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(en) Ireland, WSM.ie: Details of Oct 2012 Galway Grassroots Gathering* Friday October 12 - Sunday 14

Date Sat, 13 Oct 2012 09:22:04 +0200


Grassroots Gathering - Community struggles - campaign strategies - developing networks - at NUI Galway, Communities against fracking and drilling; movements against austerity; other sessions What it is, practical details, grassroots principles, call for volunteers
NEW - FULL TIMETABLE AVAILABLE HERE. (More details of sessions at the end of this post.) -- A grassroots gathering is a one-off event run by a local group bringing together people involved in different community campaigns and social movements to learn from each other's experiences, talk about what works and what doesn't, develop networks and make alliances. There have been a dozen of these in different parts of the country over the last eleven years and they have helped support all sorts of different campaigns and movements - resisting Shell in Erris, campaigning against cuts, supporting women's right to choose, challenging neo-liberalism in the EU, creating free space for young people, opposing incinerators, community gardening, protecting natural and national heritage, highlighting US military use of Shannon, challenging racism and more.

This gathering is happening in NUI Galway from the evening of Friday October 12 to the afternoon of Sunday October 14. There will be particular sessions for communities resisting fracking and drilling and for movements against austerity, as well as open sessions on a wide variety of topics - alongside movies, poetry, music, art and social action. Food will be vegan and gluten-free (butter and milk available!) and will cost â15 unwaged / â20 waged for the weekend. The gathering is child-friendly and has a kids' and parents' space as well as childrens' activities but not a creche / childcare (sorry!) Similarly we can help out putting people with spare beds and sofas together with people who need them.

If travel costs would prevent you from attending contact us and we will see if we can arrange a life or otherwise help.

The Gathering isn't about famous speakers or Great Experts telling us how to do things - the idea is to bring together campaigners, people in communities, people organising at the base in unions, experienced activists and people just starting out to share their experiences, discuss what way they think things might go, ask questions of each other, make connections and have a good chance to chat and meet new people and old friends. It's not for profit (and we all get to muck in with washing up, passing the hat and generally helping out), it isn't run by any political party and nobody will try to recruit anyone.

Over the last few years more and more people have seen just how corrupt the system is and how little faith we can have in the people who claim to represent us and "see us right". For this reason the Gatherings aren't for people who want to make a name for themselves, make a career out of other people's activism, get a leg up politically, make money out of campaigning, appear on TV etc. More formally we have the "Grassroots Principles" which say that we want to work together as equals, run things in an open and democratic way and try not to talk down to each other or over each other's heads. Rather than rebuild the old mess we believe in communities being able to decide for themselves, workplaces controlled by the people who actually work in them, a sustainable economy and an end to neoliberal bodies like the IMF and World Bank which have helped to create the crisis. The full principles and more about the Gatherings at http://grassroots.pageabode.com.

If this sounds interesting, please get involved and help us make it happen! We need help now putting up posters, offering beds, and most importantly passing the word around. On the weekend itself there will be plenty to be done to help out. [Download a PDF of the poster]

If you can offer anything please email grassrootsgalway@gmail.com; facebook GrassrootsGathering.

Practical details
Accommodation in Galway
If you havn't managed to arrange accommodation in advance of the gathering you can ask about a limited number of spaces staying with some of the Galway folk at the information & registration desk - places are limited so please come early on Friday!

Otherwise there are a number of links other options bellow:

Hostels @15mins walk from NUIG:
http://barnacles.ie/
http://www.sleepzone.ie/About_Sleepzone_Galway/Default.19.html

B&Bs 4-6 mins walk from NUIG:
http://www.deacysbb.com/tariff.htm
Scholars Rest B&B (no website but have offered reduced â45 double & twin rooms, no breakfast)

Also, if you are a couchsurfer there is a good number of hosts in Galway,
please contact them in advance http://www.couchsurfing.org/.

Food
Food will be vegan and gluten-free (butter and milk available!) and will cost a donation of â15 unwaged / â20 waged for the weekend. Alternatively you can donate â5 per meal.

Travel
If travel costs would stop you from coming please contact us at grassrootsgalway@gmail.com and we will try to help as much as we can by trying to arrange lifts etc.

Parents and kids
The gathering is child-friendly and has a kids' and parents' space as well as childrenâs activities but not a crÃche / childcare (sorry!)


Getting there
The Gathering is happening in Ãras na Mac LÃinn, right beside the college bar in NUI Galway. See the college map at http://nuigalway.ie/campus-map/.
Some travel details to Galway:
From Dublin:
http://www.gobus.ie/timetable.php?map=1
http://citylink.ie/index.php/routes-a-timetables/timetables/22
From Cork/Limerick:
http://citylink.ie/index.php/routes-a-timetables/timetables/66


Collective discussion sessions on Saturday
17.30 The G8 is in Britian next year - should we mobilise for the protests
An Irish activist who has been travelling to the counter G8 mobilising meetings in Britain will explain what is known and planned so far as the start of a discussion as to to if and how we shall put together a mobilisation from Ireland.

âCommunities Resisting Frackingâ programme


Friday 12th October

Time

Session


Venue



5pm â 7pm

Set up of visual display which can be added to by everyone throughout weekend

Timeline Images, photos, words to show what communities have been doing over the past year to keep Ireland fracking free

IDEAS board A space pin up ideas e.g. ideas for future collective actions or events

What should we discuss? Suggestions board for possible discussion topics

Drawing space for volunteers to make a colourful visual record of discussions during the weekend

Note: Please bring along photos, words, ideas from your local campaigns to add to the timeline, or email them to grassrootsgalway@gmail.com

Main hall, Aras Mac Leinn, NUIG

7pm -7.30pm

Light dinner


Main hall

7.30 â 8.30pm

Introduction to Grassroots Gatherings and to the weekend

Main hall

8.30-10.00pm

Evening entertainment
including a play reading by Donal OâKelly

The Cube theatre, NUIG




Saturday 13th October

Time

Session

Venue



10am-10.55am

Introduction to Fracking-Free movement sessions

Space for participants to introduce themselves and speak about experiences of their local groups, what they would like to gain from weekend, and confirm the key questions to be discussed in the afternoon. All groups and individuals involved in the movement to keep Ireland fracking free are invited to share their experiences so far.
Facilitator: Fergal Scully (Gluaiseacht for Global Justice) will invite groups to introduce themselves and raise key discussion questions.

Workshop space 1, Aras Mac Leinn, NUIG

11.00am â 11.45am

Divide and Conquer: Forum theatre

A participatory theatre piece about how a community becomes divided by the actions of a fracking company which manipulates members of the community in order to push itâs own agenda.
Facilitators: ALÃ, a personal social and community development organization founded in 2004 who mainly use âTheatre of the Oppressedâ (T.O) methodologies as developmental tools. http://www.ala-ct.ie


The Cube theatre, NUIG


11.45-12.00



Tea break


12.00 â 1pm

Divide and Conquer: Forum theatre (cont.)

The Cube


1-2pm



Lunch

Main hall

2pm-3.30pm



Resisting Fracking - Discussion 1: How can we win?

Discussion on the diversity of tactical approaches that exist within the movement to keep Ireland fracking-free and how they interact. How can those of us engaging with state processes together with those of us taking radical approaches maximise our collective strength and ensure that the unconventional shale gas industry is stopped in Ireland?

All groups and individuals involved in the movement to keep Ireland

Workshop space 1, Aras Mac Leinn


fracking-free are invited to share their perspectives. Campaigners from other movements will also invited to offer their experiences of similar dynamics; including BrÃd Nà Sheighin, principal of Scoil NÃisiÃnta Cheathrà Thaidgh near Rossport, Co. Mayo to share experiences of different tactics used to resist Shellâs Corrib gas project. Facilitator: Vicky Donnelly (Galway One World Centre) will host small group and whole group discussions to explore these issues.


3.30pm-3.45pm

Tea break


Main hall



3.45pm â 5.15 pm

Resisting Fracking - Discussion 2: Key questions

âFrom local to nationalâ â How do we make fracking matter to everyone in Ireland?

âDonât forget to tell your neighboursâ â How do we build a real grassroots movement of farmers and others who will be most affected?

How do we take action to resist the 2nd stage of licensing while gaining and keeping mainstream support?

Groups and individuals involved in the movement to keep Ireland fracking free, and activists from other movements to share their experiences. Facilitator: Laurence Cox will host parallel discussion groups, feeding into a whole group discussion. Dr Laurence Cox (NUI Maynooth) has been researching social movements for 20 years and runs a dedicated MA programme for organisers and community educators.

Workshop space 1, Aras Mac Leinn

5.15 â 5.30pm

Tea Break


Main hall



5.30-6.30pm

Collective discussion space for everyone taking part in the Gathering.

Main hall

6.30pm

Dinner

Main hall



7.30pm - Late

Evening entertainment (Political cabaret followed by local bands)

Main hall

Sunday 14th October

Time

Session


Venue

11.00 -11.45am

Reaching the mainstream media - successes of the St. Michaelâs Estate campaign. A presentation focussed on reaching the mainstream media by Mimi Doran. Mimi Doran is a communications practitioner and media lecturer with an interest in social justice and has provided strategic planning, communications strategies and media training to a variety of businesses and organisations.

Workshop space 1, Aras Mac Leinn

11.45 â 12.00

Tea break


12.00am- 1.30pm

Media skills sharing workshop

A workshop to share experience, identify needs and develop skill networks that campaign groups can draw upon in future to work with and create media. Groups and individuals involved in the movement to keep Ireland fracking free, and campaigners from other movements, are invited to share their experiences of reaching and working with media. Facilitators: Margaret Gillan, William Hederman and Orla Quinn Margaret Gillan has worked with Community Media Network for the past 16 years to support groups in developing their capacity to use media. William Hederman is a journalist and campaigner. Orla Quinn has worked as facilitator of development workshops for Comhlamh, Development Perspectives and TrÃcaire and as Campaigns Officer with TrÃcaire, working on issues ranging from Climate Change to country specific issues, e.g. Palestine.

Workshop space 1, Aras Mac Leinn *[Parallel skill- share groups to be added depending on interest: e.g. Facilitation skills, fundraising etc]


1.30 â 2.30pm



Lunch

Main hall

2.30pm -4pm

Collective discussion space for everyone taking part in the Gathering.

Main hall


4.00 -5.00pm



Tea, coffee and close of gathering


Austerity stream
Friday night and lunch, tea breaks etc are as above. Sessions are as follows

Saturday
10am - 11.15 - Banking & the Insolvency Bill
Conor McCabe will give a short intro on the bank guarantee, the recapitalization and the payment of bonds followed by Dermot Sreenan explaining how the Insolvency Bill is a con designed to protect the banks interests because of how the Irish Banking Federation have had major influence over it making it completely ineffective as a solution towards tackling private indebtedness,

11.30- 13.00 Understanding & resisting the Crisis
Conor McCabe will look at the actual dynamics of the Irish economy, in contrast to the spin that is regularly given on national and local media.
Paul Bowman will look at the political implications of the global, eurozone and irish economic crises and open the debate on what the strategic and tactical options are for all us us willing to take action for a more human-centric and environmentally sustainable future.

14.00 to 15.30 PIIGS co-ordination
How do we improve our communication & co-ordination with resistance in the other PIIGS with the input of people from Spain, Italy, Portugal & Greece.

3.45 to 5.15 Reaching the people
People from Anglo Not Our Debt, Unlock NAMA and Household Tax discussing the methods they have been using to talk to the public in general.

Sunday 11.30 to 1.00 Student resistance past & present
The current wave of student organisers and people from previous high points in the late 1980's and early 2000's will look at what has worked and what can be done. We also hope to have some international contributions at this session.



ïArt Programme
Running all weekend:
Visual Art Exhibition:
ENGAGE ART COLLECTIVE GARTH KENNEDY
ALICE MYERS SIOBHAN CLANCY
WILLIAM HEDDERMAN EILISH MURPHY
ARTS PARTICIPATION AND DEVELOPMENT


FILM SHOWINGS
IN
ARUS UI CHATHAIL

LUNCHTIME READINGS IN MAIN HALL
BY PETE MULLINEUX

Friday Night
THEATRE
Donal OâKelly 9 to 10 pm in the Cube
Reading from the play
âfionnualaâ



MUSIC
FROM 10 PM TIL LATE IN THE MAIN HALL
WITH MC EAMON STAIC
BAILEY ALLEN ACCOUSTIC TRAD SESSION
LUNATIC SPOONS
AND MORE

SATURDAY
LUNCHTIME READINGS IN MAIN HALL
BY PETE MULLINEUX

ART IN ACTION WORKSHOPS AND SESSIONS
VENUE : ART ROOM
INTRO TO CREATIVE ACTIONS: 11 TO 1 PM
WHAT IS A CREATIVE ACTION?
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN PLANNING ONE?
WHAT CAN YOU GET OUT OF IT?
FACILITATED BY:
SIOBHAN CLANCY AND EILISH MURPHY

FOLLOWED BY
CREATIVE ACTION WORKING SESSION.
THIS WILL BE ONGOING SATURDAY FINISHING WITH A CREATIVE ART ACTION IN A PUBLIC SPACE ON SUNDAY.
SUPPORTED BY GISELLE HARVEY AND ROB IRESON

STOP MOTION WORKSHOP 11 TO 1 PM
DEVISE AND CREATE AN ANIMATION USING STOPMOTION TECHNIQUES
FACILITATED BY EILISH MURPHY AND SUPPORTED BY SIOBHAN CLANCY

VIDEO DOCUMENTATION 2-3 PM
BY SIOBHAN CLANCY

ART AND ACTIVISM DISCUSSION 4PM â 6PM





SATURDAY EVENING ENTERTAINMENT 7.30 TIL LATE
MC EAMON STAIC

POLITICAL PAISEAN FAISEAN
MY FELLOW SPONGES
TWIN HEADED WOLF
AINDRIAS STAIC
AND MORE
FOLLOWED BY DJS

SUNDAY
ART ACTION 11 â 1 PM
STREET BASED ART ACTION TO TAKE PLACE EVOLVING FROM SATURDAYS SESSIONS
SUPPORTED GISELLE HARVEY AND ROB IRESON

SUNDAY AFTERNOON : PLENARY

LUNCHTIME READING
MARGARETTA DâARCY


Also (specific timetable should be available later this weekend)


Open sessions - These sessions run parallel to the fracking resistance discussions. This programme includes some open slots for spontaneous discussion and workshops during the weekend.

Kids and parents space â A space for parents and kids located one area of the main hall. Some all ages activities - Puppet show and story telling, and juggling workshop - at specific times.

Films â Films will be screened in Ãras UÃ Cathail cinema space. To propose film screenings email: grassrootsgalway@gmail.com

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GG GALWAY 2012 timetable.pdf http://grassroots.pageabode.com/sites/grassroots.pageabode.com/files/GG%20GALWAY%202012%20timetable.pdf

From http://grassroots.pageabode.com/content/oct-2012-galway-grassroots-gathering
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* The Grassroots Gathering principles

These are the principles agreed in advance of the 1st Grassroots Gathering in 2001 and under which all Grassroots Gathering activity has been carried out.
The Grassroots Gathering aims towards a network which would:
- Be based on the principle that people should control their own lives and work together as equals, as part of how we work as well as what we are working towards.
- Within the network this means rejecting top-down and state-centred forms of organisation (hierarchical, authoritarian, expert-based, Leninist etc.) We need a network thatâs open, decentralised, and really democratic.
- Call for solutions that involve ordinary people controlling their own lives and having the resources to do so: the abolition, not reform, of global bodies like the World Bank and WTO, and a challenge to underlying structures of power and inequality.
- Organise for the control of the workplace by those who work there.
- Call for the control of communities by the people who live there.
- Argue for a sustainable environmental, economic and social system, agreed by the people of the planet.
- Working together in ways which are accessible to ordinary people, particularly women and working-class people, rather than reproducing feelings of disempowerment and alienation within our own network.
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