The Dublin anarchist bookfair returns to Liberty Hall on the 6th of April for our 8th annual edition, and the theme 1913-2013 - Rebuilding a Movement from Below. There will be a social in Seomra Spraoi on the 5th and a radical walking tour around Dublin on the 7th.
That theme couldn’t be more appropriate. Following on from the general spin being flahed about the media on the ‘good’ news that we’ve just accepted the debts of the casino speculating capitalist banks and firmly saddled them onto the Irish people for generations, we need to build a movement to put an end to such cosy practices where they take the profits, but we take the losses.
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2013 marks the 100th anniversary of what many see as the most significant industrial dispute ever to have taken place in Ireland - the Dublin Lockout. The employers of Dublin, led by William Martin Murphy, locked out over 20,000 workers in an attempt to starve them into submission and to smash the increasingly popular Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU).
One of the Bookfair highlights will be a meeting at which a panel of speakers will explore the legacy of 1913 and its lessons for the trade union movement of today. Padraig Yeates (author of ‘Lockout’), Brian Hanley (historian and author), Mary Muldowney (author of many books and articles on women’s labour history) and Gregor Kerr (WSM member and Irish National Teachers Organisation activist) will each take a unique look at the relevance of 1913 and why it retains such importance among trade union organisers and activists one hundred years on.
Austerity and the PIIGS
The austerity policies of the latest phase of capitalism have wreaked havoc on the lives and living standards of working class people across Europe and beyond. The struggles in which communities find themselves as they attempt to resist these policies have a lot to learn from each other. As we strive for a better world and to build communities free from poverty, exploitation and hopelessness we need to find time and space to listen to each other, to find common cause and to support each other’s struggles.
A number of speakers from the EU-‘peripherals’, the so-called PIIGS countries (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) will share the stories of the struggles they are involved in and explore a vision of what is needed to ‘change the world’.
Allied to this, Kevin Doyle (a member of the WSM) and Alan Gibson, both of whom have been actively involved in helping to build the Campaign Against Home And Water Taxes, will talk about the lessons learnt from the fight thus far against the household and property taxes and explore what type of campaign and campaigning is needed for the fight against the property tax (and the forthcoming water tax) to be successful.
Free, Safe and Legal
The tragic death of Savita Halappanavar last November catapulted the issue of the lack of access to abortion rights for women in Ireland back onto the political agenda. For over 20 years, Irish politicians have failed to face up to the challenge of legislating for the X case judgement. But with change now on the horizon, 3 speakers – Anne Quesney (an abortion and women’s rights activist for the past 15 years), Aileen O’Carroll (a WSM member who has been involved in the pro-choice struggle since the X case) and Sinéad Redmond (who set up the hugely popular facebook page ‘Unlike Youth Defence, I trust women to decide their lives for themselves’ last year) - will discuss how the struggle for abortion rights can be fought both in Ireland and elsewhere. [Facebook event]
Dr. Laura Agustín (author of Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry) will talk at the Bookfair about why she believes sex work should be treated as work and why we should “resist the general victimising of women who sell sex”. [Facebook event]
And Plenty More
Among the other topics and themes that will be covered in Bookfair talks and discussions will be
As well as the meetings, this year’s Bookfair will, as in previous years, have book and information stalls from a host of anarchist and radical bookshops and campaigning organisations.
Friday night - Music and film
The weekend will kick off on the Friday night with a film showing and music session in Seomra Spraoi. Following the day of talks and bookstalls in Liberty Hall, Saturday night will have an opportunity to continue the discussion while enjoying some fine tunes at a Bookfair fundraiser in ‘The Pint’ (beside Liberty Hall). [Facebook event ]
And on Sunday afternoon, the weekend’s activities will conclude with a walking tour entitled ‘Finance Under Foot’ on which Conor McCabe and Tom Murray will take participants through Ireland's most important sites of financial power, past and present. The idea behind the tour, according to the guides, “is to make the nature of organised money power accessible, understandable and even entertaining”. Given the way in which financial power has devastated all our lives in recent times, this tour should prove to be of great interest to those struggling against its daily effects.
Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April – make sure the dates are in your diary.
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