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(en) Ireland: WSM Anarchist Meeting in Dublin - "The politics of war and occupation"

From Andrew <andrew@flag.blackened.net>
Date Tue, 8 Mar 2005 12:09:28 +0100 (CET)

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A day of education and discussion for WSM members and the other anti-war groups
and individuals we have worked with over the last couple of years
Hosted by '1st of May' branch of the Workers Solidarity Movement.
This is a day of education and discussion for WSM members and the other
anti-war groups and individuals we have worked with over the last couple of
years. From it we hope not only to learn more about what is happeing in Iraq
but also through discussing the success and failures of our anti-war
organisations over the last couple of years take a step towards re-invigorating
the grassroots anti-war movement.

We have speakers from the Worker-communist Party of Iraq (WCPI) who are trying
to build unions as well as womens and unemployed organisations in Iraq and also
speakers from a range of Irish groups who have been active in opposing the war.
These include people active in Pitshop Ploughshares, Irish Socialist Network,
AmBush, Grassroots Network Against War and of course the Workers Solidarity
Movement itself.

12th March Teachers Club, 35 Parnell Square, Dublin

11.30 - 12.00
Meet up for coffee in the bar (1st floor) followed by an introduction to the

12 - 1.30
* Grassroots resistance and international solidarity in Iraq and Palestine.
Nadia from the Worker-communist Party of Iraq on the work of the WCPI in Iraq
and what role international solidarity can play in aiding the struggles of Iraq
workers. Fergal from the WSM on Irish solidarity with Palestine.

Lunch break

2.15 - 3.15
* Imperialism, resistance and international solidarity.
A discussion on the global politics of the war and the resistance to war.
Brief introduction from a WSM speaker.

3.30 - 4.45
* The Irish experience of resisting the Iraq war
Brief contributions from:
Damien - a Pitstop Ploughshares defendant - on the role of affinity
group type actions
Aileen - one of the Dublin GNAW March 1st organisers - on mass actions.
Paul - ISN, working in the Irish Anti War Movement
Terry who was active in AmBush on trying to build broad mobilisations.

5.00 - 5.30 (or up to 6.00 if needed)
* New initatives for the future
Putting flesh on any ideas that come up during the day.

Who are the WCPI?

Most of the groups taking part in the dayschool will already be already familar
to those who attend. The Worker-Communist Party of Iraq are a possible
exception. They have been described as a neo-leninist group which broke with
the orthodox Communist Parties out of their experiences in the workers councils
thrown up in the Iranian revolution of 1979. They warn that "Iraq has become a
battlefield for a war between American and Islamic terrorism and the Iraqi
masses are constant victims caught amid the fire between both these terrorist

They have a comprehensive English language website (at
http://www.wpiraq.net/english ), which includes regular PDF newsletters
detailing the struggles they are involved in. Their recent document
"Worker-communism and the Armed Struggle in Iraq: guerrilla war or mass armed
resistance?" tries to sketch out an alternative path to ending the occupation.
This acknowledges a need for armed resistance but seeks to "avoid the
traditional guerrilla-style of armed resistance" substituting one which
"focuses on mobilizing and leading the population to reclaim various suburbs,
villages, towns and cities and bans both US forces and Islamo-ethnocentric
militia from entry".

This dayschool is open to any group or individual who was involved in the
'direct action' end of the anti-war movement and who see such tactics as part
of an anti war strategy.

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