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IPSC in Dublin 'Mayday' March & Rally

category dublin | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Sunday May 10, 2009 21:49author by Kev - IPSC (definitely in a pers cap)author email info at ipsc dot ie Report this post to the editors

A short report with audio, video and photos

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) were present at this year's Mayday march in Dublin City. The IPSC formed one of the biggest contingents in a very poorly attended demonstration. I can't say for definitely, but it was suggested, several times by different people in attendance, that this was the smallest Dublin mayday march ever - why this was the case is not for me to say.
Panorama of attendees
Panorama of attendees

The IPSC were also represented on the speakers platform, where Freda Hughes of the IPSC Executive Committee spoke on the role Trade Unions and their members can play in the campaign for Justice for Palestine, with particular reference to the boycott and divestment campaign. Video and audio of the speech is below, and there is a transcript can be read here: http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/ipsc/displayRe...117#1

Personally, I'd like to thank all those who came out to join the IPSC contingent (and indeed everyone who bothered to turn up for the march), and Des Derwin and the other organisers for allowing the IPSC a platform for our message.

Related Link: http://www.ipsc.ie

IPSC in Demo 1
IPSC in Demo 1

IPSC in Demo 2
IPSC in Demo 2

Boycott Israeli Terrorism
Boycott Israeli Terrorism

For solidarity with Palestinian workers
For solidarity with Palestinian workers

Caption: IPSC Speech at Dublin Mayday Rally 2009



IPSC Speech at Dublin Mayday Rally 2009

author by Kev - personal capacitypublication date Sun May 10, 2009 22:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Pics!

Des Derwin addresses the rally
Des Derwin addresses the rally

DCTU banner leads the march
DCTU banner leads the march

Advice from James Connolly
Advice from James Connolly

Anrachist bloc
Anrachist bloc

Kildare Council of Trade Unions - Organising to Win (Up the Lilywhites!)
Kildare Council of Trade Unions - Organising to Win (Up the Lilywhites!)

author by Kev - personal capacitypublication date Sun May 10, 2009 22:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

More pics!

Random bit of the march
Random bit of the march

eirigi bloc (loads of them turned out, fair dues)
eirigi bloc (loads of them turned out, fair dues)

Approaching Liberty Hall
Approaching Liberty Hall

author by Jokepublication date Mon May 11, 2009 13:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

This march was swarfed by the cannabis march - fiar play to them but whats become of the mayday march?
All that cash and they cant promote what should be the biggest workers celebration day of the year.
I guess theres not much for workers to celebrate bercause of the complete lack of backbone displayed by the unions in general.
Shame.

author by the shadow - nonepublication date Mon May 11, 2009 16:13author address author phone Report this post to the editors


Half assed and a week late. This about sums up union leadership at the moment if the celebration of May day is anything to go by.
There's an election on. It was a good time for unions to try to engage with people and show them why
unions are needed now more than ever

What did they do on Mayday instead.
They had a concert at 25 euro a ticket. !!

I'm sure all the songs were sung at the concert and in the pubs around after.

The DCTU version of The Internationale was no doubt sung.

"Comrades come gather
And the barman let us face.
While at James Connolly's statue
Of them there was no trace"

author by Diarmuid Breatnach - as individualpublication date Tue May 12, 2009 04:16author address author phone Report this post to the editors

To be fair, while agreeing with much of the criticism arising from the size of the 'Mayday' march, the concert at Liberty Hall on May 1st would not have interfered with any march as it was held in the evening.

author by Catholic Worker Peace Teampublication date Wed May 13, 2009 06:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Peace Team to Continue Praying for Entry into Gaza at Border

RAFAH, Egypt - The six members of a Catholic Worker Peace Team from
California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Vermont
spent 16 hours today in an unsuccessful effort to convince Egyptian
authorities to allow them to enter Gaza, where physicians at the Al
Shifa Hospital and children at the Rschel Corrie Center are waiting
for them to deliver medical supplies and toys. Starting at about 4 PM,
the group knelt in front of the border crossing and prayed the Rosary
to persuade the officials to allow them to pass. The group continued
periodic prayers until 10 PM, when an Egyptian colonel gave his word
that the group would be allowed to return to the border at 6:30 the
following morning. The group intends to resume praying as soon as they
arrive at the border.

A spokesperson for the group, Mark Colville from New Haven, said, "We
fear that neither the Egyptian nor the US government want
international eyewitnesses to report on humanitarian conditions inside
Gaza. One result of the closure of Gaza's borders is the increase of
suffering and death of Palestinian civilians, as basic necessities are
not allowed through."

A number of Palestinians, including medical professionals thanked the
Catholic Workers for their efforts to open the borders.

author by Catholic Workerpublication date Fri May 15, 2009 01:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Catholic Workers peace team arrives at Palestinian refugee camp

http://thechristianradical.blogspot.com/2009/05/catholi....html

author by Sandypublication date Fri May 15, 2009 12:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

From the article above :

" The team plans to visit two Jewish settlements in Hebron tomorrow and to tour the Israeli separation wall around Jerusalem and Bethlehem. "

WTF are the Catholic Workers doing visiting Settlers in or around Hebron. The most notoriously bigotted and violent settlers of all are located in that area.

What possible good can visiting then bring about ?

author by Mr Manpublication date Fri May 15, 2009 18:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"WTF are the Catholic Workers doing visiting Settlers in or around Hebron. The most notoriously bigotted and violent settlers of all are located in that area.
What possible good can visiting then bring about ?"

So you think they should be left to wallow in ignorance?

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