Tag Archives: Racism

White Paper: “Reformed” and repackaged but still Direct Provision

By Conor Tormey On Friday 26 February, Green Party TD and Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, released the White Paper on the abolition of Direct Provision. This news has been greeted with support from the majority of the parties in the Dáil, however, the Socialist Party believes that this paper does not go nearly far ...

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Atlanta tragedy: Right-wing hate targets Asian women

Statement by Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Socialist Alternative extends our condolences to the family and friends of the eight victims of a deadly shooting in Atlanta Tuesday evening. Six of the victims were Asian women, placing the attack squarely at the intersection of extreme sexism, racism, and xenophobia.  Since the beginning of the pandemic last ...

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A tragic injustice: Uncovering the truth about George Nkencho’s killing

By Eddie McCabe The tumultuous year that was 2020 ended with the tragic shooting in Dublin 15 of George Nkencho — a 27 year-old Black man — by the Garda Armed Support Unit. News of the shooting and the events surrounding it sparked considerable discussion in the local community, and nationally on social media — where unfortunately debate tended to ...

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Far-right homophobic rally targets Roderic O’Gorman TD

By Finn McKenna The Socialist Party condemns the homophobic campaign being waged against Roderic O’Gorman TD. It is clear that the driving motivation here is for far-right reactionaries to whip up vicious homophobic attacks in a twisted attempt find an echo for their backward political agenda. What was it about? These hypocrites claimed they were staging a protest to protect ...

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Organising against racism in Ireland: Interview with Cork BLM activist

The mass movement that was sparked by the brutal and racist murder of George Floyd received an echo across this island. From Belfast to Dingle, people marched and spoke out about the racism that black people and people of colour face in Ireland today. Socialist Party member Shane Finnan spoke to Fatima Geraldo, an organiser of recent protests in Cork. ...

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Covid-19 & gender-based violence

Speech by Mick Barry TD in Dáil debate on ‘Covid-19 (Measures to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence)’ “I’m the oldest sister, and I was abused from the age of four upwards, so I would say to all women, never mind Traveller women, all women out there, that was abused, or anything happened to them, come forward, [do not be afraid].” ...

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US: Socialists and the state — how to end racist policing

By Tom Crean, Socialist Alternative USA The nature of policing in the United States is inseparable from the violent, racist history of capitalism in this country. From slave patrols; to Bull Connor’s unleashing dogs and fire hoses against black protesters in Montgomery during the Civil Rights movement; to the police lynchings in black communities today; there is a consistent thread. ...

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The roots and realities of racism in Irish society

By Manus Lenihan and Myriam Poizat Mass protests of young and working-class people have spread across the US in a call for #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd. Led by black youth, the multi-racial movement has spread across all states and has already forced authorities to charge the police officers involved in the racist murder of George Floyd. But these protests are now reaching further, putting ...

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Black Lives Matter in the North: Hypocrisy of Politicians and Police

By Daniel Waldron On Saturday, June 6, thousands of people gathered at Black Lives Matter rallies in Belfast and Derry. They did so to stand in solidarity with the revolt taking place across the US in the wake of the horrific and racist murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, but also in opposition to racism at home. Rightly, ...

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US: Mass, Coordinated Action Needed to Win #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

By members of Socialist Alternative, our sister organisation in the US, in Minneapolis George Floyd gasped “I can’t breathe,” again and again, for nine long minutes. This is murder. It is murder at the hands of the Minneapolis Police. Yet the recent racist killings of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless cases of racist police murder over the ...

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