#M19 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST RACISM

 

IAWM BULLETIN  18 MARCH 2016

 

1. #M19 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST RACISM

PUBLIC RALLY, SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2PM CENTRAL BANK PLAZA, DUBLIN 2.

 

2. IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT CULTURAL NIGHT, SATURDAY, MARCH 19: "ANTI-WAR ZONE"

 

3. USE OF SHANNON AIRPORT BY US MILITARY

 

4. ANTI-WAR LETTERS TO MEDIA

 

5. DONATING TO THE IAWM

 

1. #M19 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST RACISM:

PUBLIC RALLY, SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2PM CENTRAL BANK PLAZA, DUBLIN 2.

 

At a time when racism is on the rise throughout the world, so recently targeted at refugees fleeing wars that have been instigated or prolonged by western powers, it is important that anti-war activists highlight the real reasons behind such racism and argue that a different world of peaceful co-existence is possible. The treatment of refugees trying to get to safety in Europe having fled repression and wars and faced horrific perilous journeys across land and sea, is truly appalling and against the stated ethos of the UN Human Rights Convention and even the supposed ethos of the EU. The newly agreed protocol between the EU and Turkey to send refugees back to Turkey and the recent action of the French police and Government in Calais are just two more shameful and racist inciting acts against vulnerable refugees.

 

Meanwhile the NATO militarisation of the Aegean Sea to stop the refugees is fully underway. NATO, with the agreement of EU-Greece-Turkey is extending its operation area to include the territorial waters of Greece and Turkey. Britain is sending warships to join the NATO fleet under the command of Germany. 100,000 refugees are expected to be mass deported to Turkey

 

So we have a completely militaristic response to the largest refugee crisis since World War Two.

 

The Irish Government has done more than stand idly by; it has supported such measures while at the same time not meeting its agreed obligation to take in a small number of refugees. It is pathetic that it is only taking in less than 100 of the promised 4000 refugees of which 2500 were to be resettled before Xmas 2015.

 

There is a simple way to address the refugees coming to Europe for safety – STOP THE WARS AND THE GLOBAL ARMS TRADE!

 

And stand up to the racist, bigoted Islamophobes and Xenophobes in the small ultra-right groups.

 

The IAWM is thus supporting this United Against Racism (UAR) event on Saturday 19 March - the International Day of Action against Racism.

 

UAR says:

 

“Today in Europe the fight against racism is vitally important. Racism divides us, creates fear and hate and is a key mechanism for diverting mass anger at austerity onto scapegoats.  The refugee crisis has given racist, islamophobic and fascist movements an excuse to mobilise, build and spread their propaganda.

 

But as the rally against Pegida showed, anti-racism can win against such movements. We must continue our stand against racism and build stronger anti-racist movements.

 

United Against Racism invites all anti-racist organisations, NGO's, trade unions, community groups and anti-racist political parties to support and endorse this rally and build the day together.

 

Yes to Diversity and Solidarity

No to Racism, No to War!

No to scapegoating of migrants and minorities

No to Islamophobia

No to Anti-semitism

Recognition of Travellers as a minority group

Open the EU borders - Refugees Welcome

End the Direct Provision System

 

Please join us on the day and bring banners, placards and lots of energy.”

 

LIST OF SUPPORTERS SO FAR:

Unite the Union

Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Irish Anti-War Movement

Irish Traveller Movement

Irish Refugee Council

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

Roma Integration Association Ireland

Social Work Action Network - SWAN

Shannonwatch

Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre Ireland

Doras Luimni

Anti-Deportation Ireland

Monthly Qadamat Ireland

Waterford Against Racism

Galway Alliance Against War

Veterans For Peace Ireland

Radio Dublino

Afra-Eorpach (Afro-European)

Galway Anti-Racism Network

Ireland Says Welcome

 

info@united-against-racism.net

 

 

2. IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT CULTURAL NIGHT

A cultural night of live music, poetry and spoken words: ANTI-WAR ZONE

 

Venue: Workman’s Club, Dublin 2, Doors Open 19:00. Finish at 23.00.

All welcome.

Donations accepted.

 

Check this link for line up - https://www.facebook.com/events/684994324975856/

 

No to War and Racism

Yes to diversity and solidarity!

No to Scapegoating of Migrants and Minorities

 

info@irishantiwar.org

 

 

3. USE OF SHANNON AIRPORT BY US MILITARY

See latest development on - http://www.shannonwatch.org/
For example read that new Red C Poll shows 6 out of 10 Irish people want neutrality enshrined in Irish Constitution

 

and

 

Edward Horgan’s Mother’s Day message from Shannon Airport:

So its happy Mother's Day isn't it. Lets hope some of the thousands, and more likely tens of thousands, of mothers, will have a happy Mother's Day, as they flee from the conflicts in the Middle East with their little children , as they huddle at the razor wire fences, in the snow and rain, on the borders with Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, and Slovakia, being refused refugee protection.

At Shannon Airport this morning it was cold, wet and windy, but I was dressed in warm clothing and was able to go the Park Inn hotel and warm up with tea and a scone after taking the photos below.

Description: http://www.shannonwatch.org/sites/shannonwatch.org/files/imagecache/add_... were three US warplanes at Shannon airport this morning. One was a large C17 US Air Force, Air Mobility Command, Charleston Air Force base, and its registration number was 77180. It was on its way to Abu Dhabi in the Persian Gulf, and most likely delivering armed US troops and munitions into one or more of the war zones, in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq or Syria. This aircraft is quite capable of transport several deadly Drones that are killing dozens of people each week in the Middle East.

 

4. Published anti-war letter in Irish Times on St. Patrick’s Day -

http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/europe-s-humanitarian-crisis-1...

 

 

5.   Donating to the Irish Anti-War Movement

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