
Anarchists look to a society which will be based on the
idea of "from each according to ability, to each according
to need".

We want to bring about a society based on real grassroots
democracy where power remains at local level and is
organised upwards through workplace and community
councils.

We do not want to become rulers nor do we want to seize
power "on behalf of the working class". We have no interest
in replacing one set of bosses with another. Instead we work
for a free socialist society where everyone can have a direct
say in making the decisions that will effect them.

This society will only be brought about through revolution!
There is an old anarchist slogan which says that if elections
changed anything they would be illegal. The thinking behind
it is that real democratic change cannot come from the top
down but must be built from the bottom up. Instead of
voting in elections and effectively giving someone else
control of our lives, we stand for direct action and solidarity
among and between workers.

The Workers Solidarity Movement has been campaigning
against the Nice Treaty. Joining up with other libertarian and
internationalist forces, we have been posing an anarchist
Europe as the alternative to both the bosses' plans and the
backward isolationism of the right wing nationalists around
Justin Barrett and Anthony Coughlan.

Our members in SIPTU have been canvassing support for
Des Derwin, who is taking on the bureaucracy in the election
for a new union general secretary. Derwin is fighting on a
platform of making the union more democratic and member
controlled by changing the rules, and opposing social
partnership with the employers and state. Hopefully, radicals
in the union will make contract with each other, and lay the
basis for a network committed to a fighting trade unionism
that is under the direct control of the membership.

Members of the WSM are also active in the campaigns
against the bin tax, and in the ongoing struggle against
racism. We produce this paper, the magazine Red & Black
Revolution, and the occasional Anarchist News bulletin.
With our relatively small numbers there is a limit to what we
can do. That's why we need people like you to get involved.
If you like what you've in this paper, maybe you would be
willing to take 10 or more copies to distribute among friends,
workmates or neighbours. The more people who read about
the ideas and the more people who get involved in struggle,
the sooner we will reach our objective &endash; a world free
of poverty and exploitation. A world where freedom is a
reality for al


            Dublin Open Meetings

Every month in Dublin we host a gathering of anarchists and
other libertarian socialists to discuss a topic of interest over a
pint. The meetings, for experienced activists and new
comers alike, normally feature a local guest speaker with
some expertise in the area, and are intended for thought
provoking open discussion - not indoctrination!

We hope to develop these meetings so they become an
essential monthly meeting point. Newcomers welcome - just
bring along an open mind. The meetings are in The
Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square.

  October the 14th- Immigration and Fortress Europe

With the second vote on the Nice treaty a look at Fortress
Europe and the growth of racism in Europe

      November the 11th - Green Primitivism

The destruction capitalism is causing to the environment
have led some to reject the very idea of progress and argue
for a return to primitive society. We look at their ideas.

Other events

       September 22nd - Reclaim the Streets

Meet up at 2.30 sharp at St. Stephens Green

        Friday, October 4th - Half day strike

National half-day strike to demand three weeks state
redundancy pay per year of service. Join your local trade
union rally at 2pm. Support the Peerless Rugs workers
occupying their factory since July 2001 to demand decent
redundancy pay.

 October the 19th - Anti war demonstration at Shannon
                  Airport

     October the 26-27th - Grassroots Gathering,

1-5 Donegal Lane, Belfast

              Contact the WSM

Workers Solidarity Movement, PO Box 1528, Dublin 8 or
E-mail wsm_ireland@yahoo.com, cork_wsm@yahoo.com

Phone/SMS 087-7939931

On the web - http://struggle.ws/wsm

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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