Tuesday, 25 July 2017

International Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners!

This year, the International solidarity week for anarchist prisoners will be spent for the fifth time in 23rd to 30th August and we come stronger than ever!
Some political prisoners are already supported, but far from all of them. Also, the supported are usually involved in authoritarian politics and not grassroots activities. Anarchist prisoners are not often well-known people, even though they might be long term activists. Their ways to fight back oppressors and wrongdoings are not necessary following the current laws of their location, which is judged by some authoritarian organizations. The vast amount and diversity of cases of anarchist prisoners is surprising to many.
We wanted to choose a week, so that it would be easy as possible to organize different kinds of expressions of solidarity, which would be supported by one another. The beginning of the week was chosen to be the execution date of Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian-American anarchists, in 1927. They were convicted with very little amount of evidence, and many still consider that they were punished from their anarchist views.
Welcome to join!
Solidarity can express itself in many forms.
Please report us your done actions to the address tillallarefree@riseup.net. You can also announce your event in advance in the same address, we list them on our page http://solidarity.international/. From the pages you can also find examples and tips of actions and support mail to anarchists, links to prisoner lists and more.

For more info: Derry Anarchist Black Cross

Solidarity with Political Prisoners: Free Tony Taylor!

Several hundred people marched through the streets of Derry this afternoon to demand the immediate release of Derry political prisoner Tony Taylor, interned without trail by the British State for 500 days. In marking this occasion of his 500 day of incarceration Anarchists in Derry joined with the relatives, friends of Tony Taylor including other a number of republican organisations, socialists, trade union and human rights activists, the largest seen in the city for a number of years.
At the Guildhall Square as the marchers rallied each speaker to the platform call for the continued support for the Taylor family and the end to selective internment without trial of political activists. 
Leading up to todays rally a spokesperson for the Free Tony Taylor campaign said "Tony was arrested on March 10th, 2016, in full view of his family whilst on a shopping trip and taken to Maghaberry Prison where he continues to be held today on the signature of the British Secretary of State following the revocation of the release licence he received in 2014.
"The Northern Ireland Office alleged Tony was a risk to the public based on an MI5 assessment, an assessment which clearly does not warrant criminal charges or a trial. Three weeks after Tony was returned to prison it was ruled that the original order to detain him was in contravention of article 28 (2) (a) and (b) of the Criminal Justice Order (NI) 2008.
"Tony’s solicitor Aiden Carlin stated that the refusal of the Parole commission to follow recommendations and release Tony at this juncture was in contravention of section six of the Human Rights Act in conjunction with articles 5 (1) and 5 (4) of the European Convention on Human Rights. Tony’s legal team have recently served a High Court Writ on the Secretary of State in a claim for damages arising from his initial 3-week unlawful detention.

"On May 2nd, 2017, the Parole Commission for Northern Ireland began a four-day review process into Tony’s case which at that point represented an unreasonable delay in context of Article 5 and the Right to Liberty. 
"The review process consisted of one open hearing during which Tony was questioned, two closed proceedings from which Tony and his legal team were excluded and a summary hearing which took place on May 30th. A judicial review to examine the lawfulness, necessity and proportionality of Tony’s recall is currently being pursued.
"Tony Taylor’s recall is regarded as internment under its latest guise. Internment was used in the 1970s as a repressive tool of the Stormont regime and whilst the name has changed the fundamental fact that people are being denied their liberty in the absence of due process cannot be disputed.
"The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 promised the people of the north a ‘new beginning’, an ‘era in which justice would be done and be seen to be done’ and measures ‘compatible with a normal and Peaceful society.’ The Free Tony Taylor Campaign would take this opportunity to stress that closed court proceedings, MI5 supremacy over policing in the North and internment have no place in any normal or peaceful society.
"We would again call on the British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire to release Tony Taylor back to his family who continue suffer as a result of his arbitrary and unjust detention."
This afternoons march and rally 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 political opinions to what the establishment would like us to have. 


Amongst the many banners and placards from the various groups and organisations in support of the release of Tony Taylor, Anarchists in Derry carried a banner in solidarity which read ‘Stop Repression Free All Political Prisoners!’. 
One local anarchist activist said “No matter what the political views of Tony Taylor are, as anarchists we will continue to support him and his family's ongoing fight for justice, which is why we continue to support and attend demonstrations such as todays. Its vital that we add our voice to demand his immediate release. We feel that this fight, above all else, is a human rights issue that everyone, anarchist, socialist or republican should be concerned about. 


“We are totally opposed to prison system in all its forms and reject the disappearance and imprisonment of any political activists. For us we will continue take part in unified solidarity demonstrations such as todays as in the streets is where we will achieve our goals, not in the chambers of Stormont or Westminster. It’s important that anyone interested in human rights speaks out, no matter what political opinion they hold, to speak out against Tony Taylor's imprisonment and demand an end to similar practices carried out by the State.”
Video footage for todays march for Tony Taylor:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYClEqPA9T8&feature=share

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If you are interested in anarchism and the info shared on this page or on our bi-monthly bulletin Barricade Bulletin then drop us a line as we'd like to hear from you. Anarchists in Derry meet regularly to organise activity and plan events locally. If you would like to get involved then come and join us.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Stop the War on Syria: Derry Protests!


Despite the weather and short notice, anti war activists from several groups, political parties and none took part in today's Stop the War Rally at Derry's cenotaph. This is not for the first time have the people of Derry have come out in opposition to atrocities carried out by and pending wars instigated by imperialist forces or their allies around the world. The aerial attack on Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, apparently carried out by the Syrian regime, which appears to have involved chemical weapons, is another terrible outrage in the war which has devastated Syria since 2011. More than 72 people are now reported dead, 20 of these children, and over 200 horribly wounded. 

In calling todays rally following the sickening developments carried out in Syria this week, in a statement issued by the Derry Anti War Coalition a spokesperson said: "Like with so much reportage from Syria it is difficult to untangle the truth of who is responsible for the carnage. This latest atrocity, whether it is a direct chemical attack by the Syrian regime or a conventional attack on a rebel weapons compound holding chemicals as the Russian Government is claiming, only exposes the games of the outside forces involved in Syria's proxy war. While condemning this attack the DAWC contends that any further military intervention by outside forces such as the missile strikes launched by the Trump regime will only prolong the horror of this war for the Syrian people and must be resisted by anti-war and peace activists. This appalling attack therefore must not be used as a justification for yet further Western escalation This latest atrocity only adds to the litany of recent carnage in the region. Not so avidly reported by the Western media however is the Western backed assault on Mosul across the border in Iraq which is also causing a huge number of casualties. It is estimated that the US-led coalition bombing raids have killed around 1,500 civilians in March alone and hundreds of thousands have been displaced. On 28 March one US strike alone caused the deaths of 112 civilians in Mosul, according to a CNN report. The IAWM condemns all these attacks and calls for the withdrawal of all foreign militaries from the middle east and for peace negotiations to ensue. The attacks in Mosul and this recent horrific attack in Syria show the true horror of war for civilians and only underlines the urgency to stop these wars and achieve political solutions." 

From the build up to this current situation, both Russian and US forces propaganda war has already been in full swing. Assisted again by their 'neutral media' machines of the CNN, BBC, RT, FOX, SKY and RTE. Their media spin used to do just that, mass confusion and manipulation of viewers by relentless images of death and war which can also affect antiwar mobilisation against them at home. As the tension heightens both in Syria and now on the Korean peninsula, it is vital that we also to highlight issues locally such as US military refuelling at Shannon as well as engagement of Irish Troops involvement with NATO forces. For anarchists, we call on all workers to reject all forms of nationalism and further continuing imperialist wars on the streets. Although todays rally was small, it's important to continue the call for more protests and to demand NO WAR BUT THE CLASS WAR!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

International Prisoner Solidarity in Derry with Palestine



Many trade union, political activists and community activists took to the streets of Derry earlier this afternoon in a show of solidarity Derry political prisoners in Palestine as part of an international day of solidarity with Political Prisoners. 
The event was organised by the Derry Branch of Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign who have to date carried out a number of successful solidarity actions with Palestinian Political Prisoners as well as the local BDS campaign. 
A number of speakers during todays event spoke of the recent arrests of 4 Human Rights Defenders from Hebron and Palestinian student Kifah Quzmar ordered imprisoned for six months without charge or trial on Monday 3rd April highlighting the brutal oppression that Palestinians are living under every day of their lives. For more images please visit our Facebook page at Derry Anarchists.

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

French Antifascist activists to speak on Police Brutality & Welcoming Refugees in Paris

Refugee and Antifascist activists from France will speak in Derry on Saturday March 4th to give a direct account of current events happening in Paris.  A spokesperson said "Over the past number of weeks French police have arrested dozens of young people after regular nightly clashes with youths on housing estates across in Paris. This latest wave of violence comes following a recent violent arrest in which a police officer was charged with raping a young man with a baton.

"The case of this brutial police assualt of a 22-year-old, known only by his first name, Théo, has put a fresh spotlight on police brutality in France, where cops are regularly accused of using excessive force in working class neighbourhoods, particularly against black and minority ethnic young people. To date three other officers were charged with assault. The four officers, who deny the charges, have been suspended.

"Amidst this tension and the growth of the Far-right across France, in the wake of an ongoing humanitarian crisis facing refugees there, activists from Action Antifasciste and Quartier Libre (an organisation which works directly in support of Refugees) will bring a first hand account of these developments to Derry." 

The event is free admission. 

Takes place on Saturday 4th March, Sandino's Bar, Water Street, Derry 

https://www.facebook.com/events/218294535303049/

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Derry's First Ever Radical Bookfair Success!

Derry's first ever Radical Bookfair was held over the Bloody Sunday week of events on Saturday 28th January 2017 in Pilots Row Community Centre.  It's estimated that several hundred people passed through the doors of Rossville Street venue to explore what the days events had to offer as well as to rummage through the different book stalls to catch a bargin or two.

A spokesperson for the Radical Bookfair Collective stated: "the day itself was a brilliant success judging by the numbers it attracted as the Pilots Row Centre had a steady flow of the interested and the curious alike who explored what the all the various stalls had to offer.  There really was a fantastic mixed of books and independent publications for every type of interest from books relating to political theories such as on socialism to republicanism, feminism to anarchism, queer or gender politics right through to a wide range of both local and national social and political history. 

"Chatting to the different stall holders during the days events, everyone had enjoyed the experience, as well as the networking and of course the trade itself.  It has been estimated that throughout the day's events several hundred book lovers had past through the building to take in the variety of stalls as well as to engage with the different talks that was created around recent book titles. Again this was a recent benefit to all the different independent book sellers and publishers on the day both locally and nationally, not to mention all the participants who came from far away as Scotland and England.


"It was really great to see a number of local authors in attendance, taking time to engage with the those attending, signing their books such as Emmet O'Connor and Dave Duggan as it really shows that what we have created here today is something worth continuing. 

"The people here today from Derry, Donegal and Tyrone really love their books as well as their politics and supporting independent booksellers, that is something we feel has to be encouraged. For those who came up to us throughout the day and requested that the event be a prominent fixture on the city's calendar, we would have to say, watch this space."

Derry Radical Bookfair

Rojava Revolution: Derry Solidarity Mural



Mural created by local activists in solidarity with the Rojava Fighters. The action followed a talk and discussion on the Rojava Revolution at this years first ever Derry Radical Bookfair.

Bloody Sunday March for Justice - One World One Struggle!

Several thousand people took part in todays annual Bloody Sunday March for Justice in Derry marking the 45th anniversary which made its way from the Creggan to Bogside along the original route of the initial Civil Rights demonstration in 1972 at which 14 unarmed innocent civilians were murdered by British Paratroopers. Each year Human rights, social justice and prisoner support groups made up the bulk of the commemoration and in keeping with its non-party political policy this years main speaker was Sheila Coleman of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign. Several campaigns took place of prominence on today's march to highlight their ongoing struggle for justice which included the Tony Taylor campaign, local republican currently interned by the British State as well as Abortion Rights campaigns North and South of the border. Workers Solidarity Movement in Derry were joined by anarchists from Belfast, Dublin and beyond. Thanks to everyone who attended this important event, those who introduced themselves, and everyone who travelled to show their support and solidarity with the March for Justice. 

Bloody Sunday in Derry - Origins & Consequences of a Massacre http://www.wsm.ie/c/bloody-sunday-derry-causes-consequences-massacre-1972

Derry Anarchists Facebook page

UMUT FIRAT IS ON HUNGER STRIKE 52 DAYS!

UMUT FIRAT IS ON HUNGER STRIKE 52 DAYS!!!
“As a human, Revolutionary Anarchist, Conscientious/Total Objector, an individual who has been spending 23 years in a lit cell under the darkness of a dungeon, I see all entities of capitalist, statist, nationalist, fundamentalist, sectarian and patriarchal power structure are responsible for all this. I start hunger strike, to draw attention to all this, before and after, to emphasize that new forms of struggle and social opposition has to be organized, and to reflect my own political, moral and conscientious attitude." - Anarchist hunger striker Umut Firat

Sunday, 22 January 2017

March for Justice: Derry to mark 45th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

Anarchists in Derry will be joined again this year with anarchists from across the country to mark the 45th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. more info on Bloody Sunday events for this week check out www.bloodysundaymarch.org

RADICAL BOOKFAIR AN IMPORTANT FIRST FOR NORTH WEST



This coming Saturday 28th January, the city will host it's first ever radical bookfair at Pilots Row Community Centre in Rossville Street. A number of independent book publishers and distributors from across Ireland, Scotland and England along with several local booksellers will gather at the Bogside venue for the one day event. 



A spokesperson for the Derry Radical Bookfair said "The idea behind creating our own radical bookfair in Derry comes after years of successful bookfairs in both London and Dublin as well as other major cities around the world. The initial concept had grown out of the first ever Anarchist Bookfairs in London back in the early 1980's as part of an effort to provide solidarity and support to both independent, radical booksellers and publishers at that time who helped produce and distridute important and valuable political texts relating to feminist, anarchist, queer, marxist and environmentalist thinking. 

"Over the last number of decades that idea has spread to almost every major city around the world of which Derry will now also be included. The idea locally has spread to include local booksellers as well as local and international publishers and distributors which will look at many forms of radical ideas such as queer liberation, anarchism, republicanism and marxism. There will be locally produced books and material relating to Irish politics and labour history, but just as equally as important is our vast wealth books chronicling our own social history will be on display."

There will be a number of talks and book launches during the one day event examining Derry's own radical past by local lecturer and historian Dr. Emmet O'Connor to an eyewitness account of current developments in Kurdistan by an Irish activist in Revolution in Rojava to another talk by leading black activist Bob Brown, a founding member Black Panthers looking back at the revolutionary movement 50 years on.

"This will be an amazing event for those of us across the Derry and the northwest to access some literature and books which are not normally found in the usual multinational bookshops on the high street. It will also be an opportunity for all types of independent book sellers and publishers to also network and create important links not normally available locally."
Derry Radical Bookfair kicks off on Saturday 28th January from 12pm until 5pm at the Pilots Row Community Centre in Rossville street.

For more info and updates Derry Radical Bookfair