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Dublin - Event Notice
Saturday October 22 2011
02:00 PM

#OccupyDameStreet March + Billy Bragg secret solidarity gig

category dublin | anti-capitalism | event notice author Friday October 21, 2011 13:04author by #OccupyDameStreet + Billy Bragg Report this post to the editors

Billy bragg will be marching with Occupy dame street from garden of remembrance at 2pm saturday. After he'll be perform at a secret location, come to the march to find out!! Or for those that cant make it, watch online via the livestream at http://www.livestream.com/OccupyDameStreet Billy was on newstalk radio today and mentioned his support for occupy dame street.... :-)

#OccupyDameStreet March + Billy Bragg secret solidarity gig
#OccupyDameStreet March + Billy Bragg secret solidarity gig

#OccupyDameStreet March

billy bragg @occupy dame street



March Info:

Hundreds people marched supporting #OccupyDameStreet and Real Democracy Now! Ireland from the Garden of Remembrance to the site of the ongoing occupation at the Central Bank plaza on Dame street on Saturday 15th October. At the open assembly after the march a large crowd agreed vociferously that they wanted to march the same route again on Saturday 22nd October.

We will again gather at 2pm at the Garden of Remembrance on 22nd October and march to the site of the Dame Street occupation before moving to a location suitable for a large open assembly.

We call on supporters of #OccupyDameStreet to spread the word about this widely. The media will not do it for us. Let’s become our own media and grow this movement. We are the 99%. We have the power. We need to exercise it.
– No drink, no drugs, no party political banners or flags and no violence – will also apply to this demonstration.

**** Background about Billy Bragg

"If it wasnt for Margeret Thatcher, I wouldnt be a socialist"... Billy Bragg talking on DEMOCRACY NOW some months back...
Full show at http://www.democracynow.org/appearances/billy_bragg

VID: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wZqQ5LQI3k

Billy Bragg - Which Side Are You On (1985)

**** Other indymedia articles about the OCCUPY movement:

- Dublin: Occupy Dame Street - Oct 8th - Bring tent

Dublin Vid : #OccupyDameStreet 8th Oct 2011

- Wall Street + USA: The American Revolution is underway, #occupywallstreet takes it to the belly of the beast

- Cork: Occupy Cork

Caption: "If it wasnt for Margeret Thatcher, I wouldnt be a socialist"... Billy Bragg

Caption: Billy Bragg - Which Side Are You On

Caption: #OccupyDameStreet 8th Oct 2011

author by Billy Braggpublication date Fri Oct 21, 2011 18:07Report this post to the editors

Latest TWEET from Billy Bragg:

#OccupyDameStreet March + Billy Bragg secret solidarity gig http://www.indymedia.ie/article/100761

Latest TWEET from Billy Bragg: #OccupyDameStreet March + Billy Bragg secret solidarity gig
Latest TWEET from Billy Bragg: #OccupyDameStreet March + Billy Bragg secret solidarity gig

author by sabotage timespublication date Fri Oct 21, 2011 18:23Report this post to the editors

Singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg speaks about his new tour, Glastonbury and most importantly why music has to get political again...


Billy Bragg has always had a presence as an activist as much as he has as a singer-songwriter in his career. Although he has written a lot of love songs he has often had a political message to put across as well. Now he’s back with another message – and he’s fighting.

On Kanye West at the Occupy Wall Street protest and the protests in London…

How fucking great is that? I’m very pleased about him being there. You know who needs to be there in London? I’ll tell you who needs to get his arse down there – a 20-year-old Billy Bragg. And he should come with two messages “This is what’s happening” and “Fuck off old man back to Dorset”. That’s what they need at that protest – they don’t need me now coming down and telling them the way it is. I’ve written some stuff about Occupy on my website, having been involved in that I feel I’ve got something to contribute but they don’t need me on the barricade with them – they’re making the world a new. I hope they’re listening to some of my music if it inspires them then great – No Power Without Accountability – it’s the same agenda that I’ve been writing about but for me to rush down there isn’t needed. Someone like Ed Sheeran needs to go down there, he needs to say, “This is my generation – this is my fight”, Frank Turner – he needs to go down there. Not me. I’m not saying I won’t go – but they don’t need me down there.

A final word on politics and music…

You can’t make political music in a vacuum but that excuse died with the student riots – we’re not in a vacuum any more. Your generation is not in a vacuum. You are in danger of becoming the first generation since the war to grow up worse off than your parents so now it’s back to fighting time and we need to hear some fighting songs.

author by Billy Bragg free secret solidarity gig at Occupy Dame Streetpublication date Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:10Report this post to the editors

for vids and info of the free gig, see main article at http://www.indymedia.ie/article/100658&comment_limit=0&...85176

author by Tpublication date Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:03Report this post to the editors

A recent article on the WSWS website suggests that Billy Bragg has simply been a cover for the Labour Party and trade union bureaucracy in Britain for several decades and is part of a 'rightward lurch'.

The main criticism is the lack of demands and how this leaves the movement: 'leaves them at the mercy of the capitalist parties and in danger of ultimate failure.'

Here are some quotes from the article:

Bragg claims that there is a reaction against this financial juggernaut within the official parties. The best he can come up with in regard to the Labour Party, however, is to draw attention to party leader Ed Miliband’s one-line attack on “predator” companies. He also cites US President Barack Obama’s “lukewarm nod of recognition” to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and even Conservative Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement that “the government was going to take responsibility for getting loans to small businesses.”

And it goes on to say:

Bragg here identifies the most significant shift in political consciousness among broad masses, only to dismiss it as somehow lacking. What he opposes is the development of politically conscious opposition to capitalism. He wants popular sentiment to be dominated by the single-issue protest politics of the middle class.

Bragg insists the problem is not capitalism, but a “crisis in demand”—a classic statement of Keynesian-style, national economic regulation that he dresses up as the “need to put our economy on a different trajectory.”

In subsequent pargraphs this is further expanded and it is hard to know whether the writers are touchy about criticisms of Marxism or whether Bragg really is attemtpting to lead this movement off in the wrong direction.

He wants the Occupy movement to be channeled behind a nationalist programme to defend British capitalism against its rivals. That is why Bragg describes the movement as being opposed to the “globalisation project”, as though the latter were a policy choice and not the fundamental fact of modern economic life. In fact, the international character of the anti-Wall Street protests reflects, if only in an initial fashion, the striving of workers and young people to unite their struggle against world capitalism.

Bragg is hostile to such a development, which drives him to make an explicit attack on Marxism, the only force capable of providing these objective spontaneous strivings with a consciously worked-out revolutionary programme. He does so by making a defamatory comparison between Marxists and the Tea Party reactionaries in the US.


Bragg denounces anyone who advocates “an instantly formulated set of goals”, claiming this “reflects a desperate need for right wing news outlets to have evidence that allows them to condemn those gathered in opposition to the status quo.” In doing so, he infers that any attempt to set out a clear socialist programme borders on the work of agent provocateurs.

Perhaps it’s time to remind Mr. Bragg that 18 months ago he was encouraging workers and youth to vote Liberal Democrat. Within a week of the election, the Liberal Democrats ditched every promise they had made the electorate in order to join a grubby coalition with the Tories and impose the most severe austerity measures since the 1930s. The Socialist Equality Party, in contrast, fought to politically warn the working class about what the ruling class was planning.

Full article can be found at the link below

Related Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/oct2011/brag-o27.shtml
author by Thank you Billy Braggpublication date Sun Oct 30, 2011 20:21Report this post to the editors

FAIR PLAY to u Billy Bragg for visiting and playing in all the 4 #OCCUPY camps in ireland, BIG lift.

Much thanks!!!

Fitting: Billy Bragg sings 'The Internationale' at the memorial to the International Brigades at Occupy Belfast

vid at http://tinyurl.com/67ffh6t (youtube coming soon)
article: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/84680&comment_limit=0&c...85260

Report with all the tunes he played at the 2000+ people demo in dublin, at http://www.indymedia.ie/article/100658&comment_limit=0&...85176

#OccupyDameStreet (Dublin)




Vids of Billy @ OccupyIreland:

Belfast: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150377917838180
Cork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFqT1TwEYdY
Dublin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQzfmwJw-fQ

The Internationale


Stand up, all victims of oppression,
For the tyrants fear your might!
Don't cling so hard to your possessions,
For you have nothing if you have no rights!
Let racist ignorance be ended,
For respect makes the empires fall!
Freedom is merely privilege extended,
Unless enjoyed by one and all.
  So come brothers and sisters,
  For the struggle carries on.
  The Internationale,
  Unites the world in song.
  So comrades, come rally,
  For this is the time and place!
  The international ideal,
  Unites the human race.

Let no one build walls to divide us,
Walls of hatred nor walls of stone.
Come greet the dawn and stand beside us,
We'll live together or we'll die alone.
In our world poisoned by exploitation,
Those who have taken, now they must give!
And end the vanity of nations,
We've but one Earth on which to live.
  So come brothers and sisters,
  For the struggle carries on.
  The Internationale,
  Unites the world in song.
  So comrades, come rally,
  For this is the time and place!
  The international ideal,
  Unites the human race.

And so begins the final drama,
In the streets and in the fields.
We stand unbowed before their armour,
We defy their guns and shields!
When we fight, provoked by their aggression,
Let us be inspired by life and love.
For though they offer us concessions,
Change will not come from above!
  So come brothers and sisters,
  For the struggle carries on.
  The Internationale,
  Unites the world in song.
  So comrades, come rally,
  For this is the time and place!
  The Internationale,
  Unites the human race.

Billy Bragg sings in the fancy Cork tent at #occupycork
Billy Bragg sings in the fancy Cork tent at #occupycork

Billy Bragg with the gang at #occupycork
Billy Bragg with the gang at #occupycork

Billy Bragg with the gang at #OccupyBelfast (hurl in hand)
Billy Bragg with the gang at #OccupyBelfast (hurl in hand)

Billy Bragg sings 'The Internationale' at the memorial to the International Brigades at Occupy Belfast
Billy Bragg sings 'The Internationale' at the memorial to the International Brigades at Occupy Belfast

Caption: Billy Bragg singing at Occupy Dame Street

Caption: Billy Bragg singing at Occupy Cork

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