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(en) Ireland, Working Class Resistance #10 - Just Books Benefit, a night to remember

Date Mon, 19 Dec 2005 10:08:54 +0200

22nd June Fundraiser for Just Books
The Just Books Collective put on a fundraising gig in Kelly's
Cellars in Belfast on 22nd June. Excellent performances were put in
by local musicians Pol MacAdaim, Tony Maguire and, from the USA,
members of the Riot Folk musicians collective.
The evening got off to a slow start, the unusually warm and sunny
weather keeping people outside of the bars for longer than usual, but
picked up and proved to be a night to remember. We were treated to
song after song of resistance, solidarity and working class struggle.
Among my personal favourites were Pol's renditions of Sacco and
Vanzetti (sticking to the original 'anarchist bastards' line) and
the Internationale, Tony's fire-fighters song written during the
FBU strike and Riot Folk's 'Picket line song'.
The gig was supported by a broad range of folk including anarchists,
socialists, fire-fighters, trade unionists, grassroots activists, feminists,
and former and current members of the Just Books Collective. Old
friends and new faces came from Belfast, Derry, Dublin and Kildare to
support the event and raise just under £300 - bringing the total raised
so far to around £1,200 towards the effort to secure a new premises
for Just Books in Belfast.
Towards a New Premises
As we reported in the last issue of WCR the Just Books Collective are
working towards opening a centre in Belfast that is much more than
just a bookshop. What they are building towards is a solidarity centre
in Belfast that incorporates accessible resources and information for
workers in struggle - in a premises providing a multi-lingual resource
library, a bookshop, meeting space, internet access and a coffee shop.
Ideally they would also like to include a print workshop and a projector
for showing films. The aim is to have things up and running in time to
mark the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Revolution
- July 2006.

From the Pages of Working Class Resistance, magazine of


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