Tag Archives: Racism

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

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. Police and state repression has also ...

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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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US: George Floyd killing was racist state murder

By Harper Cleves  On Monday, the 25 May, George Floyd was tragically murdered by a Minneapolis policeman. Police arrived in response to a call from a shopkeeper about someone attempting to use a counterfeit bill and arrested Floyd. Security cameras demonstrate that Floyd willingly went with the officers, despite claims of violent resistance.  Witnesses recording the incident later show an ...

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Covid-19: Direct Provision system putting lives in danger

By Shane Finnan The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the surface existing inequalities and oppression within our society, and has indeed exacerbated them. An important case in point is the open-air prison system that is Direct Provision. Direct Provision (DP) is a system that was designed not to meet the needs of asylum seekers but to facilitate easier deportations. It ...

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Five reasons to demonstrate against the far right on Saturday

This Saturday, an important counter-demonstration has been called against the far-right and racist forces who will be gathering outside the Dáil at 1pm. Here are five reasons you should join this counter-protest, which has the backing of a number of trade unions, migrant and anti-racist organisations.  We cannot allow the far right and organised racist forces to gain a foothold ...

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