Anarchism in Action - The CNT 100 Years of Struggle. Derry public meeting

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Deezer
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Aug 24 2010 09:44
Anarchism in Action - The CNT 100 Years of Struggle. Derry public meeting

This year marks the centenary of the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist union the Confederacion Nacional de Trabajo. The CNT has struggled tirelessly since its inception for improved conditions for workers, for social justice and social revolution - most famously during the Spanish Revolution of 1936 to 1939. To mark the centenary Organise! is pleased to be hosting public meetings in Belfast and Derry with Antonio Rios, of CNT Cadiz, speaking about the union, anarcho-syndicalism in Spain and 100 years of the CNT.

Derry meeting 3pm Saturday 4th September upstairs bar in Sandinos

Jet Boy
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Aug 25 2010 15:48

Being hosted by Organise you say? I was told it was being put on my a member of the nationalist IRSP - that true?

Also why choose to put in on in the worst possible venue for an anarchist meeting - a pub owned by a stalinist. Then again the IRSP are off the same ilk.

Jet Boy
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Aug 25 2010 16:16

Well I was told that an IRSP member from Derry, who was an ex Organise member, was behind this meeting. My apologies if this isn't correct. So are you busing people in since you don't have any local members?

Jet Boy
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Aug 25 2010 16:22

And will your IRSP comrades also be attending?

Jet Boy
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Aug 25 2010 16:26

Was referring to the guy who is organising it here. He is in the IRSP or didn't you know?

That is somewhat of an about turn for Organise! Going from staunch critics of republicans to having join meetings with sectarian gangs.

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Aug 26 2010 13:16

An ex-member of Organise! who is also, more recently, an ex-member of the IRSP offered to help get us a venue for the talk. This was done at short notice (due to the cancellation of the Belfast Anarchist Bookfair). Having someone help sort the venue at short notice bears no resemblance to having a 'joint meeting' with the IRSP or other 'sectarian gangs'.

Organise! do in fact have a member in Derry, others from the 'north-west' have said they would attend, and a couple of us might, shock horror, head up for the meeting.

For what its worth I agree that Sandinos isn't an ideal location. Nor is the location we've just confirmed for the Belfast meeting, Conway Mill, unfortunately we couldn't get fuck all else at short notice. We can't use our own centre because we're under threat of eviction, the Unemployed Resource Centre is being refurbished after being fire damaged, the Cresent Arts insisted on us having our own public liability insurance (we don't), Catalyst are having their AGM.

If you've quite finished shit stirring perhaps you could offer something constructive, offer to help out and find us a neutral venue in Derry at short notice maybe?

Deezer
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Sep 19 2010 16:38

So no then, nothing constructive from jetboy. Pity that.

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Sep 21 2010 10:17

How did the meeting go?

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Sep 25 2010 19:02

The meetings in Derry and Belfast went well, some good publicity in the local press in Derry tho the turnout was still quite small. Belfast had a bigger crowd despite the torrential rain and the venue lookoing like a building site from the outside. Discussion was good at both and Antonio provided a great summary of 100 years of the CNT. Thanks to everyone who made this successful, especially the translators.

Bizarrely after the Belfast meeting we went to the John Hewitt to find some very anarcho and syndicalist paintings on display on American labour history - Joe Hill, Sacco and Vanzetti and striking workers all in red and black were very impressive. Called back a few days later to see the whole exhibition and was shocked to fine that they were all selling for mental amounts of money. Joe Hill and Sacco and Vanzetti were a grand and a half each!