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March on April 8th to Abolish water charges - WSM newsletter for the day - Many Battles Won, With the War Yet to Win

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 06:13

The Workers Solidarity Movement have called an anarchist/anti-authoritarian bloc to join the Water Charges march Saturday 8th April in Dublin. This bloc will meet at Connolly Station at 2pm . Look out for the red and black flags.   We will be handing out several hundred copies of this 4-page leaflet produced by the WSM, which includes content on the water charges, housing, and the pro-choice struggle, and are looking for folks to help us distribute these on the day. [PDF to download]

 

Many Battles Won, With the War Yet to Win

We’ve come a long way. Against the forces of the State and global finance the anti-water charges movement has held the line, and through years of direct action, community organising and mass mobilisations we’ve pushed the government to the point of defeat on water charges. 

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Housing is also an anti-finance, anti-capitalist struggle - Fine Gael Inc

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 06:07

What would happen if Fine Gael had a change of heart? What if, having been visited by three ghosts the night before, Michael Noonan decided to address the misery brought on by the largest housing crisis in this nation’s history? It’s an interesting question, but of course it’ll never be answered. Still, thinking about it forces us to consider other questions. It leads us to a view of modern capitalism and international power relations which, if more unsettling than Scrooge Fine Gael, is a more solid understanding on which to build our offensive.

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UK: A year after the UK Modern Slavery Act, time for a Global Modern Slavery Agreement?

Labour Start - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Reuters
Categories: Workplace Struggle

France: Louis Vuitton Leather Workers Stage Rare Strike

Labour Start - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: WWD
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Argentina: Workers to Hold General Strike Against Neoliberalism

Labour Start - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: telesurtv
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Global: Ban asbestos now - stand with Rajendra

Labour Start - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: APHEDA
Categories: Workplace Struggle

A look back at the resistance to unconventional drilling at Woodburn forest

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 11:36

This is an analysis of events at Woodburn forest (Carrickfergus, County Antrim) during the exploratory drilling operation being carried out by the company Infrastrata in the spring and summer of 2016. It is intended as a reflection on the successes and failures of the campaign to resist a poisonous and violent extraction of resources from the land, and indeed the lease and seizure of some of that land in an aggressive manner. It draws on personal testimonies; both my own and other activists’ experiences of specific direct actions, set within a broader political analysis of the context within which this sort of struggle is taking place, locally and worldwide.

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USA: What Happens at Home When People Can’t Depend on Stable Work

Labour Start - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: HBR
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Syria: ITUC Condemns Barbaric Nerve Gas Attack

Labour Start - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Repression worsens against activists fighting TAP gas pipeline in Italy

Libcom.org News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 07:21
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Grassroots organisation the AltreMenti Valle Peligna collective reports that repression is becoming increasingly harsh as activists fight against the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) in Puglia.

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Categories: Anarchists

O Μπακούνιν για τον πατριωτισμό

Anarkismo - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 05:28
Το παρόν άρθρο είναι μια απάντηση σε όσους νομίζουν πως οι ανιστόρητες φωτοβολίδες πολιτικής δημαγωγίας, με τη μορφή τσιτάτων, μπορούν να διαστρεβλώνουν την ιστορία και τα πολιτικά σκεπτικά εξεχουσών μορφών του αναρχικού κινήματος. Παρακάτω, λοιπόν, μελετάμε με τα γραπτά του ίδιου του Μπακούνιν αν η σκέψη του προσδιοριζόταν από «πατριωτισμό» όπως κάποιοι θέλουν να πιστέψουμε. Όλα τα αποσπάσματα περιέχονται στο βιβλίο «Μιχαήλ Μπακούνιν, ΚΡΙΤΙΚΗ ΤΗΣ ΥΠΑΡΧΟΥΣΑΣ ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΑΣ, εκδ. Πανοπτικόν».
Categories: Anarchists

Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman, annotated and introduced by Jessica Moran and Barry Pateman [Book review]

Anarkismo (en) - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 04:42
Review of the annotated and expanded edition of Berkman's classic Prison Memoirs, which came out in 2017.

Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman, annotated and introduced by Jessica Moran and Barry Pateman [Book review]

Anarkismo - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 04:42
Review of the annotated and expanded edition of Berkman's classic Prison Memoirs, which came out in 2017.
Categories: Anarchists

Madagascar: Government faces ILO complaint over 43 sacked dockworkers

Labour Start - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITF Global Union
Categories: Workplace Struggle

USA: Trump Pulls Back Obama-Era Protections For Women Workers

Labour Start - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: NBC
Categories: Workplace Struggle

China: Feminist Folk Quartet Gives Voice to China’s Female Migrant Workers

Labour Start - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Sixth Tone
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Sri Lanka: Workers protest imprisonment of Maruti employees

Labour Start - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Hindu
Categories: Workplace Struggle

South Africa: COSATU to Zuma: Time to go

Labour Start - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: BBC
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Dublin Anarchist Bookfair 2017 & April 23 Anarchist Gathering

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 16:38

The WSM is not organising the 12th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair for the spring of 2017 as might be expected. Instead, we are organising an alternative event, the Anarchist Gathering.  

The Anarchist Gathering 2017 will take place on Sunday, 23nd April, 10am-5pm in the Teacher’s Club (36, Parnell Square West, Dublin 1). Please reply to activity@wsm.ie to register your interest in attending. We are gathering to discuss how we can better organise and fight for a free society. We would hope that everyone actively interested in building anarchism in Ireland will attend.

The following piece maps out our thinking about the bookfair at the present moment.

In solidarity, 

WSM Dublin Anarchist Bookfair Committee.

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UDL fail to even show when Belfast anti-fascists take their protest site

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 07:51

This video shows some scenes from the successful Belfast Anti-Fascist demo that took place Saturday April 1st
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About 200 anti-fascists gathered to show the supposedly 30 or so supporters of the Ulster Defence League that while neither they nor their views are welcome here refugees certainly are.

In reality, the illustrious UDL 30 had no organised or visible attendance, with merely a couple of their brave warriors skulking around the edges, clearly humiliated by the overwhelming presence of anti-fascists.

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