Friday, 30 December 2016

Barricade Distribution - Arm yourself with ideas!

Barricade Distribution is a new initiative by anarchists in Derry, in an effort to spread and share anarchist ideas to a wider audience locally. 
Discussions over the last few months have centred around creating a grassroots independent social space in Derry as it is felt it is badly needed. A place to organise and to socialise from as well as to educate and create ourselves collectively. 
This is of course a long term goal and obviously requires greater participation with like minded people. It is our view that by creating an outreach project such as Barricade Distribution in which activists intend to be present on the streets holding regular information stalls with a view of having our own social space, centre, local in the year ahead. 
Our first outing will be at this year's Derry Radical Bookfair on Sat. 28th January 2017 at Pilots Row community centre. 
If you would like to get involved, take part in any of our activities then we would urge you to make the next step and get in touch.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Derry's First Radical Bookfair 28th Jan. 2017

On Saturday 28th January 2017 the first ever Derry Radical Bookfair will take place in Pilots Row Community Centre, Rossville Street, Derry, BT48 6LP.

The event takes place on one of the busiest days of the political calendar in the city which is during the Bloody Sunday week of events. Each year the same venue itself hosts the annual Bloody Sunday events such as talks, films and discussions around contemporary social justice issues.

At the moment the Derry Radical Bookfair organising collective are finalising details. Click on link below for more
If you are an independent bookseller, distributor or publisher and would like to sell and distribute books, pamphlets, publications and other merchandise then please get in touch. Likewise If you would like to have your social justice group or campaign to have a stall at this event to highlight an issue or campaign then please make contact.
The Derry Radical Bookfair will help promote and display books of local, national and international interest including social and labour history as well as themes covering radical feminism, queer liberation, anarchism, marxism, republicanism and environmentalism.
On the same day this year the venue will also play host to an International Food Fair as well as the Derry Radical Bookfair.
Look forward to hearing from you.

Email. radicalbookfair@gmail.comOnline.


Friday, 9 December 2016

Barricade Bulletin No. 2 OUT NOW!

Barricade Bulletin No.2 of our Bi-monthly bulletin 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

Saturday, 22 October 2016

No War But The Class War!

Anarchists in Derry took part in today's anti war demonstration at the city centre war memorial as we have done many times before with a clear anarchist message 'No War But The Class War!' 

All of the speakers quite rightly condemned the continuing atrocities being inflicted upon the people of Syria and the entire Middle East, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis not witnessed on this scale in decades.

Twenty-four hour media manipulation on both sides of the propaganda war has deliberately created mass confusion as to who the real perpetrators truly are as Russia, Europe and United States attempt to gain the high moral ground while thousands are killed, millions left without homes and entire communities devastated. 

Their unofficial policy of endless war and destabilization is an attempt to divert the world's working class into the dead-end of supporting their "own" states in the name of "civilisation", the same civilisation that allows 25,000 children to die every day from malnutrition and preventable diseases. All countries involved are attempting to reignite the flames of nationalism to divert attention away from the crisis of capitalism at home in their own national interests.

Amongst this confusion and chaos elements of the Left have already chosen one side against in bizarre scenes reminiscent of old Cold War battles, as if old scores need settled. For anarchists we make no such alliances. We are anti-imperialist and opposed to the continous wars orchestrated throughout the Middle East between Russia, USA and of course Europe.

Obama and Putin are terrorists, butchers and murderers, no less than their puppets al-Assad or Islamic State. They are all the enemies of working people. As working-class internationalists, we oppose this war and all other imperialist wars, and raise the slogan NO WAR BUT CLASS WAR!

Here in Ireland we must not fall into the trap of hopelessness which many are overcome by through television propaganda fuelled by BBC, RT, FOX, SKY, CNN or RTE. Confusion and demoralisation by relentless images of war, devastation and death can take its toll but small acts of solidarity action on the streets can make an impact. 

Anti War actions such as today's in Derry are important to highlight issues such as Refuelling at Shannon, Palestine, Kurdistan or Refugee solidarity. Acting locally and linking nationally and internationally can create a strong and effective anti-war movement. 

As anarchists, ultimately we call on all workers to reject all forms of nationalism - to unite in their workplaces, to strike in opposition not only to this war but all wars and to help bring about the transformation of society from the barbarism of capitalism to a free, just, and equal society. Only the working class has the power to do this, just as the revolutionary action of the world's working class stopped the First World War 100 years ago. 

Strikes, occupations, formation of community or workers' councils - these were the actions the workers took against that war, and they managed to bring the slaughter to a halt. That is why we continue to call for - No War But Class War!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Barricade Bulletin No.1 OUT NOW!

Barricade Bulletin No.1 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