Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Fight for Liberation Now!

The fight for liberation is an LGBT Organising meeting as part of Foyle Pride. Bringing together LGBT activists from across the North West to organise for future campaigns. Will include talk on history of gay liberation movement.

The meeting takes place on Friday at 5pm upstairs in Sandinos Bar, Water Street, Derry.

On this day in 1927

On this day in 1927: Ferdinando Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants living in Boston, are executed after being framed for a robbery.

Their real crime was being anarchists involved with the vibrant anti-capitalist labor movement of the day.

Long live the rebel spirit of Comrades Sacco and Vanzetti!

The story of Sacco and Vanzetti

Foyle Pride Parade 2012

Foyle Pride march/parade will take place this Saturday August 25th in Derry. Everyone should assemble at Duke St train station at 1pm or1.30pm. 

The parade takes the same route as the original civil rights march. Derry AFA and Workers Solidarity Movement will be attending with our banners and flags to join in with the celebrations. 

Why not come along and show your solidarity. See you there!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

ANC Throws Off Its Mask! Workers Murdered!

ANC Throws Off Its Mask! Workers Murdered!
Capitalists and politicians guilty! Stop police brutality.

No justice, no peace. No Zuma, No Malema, No LONMIN!

 

The Constitution promises political rights and equality. It is quite clear that the bosses and politicians do exactly as they wish. They walk on the faces of the people. This is shown by the police killings of strikers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine.

WHOSE RIGHTS?

People! We must face the facts. The ANC government and the big capitalists run the show. The system makes the rich and powerful richer and more powerful.
The workers and the poor suffer. We have no protection. You work, but you do not survive. Food prices are going up. ESKOM is going up. We must pay? With what? But when we struggle, we get shot.

ANC/ STATE + BOSSES/ CORPORATIONS = ALLIES

The state uses brutal force against the majority. We are marching, raising our grievances. This is our right. We must struggle to live. So, we fight against all elites: those who control government and those who control companies (like Lonmin).
But our voices are silenced with bullets.
While we do not agree uncritically with all the actions of the workers at Marikana, we are always with the working class and poor against the state and capitalists.

ANCYL = ANC = MARIKANA MASSACRE

The ANC promised to change the system. Instead, it became part of the system. Complaining against the National Party’s (NP’s) oppression, the ANC took office. The NP murdered workers. But now the ANC murders workers.
The ANCYL has no grounds to pretend to condemn the police killings (see its Statement 17 August 2012). The ANCYL is part and parcel of the ruling ANC regime.
Malema and other expelled ANCYL leaders also want to use these events to get reinstated into the ANC – to get rich or lie trying. But the ANC’s hands are dripping with blood.
The past and present ANCYL leaders (like all ANC leaders) want more money, not more freedom for the people.

CAPITALISM NO THANKS!

Capitalism is a system of brutality and exploitation, of suffering. The black, Coloured and Indian working class suffers from the legacy of apartheid national oppression and from daily capitalist and police repression. (And even the white working class is exploited and oppressed).

COLLECTIVISE, NOT NATIONALISE

ANCYL uses the ANC murders to bang the drum again for ”the nationalisation of mines and other strategic sectors of the economy.” But Marikana shows the true nature of the state/ government, no matter what party: a bloodthirsty killing machine for the rich black and white ruling class.
Real workers’ control of the economy does not mean private corporations (privatisation) or state corporations (nationalisation). It must mean real people’s democratic control of the economy through worker and community committees, serving people’s needs.

POLICE CANNOT BE CHANGED

The role of the police is to repress and silence the working class and poor. This problem cannot be fixed by commissions or enquiries – as some people think. Ask the family of Andries Tatane. It cannot be changed by elections. Remember: Sharpeville 1960, Soweto 1976, Uitenhague 1985, Michael Makhabane in 2000, SAMWU workers in 2009, Andries Tatane in 2011 … Marikana 2012. At least 25 protestors and strikers were killed from 2000, before Marikana.

PEOPLES POWER NOT ELECTIONS & PARTIES

Look at Marikana. Elections do not change the system. Joining the government and becoming a politician is no solution. Replacing Jacob Zuma with another ANC leader is no solution. A new political party – even a “left” or “workers” party – is no solution. All the political parties are no solution.

UNIONS: WAKE UP!

The Marikana unions, NUM and AMCU, have fallen into the trap set by the ruling class politicians and bosses. They fought each other, instead of fighting the real enemy. Unity is strength: do not be divided and ruled. Workers of the world unite! Working class of all countries and races unite! End the alliance! COSATU should have no links with the bloodstained ANC.

ANARCHISM = COUNTER POWER

It is time to replace the capitalist / state system with Counter Power by the people. This means that we want workers’/ community control of the economy, from below. We want democratic and direct self-management of industry by the workers in the workplaces; we want self- government of communities by those living in them. We want to collectively decide on how we run our lives. We refuse to live according to the rules determined by bosses and politicians, who use the police to shoot us like dogs when we disobey.

ONE SOLUTION: WORKING CLASS DEMOCRACY !

WE NEED YOU! DON’T VOTE, MOBILISE!

IF YOU AGREE WITH THESE IDEAS OR WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ANARCHISM:

email zacf[at]riseup[dot]net

Issued by:
Tokologo Anarchist Collective
Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front
Inkululeko Wits Anarchist Collective

Derry Rally for Free Speech! Free Pussy Riot!


Around 40 activists in Derry took part in the August 17th Global Solidarity event in support of the Russian Feminist punk band Pussy Riot.   

The demo itself included masked activists who put on a piece of street theatre blaring loud punk music out into the Guildhall Square and reading a number of declarations in support of Pussy Riot and free speech.  The evening prior to the solidarity event, activists placed a badge in support of Pussy Riot on a mural in Derry's Bogside. 

All these actions happened as hundreds of simultaneous rallies took place around the world just as Judge Marina Syrova prepared to deliver her verdict in the trial of three members of the female punk group. 

Subsequently all three women - Maria Alyokhina (24), Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (22), and Yekaterina Samutsevich (29) – were later convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, and sentenced to two years for "crudely undermined social order".  Back in February Pussy Riot performed their own profanity-laced anthem to the “Mother of God, Cast Putin Out” on the altar of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ Our Saviour.

As activists left the Guildhall Square following Friday’s events many were of the opinion that “similar solidarity actions must continue locally to highlight the injustice of what was unfolding in Russia, to other political activists and to free speech overall.  Activists have pledged to attend this years Foyle Pride rally at the end of August which takes place along the same route of the original civil rights march, an appropriate occasion to highlight such injustice as Putin’s government has also just recently banned the Moscow Gay Pride rally for the next 100 years”.
 

Unemployment rises as Stormont politicians squabble over new road signs

Northern Ireland unemployment figures rise again as our local sectarian politicians engage in petty point-scoring over the latest hot potato that dominates the political discourse. Latest figures have revealed that the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in July was 63,200, an increase of 400 with this figure being the second highest among the 12 UK regions. The NI rate now stands at 7.6% with that figure rising again once you include the fact that over 20% of the population our classed as ‘economically in-active’- the highest in the UK.

At least 12 ‘Welcome to Northern Ireland’ signs have been erected across the border counties by the road service acting under instruction from UUP Stormont minster Danny Kennedy, with many being removed by locals within hours.
Sinn Fein Assembly member Phil Flanagan called on the UUP man to order the removal of the remaining signs “as soon as possible”.
“The erection of these signs has angered many living in border communities who suffer the negative impact of partition on a daily basis and a large proportion of them are completely opposed to the unnatural division of Ireland,” Mr Flanagan said.
Quite ironic coming from Sinn Fein, who actively participate in the structures of the state including endorsing its monopoly over violence and the selective internment of dissenting republicans such as Marian Price and Martin Corey.
We should not be surprised by this latest distraction that passes for so-called politics in the North in an era of growing unemployment, poverty and general cuts in living standard. Our local Stormont is nothing more than a useless talking shop that is actively pulling the strings of their Tory masters from Westminster. We need to organise against this programme of austerity because the alternative is just more for the small wealthy elite and less for the rest of us.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Global Solidarity for Pussy Riot: August 17th

Activists in Derry are planning to take part in the Pussy Riot Global Day of action on August 17th.

If you're up to taking part in the events then please get in touch.

Details of events are this Friday at 10:30 at Guildhall Square, Derry.

Join the Derry event and bring along your own DIY mask!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Solidarity Protest to mark Anti Internment Anniversary

August 9th marks the 41st anniversary of internment, a policy of mass imprisonment without trail which was last introduced offically in Ireland by the British Government back in 1971.  To mark the occasion, activists in Derry will highlight the continued internment of Marian Price and Martin Corey, who are still being held without trial in prison.  

Today as in 1971, anarchists across Ireland actively oppose all government policy of 'selective' or 'mass' internment just as we oppose all forms of state repression. For ourselves, an attack on any individual is an attack on the whole of our class which undermines the rights and conditions of all. 

As anarchists we believe that sooner or later it will be the workers’ movement itself that will come under attack if we dont't make a stand now, which why we must oppose the continued internment of Marian Price, Martin Corey and the continuing brutal treatment of republican prisoners in Maghaberry.

Tomorrow, Thursday August 9th in Derry, activists will hold a protest and street theatre event at Bishop Street Court House, Derry at 9.30am.  The event itself has been organised by Prisons Crisis Group who have asked everyone to attend and to how solidarity with the continued imprisonment of Marian Price and Martin Corey.


Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Hundreds of Garda deployed to protect Shell's machine from the people of Ireland

A huge secretive Garda security operation last night swung into operation in Dublin Port as Shell's Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) left the port as part of a huge convoy of Garda vehicles.  News of the operation had leaked at the last minute meaning that with only an hours notice a handful of Shell to Sea campaigners managed to get down to the port entrance despite the pouring rain.

Most of us were pulled over and questioned by Garda at least once and the Garda helicopter stayed overhead as various Garda vehicles including a van load of riot cops with the door open drove past us repeatedly.

Our presence appeared to cause some delays as the convoy left the port over 90 minutes past the planned departure time.  Such was the huge Garda force present that all we could do was film the convoy as it left the gates, the video is below.  Other campaigners who followed the convoy reported that there were Garda on every overpass on the motorway leading out of town and individual Garda every 50 or so meteres along the road. They reported that it reminded them of the level of policing deployed during the British Queen's visit last year. No one was allowed overtake the convoy which moved at about 50km as it headed west.

more on this article, plus video: Workers Solidartiy Movement