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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity issue #93 is - Anarchism And The WSM

Date Mon, 09 Oct 2006 08:50:07 +0200

The Workers Solidarity Movement is an organisation of working
class anarchists who have come together to maximise the impact of
anarchist ideas. Pooling the resources of many people allows us to
distribute over 6,000 copies of this paper every two months, and
1,000 copies of our twice yearly magazine, Red & Black Revolution.
It allows us to discuss the best ways to advance working class
interests, and prioritise particular activities rather than be so widely
dispersed as to have little effect.
Among our activities over the summer was a day of discussions
about the role of women in revolutionary politics. About 60 women
and men debated the experience of women in movements as diverse
as the 1916 Rising and the 1930’s Spanish anarchist ‘Free
Women’ organisation.

Jointly with anarchist gig organisers, Porco Dio, the WSM organised
a fundraiser for the Israeli group ‘Anarchists Against the
Wall’. A young anarchist had been shot by
Israeli forces during a protest against the construction of the
so-called ‘Separation Fence’ in Palestine. Matan Cohen, 17,
was seriously wounded when he was shot in the face with a rubber
bullet by Israeli Border Police at Bil’in, in the occupied West
Bank. Thanks to Emcee Lynx (from the USA), plus Disfunktional,
Project 77 and the WSM’s own DJ Krossphader.

Another fundraiser was by the WSM’s May 1st branch in
Dublin. A pub quiz took in €346.60 for the three anti-war
protesters who were fined following a demonstration outside the
Irish Air Corps HQ at Baldonnel.

The August bank holiday weekend saw WSM members from Derry,
Cork and Dublin travel to Mayo for a gathering at the Rossport
Solidarity Camp, to express solidarity with the local community in
their fight against Shell and share ideas about strengthening the
campaign to make the multinational giant build their refinery

During the Israeli attack on the Lebanese people we took part in
demonstrations against the slaughter and destruction. Unlike some
of the left, we see no need to take sides between the racist Israeli
state and Islamic religious authoritarians.
Neither is any friend of working people and liberty. As Alan
MacSimoin of the WSM said at an earlier protest against the visit to
Dublin of the British HMS Ocean warship, “Let us also begin
taking concrete initiatives to assist the progressive, secular and trade
union forces who oppose both the occupation and the terrorism of
the anti-woman and anti-freedom religious bigots”.
Anarchism is still a small force in Ireland, but a start has been made.
If you want to find out more, get in touch with us.
From the anarchist journal Workers Solidarity 93, Sept/Oct 2006
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