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New document:

Barricade Bulletin, No. 10, 2020.

Produced by the Derry Anarchist Collective, Barricade Bulletin takes its name from the 1969 Derry paper.

https://www.leftarchive.ie/document/6506/

Barricade Bulletin, No. 10 (2020) — Derry Anarchist Collective

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The Dublin Anarchist Bookfair takes place tomorrow in the Teachers' Club.

In the latest Irish Left Archive Podcast episode, we spoke to Gregor Kerr about this year's fair and the history of the annual event: https://podcast.leftarchive.ie/@ILAPodcast/episodes/dublin-anarchist-bookfair-with-gregor-kerr

Flyer for Dublin Anarchist Bookfair, Saturday 20 May, 10–6, Teachers Club, Dublin 1
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Here's the full programme for the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday.

Programme for the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday 20th May 2023
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The Dublin Anarchist Bookfair takes place this weekend, Saturday 20th May.

We spoke to Gregor Kerr about the bookfair in our most recent podcast episode: https://podcast.leftarchive.ie/@ILAPodcast/episodes/dublin-anarchist-bookfair-with-gregor-kerr

Flyer for Dublin Anarchist Bookfair, Saturday 20 May, 10–6, Teachers Club, Dublin 1
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🎙 New podcast episode!

In episode 49 we speak to anarchist activist Gregor Kerr about the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair.

The Dublin Anarchist Bookfair was first held in 2006. After a few years' hiatus, the bookfair will be taking place again this month on Saturday the 20th May, organised by @IrishAnarchistNetwork@kolektiva.social and independent anarchists.

https://podcast.leftarchive.ie/@ILAPodcast/episodes/dublin-anarchist-bookfair-with-gregor-kerr

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Published 1st April 1972:

"Military Dictatorship in Northern Ireland"

Freedom, anarchist weekly from Freedom Press.

https://www.leftarchive.ie/document/1187/

Freedom, Vol. 33, No. 14 (1972) — Freedom Press

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in our March episode of the Irish Left Archive Podcast (@ILAPodcast@podcast.leftarchive.ie) we spoke to two members of the Irish Anarchist Network about organising the newly-formed group, practical activism and direct action, and the contemporary political landscape in Ireland.

https://podcast.leftarchive.ie/@ILAPodcast/episodes/irish-anarchist-network

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🎙 New episode of the Irish Left Archive Podcast @ILAPodcast@podcast.leftarchive.ie!

In this episode we speak to two members of the Irish Anarchist Network about the formation and growth of the network and how they went about organising and structuring it; their orientation towards direct action and the balance between practical activism and theoretical discussion; their own individual backgrounds and attraction to anarchism; and contemporary issues in Irish society and approaches to the far-right.

https://podcast.leftarchive.ie/@ILAPodcast/episodes/irish-anarchist-network

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"Workers Solidarity Movement closing statement"

Having decided to dissolve the organisation in 2021, this new article provides detail analysing the successes of the WSM and their reasons for dissolving.

http://www.wsm.ie/c/workers-solidarity-movement-closing-statement

Workers Solidarity Movement closing statement | Workers Solidarity Movement

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New organisation added:

Irish Anarchist Network – a network of anarchists formed in 2022.

https://www.leftarchive.ie/organisation/6310/

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"Sadistic Nuns and Paedophile Priests! Time to get the church out of the schools, out of the hospitals and out of our bedrooms"

A sticker produced by the Workers Solidarity Movement (WSM) in the 1990s.

WSM were a platformist anarchist group in Ireland extant from 1984 to 2021.

A sticker showing cartoon of a large rock labelled anarchism falling on a priest, with the text: Sadistic Nuns and Paedophile Priests! Time to get the church out of the schools, out of the hospitals and out of our bedrooms. The footer reads: Join the anarchist revolution. Contact Workers Solidarity Movement.
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From 1998, an article from the Workers' Solidarity Movement paper, Anarchist News, on anti-Traveller racism.

The issue is available on our website here: https://www.leftarchive.ie/document/2988/

Anarchist News, No. 17 (1998) — Workers' Solidarity Movement

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Few groups or individuals on the left in Ireland understand that the situation of Travellers was until recently the most explicit form of racism in this country. Because Travellers are white, people have difficulty recognising discrimination against them as racism. Travellers are subjected to the most extreme forms of social exclusion and segregation which can only be described as apartheid.

They are refused service in pubs, cafes, many shops, launderettes, hairdressers, discos, hotels, cinemas and even some doctors refuse to serve them.

At school many Traveller children are taught in totally segregated classes which cater for Traveller children of all ages in the one class. Officially this is done to provide them with a service that respects their nomadic culture. In reality nothing could be further from the truth, which is that it is done in order to discriminate against them more efficiently.

Racism is a particular form of domination, exploitation and exclusion. Racism against Travellers and Gypsies is rooted in an ideology of sedentarist superiority. This is the belief that the settled person’s way of life is the modern norm and that nomadism is a throwback to less civilised times.

Nomadic people also pose a threat to the values of property ownership and the accumulation of possessions. Racism involves power domination by one group over the other. Because Travellers are such a small minority of the population (0.5% approx) they are totally at the mercy of the settled population. The effects of this racism and exclusion can be graphically seen in the health statistics of the Traveller population.

Traveller infants have three times the infant mortality rate of the settled population. Traveller women have a life expectancy that is fifteen years less than their settled counterparts and Traveller men's life expectancy is ten years less than settled men's. They don’t fare any better educationally. Only a handful of Traveller children have made it through second level education and there are still only a tiny number of Travellers nationwide who have completed a third level course.


About 80% of the adult population are illiterate and still only about 70% of the primary school age children get to school. Some schools still refuse to take them. These are the statistics of racism… a group of the population whose health and educational standards are at least 50 years behind that of the rest of the population. Bu the official response to these kinds of statistics is to blame this scandalous situation on Travellers themselves and on their preferred nomadic lifestyle.

Racism against Gypsies and Travellers goes back to the time they started migrating from India around the 11th century. It reached its height with the extermination of a quarter of a million Gypsies and Travellers by the Nazis. In Ireland the racism against Travellers is so deep and so all pervasive that few people even recognise it for what it is. In the fight against this racism Travellers themselves and their organisations need to be centrally involved.

They must set the agenda, deciding on what issues and how they want to fight. They need the active support of the left, and especially of the trade union movement because they have very little muscle on their own. There have been attempts over the past thirty years at Traveller self-organisation but these organisations were quickly smashed by the state.

In 1963 the Gardaí planted explosives on Gratton Puxon, the organiser of the Irish Traveller Community which was becoming a force to be reckoned with. Nearly twenty years later they planted stolen jewellery on Nan Joyce, a leading member of the Traveller-only organisation Mincéir Misli. Nan ran against a racist candidate in Tallaght in the General Election of 1982 and got twice the number of votes as he did. For left wing activists concerned about racism there is plenty of it to fight in relation to Travellers.
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In February, we were joined by Belfast anarchist Jason Brannigan, who discussed his political background, the anarcho-syndicalist group Organise!, Just Books, and the development of anarchism in Ireland.

https://www.leftarchive.ie/podcast/36-jason-brannigan-organise-just-books-and-anarcho-sy/

Episode 36: Jason Brannigan: Organise!, Just Books, and Anarcho-Syndicalism — Irish Left Archive Podcast

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