8th Anarchist bookfair was same day Labour members met in Dublin

The Dublin Anarchist Bookfair #DABF returned to Liberty Hall on the 6th of April for the 8th time.The theme was 1913-2013 – Rebuilding a Movement from Below coincided with a meeting of labour party members to respond to the resignation of Ireland east MEP nessa Childers, who used to be in the Green Party and Fianna fail.

The anarchist fair  alincluded s events on the Friday night and a walking tour on Sunday.

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.

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.
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 https://www.facebook.com/events/507764192616979/

Sex Work

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 for this at https://www.facebook.com/events/507555205967342/

And Plenty More

Among the other topics and themes  covered in Bookfair

Anarchism and the City – anarchism in Barcelona in the lead-up to the 1936 Spanish revolution, with Chris Ealham (author of ‘Anarchism and the City: Revolution and Counter-revolution in Barcelona, 1898–1937’)

Organising The Unorganised – practical examples, which look at the lessons to be learnt from two examples of union organising among ‘the unorganised’
The Art of Resistance: Image-ing a new Middle East, which will explore the ways ‘art as defiance’ is re-imagining power across the Middle East

Facing Deportations – a practical workshop; how we can organise to prevent deportations, which aims to share the direct practical actions that need to be done and to raise awareness, unveil truths and correct misconceptions surrounding the issue of asylum application and deportation

Social history and social media, a discussion with history project Come Here To Me!

Latin American Social Struggles against mining, a meeting at which two speakers – Milton Sánchez Cubas (President of the Celendin Interinstitutional Platform (PIC), a network of 40 grassroots organisations from Celendin Department of Cajamarca, Peru) and Aida Julieta Quinones Torres (a member of the Environmental Committee for the Defense of Life which monitors the socio-environmental impact of the La Colosa mine, in the department of Tolima, Colombia) – will look at the impact on their communities of exploitation by mega-extractive multinational corporation and how they organize to face this threat
Queer Anarchism: Equality or Liberation?, a talk which will discuss emergent radical queer politics which resist assimilation and question the foundations of gender and sexual identity
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.

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