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(en) Ireland, Tenth Grassroots Libertarian gathering to take place in Rossport Solidarity Camp

Date Thu, 11 Aug 2005 18:01:20 +0300

The Grassroots Gatherings are weekend meetings of anarchists
and other libertarians in Ireland that occur every six or so months.
Each one happens in a different city but the 10th Gathering of August
27th and 28th will be the first to taked place in a rural location.
Since the winter of 2001 Nine Grassroots Gatherings have taken place in
Ireland, with discussion and organisation around a wide range of issues.
Each one takes place in a different city from the last and is organised
by a different group of people from the last. Grassroots Gatherings
have taken place in Limerick, Galway, Dublin, Cork, and Belfast.
The Tenth Grassroots Gathering is to take place in Rossport
Solidarity Camp on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of August. For
details of how to get there visit:

This Grassroots Gathering is to have a very specific theme.
That theme is local community campaigns, that is, situations similar
to that in Rossport and the surrounding areas. To reiterate the theme
is locally based popular struggles of "ordinary people", the theme is
not environmental activism.

This is not a judgement on the value of various issues but a
recognition that Rossport type situations have a particular nature
different from "activist" dominated social movements and it is those
struggles we wish to dedicate this Gathering to and from which we
wish to learn from.

The Gathering has no cover charge and will take place over two
days. Food is provided by the Bitchin' Kitchen Cooking Collective.
Remember accomadation is in tents and you are in Ireland, come

The format for the first day is workshops, that is a small number of
speakers giving a ten to fifteen minute talk followed by open

The workshops will consist of people from local community
campaigns talking about the different tactics, forms of organisation,
and methods they have used in their campaigns rather than a
concentration on the issues. There will also be some skills share

The format for the second day is plenary, that is open discussion
around a particular theme. In this case the theme is to be how can
different local community campaigns support each other and how
can green/left activists support them.

Speakers have been invited on the following topics/from the
following groups (some are to be confirmed):

Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment aka CHASE
(involved in campaigning against incineration), anti-nuclear protest
camps in West Germany in the '80s, contempory anti-pylons
groups, Galway for a Safe Environment (involved in campaigning
against incineration). More to follow.

The Tenth Grassroots Gathering is to be the culmination of the
Solidarity Week at the camp, which begins on Monday August 22nd.
More details to follow very shortly.

For more details of the Gathering phone Terry at: 086 1682416, for
more details of the Solidarity Week phone Tracey at: 087 6543425

Or e-mail room101ucg@yahoo.co.uk

(Above text prepared by Terry and posted to indymedia.ie)
The grassroots gatherings have aimed towards a network which

* Be based on the principle that people should control their own
lives and work together as equals, as part of how we work as well as
what we are working towards.
* Within the network this means rejecting top-down and
state-centred forms of organisation (hierarchical, authoritarian,
expert-based, Leninist etc.). We need a network that's open,
decentralised, and really democratic.
* Call for solutions that involve ordinary people controlling their
own lives and having the resources to do so: the abolition, not
reform, of global bodies like the World Bank and WTO, and a
challenge to underlying structures of power and inequality.
* Organise for the control of the workplace by those who work
* Call for the control of communities by the people who live there.
* Argue for a sustainable environmental, economic and social
system, agreed by the people of the planet.
* Working together in ways which are accessible to ordinary
people, particularly women and working-class people, rather than
reproducing feelings of disempowerment and alienation within our
own network.
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