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ireland / britain | anarchist movement | link to pdf Tuesday September 21, 2010 19:56 by Workers Solidarity - WSM
Ireland's anarchist paper Workers Solidarity No 117 is now online to be read or downloaded.
Inequality is the problem
Anarchism and the WSM
With the summer months traditionally a quiet time politically, we have been focusing on internal discussions around how to mount an opposition to the next round of cuts that we will face in the 2011 budget. We have also been involved in external dialogues and, to this end, we attended the Kilbarrack Activist Fleadh in mid-August. As per their programme, this event was “designed to enable us all - activists and non-activists, radicals of all ages and people in many different communities, movements and struggles - to find spaces to talk to each other about what we have in common.” It aimed to address the following questions: “What are the big structures of power and inequality that shape our world, and how do we meet them? How can we find effective ways of protesting, disrupting, constructing alternatives and taking action? How can our local struggles connect to large-scale strategies for change that have a real chance of success? What is the “big picture” in terms of global justice and ecological sustainability, and where do we fit in? How do personal transformation and the development of leadership come into the struggle for a better world?” With this in mind, there were workshops on social inequality, fighting the cutbacks, sustainability and global justice, creative media and bringing about change, amongst others.
Around 60 people from different community and political organisations, as well as individuals, attended the event to try and provide answers to the above questions. One of our contributors at the event pointed out that “we need to use the [trade union and community sector] structures that exist, as they can … mobilise the greatest numbers. … We need to instil in our unions that ability to organise and fight again. We need to spread … this into the communities where the brunt of these cuts is being felt. We need … to build a widespread network of people who are going to resist what is going on, and to build towards change. It is also time to eradicate this fear, … fighting for something is better than accepting the idea that your neck is free from the axe for now.” Another WSM member who attended the event concluded that “it appeared to be the first step in bringing together various groups, community activists, political parties, organisations and campaigns to get us moving in the same direction.” As ever, such proposed solutions will only succeed if we get large numbers of people involved so if you want to be part of that solution, or simply would like to find out more about the WSM, then contact us!
In This Issue
Inequality is the problem
Haiti: A New Beginning?
Thinking About Anarchism: People Are Selfish
Spanish Celebrate 100 Years of Anarchist Trade Unionism