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Solidarity Times leaflet for August 29th Water Charges march

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:42

We are the crisis of Irish Water! We do not want to have our water commodified, metered, and privatised. We know why this is happening – to increase the wealth and privilege of a global financial capitalist class and their political servants in the EU and Ireland.

We refuse to bow to them. We have gotten up before dawn to stop water meter installation on our streets. We have organised meetings in our communities. We have marched in our thousands and in our hundreds of thousands, shouting “Enough!” and “No way, we won’t pay!” and “Shove your meters up your arse!” We are not just angry, we are determined. 

We have forced this government into climb-downs and concessions, and we will do the same to the next one. We have decided to boycott Irish Water. We are encouraging our friends, co-workers and neighbours to do the same. Our community of communities is strong and growing stronger. We will keep on growing. When we break Irish Water, we will clear the rubble and grow real solidarity, real co-operation and real community in its place.

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We are winning the water war

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:46

Our upcoming show of strength in Dublin on August 29th is going to be an absolutely huge gathering of people from all over the island to deliver a wholehearted 'No' to the Fine Gael/Labour government's plans to establish water charges.

"People should pay for the water they use" is a refrain we often hear from some suited up professional liar in the Dáil but it totally ignores the fact that we already pay for our water to the tune of 1.2 billion euros per year. How else would water come from our taps when we open them?

"We need infrastructure investment!" these politicians say. Yes, we do. So shouldn't the government be directing hundreds of millions of taxpayer money into repair, upgrade and maintenance work instead of setting up a company that has caused more leaks than it has fixed? Remember, when there is a water leak, Irish Water don't fix it, your local county council does.

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Refusing to Wait: Anarchism and Intersectionality - "Without justice there can be no love."--bell hooks

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:06

Anarchism can learn a lot from the feminist movement. In many respects it already has. Anarcha-feminists have developed analyses of patriarchy that link it to the state form. We have learned from the slogan that "the personal is political" (e.g. men who espouse equality between all genders should treat the women in their lives with dignity and respect). We have learned that no revolutionary project can be complete while men systematically dominate and exploit women; that socialism is a rather empty goal--even if it is "stateless"--if men's domination of women is left intact.

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Finding our more about anarchism & WSM reading list

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 05:32

In order to become more familiar with what anarchism stands for the following are recommended by the WSM. Where possible we are also creating an audio file of the text being read, click on the Listen link to be taken to the audio.

Book length introductions

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Why capitalism can't sort out the worlds problems

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 05:12

The list of jobs to be done in Ireland is endless. Houses need to be built, roads need to be repaired, hospitals and schools need to be adequately staffed. At the same time large number of pople are looking for work but unabkle to find it. Why can't these jobs be given to those who want them?

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The reality of homelessness, the fight for decent housing and lessons from The Bolt hostel

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 19:51
Over the Last 12 months, particularly since Christmas the housing and homeless problem has deepened significantly. From last summer the amounts of families’ registering as homeless went from 264 to now, which are 531. The number of families that are registered as being in need of emergency accommodation is 792 adults with 1,112 dependent children. These statics were issued by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive. This is a 100% rise within 12 months, but yet the state has not come out and said there is a crisis in housing.

For how long can South African elites keep misleading the people?

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:02
Those in power don’t want to confront the status quo of hatred against immigrants, or South Africa’s imperialist role in the region. They have a narrow set of interests: getting votes, accumulating wealth and power. However, the recent wave of attacks on immigrants and the ruptures of relations with other African countries – especially where South African corporations are operating – have touched the most delicate nerves of the established political powers, who have vowed to advance corporate interests in making profits.

Asylum seeker, homeless - We Rebel! We support decent housing for all!

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 07:05

Last week, three children under the age of six slept rough in Dublin city centre while their parents stayed awake to watch over them. As of August 2015, this family is but one of 620 families in Ireland, including more than 1,300 children, who are homeless. The root of the current crisis of housing is the current crisis of capitalism. 

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The reality of homelessness, the fight for decent housing and lessons from The Bolt hostel

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 06:56

Over the Last 12 months, particularly since Christmas the housing and homeless problem has deepened significantly. From last summer the amounts of families’ registering as homeless went from 264 to now, which are 531. The number of families that are registered as being in need of emergency accommodation is 792 adults with 1,112 dependent children. These statics were issued by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive.

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For the victory of the resistance of the turkish and kurdish popular movements

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 06:22
Different spanish and catalan organisations have signed a manifest in solidarity of the present struggle in Kurdistan and Turkey.

Poolbeg incinerator - city council manager assures company they can ignore vote of council

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 05:46

In a further confirmation of the empty nature of electoral democracy its been revealed that the Dublin City Council manager wrote to the company building the controversial Poolbeg incinerator to assure them they could ignore the two city council votes against the project. This after a special meeting when 50 out of 52 councillors voted against the proposal!

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Save on Child Care: Smash the Patriarchy!

Anarkismo (en) - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:32
Child-care in Ireland is so expensive because it is so undervalued. Only through care-workers’ collective withdrawal of labour will those who rely on us realise how vital our work is.

We are winning the water war

Anarkismo (en) - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:20
Our upcoming show of strength in Dublin on August 29th is going to be an absolutely huge gathering of people from all over the island to deliver a wholehearted 'No' to the Fine Gael/Labour government's plans to establish water charges.

In Defense of the Anarchist Use of Marx’s Economic Theory

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 18:57
Anarchist Views of Marx's Critique of Political Economy
Wayne Price has defended Marx's critique of political economy as useful for revolutionary anarchists. In the past many anarchists have agreed. But some have not, such as Kropotkin. Several topics in Marx's economic theory are discussed, criticisms reviewed, and responses given.

Socialist Faces In High Places: Syriza’s Fall From Grace And The Elusive Electoral Road

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 05:11
Syriza’s rise to power elicited widespread praise from the left internationally, inspiring renewed enthusiasm for the possibilities and promise of “mass left” party building in and outside the United States. At a rally celebrating Syriza’s electoral victory in Spain, Pablo Iglesias, secretary general of the Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos, declared that http://europe.newsweek.com/podemos-celebrate-syriza-win...01983

Yet “the sun of hope” began to set on Greece almost as quickly as it rose. Shortly after taking office, Syriza, the “Coalition of the Radical Left,” formed a coalition government with the right-wing, anti-immigrant Independent Greeks (ANEL) party, followed only months later by the predictable surrender of the government to a new round of harsh austerity imposed by Greece’s creditors.

How to avoid Bad Meetings & hold a Conversations about Anarchism - WSM training report back

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:22

WSM recently held our first Facilitation and 'Conversations about Anarchism' training day in Dublin. The photo shows the problems attendees had already encountered in meetings they had participated in. How many of them have you come across?

The purpose of the training was to give people the basics of facilitation that can avoid or at least minimise these problems.
At the end of the training all the 11 people who had taken part were very positive about it. One said “It was good to meet new people, I learned a lot about facilitation and would now be more confident now, I also learned about anarchist process” while another said “It was very comprehensive with detailed techniques about how to facilitate.” Everyone said they would be interested in future trainings.

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A Non-Exhaustive List of Facts about Denis O'Brien

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:20

The wealthy and their media would like us to be forgetful.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of facts about Denis O’Brien...

Denis O’Brien is a media baron.

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Europe Forged in Crisis: The Emergence and Development of the EU - discussion with the author

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:33

"Although the EU is not new, and its role in determining the economic and political development of Europe is both substantial and well established, critical analysis of the EU is sorely lacking. Most of what is written on the EU is uncritically liberal and focuses on diplomatic and legislative detail. What little critical literature exists often simply interprets the EU in terms of the function it plays for neoliberal globalization. When analyses of the EU go from what it does to the larger questions of what it is and why it exists, analysis often becomes completely un-rooted."

 

Europe Forged in Crisis: The Emergence and Development of the EU - discussion with the author Oisin by Workers Solidarity on Mixcloud

 

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Where to, South Africa?

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:20
Anarchist-Communist Reflections
Editorial from issue number 14 of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front's journal, Zabalaza: A Journal of Southern African Revolutionary Anarchism.

Zabalaza no.14 Out Now

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:16
Zabalaza: A Journal of Southern African Revolutionary Anarchism no.14 available online in PDF
Issue number 14 of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front's journal, Zabalaza: A Journal of Southern African Revolutionary Anarchism, published August 2015, is now available online
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