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Dublin - Event Notice
Friday April 11 2014
Dublin Anarchist Bookfair weekender - April 11, 12, 13th
Takes place in Liberty Hall
The Dublin anarchist Bookfair returns to Liberty Hall on Saturday 12th of April this year for our 9th annual edition.
We are still in the middle of booking speakers and will bring you more news as and when we get these confirmed. There will be discussions, speakers from movements engaged in struggle, home and abroad. There will be books and stalls and much more. If you’ve been to one, then you know what I’m talking about, if you haven’t make sure you keep the date set aside, and we’ll be seeing you on the 12th of April.
You can give us a hand at this early stage by marking your attendence on the Facebook event for the bookfair and inviting any friends you think should be interested. Publicity is one of the big costs of hosting it every year so you contribution in that way really helps.
Before and during the bookfair we encourage you to tweet to #dabf
The weekend starts Friday night with a film screening before the main event in Liberty Hall on Saturday, an afters party / fundraiser in The Flowing Tide Saturday night and then rolling though to Sunday afternoon for a Cycling tour around Dublin. It's one hell of a weekend and you will meet some amazing people.
Friday 11th in Seomra Spraoi at 7.30 - 'Broken Song' screening
About the film - "GI, Costello and Willa Lee are street poets, hip-hop artists, rappers and song-writers from Dublin’s Northside. Through their words and music they have found a way of expressing themselves and inspiring others to achieve the same."
Saturday 12th - Dublin Anarchist Bookfair - Liberty Hall - 10am to 6pm
The main event of the weekend will see 20-30 organisations with stalls & information stands downstairs in Liberty Hall while upstairs and in the Flowing Tide three streams of meetings & workshops will run throughout the day. Be sure to RSVP to the main event on Facebook as we use this to gauge numbers and plan accordingly. Details of some of these meeting below, additions will be announced on the main Facebook event page and added here.
Anarchism, Punk, Cultures of Resistance & that ‘lifestyle’ V ‘social anarchism' debate
The talk will examine the supposed gulf between ‘lifestyle’ and ‘social’ anarchisms, with a particular focus on DIY punk’s contested siting within this false dichotomy. It will consider several strands of punk engaged with anarchism – especially contemporary manifestations. - More details at the Facebook event
Defeating Fracking - setting limits to growth?
Climate change has reached a point where scientists are now saying that direct actions against resource extraction is the only strategy likely to prevent ecological collapse and ensure our environment’s survival. This panel considers what needs to be done and who is going to do it. There will be speakers from the anti-Fracking movement and the Workers Solidarity Movement’s Paul Bowman will look at alternatives to the politics of "jobs and growth", including those of "degrowth" and other anti-productivist movements.
No Bosses - No Landlords: Radical roots - workers co-op project
Do you want to work without bosses? Do you want to live without landlords? Come to this panel to find out how! Speakers: - ‘Radical Routes’ is a United Kingdom-based co-operative federation that provides support to housing and worker co-operatives as well as social centres in the form of mutual aid.
My Life in Activism : Women speak
We host a panel of women activists who inform us about how they became involved in the movement, what drew them into this life of campaigning for social justice, rights and attempting to change the world in which we live. They inform us of how they remain motivated, inspired and sustained in active political life. More details & RSVP at the Facebook event
A year of class war - the British Miners Strike of 1984
Dave Douglass will talk about his experiences of 1984 - the year the British mines almost defeated Thatcher. "That fight in 84-85 involved the whole community, it was not only about unions. It was partly about unions but it was about an industry, it was about a way of life. The miners were almost an ethnicity, with father to son for hundreds and hundreds of years in the same miner family. And we had a very strong revolutionary and radical tradition. So, all of the politics of power, fuel power was about political power and not just about energy. It was about more than that. It was about "Who rules ?""
RSVP and get more details at the Facebook event for this meeting
Intersectionalisty, Micropolitics and the left workshop
After a short introduction to the basic concepts we will be having facilitated small workshops to look at a range of issues and methodologies and their usefulness to creating a new left. More details TBA
Priceless land: Resisting Displacement in Colombia
Two female community activists from Colombia share with us their stories of resistance, and lessons on uniting against injustice. Women play a central role in these communities and, in spite of discrimination as both peasants and women, are emerging as important social leaders for this pivotal time. RSVP and get more details at the Facebook event
Dublin Housing Action: Past, present & future
Over the years, Dublin’s working class has organised to fight landlords, developers and politicians in search of decent housing and well-being for all. This panel will consider how some of these earlier campaigns and direct actions can inform today’s struggles. RSVP and get more details at the Facebook event
Current campaigns panel (details TBA)
Care & Social Reproduction - Selma James
The hardship of the current economic crisis has impacted unevenly across genders. This panel discusses the intersection of austerity, care-work and women’s reproductive rights. Selma James and Conor McCabe will be presenting with Conor focusing on what this has meant in Ireland in particular. RSVP & get more details at the Facebook event
A Media panel on Manufacturing Consent
Just how good are the mass media at keeping the rabble in line? This panel explores the media’s complicity with the rich and powerful and what we can do about it.
A Dublin Solidarity Network - What are the possibilities?
In recent years a form of organising around economic issues based on picking small but winnable fights, has had a certain success in a number of places around the world. From the US's Seattle Solidarity Network, to Spain's Mortgage Holders Platform, a number of models exist. This talk is to introduce the work and methods of these groups and ask the open question of whether we could build something similar in Dublin. RSVP & invite your friends on the Facebook event
Saturday night - Post bookfair social in The Flowing Tide
Sunday 13th - Cycling Tour: Dublin Housing Action, Past & Present
We will be visiting some of the many sites of housing actions. From the activities of the Dublin Housing Action Committee in the 1960's, through the traveler community's protests in the 1990's, right up until the 2000's anti-Globalisation protests, finishing with the current occupations by squatters in the city with many other interesting stories of social struggle in between. RSVP to the tour and get more details at the Facebook event
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