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Belfast: Organising for Anarchism

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Maloney
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Jul 10 2009 09:10
Belfast: Organising for Anarchism

A day of workshops and discussions organised by the Belfast branch of the Workers Solidarity Movement and the Anarchist Communist Discussion Group.

1pm- The tasks facing anarchists in Ireland

The strengths and weaknesses of anarcho-syndicalism and the relevance of the platform in the 21st century.

The WSM prides itself on the ideas of the platform based on collective responsibility, theoretical and tactical unity and federalism. Why do we identify with the platformist current within anarchism and what lessons can we learn from social revolutions in the 20th century, that can be applied to how we organise in the here and now. Organise! have been invited to send a speaker.

2pm- Beyond the state and capitalism- Organising for a free society without bosses and politicians.

Anarchists do not believe in blueprints but how do we envisage a future classless and stateless society-anarchist communism. How would we organise public transport, distribute goods and services, and deal with crime in a post-revolutionary society? What do we mean by workers’ control of industry and services?

These are just some of the questions WSM speaker Gavin Gleason will be answering in his talk and subsequent discussion.

3pm- Combating racism and the rise of the far right.

The recent racist attacks in the North served as a wakeup call to everyone. Speakers from the WSM, include former chair of the Anti-Racist Network, Davy Carlin. The speakers will outline what steps should be taken to combat racism as part of the struggle for a better world for everyone.

4pm- Shell to Sea meeting

Over the last few years, we have witnessed the Irish state deploying a huge amount of its resources including the police, navy and air force to construct a Shell pipeline in Rossport in County Mayo. Despite violent repression from Shell security guards and the state, media witch hunts, the local community continues to struggle against the this toxic pipeline which the say is a health safety hazard and offers no social or economic benefits. See http://www.wsm.ie/news_viewer/5736

As the Shell project reaches a critical stage, speakers will outline what we can do to support the struggle in Rossport and the wider question of national resources.

Refreshments and literature will be avaliable.

Date: Saturday, 18th July.

Venue: Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre
45/47 Lower Donegall Street, city centre

www.wsm.ie

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Jul 10 2009 09:16

Is this Bobby again?

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Farce
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Jul 10 2009 13:09

Who're the Anarchist Communist Discussion Group? I've never heard of them, do they have any web presence? If anyone knows them, how do their ideas differ from Organise's and the WSM's?

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Jul 10 2009 14:04

yeah, it is Bobby. He's asked to come back with a new username, he's not trying to dupe anyone into thinking the Belfast WSM has tripled in size. We've just let him change his username. Sorry for any confusion.

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Jul 10 2009 15:07

Er, the Anarchist Communist Discussion Group ARE the Belfast WSM

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Jul 10 2009 23:06

Yeah that was the impression I got, most other anarchists in Belfast didn't know anything about them.

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Jul 10 2009 23:08

You seem confused, they'll tell you what to think if you go along.

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Jul 10 2009 23:41
Ed wrote:
yeah, it is Bobby. He's asked to come back with a new username, he's not trying to dupe anyone into thinking the Belfast WSM has tripled in size. We've just let him change his username. Sorry for any confusion.

he hasn't changed username though, he has a separate (5th in less than 2mths) account.
username change is same account, but this is a new account.
just seems completely mental.

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Jul 11 2009 11:16

yep, the Belfast Anarchist Discussion Group was set up by Belfast WSM and has never claimed otherwise. There has been two public discussions so far- the history of mayday and neo-liberalism

link to audio talk
http://ireland.indymedia.org/openwire?search_text=Belfast+Anarchist+Communist+Discussion+Group

small bit

The ACDG aims to initially create monthly informal public discussions, to debate and analyse all areas of labour, revolutionary history and contemporary issues.

To encourage debate within the wider anarchist/libertarian movement on present areas of struggle. Action without theory is blind and often futile, but theory without action is ultimately sterile and no use to anyone.

To spread and articulate the vision of revolutionary anarchist communism.

We are open to speakers from other political and social organisations. If you have any ideas or suggestions for future meetings, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Contact details:
belfastwsm@yahoo.com
07928479308

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Jul 11 2009 11:35

Sorry, but isn't having multiple accounts bannable on ANY other messageboard, including that of Bobby/Graham/Micky5/Maloney/John09's group? Nevermind using it to threaten and talk shit on other groups.
If you get banned do you just set up and new account and it's cool? I'm curious.

in case any new posters don't know the history of sectarian conduct by this poster, see http://libcom.org/forums/ireland/john09bobby-attacking-organise-26052009

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Jul 11 2009 17:12

He didn't get banned. And has now changed his name, so can we please move on.

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Jul 12 2009 12:11

Seriously that's pretty indefensible Steven.

Maloney
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Jul 12 2009 19:17
Deezer wrote:
Er, the Anarchist Communist Discussion Group ARE the Belfast WSM

Not quite mate, it would be like me saying present day Just Books ARE Organise! wink

The discussion groups holds public debates, which are advertised publically, in which non-members have attended.

We have invited speakers and will continue to do so who are not members of the WSM.

But, yes if you mean that the ACDG is set up by Belfast WSM than yes.

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Jul 13 2009 15:13

Oh, right. I was just kind of curious as to whether there was a new Irish group that I'd heard nothing about. If it's just Belfast WSM working with some non-WSMers then fair play.

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Jul 25 2009 14:03

report from event
http://www.wsm.ie/news_viewer/5830