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(en) Workers Solidarity No 73 - Become a supporter of this paper

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sat, 7 Dec 2002 04:34:25 -0500 (EST)

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The Workers Solidarity Movement worked with a
number of other organisations and individuals as part
of Libertarians Against Nice.  http://struggle.ws/anarchism/nice/index.html
LAN produced 50,000
leaflets and around 400 posters but it also tried hard to
get the libertarian arguments against Nice covered in
the media. Over the three-week campaign twelve press
releases were sent out to every national media outlet in
Ireland and almost every regional one as well.

Unfortunately the media already had its mind made up on
Nice. It had its mind made up in three ways. One - it was
for a yes vote, newspapers like the Irish Times and the Irish
Independent were giving over twice as much space to
arguments for a Yes vote for much of the campaign*. Two -
They thought the only issues worth discussing were
enlargement, enlargement, enlargement and a sprinkling of
neutrality and sovereignty. The issues LAN and others were
trying to raise like corporate globalisation (Article 133),
militarisation http://struggle.ws/ireland/nice/analysis/militarism.html
and fortress Europe http://struggle.ws/ireland/nice/analysis/fortress.html
were either ignored or
given minimum coverage right at the end of the campaign.
Three - they decided that the No side was best represented
by Justin Barrett. Of course the purpose of all this was
revealed when Barrett was shown to have links with
neo-fascist groups in Germany, a shock horror story the
media has been told for years.

Of course anarchists can hardly claim to be surprised by
media bias. Understanding, as we do, that the media is
almost exclusively owned and controlled by either the state
or the very rich we can hardly expect it to give us a fair
hearing on any consistent basis. Which is why anarchist
groups publish papers like Workers Solidarity, to try and get
our side of what is happening in this corrupt society out to
as many people as possible.

The WSM is a small organisation which puts most of its
resources into publishing and distributing this paper. Over
the last couple of years many other activists have been
helping us out by taking 10, 20 or 50 of each issue to
distribute locally. This means we have been able to print
6,000 of each issue of the paper.

But the Nice referendum campaign shows what a drop in
the ocean this is when it comes to combating a concerted
campaign by the mainstream media. In this country, as in
all others, almost all the major media outlets, newspapers,
radio and TV are owned or controlled by wealthy
individuals, corporations or the government. To combat this
anarchists need to look ahead to a time when we have
national daily circulation of our own newspaper as well as
radio and even TV stations.

We are a long, long way from that point. But given the
resources of the anarchist movement at the moment we
could still greatly improve our current circulation. With that
in mind the last WSM national conference decided to ask all
the other anarchists and libertarians in Ireland to help us

We are asking people to commit to donating 5 or 10 Euro a
month towards the cost of printing this paper and to take at
least 50 of each issue to distribute. We don't just want your
money and time though; we also want your input to make
the paper better and to expand the range of stories we can
cover. So anyone who becomes supporter of 'Workers
Solidarity' will also be asked to attend an annual planning
meeting and to elect two delegates onto our editorial group.
If you have email you can ask to be added to the WS
production email list where you can comment on articles
submitted for publication and suggest topics for articles.

Over the next year we hope that at least a couple of dozen
people will become supporters of this paper. In that case we
will be able to expand production to 8 issues a year each
with a print run of 8,000. This will still be tiny in
comparison with the national media but will represent a
doubling of the total number of copies printed and
distributed each year. In turn we would hope some of the
thousands of people who will get Workers Solidarity as a
result will also choose to become supporters and so over the
years we can build a circulation of tens or even hundreds of
thousands. Help us take the first step, fill in the form below
and become a supporter today.


I'd like to become a supporter of the Workers Solidarity

Please send me 50/ _ _ _ copies of the next issue of the
paper to distribute. I enclose my first months donation
towards costs of 5/10/_ _ Euro.





(Send to WSM, PO Box 1528, Dublin 8, Ireland)

This page is from the print version of the Irish
Anarchist paper 'Workers Solidarity'  http://struggle.ws/worksol.html .

We also  provide PDF  http://struggle.ws/ws/pdf.html files of
all our publications for you to print out and distribute locally

Print out the PDF file of this issue http://struggle.ws/wsm/pdf/ws/73.html

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