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(en) Ireland, Report of Autumn 2006 anarchist WSM national conference.

Date Tue, 14 Nov 2006 10:04:52 +0200


The workers Solidarity Movement held its Autumn 2006 National conference in
Seomra Spraoi, a social centre in Dublin. The conference saw around two thirds
of the membership attending with greetings sent from our comrades involved in
the struggle in Rossport.
National Conference opens with questioning the reports given by various office
holders, editorial committees etc. A summary of these reports follows - quite a
lot of details and indeed areas involving relationships with other groups have
been removed, as these were not written for public consumption.
> National secretary’s report.
We have enjoyed 13% growth over 6 months. All new members are male, which we
hope to address in our gender balance discussions. Delegate council (dc) has met
in Galway and Derry to allow delegates to help with public meetings being held
there which had the disadvantage that delegates were often quite tired. In may
DC agreed to set up working groups (WG) on Energy, Work and anti-Imperialism,
which have mostly failed to function while many members are involved in these
issues on a branch level or as delegates to other groups.

Three wsm members attended the IWU conference last april with one being elected
chair of the Dublin branch.. Two members have been living the the Rossport
Solidarity Camp with other members calling in. In june half of the membership
attended a solidarity weekend in the camp and again in August.

In July the May 1st branch organised an anarchist hiphop night with emcee lynx
with the proceeds going to Anarchists Against The Wall. The speaking tour had
successful meetings in Galway and Waterford. A mini anarchist festival was
organised in Derry by a WSM member in September which 11 wsm members travelled
up to. Around 20 people from Derry attended the meetings and 100 plus attended
the gig that night which was a fund raiser for Just Books. WSMmna organised a
successful Revolutionary Women Dayschool in Dublin last June, with women-only
session and sessions open to men and women. An anti-police brutality tour was
also organised for the group “pig-brother”.

Dublin members played a prominent part in organising a protest at Baldonnel on
Easter Sunday with one member being arrested. Members also took part in the
protests against the HMS ocean, attended the Pitstop Ploughshares court cases
and took part in marches in July and September. In Derry a member was involved
in a campaign against Raytheon. Members are attending AWI and AWN meetings with
discussion at branch level of the “Boycott Israel” call. As of yet no decision
has been made. In cork an anti-war public meeting was held in may with 30 people
attending.

The Jack branch took a decision to support the Terrence Wheelock campaign around
and have a member on the campaigns organisational committee. The branch welcomed
the opening of Seomra Spraoi and two members are involved in the collective that
runs it. The May 1st branch held a public meeting with Wayne Price from NEFAC
and have been producing a local paper in the liberties. Both branches have
enjoyed educationals on Civil Society, the left, & the libertarian movement,
Energy, Technology and the division of labour, No Platform to Fascists etc

The Afghan cathedral protests was a period of sudden and intense activity in
Dublin with one member playing a very major role in supporting the hunger
strikers but with all the other Dublin members turning up for vigils at the
Cathedral at different points in time. Disucssions of the events and the limited
racist counter protests of some locals led Jack White to produce a poster on the
issue and 1st of May to produce and distribute door to door in the area 3000
copies of ‘The Libertarian’ that focused on this.

http://www.wsm.ie/story/1120 - The libertarian
http://www.struggle.ws/pdfs/posters/mcdasylumposter.pdf - Poster

The 1916 Working Group was an intiative of 1st of May and mostly met in the
previous period. It failed to deliver on its original ambitious intentions
however three articles were published online on the rising, two at the time of
the anniversary and a third in RBR12.
A page was also made on wsm.ie linking all the WSM articles and some historical
documents.

http://www.wsm.ie/story/702 - 1916 articles

Bookservice report
We have seen a healthy amount of book sales since last spring. The biggest sales
were at the Galway WSM public meeting and the Rossport Solidarity Camp. Most
others were by post or to members and callers to the office. A NEW CATALOGUE was
produced http://www.wsm.ie/book_service

Growth and Gender
A discussion on Growth and Gender balance was held in which two motions were
passed which will be added to "Our perspectives" http://www.wsm.ie/story/454

These motions were;
"We will follow up the successful public meetings held in Galway, Limerick and
Derry by attempting to establish anarchist discussion groups in each of these
cities with a view to ultimately establishing a WSM branch in each of these
areas. To do this, each branch will take responsibility for co-ordinating with
one of the areas as follows Cork-Limerick; Jack White-Derry; 1st May-Galway"

"We welcome the recent growth in libertarian and anarchist organisations. We
believe that the more organised anarchists there are the better and so in
particular we see the establishment of Anarchist Youth(AY) and the Revolutionary
Anarcha Feminist Group (RAG) as really positive steps. The AY website and the
RAG magazine are both fora through which anarchist ideas can be spread and
debated. While respecting their autonomy, we will seek to work closely with both
groups in the coming period. All branches will discuss how such co-operation can
be furthered with a view to bringing back proposals to the January Delegate
Council."

Proposals were also made which are to be discussed by the branches.

Neighboorhoods, Workplaces and Campaigns
No motions had been submitted to this session. Conference agreed to put money
into buying a mobile phone and credit for the WSM members in Rossport to be sent
to the camp so communication could be more reliable. We agreed that the national
secretery would send a solidarity statement on behalf of WSM and to send a
donation of 500euro to the camp.

National co-ordination
Anti-election motion passed;
"We will initiate an anti-election campaign to focus on next year's general
election. All branches are asked to discuss this within the next month with a
view to bringing definite proposals to the December delegate council."

Discussion followed on the use of delegate council to work out our positions on
struggles and groups we are involved with.
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