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antrim / arts and media / press release Thursday July 22, 2010 21:32 by anphailistin   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Féile an Phobail's August Féile 2010 will this year host a very special concert with some of Ireland's greatest young musicians in aid of 'Ceol go Phailistín' (meaning 'Music to Palestine'), a very important cause. All door proceeds on the night will go to support the next Gaza floatilla. Tickets are just £7, for this very special night of music, and in support of a very important cause. read full story / add a comment
Banner at the front of the demonstration
antrim / environment / news report Sunday March 28, 2010 17:45 by M.R.   text 2 comments (last - monday march 29, 2010 09:34)   image 2 images
Solidarity action in Belfast (as well as London) shows continuing support of the Shell to Sea Campaign against the exploitation of public fossil fuel resources and the arrests of citizens in Rossport, West Ireland. read full story / add a comment
Hajo Meyer. Belfast, 29 Jan 2010
antrim / anti-war / imperialism / news report Saturday January 30, 2010 12:04 by Oliver Zwartong   text 2 comments (last - sunday december 30, 2012 13:39)   image 6 images   video 1 video file
Auschwitz survivor, Hajo Meyer, used a speech to encourage support for the international campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. Approximately 100 people attended the meeting in The Grosvenor Hall, Belfast on Friday 29 January 2009.

During his speech, Meyer condemned the misuse of the holocaust for political purposes and compared Israel's treatment of Palestinians today to Nazi treatment of Jews before and during the second world war.

The meeting, to be repeated in Dublin on Saturday 30 January, concludes a month-long series of events organised by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign to mark the first anniversary of Israel's invasion of Gaza in December 2008.

Prior to arriving in Ireland, Meyer had spent the previous week on a speaking tour in Scotland and England organised by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. In February, Meyer is to continue his speaking tour in France, Austria and Germany. read full story / add a comment
antrim / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday December 29, 2009 14:52 by Caitlin Ni Chonaill   text 2 comments (last - wednesday december 30, 2009 14:40)   image 2 images
On Monday evening 28th December, first anniversary of the ferocious Israeli assault on Gaza, approximately 80 people attended a candlelit vigil outside Belfast City Hall to draw attention to the continuing illegal Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. The vigil, which was part of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign project 'Gaza: A Month of Remembrance', included participants from various organisations and individuals in the city. read full story / add a comment
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antrim / miscellaneous / press release Saturday November 28, 2009 17:15 by Richard Walsh   image 1 image
Around sixty protesters attended the Republican Sinn Féin picket outside the maximum security Maghaberry Gaol in County Antrim on Saturday. read full story / add a comment
antrim / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday November 19, 2009 18:53 by Emma Clancy
A report from Iñaki de Juana's extradition hearing which was held in Belfast last week, during which the defence argued that the extradition attempt was an abuse of process and would be 'grossly inhumane'. read full story / add a comment
antrim / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday November 19, 2009 18:37 by Emma Clancy
The Don't Extradite the Basques Campaign has welcomed the ruling by a Belfast judge that the Spanish extradition warrant against Belfast-based Basque activist Artruro Benat Villanueva was “invalid” and calls for the dropping of charges against Iñaki de Juana read full story / add a comment
antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Thursday November 12, 2009 14:06 by Daniel W   text 1 comment (last - thursday november 12, 2009 14:17)   image 1 image
Minister for Employment labels some young people vampires. read full story / add a comment
antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Wednesday October 07, 2009 12:57 by p   text 14 comments (last - friday november 06, 2009 12:37)
The union representing workers at the BBC has backed a protest to be held next Thursday 15th October outside BBC Broadcasting House in Belfast against the decision to invite the BNP on to the Question Time programme. read full story / add a comment
antrim / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday September 11, 2009 00:38 by Emma Clancy   text 1 comment (last - friday september 11, 2009 08:42)
The Don't Extradite the Basques Campaign has welcomed the news this week that the petition against the extradition to Spain of Belfast-based Basque pro-independence activists Iñaki de Juana and Arturo Beñat Villanueva now has more than 1,000 signatories from Ireland, Britain, the Basque Country, Spain and around the world, including elected representatives, human rights campaigners, lawyers, academics and community leaders.

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antrim / racism & migration related issues / news report Monday September 07, 2009 11:12 by Davy Carlin   text 1 comment (last - tuesday september 08, 2009 13:21)   image 2 images
The DUP’S Sammy Wilson has recently accused anti-racism groups of exaggerating the scale of racism to access public funding. This statement comes not long after more than 100 Romanians were forced to flee their homes in South Belfast due to racist intimidation and attacks.

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antrim / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Monday August 24, 2009 13:56 by Davy Carlin
Giving succour to the racists.

The DUP’S Sammy Wilson has recently accused anti racism groups of exaggerating the scale of racism to access public funding. Mr Wilson stated that ‘these charges of racism were always coincided with the holding out of the hand for more money for the organisations which were dealing with the issue’ and referred to the situation as ‘an anti racism industry’. read full story / add a comment
antrim / anti-war / imperialism / press release Thursday August 13, 2009 14:37 by Éamann Mac Mánais   text 27 comments (last - monday august 24, 2009 19:45)
éirígí general secretary Breandan Mac Cionnaith has condemned the inclusion of
the British Navy's Royal Marines in the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge
festivities. Mac Cionnnaith also confirmed that éirígí activists will be on
the ground to challenge the presence of the Royal Marines in Belfast on Friday
14 August. read full story / add a comment
PANEL: Iñaki de Juana, Arturo Beñat Villanueva, Julen Arzuaga, Danny Morrison and Colleen Gildernew
antrim / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday August 12, 2009 01:08 by Emma Clancy   text 2 comments (last - friday august 14, 2009 14:25)   image 2 images
The Don't Extradite the Basques Campaign held a very successful conference on political persecution in the Basque Country on Saturday August 8 in An Chultúrlann in west Belfast as part of the annual Féile an Phobail (Festival of the People). Julen Arzuaga, a lawyer from Behatokia, the Basque Observatory of Human Rights, travelled from the Basque Country to speak at the conference, which also heard from Iñaki de Juana and Arturo Beñat Villanueva, two Belfast-based Basque activists who are fighting extradition charges by the Spanish government. Colleen Gildernew from Kevin Winters Solicitors, the firm representing both men, outlined the legal efforts to defeat the extradition charges.

Introducing the conference, veteran republican activist Danny Morrison
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antrim / miscellaneous / news report Thursday July 23, 2009 13:01 by Sean Matthews- personal capacity   text 4 comments (last - tuesday november 03, 2009 10:55)   image 1 image   audio 3 audio files
A conversation with WSM member Davy Carlin, from his early childhood growing up in the Ballymurphy housing estate in the midst of an ‘Irish War’ to community politics. Davy also reflects on his involvement in struggles to date from anti-racism, workplace organising and organisations from the Socialist Workers Party to Organise! Finally, we touch upon the politics of anarchism and his hope for the future. read full story / add a comment
antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Monday July 20, 2009 16:48 by Workers Solidarity Movement   text 9 comments (last - wednesday july 22, 2009 15:10)   image 1 image   audio 7 audio files
The Workers Solidarity Movement and Anarchist Communist Discussion Group in Belfast, organised a successful day of discussions and workshops last Saturday in the Belfast Unemployed Centre tackling issues such as fighting fascism and racism from a class perspective, anarchist organisation and our vision of a free, classless, post-capitalist society.

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antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Thursday July 09, 2009 16:50 by Alan MacSimóin   image 1 image
The occupation of the Visteon motor parts factory in Belfast ended on May 3rd when the company gave in and agreed pay extra compensation of between six month’s and nearly two year’s money to the workforce for the loss of their jobs. read full story / add a comment
antrim / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Friday July 03, 2009 16:25 by Sean Matthews-personal capacity   text 4 comments (last - saturday july 04, 2009 17:56)
The refusal by British Justice Secretary Jack Straw to grant the great train robber Ronnie Biggs parole exposes the extent of injustice and corruption which underpins the class system. read full story / add a comment
antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Thursday July 02, 2009 12:21 by Belfast Branch
The recent racist attacks in Northern Ireland against migrant workers are an indictment of the status-quo which thrives on blaming minorities for the problems inherent in capitalism. It is the political class and sections of the tabloid press who constantly provide the ammunition for racist attacks. read full story / add a comment
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antrim / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Sunday June 28, 2009 17:44 by Belfast Branch   text 1 comment (last - sunday june 28, 2009 18:06)   image 1 image   audio 2 audio files
Working people continue to bear the brunt of the economic recession in terms on job cuts, poverty wages and house repossessions, while the rich and powerful in our society are bailed out again. This is state capitalism and comes under various forms from thatcherism to neo-liberalism.

The Belfast Anarchist Communist Discussion Group, set up by the Belfast branch of the Workers Solidarity Movement recently invited Michael Reinsborough to give a talk on the topic of neo-liberalism.

The public meeting took place on Wednesday 17th June in the Belfast Unemployment Centre.
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