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(en) Ireland, 2nd Belfast Anarchist Bookfair a Success

Date Wed, 10 Sep 2008 12:54:05 +0300

The Second Belfast Anarchist Bookfair was held on Saturday 6th of September at
the Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre. Overall the event was a great success,
for Organise! and all those who helped out - providing stalls, giving talks,
contributing to discussion (both at meetings and informally), sorting food and
making the event great craic. ---- There were stalls there from Back to Front
magazine, Choice Ireland, Glasgow Anarchists, Just Books, Revolutionary
Anarcha-Feminist Group, Solidarity Federation, Workers Solidarity Movement, an
anarchist fiction author Roslyn Fuller was also selling her recently published
book 'Isak'.

The first talk Immigrant Workers and Racism proved to be a bit too early for
some and was attended by only half a dozen people. Nevertheless Francois from
Organise! and Davy from the WSM made some interesting points and the discussion
afterwards was productive. The next talk Currents in Working Class Self
Organisation: Anarcho-Syndicalism provided a wealth of information on the
history of, and different currents, within Anarcho-Syndicalism. This prompted
discussion on strategies to build Anarcho-Syndicalist organisations and there
was particular interest in the lesser known history and current activity of the
FORA, the IWA/AIT affiliate in Argentina.

Despite technical difficulties with the sound the Prison Isn't Working video
showing and discussion managed to show some of the films made with the
Educational Shakespeare Company and prisoners and former prisoners. There was
interest in the work of the ESC and in the stories of former prisoners
themselves and we will be having another go at this one as a separate public
meeting and film showing in the near future.

The Education Workers Branch of Organise! then hosted a discussion on the
numerous issues affecting workers in the education industry and in relation to
education generally. Organise! aim at building a broader solidarity network
amongst those who work in the education industry and it became clear that there
is certainly no lack of struggles and attacks throughout the industry.

Fighting Unions? saw Jason from Organise! and Alan from the WSM outline their
respective organisations positions on the Trades Unions.

To round off the days events a raffle was drew and people kept the discussions
and craic going in the John Hewitt and the Duke of York. Again Organise! would
like to thank everyone who made the event a success particularly the Belfast
Unemployed Resource Centre for letting us use the venue
We hope to provide fuller reports of at least some of the meetings over the next
few days.
Related Link: http://belfastanarchistbookfair2008.blogspot.com
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