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Over 80 Irish civil society groups, including unions, farmers and business owners, are calling on MEPs to reject the EU Canada trade deal
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Friday January 13, 2017 22:56 by gn 1 comment (last - thursday february 16, 2017 10:17) 1 image
A coalition of Irish farmers, environmentalists, trade unionists, global justice groups and small business organisations have called on MEPs to oppose the EU Canada trade deal known as CETA.
The groups co-signed a letter to members of a European Parliament committee calling for rejection of the deal earlier this week.
The trade deal is making its way through the European Parliament. Today a European Parliament committee voted in favour of the deal. The final vote on CETA will be taken by the whole Parliament on February 14th. read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / press release Tuesday July 26, 2016 22:27 by 1 of Indymedia 1 image
A new report from the independent progressive think tank TASC shows that consistent child poverty almost doubled during the recent economic recession. This data is contained in Cherishing All Equally 2016, the first annual update of TASC’s groundbreaking 2015 report on economic inequality in Ireland.
Cherishing All Equally 2016 – which was prepared by Dr Rory Hearne and Cian McMahon – updates 18 key economic inequality indicators including the distribution of income and wealth, as well as the provision of public services, taxation, family composition, people’s capacities and the cost of goods and services. In addition, the report includes two in-depth themed sections: ‘Children and economic inequality in Ireland’ and ‘Gender and economic inequality in Ireland’ – the latter section was prepared by UCD’s Dr Ursula Barry and Dr Maggie Feeley. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Tuesday April 19, 2016 12:25 by Safe Ireland 1 image 3 attached files
"New research also indicates that the frequency and severity of violence forcing women to leave their homes could be worse than previously documented"
SAFE Ireland warned that homeless figures and needs are being greatly under-estimated because over 4,000 women and children being accommodated on a yearly basis in emergency refuge accommodation are not being counted and recognised as being homeless.
At the launch today of a new SAFE Ireland report The State We Are In, CEO Sharon O’Halloran stressed that women and children forced to leave violent homes are being caught in the cross-fire of the national housing crisis. She said that 37 services that participated in new housing research as part of The State We Are In are reporting that they have never seen things so bad for women and children. read full story / add a comment
Students Against Fees today organised a banner drop during the Easter Sunday Parade. This was an attempt on the part of our campaign to challenge the hypocrisy surrounding the official 1916 commemorations. read full story / add a comment
Since 2008, during one of the worst financial crises to hit the state, government funding of the arts sector was significantly reduced as the overall Departmental budget has seen an increase. Department of the Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht reports show that central funding increased from 245,000,000 Euro in 2008 to 310,000,000 Euro in 2016. During this same period Arts Council reports show a fall in their funding from 81,620,000 Euro to 59,100,000 Euro. This has resulted in a fall in supports to the individual artist who the sector rely on to maintain Ireland as a place that is known for its living culture and the arts. read full story / add a comment
The MA CEESA (Community education, Equality and Social Activism) took this year out to think about what we do and how we can do it better. We've been doing a lot of thinking and talking to people in that time and the result is that we're making some changes in the course while keeping the basic principles intact. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday February 08, 2016 17:49 by anon 1 comment (last - wednesday february 17, 2016 00:25)
Good news – it’s official!
The EPA Research Study on Fracking is now stopped. This study was targeted by the campaign against fracking as research showed the study was compromised – it was being led by companies with huge vested interests in the oil and gas industry. A statement from the Department (DCENR) yesterday (2nd) confirmed that the study has been stopped after its first phase, which included an overall look at regulations and legislation governing fracking. Phase 2, on-the-ground studies in Leitrim and Fermanagh which would have included some drilling, will not proceed and a report of Phase 1 will be published in Q3 of this year. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday February 02, 2016 22:02 by Greg Williams
The US House of Representatives held its second hearing on Puerto Rico's debt crisis this year. The hearing focused on potential legislative solutions including bankruptcy protection and an economic oversight board. read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Tuesday December 15, 2015 18:51 by Laurence Cox 1 image
Volume seven, issue two of Interface, an open-access online journal produced and refereed by social movement practitioners and engaged movement researchers, is now out on the theme of “movements in post/socialisms”. read full story / add a comment
Ahead of the European Parliament's vote on resolution: European Stop TTIP alliance sends open letter
international / economics and finance / press release Sunday July 05, 2015 12:50 by Stop TTIP 1 image
The European Parliament is about to make another attempt to pass a resolution on the EU-US trade deal TTIP this Wednesday. Ahead of this critical vote, an alliance of over 480 organisations from across Europe is calling on MEPs to take the strong resistance from citizens seriously. 2.3 million Europeans have signed a self-organised European Citizens' Initiative that calls for an end of the TTIP negotiations. All MEPs today received the following letter in their native language, signed by the Stop TTIP organisations in their respective country: read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / press release Wednesday May 13, 2015 20:21 by Internationalist Group 1 image
To get your copy, send US$0.50 to Mundial Publications, Box 3321 Church Street
Station, New York, NY 10008. read full story / add a comment
Have you ever witnessed a revolutionary idea that develops into an action and spreads globally, gathering more than 150 young people from all around the world with passion and dedication to make the world a better place? If you haven't, now is the right time to pay attention because a positive change is about to happen and it is called Anti-Corruption International. read full story / add a comment
Call-out for students for this autumn's MA in Community education, Equality and Social Activism at Maynooth - please circulate!
We have a lot going on at the MA - a talk next week "Gypsy rebellion? Leadership, NGOs and activism among Spanish gitanos"; in April John Holloway is giving a two-day seminar "Think Hope, Think Crisis" and not long after that we're co-organising the "Joining the dots" Grassroots Gathering in Dublin - all part of a wider Dublin Spring of resistance and creation bubbling up from below.
Now read on... read full story / add a comment
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Focus Ireland welcomes the Homeless Summit but stressed it must deliver an effective crisis response along with firm action on long-term solutions the charity has called for repeatedly in the past.
Focus Ireland delivered a submission to Minister Alan Kelly at the homeless forum today outlining 10 key actions required to end the growing homeless crisis in Ireland.
The leading charity welcomed the special summit as it brings more urgency to the growing problems caused by years of housing failure and cutbacks to vital services across youth, health, mental health and education services. read full story / add a comment
dublin / education / press release Wednesday October 29, 2014 22:20 by Dublin Suicide Prevention Project 2 comments (last - monday november 24, 2014 17:03) 1 image
The Dublin Suicide Prevention Project (DSPP) is an education and learning initiative which is being established to develop suicide prevention within communities and equip residents with the knowledge to refer at risk people to reach professional services. The project will also have a lobby function to campaign against cuts to all important mental health services. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Wednesday July 23, 2014 09:44 by Party of the Laboring Masses (PLM) 4 comments (last - friday july 25, 2014 17:56) 2 images
In the past week, Israeli military forces have escalated their offensive on the Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes have increasingly targeted houses, civilian-populated areas and civilian facilities in the Gaza strip. Israeli warplanes have destroyed a number of houses while their residents were inside, without any prior warnings, killing and wounding many Palestinian civilians.
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To celebrate the fifth year of this course, a €2k scholarship will be awarded for practitioner excellence in community education, action for equality and / or social movements. read full story / add a comment
international / education / press release Wednesday June 04, 2014 14:49 by Laurence Cox 1 comment (last - wednesday june 04, 2014 15:39) 1 image
Volume six, issue one of Interface, a peer-reviewed online journal produced and refereed by social movement practitioners and engaged movement researchers, is now out. Interface is open-access (free), global and multilingual. Our overall aim is to "learn from each other's struggles": to develop a dialogue between practitioners and researchers, but also between different social movements, intellectual traditions and national or regional contexts.
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- active in social movement struggles but need space to stand back, reflect, recharge?
- involved in community and voluntary activism but feel trapped by the structures?
- politically minded but don’t know how to turn that into an effective and radical practice?
- clear that social change is central to you but unsure how to build a life around it?
- interested in spending a year with your peers and experienced practitioners?
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