Shankill commemorates International Brigade volunteers from Northern Ireland

  • user warning: Table 'cache_views_data' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: SELECT data, created, headers, expire, serialized FROM cache_views_data WHERE cid = 'audio:block_1:results:ff0db4c55a037059c3695f66cdcd5d34' in /var/www/public/includes/cache.inc on line 27.
  • user warning: Table 'cache_views_data' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_views_data SET data = 'a:3:{s:6:\"result\";a:6:{i:0;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"5688\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:48:\"Social Struggles in South Africa after Apartheid\";s:7:\"_random\";s:19:\"0.00877603703064475\";}i:1;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"7272\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:89:\"WSM & SP MEP Paul Murphy debate fiscal treaty & what the left should say - DABF2012 Audio\";s:7:\"_random\";s:19:\"0.01506164019467462\";}i:2;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"1963\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:48:\"Early Irish communist - William Thompson - audio\";s:7:\"_random\";s:20:\"0.016980621048231257\";}i:3;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"7274\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:49:\"My Life in Politics: Women Speak - DABF2012 Audio\";s:7:\"_random\";s:20:\"0.020387797635409793\";}i:4;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"5781\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:46:\"Interviews from the 24th November picket lines\";s:7:\"_random\";s:19:\"0.03164908292856913\";}i:5;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"5110\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:46:\"Belfast: Justice for sacked Traffic Attendants\";s:7:\"_random\";s:19:\"0.03488087098568759\";}}s:10:\"total_rows\";i:166;s:5:\"pager\";a:5:{s:9:\"use_pager\";s:1:\"0\";s:14:\"items_per_page\";i:6;s:7:\"element\";i:0;s:6:\"offset\";i:0;s:12:\"current_page\";i:0;}}', created = 1566405520, expire = 1566405820, headers = '', serialized = 1 WHERE cid = 'audio:block_1:results:ff0db4c55a037059c3695f66cdcd5d34' in /var/www/public/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
  • user warning: Table 'cache_views_data' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: SELECT data, created, headers, expire, serialized FROM cache_views_data WHERE cid = 'video:block_1:results:d1bd4a9bdf0c592395306e39f5452d02' in /var/www/public/includes/cache.inc on line 27.
  • user warning: Table 'cache_views_data' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_views_data SET data = 'a:3:{s:6:\"result\";a:3:{i:0;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"8296\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:46:\"Rally for Choice in Belfast resounding success\";s:7:\"_random\";s:20:\"0.003570268865274516\";}i:1;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"8480\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:84:\"Thousands march to oppose water charges on April 8th in Dublin - with video & photos\";s:7:\"_random\";s:20:\"0.006312710238911873\";}i:2;O:8:\"stdClass\":3:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"8015\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:94:\"The Fight Against the Water Charges - Where Next? - Contribution to DABF 2015 Panel with Video\";s:7:\"_random\";s:20:\"0.012340027850437935\";}}s:10:\"total_rows\";i:195;s:5:\"pager\";a:5:{s:9:\"use_pager\";s:1:\"0\";s:14:\"items_per_page\";i:3;s:7:\"element\";i:0;s:6:\"offset\";i:0;s:12:\"current_page\";i:0;}}', created = 1566405520, expire = 1566405820, headers = '', serialized = 1 WHERE cid = 'video:block_1:results:d1bd4a9bdf0c592395306e39f5452d02' in /var/www/public/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
  • user warning: Table 'cache_views_data' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: SELECT data, created, headers, expire, serialized FROM cache_views_data WHERE cid = 'Random_PDF:block_1:results:d701b49486a84d4cd29efe1b1fbdd8e3' in /var/www/public/includes/cache.inc on line 27.
  • user warning: Table 'cache_views_data' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_views_data SET data = 'a:3:{s:6:\"result\";a:2:{i:0;O:8:\"stdClass\":5:{s:3:\"nid\";s:3:\"831\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:38:\"Workers Solidarity 92 - June/July 2006\";s:21:\"node_revisions_teaser\";s:300:\"<p>\r\n The PDF file and articles from Workers Solidarity 92 published for June/July 2006.<img src=\"/attachments/jun2006/ws92.gif\" style=\"float:right;border:5px;\" /></p>\r\n<p>\r\n <strong><a href=\"http://www.wsm.ie/sites/default/files/ws92.pdf\">Download the PDF of Workers Solidarity 92</a></strong></p>\r\n\";s:21:\"node_revisions_format\";s:1:\"2\";s:7:\"_random\";s:20:\"0.012545663875104546\";}i:1;O:8:\"stdClass\":5:{s:3:\"nid\";s:4:\"7594\";s:10:\"node_title\";s:51:\"Irish Anarchist Review no7 - Spring 2013 - with PDF\";s:21:\"node_revisions_teaser\";s:2373:\"<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"/sites/default/files/IA%26Cover280px.jpg\" style=\"border-bottom: 1px solid; border-left: 1px solid; margin: 3px; width: 280px; float: right; height: 412px; border-top: 1px solid; border-right: 1px solid\" />Welcome to issue seven of the Irish Anarchist Review, published by the Workers Solidarity Movement. One hundred years on from the great Dublin lockout, the labour movement in Ireland stands at a crossroads. In this issue, we look at some of the struggles of the past that lead us to this moment in history and consider ways that we can progress the reconstruction of working class organisation. We don&rsquo;t think there is a magic formula for success; rather we hope this magazine can be a forum for debate for activists who are involved in the struggles that are going on in 2013.</p>\r\n<p><strong><a href=\"/sites/default/files/IAR7.pdf\">PDF file of IAR 7 to download</a>&nbsp;(<a href=\"http://www.scribd.com/doc/176585507/Irish-Anarchist-Review-7\">Print Quality version on Scribd</a>)</strong></p>\r\n<ul>\r\n <li>\r\n <strong><a href=\"http://www.wsm.ie/c/1913-lockout-dublin-larkinism-myths\">Locked Out: Dublin 1913</a></strong></li>\r\n <li>\r\n <a href=\"http://www.wsm.ie/c/general-strike-protest-process-solidarity\"><strong>General Strike - Protest or Process</strong></a></li>\r\n <li>\r\n <a href=\"http://www.wsm.ie/c/squatting-politics-dublin-housing-action-committee\"><strong>Urban Politics &amp; The Dublin Housing Action Committee 1968-71</strong></a></li>\r\n <li>\r\n <a href=\"http://www.wsm.ie/c/brazilian-anarchism-interview-world-cup-especifismo\"><strong>Anarchism in Brazil</strong></a></li>\r\n <li>\r\n <a href=\"http://www.wsm.ie/c/capital-left-analysis-debt-graeber-marxism\"><strong>Capital&#39;s Shadow</strong></a></li>\r\n <li>\r\n <a href=\"http://www.wsm.ie/c/rag-interview-revolutionary-anarcha-feminist-group-mar2013\"><strong>On the RAG</strong></a></li>\r\n <li>\r\n <strong><a href=\"http://www.wsm.ie/c/anarchism-intersecionality-gender-race-class\">The Politics of Voices: Notes on Gender, Race &amp; Class</a></strong></li>\r\n <li>\r\n <strong><a href=\"http://www.wsm.ie/c/anarchism-burn-out-self-care-support-activism\">Avoiding Burn out &ndash; Self Care and Support in activism</a></strong></li>\r\n <li>\r\n <strong><a href=\"http://www.wsm.ie/c/review-volume-2-anarchist-faq-iar\">Review of Volume 2 of Anarchist FAQ</a></strong></li>\r\n</ul>\r\n\";s:21:\"node_revisions_format\";s:1:\"2\";s:7:\"_random\";s:20:\"0.020800268296897663\";}}s:10:\"total_rows\";i:73;s:5:\"pager\";a:5:{s:9:\"use_pager\";s:1:\"0\";s:14:\"items_per_page\";i:2;s:7:\"element\";i:0;s:6:\"offset\";i:1;s:12:\"current_page\";i:0;}}', created = 1566405520, expire = 1566405820, headers = '', serialized = 1 WHERE cid = 'Random_PDF:block_1:results:d701b49486a84d4cd29efe1b1fbdd8e3' in /var/www/public/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
Date:

The Shankill library in Belfast hosted a successful meeting as part of the West Belfast Feile on the lives and contributions of working class people from the Falls and Shankill who fought against Fascism 75 years ago in the Spanish Civil War.

It is a living testimony to common class conflict coming to the fore, an often ignored part of our history which does not fit in with the narrative of a divided and segregated sectarian carve up which is the new era in the North.

The talk organised by the Belfast branch of the International Brigade Commemoration Committee included an illustrated talk from Richard Baxell on the contribution of the Irish and British battalions to major battles. He also pointed out the squalid and harsh fighting conditions including the internal infighting and division within the camp.

Ciaran Crossey briefly outlined the background and motivations of local volunteers who went to Spain rejecting the notion that it was mainly poets and professionals who fought in the Spanish civil war. Pointing out that it was mainly labourers, dockers and other skilled tradesmen who believed that fascism has to fought on the streets. He also raised the idea of a monument being erected on the Shankill to commemorate volunteers from the area who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their ideals and beliefs.

A brief question and answer session followed including a contribution from a local relative of a volunteer from the Shankill who thanked the IBCC for their work and finished by saying that fascism is alive and well has not gone away.

While it is important to remember the 80 plus volunteers from the wee north who went to fight fascism in Spain, it equally important that we do not lose site of the larger picture that this is the 75 anniversary of the Spanish Revolution when a new world was being built in the shell of the old. A struggle which continues….

It is our common humanity and class which unites us more than any fostering division based on race, border or creed.

 

More info on local participants- http://spanishcivilwarproject.com/partisipants.html

In 2009 Belfast WSM held a talk on the rise of racism in the North and fight against the far-right-  http://www.wsm.ie/c/racism-far-right-northern-ireland

 

 

Like what you're reading?
Find out when we publish more via the
WSM Facebook
& WSM Twitter