Monday, 20 March 2017

Barricade Bulletin No.3 OUT NOW!

Barricade Bulletin No.3 of Derry Anarchists free bi-monthly info sheet is now available in various bookshops and libraries around Derry.  If you can't wait or live outside Derry then here's a PDF Version Don't forget its good to share!

DERRY CALLS FOR AN END TO HARASSMENT OF PRO-CHOICE ACTIVISTS!

Over the past few weeks the PSNI has engaged in a campaign of harassment against pro-choice activists and the general public for allegedly obtaining the abortion pills from Women Help Women/Women on Web websites. This is a continuation of previous criminalisation attempts by the courts in order to inflict fear amongst people who have to resort to the abortion pills as their only available means to have  control over their reproductive choices and life.
While the archaic laws in Ireland criminalise women or sends them to England, abortion pills from womenonweb.org and womenhelp.org serve as a lifeline for women accessing abortion across Ireland. The pills are on the World Health Organisation's Essential Medicines list and are used all across the world for safe, early medical abortions.While abortion remains illegal and the trip to England expensive, the very safe abortion pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, are a rescue from a nightmare for many people who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy.
The use of these pills is well-known practice, with a few mainstream media outlets covering the story and an open letter in June 2015 by 200 activists admitting to breaking the law by providing or procuring an abortion through the use of these pills.
It had appeared that while the authorities were aware of this practice they were indeed turning a blind eye to it with a few exceptions, namely the scapegoating of a 19-year-old student and a mother who procured pills for her teenage daughter.
The State are scared of the pills because they make an absolute mockery and joke of our laws. How much longer can they sit around pontificating about when women will be ready when safe abortions with pills are happening so regularly?
While the majority in society think that abortion should be decriminalised, this is not reflected by the politicians at Stormont who have allowed this intolerable situation to happen by presiding over the draconian law.
As it stands, 67,000 women a year die from unsafe abortions throughout the world. If we lose the choice, albeit the illegal choice, of the pills here we could see women returning to unsafe methods. The state is creating fertile land for pregnancy related deaths.
Earlier today, Monday 20th March, pro-choice activists and supporters of Alliance for Choice held several noisy protests outside PSNI headquaters in both Derry and Belfast in a respond to this new wave of attacks against women's rights in the six counties.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Successful First public meeting in Derry for IWW

Today in Derry, the Ireland Section of the Industrial Workers of the World held the first in what's to be a series of public talks on the history and current activity of the militant workers union. Organised by local members and supporters, the meeting was addressed by IWW Ireland regional organiser who began this afternoons event with a rendition of Joe Hill. The historical folk song tells the story of how a fellow Wobblie organiser was first imprisoned then executed of his workplace agitation in North America. 


A spokesperson for today's event stated "Today's gathering in Derry was to give people a general insight into the ideas and politics behind the Industrial Workers of the World. The speaker covered the history of IWW as an international labor union that was founded in 1905 in Chicago, Illinois touching on critical periods for our class since then, the different prominent figures involved of which, many of whom would have been from these shores. 

"Likewise todays event looked closely at the different guiding principles and achievements of the IWW to date, but more importantly the need for our class both within the workplace and at community level to take a stand against the corruption and arrogance of the bosses and capitalism alike. For us there is little difference as to what our class face here today, north and south and what it has had to face at the beginning of the last century when the IWW first emerged. The remedy for the challenges that we face today undoubtedly needs to be workplace and community self defence, agitation and organisation. The motto of Industrial Workers of the World is 'an injury to one - is an injury to all' that is why meetings like this today are taking place with branches forming across the country. Today's gathering was an important first step"
The Industrial Workers of the World are currently organising in Ireland and at present have members and supporters in towns and cities such Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Derry, Newry, Armagh, Monaghan, Galway amongst other areas. If you would like to get involved in your area then please use the following link. https://iww.org.uk/application_form/

Solidarity with Tony Taylor - One Year On!

Anarchists in Derry, once again joined with the relatives, friends and comrades of Tony Taylor, a local republican activist from the city who has been interned by the British State for one year. 
During Saturday's demonstration activists from a number of other political organisations and none also helped mark the anniversary of Tony Taylors detention in support and solidarity with his partner Lorraine and family. 

The occasion was also used to highlight the current situation across the six countries in which activists can be selected by the state and removed from their loved ones and community simply because they hold an opposing pokitical opinion to what they would like you to have. 

No matter what the views of Tony Taylor are, as anarchists we will continue to support him and his family's ongoing fight for justice by demanding his immediate release as this fight, above all else is a human rights issue of which everyone should be concerned about. 

We totally reject the disappearance and imprisonment of all political activists and will continue to do so by taking to the streets along with others equally concerned with human rights, just as we have done so countless times before for Tony as well as other activists in the past. It is vital that everyone and anyone interested in human rights must speak out against Tony Taylor's imprisonment and demand an end to this and other States practice and use of internment. Demand justice and freedom for Tony Taylor!

What follows is a statement issued by Lorrine Taylor yesterday on the anniversary of her partner's imprisonment:
"I can't believe its a year today my husband Tony Taylor was illegally taken away from us by the PSNI without any explanation while were out on a shopping trip with our children in our home town .we are told his arrest was based on unaccountable intelligence supposedly provided by the security services. And that is all we know .I believe this is an abuse of power and an infringement of Tony's human rights .And yet that has been enough to deprive a citizen of this citizen for a full calendar year .Shocking yet over the past year my family have been kept under constant surveillance by the police .They know I'm not a political activist but I will fight for my husband's human rights and I won't stop until I get justice for him .please help us fight for Justice my children need there daddy home .love and miss him loads xxxx"

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Industrial Workers of the World: Then & Now Tour 2017

The IWW union would like to invite you to the first meeting of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in Ireland.

On the 11th of March at 4pm in Sandinos Bar, Wateside, Derry the IWW will be holding it's first first meeting as part of a nationwide tour looking at the IWW both then and now. 

The meeting will include a history of the IWW and an update on the ongoing process of forming an Irish section of the IWW- with an opportunity for those interested to voice their interest.

The evening will conclude with a social event with workers ballads and a chance to meet and talk to members of the IWW.

History 

The IWW is a revolutionary global union, fighting for better conditions today and economic democracy tomorrow. By training our members in powerful organising methods, direct-action and direct-democracy, we put power in the hands of workers.

We believe that ordinary people are best placed to lead and create change, both at work and in society. We put our members in charge, training each and every one to build and lead their workplace unions, organise their own campaigns and take the action that wins.

We’re an active and fighting union. We know solidarity is strength, and we prove it by looking after each other. We provide advice and representation when you have problems at work, but we’re much more than that.

We’re not here to provide a service; we’re here to build a movement, winning bigger and better victories for working people as our movement grows in strength and confidence.

Originally formed in 1905, the IWW has a rich and proud history, organising workers into revolutionary ‘industrial unions’ along the supply chain of their industry. This form of union organisation provides workers with the maximum clout in any dispute with employers.

When workers in one section of an industry have an issue, their fellow workers along the supply chain can take action to support them, having maximum impact on the running of that industry and hitting the employer where it hurts. This is the basis of our slogan, “an injury to one is an injury to all”.

This is how we can defend and improve our pay, terms and conditions of employment. This is how we can build a better future. Political democracy is (at least) severely limited without democracy within the economy, within industry. The production and distribution of goods and services is the real power that shapes our society.

In the hands of the few – our employers – this power benefits the few. In the hands of all working people it could benefit everyone. Who else but us, working people, produce and distribute all the world’s goods and services? We make the world turn yet see little of the wealth and make few of the decisions.

Organised into industrial unions, linked together into one big movement, we could take possession of our industries and run them democratically for the good of all. Your union is your future. Get involved.

Over the next few months IWW Ireland will host a series of talks in a number of towns and cities throughout the country as part of our latest building efforts.

Join the IWW today!

For more details click on: https://iwwireland.wordpress.com/

To help organise in your area email: ireland@iww.org.uk