A Brutal, Historic Film About Declonization

Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers is one of the great films in history to depict insurgent warfare, and New Yorkers can see it for free this week.

Still from the trailer of The Battle of Algiers (1966) (screenshot via Rialto Pictures and YouTube)

Italian neorealist film The Battle of Algiers has been a radicalizing text for more than 50 years. France banned it. The Black Panthers, Irish Republican Army, and other groups studied its depictions of urban guerrilla violence. And here in the United States, long after its release in 1966, the critic Roger Ebert called it “the crucial film about this new kind of warfare” in his “Great Films” retrospective review of the film in 2004. And this weekend, New Yorkers have the uncommon opportunity to catch director Gillo Pontecorvo’s film in a screening of its 35 mm print, for free.

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Pontecorvo’s film shocked audiences in the ’60s with its brutal depictions of bombings, assassinations, and other insurgent tactics that have become commonplace in warfare in the decades following World War II. The film recreates the conflict in Algiers between 1954 and 1957, when rebel groups allied with Algeria’s National Liberation Front fought the occupying French army. The film is notable for its violence and its Ennio Morricone score, but also for its removed and newsreel-like visual style, which made Pontecorvo’s fictionalized depictions of freedom fighters and French officers all the more realistic and memorable. It will be screened as part of an exhibition at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery — Waiting for Omar Gatlato: Contemporary Art from Algeria and Its Diaspora — and introduced by Richard Peña, a film professor at Columbia and the former program director of Film Society of Lincoln Center. The screening is free, but you’ll have to register to attend.

When: Saturday, November 09, 2019, 3 pm
Where: Lenfest Center for the Arts (615 W. 129 St., Manhattanville, New York

With many thanks to: HYLERALLERGIC.com and Eric Vilas-Boas for The original posting 

29th July 1915 – The remains of the late Fenian leader Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa are lying in state for three days at City Hall in Dublin.

The remains had been brought by the American liner St Paul from New York to Liverpool, and then transferred to the steamer Carlow, which conveyed them to Dublin.

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O'Donovan Rossa and Mary Jane

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O'Donovan Rossa lying in state in City Hall, Dublin.
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Mary Jane O'Donovan Rossa.

With many thanks to: Gillean Robertson Miller – 1916 Easter Rising Historical Society.
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The remains had been brought by the American liner St Paul from New York to Liverpool, and then transferred to the steamer Carlow, which conveyed them to Dublin.

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O'Donovan Rossa and Mary Jane

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O'Donovan Rossa lying in state in City Hall, Dublin.
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Mary Jane O'Donovan Rossa.

With many thanks to: Gillean Robertson Miller – 1916 Easter Rising Historical Society.
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A BRIEF WRITE-UP ON THE GREAT IRISH REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST, JIM GRALTON, WHO WAS DEPORTED FROM IRELAND IN 1933.

James Connolly Assoc Australia

Jim Gralton, Irish Republican Socialist.

On August 13, 1933 Jim Gralton was forced to board a Trans-Atlantic Liner in Cork which was to set sail for the USA. Jim had been arrested on August 10 at a friend’s house in Gorvagh, County Leitrim and brought to Ballinamore Barracks where he was detained before being brought to Cork for his deportation. He had been living on the run since February of that year following the issuing of a deportation order by the courts who ruled that he had to leave Ireland by March 5. His deportation 77 years ago makes him the only native Irishman to be deported from this state.

He was born in Effernagh close to Carrick on Shannon in County Leitrim on April 17 1886. His education, such as it was, was received in nearby Kiltoghert school. Like most young people at the time, he left school early, aged just 14. After working for a number of employers in the local area, fed up with the harsh treatment he and others suffered at their hands, Jim headed for Dublin where he enlisted in the British army.

His rebellious behaviour was not long coming through and he endured punishment of 84 days on “bread and water” for his refusal to shine the leggings and buttons of one of his officers. He was then posted to India, but refused to go in protest at British policies in Ireland. For his defiance and protest, Jim was jailed for a year and subsequently deserted the army, going to work for a time in the coal mines of Wales and in Liverpool docks.

He then got employment as a ship’s stoker and eventually settled in New York where he became a US citizen in 1909. In the midst of the great wealth in the USA, Jim was appalled at the harsh, slave-like conditions that workers endured, which led him to become a firm believer in supporting the rights of workers and in socialism.

From the time he arrived in the US, Jim was active in supporting and raising much needed funds for both the Irish republican struggle and for fellow workers in New York. He became a member of the US Communist Party and became heavily involved in trade union activity. In the wake of the 1916 Rising, and after studying of the writings of James Connolly, Jim became a founding member of the James Connolly Club in New York.

Almost a decade and a half after arriving in the US, Jim decided to return home to Ireland in June 1921, just a month before the truce in the Tan War commenced on the 11th of July. During the war, the notorious Black and Tans had burnt the local Temperance Hall beside Gowel Church to the ground. On his return, Jim promised local people he would replace it and set about, with his own money and with local support, building a new hall on his father’s land near Effernagh crossroads.

The new hall, named the Pearse-Connolly Hall, was eventually opened on December 31 1921 and became an integral part of the everyday lives of the local community. Amongst its many uses was the holding in classes of a wide range of subjects including Irish, English, music, dancing, civics and agricultural science. This was also a time of many land disputes and the Hall was also used to hold Land Courts to settle many of these disputes. Despite the good work Jim was doing for his community and despite the valuable educational service that was been provided, not everyone was happy.

The Catholic Church in particular were extremely unhappy. They denounced him at every opportunity, at the pulpit during mass and in letters, going as far as to describe him as an extremely dangerous socialist and even an “Anti-Christ”. They accused him of “leading a campaign of Land agitation”, of trying to take the youth of the area away from the Catholic Church and of teaching communism to them in his classes.

The Free State forces also were unhappy with his activities, and on May 24 1922, they raided the Hall in a failed attempt to arrest Jim. The following month, as Civil War loomed, he got out and returned to the US. He did not return to Ireland until 1932 following the death of his brother Charlie who looked after and ran the family farm and following the securing of power in the Twenty-Six Counties by Fianna Fáil. Like many other people at that time, Jim was of the mistaken belief that a Fianna Fáil government would allow for the development of progressive politics in his homeland.

Following his return to Ireland, Jim re-opened the Pearse-Connolly Hall which had been closed for many years while he was in the US. He also involved himself once again in left-wing agitation, joining the Revolutionary Workers’ Group [a forerunner of the Communist Party of Ireland]. As well as the hall being used for dances and other social activities, meetings were also held there highlighting issues such as unemployment and the rights of workers and tenants.

He spoke at many anti-eviction meetings and following the eviction of a worker from his home in Keadue, also in County Leitrim, Jim joined with a local IRA group in re-instating the worker and his family back into their family home. This radicalism and persistent campaigning on such issues was of major concern once again to conservatives in general and to the Catholic Church and Fianna Fáil in particular.

Once again, Jim was denounced as a massive campaign was launched by the clergy against him and the views he represented. Shamefully, many of his former comrades turned their backs on him, as the church demanded that the Hall, which they described as a “den of iniquity” be shut down.

The Hall came under physical attack on many occasions. Shots were fired into it during a dance and an attempt to blow it up with a bomb failed. Finally, on Christmas Eve 1932, the Hall was eventually destroyed when it was burned to the ground.

In February of 1933, at the behest of the Catholic Church, the Fianna Fáil government ordered the deportation of Jim from his homeland by March 5 on the spurious grounds of him being an “undesirable alien”. Instead of complying with the order, Jim went on the run, staying with friends and neighbours in the area. During his time on the run, the Revolutionary Workers’ Group organised a campaign in support of Jim. Public meetings were organised and addressed by Jim himself, and by other prominent republican socialists of the time such as George Gilmore and Peadar O’Donnell. Many of these meetings were attacked and broken up by reactionaries.

Finally on August 10 1933, the Free State caught up with Jim, capturing him at a friend’s house in Gorvagh. He was taken to Ballinamore Barracks where he was detained before being transported to Cork where he was put on board a Trans-Atlantic Liner and deported to the US against his will. He was never again allowed to return to Ireland.

Undeterred, upon his arrival back in the US, Jim once again got involved in trade unionism and left wing politics. Along with Gerald O’Reilly, a close colleague of George Gilmore, Jim set up the Irish Workers’ Group in New York. He became a trade union organiser, encouraging the involvement of women within the unions, and set about promoting, republishing and distributing the works of James Connolly. During the Spanish Civil War, he raised funds for the International Brigades who were going to Spain to fight against fascism and in defence of the Republic.

A committed and unrepentant communist up to his last breath, Jim Gralton died in exile in New York on December 29 1945 and is buried in Woodlawn cemetery in the Bronx area of the City.

To conclude fittingly, the final words go to a comrade of Jim’s, Charlie Byrne. Speaking at Jim’s Graveside in the Bronx in 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of his death, Charlie said:

“Let all of us who believe in the principles for which Gralton stood, pledge ourselves anew to the continuation of the fight for the complete political, cultural and economic rights of the working classes in all lands, no crying, no weeping over his grave at Woodlawn. There is work to be done, so let us carry on; Gralton would have it that way.

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Although Jim Gralton has the ominous distinction of being the only Irish man to be deported from Ireland many other republicans and socialists found they had no choice but to emigrate due the stranglehold the conservative catholic church had over the country at the time. The Waterford IRA commander George Lennon being the most notable, amongst a huge section of anti-treaty republicans.

NYPD Forces Retina Scan on Occupy Wall Street Activists

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It remains unclear whether there is compelling state interest in forcing retina scans on peaceful protesters exercising their right to free speech in a public place, but that’s just what the New York Police Department is doing to the Occupy Wall Street activists.

Over 90 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested Saturday afternoon, and some were arraigned yesterday in Manhattan Criminal Court, but not before learning that the cost of their bail would spike exponentially – or that the opportunity to post bail would be denied arbitrarily – if protesters did not submit to retina scans.

Activists and lawyers alike were surprised yesterday to learn that the size of protesters’ bail was being punitively affected by whether defendants were willing to have the distinctive patterns of their irises photographed and logged into a database.

Police and courts have been photographing irises since 2010, once at booking and once on arraignment. The practice is a response to a couple of instances in which mistaken identity allowed someone facing serious charges to go free by impersonating another defendant up on minor charges.

Collecting retina scans is controversial. “The larger [the database] becomes, the greater the chance is of a fortuitous ‘hit’, false conviction, and unnecessary stress on individuals and resource deployment by the police,” says Professor Allan Jamieson. Also, most police departments do not yet have a reliable systems for preventing evidence tampering and/or contamination of evidence, particularly that of the non-biometrics variety. The OJ Simpson murder case, wherein LA policeman Mark Furhman was shown to be a racist who likely planted biometric evidence in OJ’s Bronco and at the murder scene to frame the defendant, illustrates the root problem with using biometrics to fix a problem that only requires honest police work.

There is also the matter of cost and accuracy. Despite alleged low false positive/negative rates, the technology is extremely expensive given the nation’s economy weighed against any benefit gained by using biometric scanning on the average citizen, namely someone not a rogue Interpol agent or international terrorist. Further, accuracy can be compromised by disease. As disease rates increase in our population, particulary cancers and eye diseases, the accuracy of biometrics will continue to decrease.

Finally, there is confusion about whether police initiated biometrics are mandatory or merely voluntary. A Manhattan defense lawyer in court at the time of the Occupy arrests told Judge Abraham Clott she was under the impression that her client facing charges of marijuana possession was not legally bound to submit to an iris photograph. Clott responded in no uncertain terms: Iris photographs may be optional in the sense that the court can proceed without them if it has to, he said, for example if the photographic equipment breaks down. But they are not optional for defendants.

Controversy surrounding whether retina scanning is legal may stem from the fact that a private organization, National Lawyers Guild, through its NYC President Gideon Oliver, issues a memo to its member judges instructing them that iris photographs are mandatory. This mandate has not been publicly issued by the Federal government or by states.

But whether retina scans are mandatory begs the question of its usage in setting bail. In most states, and New York is no exception, bail can only legally be set for a single purpose: to ensure that defendants appear at their next hearing.

Several Occupy protesters saw their refusal invoked as a justification for bail, but posted the money and were released. But Oliver said he has another client who’s refusing to submit to an iris photograph, and that, police are refusing to produce him in court for arraignment until he does

WITH THANKS : Desiree Washington, PopDecay, SCOTT.NET

 

World Down’s Syndrome Day

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Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Omagh - (49) Omagh and District Down's Syndrome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Help strengthen the Celtic connection with Down’s Syndrome Scotland on World Down’s Syndrome Day (Wednesday, March 21). Find out more about the club and organisation’s work – and how to support it – by following the link to the official site.https://www.facebook.com/CelticFC

TODAY, March 21, is World Down´s Syndrome Day and this year, for the first time, the United Nations has officially recognised the day. While there will be a big celebration in New York, Down’s Syndrome Scotland is celebrating with its third annual ‘Do a Dish for Down’s Syndrome’ fundraising and awareness campaign!

Celtic have strong links with Down´s Syndrome Scotland, through the club´s ongoing and successful Ability Counts Programme. And the forthcoming visit of the children from the Good Child Foundation aims to raise funds to help children with Down’s Syndrome in Thailand, and also support the work of Down’s Syndrome Scotland.

Supporters can get involved by donating online at http://www.everyclick.com/thaitimsvisit, via text – Text CELT07 followed by £1, £5 or £10 to 70070 or through various initiatives that will be announced in the coming weeks.

Down’s Syndrome Scotland is currently celebrating its 30th year of providing services, support and information to people with Down’s Syndrome, their families and professionals. We work to help people with Down’s Syndrome reach their full potential.

Our Family Support Service provides home visits to families; training to teachers, coaches and carers; and support and information via telephone, e-mail and social media. Our new Down’s Syndrome Sports initiative provides sports opportunities to children and adults with Down’s Syndrome.

Supporters of Down´s Syndrome Scotland are being asked to bring awareness, equality and inclusion to their communities, workplaces, schools and hairdressers throughout March. Hold fundraising events and also teach the children about inclusion and equality at schools and ask your hairdressers to raise awareness by posting our Nine Facts about Down’s Syndrome fact sheet on each mirror of a salon.

These are great ways to raise some money for charity but to also have an opportunity to speak about Down’s Syndrome and dispelling the myths that surround Down’s Syndrome.

We have many supportive schools, supporters and hairdressers planning their own Do a Dish events throughout Scotland. We hope more people can join in to celebrate the day of recognition and awareness.

To find out more about our Do a Dish event visit our website at www.dsscotland.org.uk. Or to get involved, e-mail Heather at heather@dsscotland.org.uk.

30 Courses in 30 Days Golf Challenge
To celebrate Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week (March 19-25) and our 30th anniversary, Lesley Moffat, a single mum and member of Down’s Syndrome Scotland, is playing 30 Fife golf courses in 30 days, which started on Mother’s Day.

Lesley is playing golf to raise money for Down’s Syndrome Scotland. Lesley played her first course on Mother’s Day with her daughter Eve Crawford. To view the list of courses to play www.dsscotland.org.uk/or to join Lesley for a day e-mail golf@dsscotland.org.uk. To support Lesley’s challenge text GOLF30 £5 (or a sum up to £10) to 70070. Lesley will be tweeting updates of her challenge. Follow her @Golf30in30

Lesley said: “I first received support and information on Down’s Syndrome from Down’s Syndrome Scotland when Eve was born four years ago and I’ve been a member of the charity ever since.

“I’m raising money for Down’s Syndrome Scotland so that the charity can continue to provide support for families like mine. As a single parent, I will need more support from Down’s Syndrome Scotland’s Family Support Service as Eve grows up regarding choosing schools and even power of attorney, guardianship and independent living.”

Facebook & Twitter Q&A Session on World Down’s Syndrome Day
We know families are very busy, so to help, our Family Support Service Team will be on our Facebook and Twitter pages from noon to 1 pm on World Down’s Syndrome Day (Wednesday, March 21) to answer any questions you may have. This service is provided every month on the 21st or if the 21st falls on a weekend, the service will be held on the Friday.

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Eamon Mc Cann Interview on Marian Price with radio free eireann

Radio Free Eireann

Saint Patrick’s Day Special

17 March 2012

Sandy Boyer (SB) interviews Eamonn McCann (EM) about Marian Price.

SB: And welcome back to Radio Free Eireann. This is our Saint Patrick’s Day Special on WBAI 99.5 in New York. And we’re going over to talk to Eamonn McCann in Doire (Derry) about Marian Price.

Marian could be spending the rest of her natural life in a British prison in Northern Ireland. Unlike other political prisoners in the North, Marian has not been convicted, she’s not been tried, she doesn’t have a prison sentence, she doesn’t have a release date and she doesn’t even have a date when her case is to be reviewed by the parole board. Eamonn, thanks for being with us.

(SB experiences some phone difficulties)

EM : Hello. Hello.

SB : Oh, Hello, Eamonn. We were just talking about Marian and the fact that she is in prison and could be for the rest of her natural life.

EM : Indeed.

SB : No review, no release date, no trial. How does this come about?

EM : That’s the bleak reality of the situation and one of the difficulties with the whole case is that we have very little information because there’s very little information to be had. It’s just as simple and as bleak as you have said.

The Northern Ireland Secretary of State, a British politician Owen Patterson, has announced that he has revoked a pardon given/granted to Marian way back in 1980 releasing her from a life sentences imposed for an IRA offence in 1973. So, she’s out on a pardon in 1980 and Owen Patterson says: “I’m now revoking that. Back to gaol! Serve out the remainder of your life sentence.”

As we’ve talked about before, Sandy, Marian and her lawyer very vigorously contest Owen Patterson’s authority to revoke her pardon. However, in practical terms, he has done it and his police have come along and lifted Marian and there she is in a prison cell on her own at the age of fifty-eight and in very poor health.

Neither logic nor humanity seems to apply in Marian’s case; nor due process nor any normal concept of legality and justice.

She’s in prison because Owen Paterson has decided that the state might be safer with her out of the way. That’s not a basis for imprisoning anybody or ought not to be a basis anywhere in the world. But it’s where Marian is.

SB: We had her husband with us on the air last week and he was saying first of all, she had contracted tuberculosis when she was force-fed over three hundred times in a British gaol, she never fully recovered from that. In fact, she was supposed to get a check-up just before she was arrested. She can’t open her hands because of her arthritis.

EM: Marian has had arthritis for quite some time as I understand. I’m not sure, medically, whether there’s a connection between the effects of the the force-feedings that she underwent back in 1973 and 1974, whether there’s a connection with that and the arthritis which she has had since.

Many people who suffer from arthritis or know members of their family who are, they know that it can be a literally crippling disease. Her hand seizes up and it’s extremely painful to move it and that limits her ability to look after herself in various ways. And she is constantly in pain.

So this is a pretty appalling situation.

I mean, it would be an appalling situation for somebody who was serving a determinate sentence having been convicted of a crime. But for someone to be in this situation, not convicted of any crime but ordered into prison by a politician and with, as you said at the outset, not only no release date but no date when she can apply for release or apply for a review of her prison conditions.

This is absolutely outrageous!

And that’s why there is, I believe, a gathering concern about Marian’s position, a concern which extends far beyond the ranks of those who might agree with her politically.

As you know Sandy, I wouldn’t be of the same political mind certainly as Marian at all but I have got no difficulty being a hundred percent behind the demand that she should be released now without further adieu simply on the grounds of justice and because nobody should be in prison unless they’ve had a charge preferred against them and that charge tested and proven in court. None of that has happened with Marian Price.

SB: And before we talk more about that there’s just the humanitarian grounds. You don’t have to be a doctor, you don’t have to be a physician, to know that if you’re in that kind of ill health the last place you should be is in a prison cell.

EM: Absolutely, yep, yeah. Absolutely. And it’s bound to have, and we don’t want to become doom-mongers or gloom-mongers in relation to all this, but the effect on emotional health, mental health even, is bound to be, over time, that’s bound to become a major concern. Now particularly when you’re held in isolation.

Marian is in isolation because she stands by the old Irish Republican tradition of refusing to accept criminality: she’s not a criminal, she’s a political prisoner and therefore she won’t be subjected to the usual regime applied to ordinary, so to speak, prisoners. That means that she’s held on her own.

So when you take all that into account: the sheer injustice of it, the arbitrary nature of her imprisonment, the absence of a release date, the absence of a date when she can apply for release, the ill health that she has suffered, add all that together and this is absolutely appalling situation and really, there ought to be alot more noise about it. There ought to be alot more people involved in campaigning for Marian’s release. I do think that’s beginning to happen now.

SB: I want to get back to this pardon that mysteriously went missing. They were asked to produce it in court. They told the court it’s either disappeared, maybe it was shredded. Does that happen often?

EM: (scoffs) I don’t believe it’s ever happened before and actually I don’t believe it’s happened here in this case, either.

When Owen Patterson ordered that Marian be put into prison she contested immediately. She said you can’t do that; there was a pardon…you simply can’t overturn a pardon. Pardons are issued in the name of the Queen that’s the constitutional position sort of in Britain because you’re detained, sort of, under the Queen’s Laws or however it’s put. So therefore, when you’re pardoned, the pardon comes from the Queen, even though she may know nothing about it.

Owen Patterson insists that Marian wasn’t pardoned that she simply was released on licence, the way people are by government officials and so forth when they’ve served a part of their time, that happens all over the world.

But he denies it’s an actually pardon.

Now, when Marian’s lawyers challenged Patterson and said “Okay. Produce the document because we know that that document will show that it wasn’t a licence that you had a right to revoke it was a pardon which has got nothing to do with you. So produce it!”

He came back some time later and said: Terribly sorry. The document that refers to this pardon has been lost or maybe it’s been shredded. We had it in 2010, at some point in 2010. But Goodness me! It can’t be found now.

Even despite what he called a “widespread searching” they couldn’t locate this document.

This is ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous!

I mean, and if they can’t locate it….it’s very odd that Mr. Patterson said that it might have been lost or it might have been shredded. I mean, if it was shredded they would know it. None of it makes any sense at all.

My own belief is, and I don’t think you have to be terribly cynical to come to this belief, is that the document is exactly as Marian says the document is and that Patterson, or someone closely associated with him, has destroyed the document in order to keep her in prison.

In other words, they not only are denying her due process that they are manipulating the situation in a thoroughly dishonest way. Now, I can’t say for a fact that Owen Patterson personally has sanctioned all that or been involved in all that, but somebody has and he’s speaking for them and speaking up for them!

SB: You know, it strikes me…of course…the Northern Ireland media is often a mystery to me, but they report this with a straight face. No one else believes it. I doubt that the reporters actually believe it themselves. But it’s just reported…

EM: Yes, that is remarkable. But then, perhaps it’s not just a Northern Irish or an Irish thing. There are terribly troubling cases of people who are identified by the political establishment as representing a danger in some way and they’re put away.

In the United States, of course we know, the various renditions that are happening and people being flown around to “black sights” and what’s happened to Marian Price is something akin to that as she’s been snatched and put into prison without any Judge or anybody being involved and we can see parallels elsewhere.

We are having in Doire this coming Wednesday, we’ll have a vigil in the City Centre for both Marian and Hana al-Shalabi, the Palestinian woman, the thirty year old woman, who is on a hunger strike herself now…I think this is the thirty-first day of it in an Israeli prison. She has been put in prison without any charge or trial, so the two cases are similar.

We’re holding this joint vigil, if you’d like, next Wednesday precisely in order to make the link between these cases and to say that the struggle for justice is same the whole world over and we have to get that message out.

And we have to ensure, that when people are campaigning for justice anywhere the world, they remember Marian Price, that they remember Hana al-Shalabi and all the other individuals.

These aren’t abstract matters when we say “we believe in due process”, “we believe in constitutional rights”.

It’s alright as an abstract concept but if these things are to be in any way meaningful, they must apply to particular cases and this case in point, Marian Price’s case, cries out for urgent action!

SB: Interesting reference in light of solidarity today: it was the people who had The Queer Protest on Fifth Avenue at the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. They were the ones signing up people on postcards; send a postcard to Owen Patterson telling him to release Marian.

EM: I’m not surprised. I’m not surprised. I know some of the people, or used to know some of the people, involved in Irish gay and lesbian rights organizations in New York and I would absolutely expect that they would be the first, they would be to the fore, and standing up for Marian Price and indeed, I know that many of them would stand up for Hana al-Shalabi in an Israeli gaol as well.

When people become comfortable, when they begin to hob-nob and rub shoulders with establishment politicians rather than people of the class they came from. When they begin to rub those shoulders they sort of slough-off the old commitments that they had; that’s in many cases, not all cases, but in many cases this happens.

People who are aggrieved themselves, who are themselves suffering injustice, like the gay and lesbian Irish community in New York, they are always going to be more likely to stand up for other victims of injustice than people who have a vested interest in the status quo whether that’s in Northern Ireland or America or anywhere else.

SB: Actually, speaking of people who have bought into the status quo, and speaking of building a campaign, even though Marian wants nothing to do with Sinn Fein and refused to even meet with them, I find it very significant that they’re coming out very strongly, making strong, I think, very good statements demanding her release. I have to say I think that’s a testament to the strength of the sentiment.

EM: Absolutely. Absolutely. In fairness it should be said I don’t challenge the bona fides of individual Sinn Fein members at all certainly when they call for Marian’s release. I welcome it! There should be more of it.

I know that here in Doire the politician who has spoken out most loudly about it is a member of the SDLP. And the SDLP is the Social Democratic and Labour Party, the old party of John Hume, is at times, sneered and jeered at as being the conservative, old party. But Pat Ramsey of the SDLP has been a constant visitor to Marian and has been in and out of Owen Patterson’s office, banging the table and been on platforms and on television and so forth. And whatever else one thinks about Pat’s politics he deserves credit for that.

And the same is true for individual and prominent Sinn Fein people. I’m not being cynical at all when I go out immediately to say that. None of that may be happening if it wasn’t for the fact that there is a swell of support at the grassroots level. The Sinn Fein people and SDLP people, like all politicians, will try to keep their ear to the ground and will be aware that there is a gathering feeling that they have to relate to, that they have to reflect. So that’s a factor too, in the way that they’ve come out.

But I’m not trying to be cynical about this or to challenge their integrity. We need all the people that we can get. The support is spreading out, here in the North and elsewhere.

SB: First of all, yes, I agree with you. The only way you can build a campaign is to say: the only thing you have to agree to is that Marian should be free.

EM: Absolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely. Yes.

SB: There was a very successful meeting last week in Belfast, in the Conway Mill, which is probably the largest venue in West Belfast, and you had a very successful meeting in Doire. Where does it go from here?

EM: As I say, we’ve a demonstration in Doire City Centre next Wednesday. It’s intended to be the first of many both for Marian and Hana, Hana al-Shalabi, and I suppose we could express a hope that it doesn’t have to be the first of many because the issues may be resolved. But if need be, then there’ll be regular weekly demonstrations.

We’re also trying to draw in, and there’s some sort of work underway, trying to make this, as it should be, an issue for women.

Marian is held in isolation. She’s the only woman political prison in Ireland, North or South, actually. There ought to be….you know, some of the problems we have to look into have to do with the fact that she’s a woman, and she’s a mother, she’s a wife….on International Women’s Day, I guess a week ago or so, we launched a petition in Doire. We’ve already gotten a number of thousands of signatures, sort of making the point, sort of asking women everywhere to sign this, not only women…anyone can sign, but to raise it in the context of women’s rights.

There’s also underway at the moment an attempt to get legal people, to get people who believe in due process, they might not be political at all, but who are lawyers, barristers and so forth, for them to take a stand as well. So it’s an attempt to bring in those categories of people.

One of the reasons for having a demonstration both for Marian and Hana al-Shalabi next week is also, and again not cynically but in a realistic way, to try and bring in another constituency, if you’d like, to say this isn’t just an Irish thing.

It isn’t an issue that is appropriate only for Irish Nationalists to come out and demonstrate about; there are many other people in Ireland, like myself if I might say so. But also many people around the world who should ought to see this issue not in terms of where do I stand in relation to Irish politics and partition in Ireland and all that sort of stuff?

But where do I stand in relation to the broad struggle against oppression and for the rights of people before the law whether it’s in Ireland, the United States, Palestine, Russia or wherever it is….it’s the need to internationalise it, inter-mesh Marian’s case with that of other people around the world. I mean, all these are ways of looking at it.

But in the end the thing is just to keep on at it and to get as many people as possible to contact the Northern Ireland Office, to make sure that Owen Patterson is reminded every day when he gets into his office: (mocks) “There’s another so-many hundred protests in about this Marian Price woman. There’s more this week than it was last week and so forth.” And the amount public pressure in terms of a public demonstration and then there be that as well.

SB: And Eamonn, you’ve got to be honest. Marian’s politics are not really popular. Marian is a really un-reconstructed Irish Republican. She believes, whether you agree with it or not, she believes that people have a right, I think she might have even said duty, to raise an armed struggle to get Britain out of Ireland once and for all. I think that must be scaring some people off.

EM: Well no doubt Marian’s politics does scare people off and that’s always the case. Almost by definition, people who are selected as victims of state repression tend to be people who would not be popular in “respectable” circles.

That was true in the 1970’s, the 1960’s, when the Provisional IRA people were on hunger strike, that was widely pointed out. Even in the early 70’s, long before the hunger strike, when people were being tortured and confessions were being beaten out of them it, of course they tended to be people who were supporting the IRA’s campaign of shooting and bombing. That made them very, very unpopular in some circles.

It meant that people who stood up for their rights were frequently accused of being complicit in shooting and bombing and we just had to handle that and stand firm.

And we did manage to stand firm in relation to those matters.

And eventually, over a period, we did manage to get the point across: that to support due process and justice for all is not to support the politics of those who are being denied due process and justice.

We have to make that distinction.

We’ve got a Motion, The Doire Trades Council has got a Motion down for the conference of The Northern Ireland Trade Unions, The Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, delegates will meet, by coincidence, in Doire, in about what? four weeks time. Now we’ve got a Motion down calling upon the Trade Union Movement to support the call for Marian Price’s release.

We are fairly confident that’s going to go through. That it will become then, the official policy of The Trade Union Movement in the North. And of course, the Trade Union Movement is not Nationalist at all; it’s organised on a very different basis.

I see that as an important step forward.

An important step in defeating precisely this argument: the why should we support her when we thoroughly disagree with the type of politics and actions which she apparently approves of?

These can be difficult arguments.

You know, Hana al-Shalabi, in an Israeli prison: she’s a member of Islamic Jihad; a very, very unpopular group in many circles, to put it mildly.

But if we’re serious about civil rights we have to be serious about civil rights for everybody. And not just civil rights for people who are “respectable” and unthreatening to The Establishment, (those) whose civil rights are rarely compromised or denied anyway.

So you’re right that this can be a difficult argument but it’s an argument that every generation has to have and which we are now having to have again.

SB: I think Bernadette Devlin-McAliskey put it very well in the meeting at the Conway Mill in Belfast. She said that Marian’s case is a warning to anybody who speaks out, to anyone who dissents.

EM: You mean, are you asking me do people feel threatened?

SB: No. This is her point, Bernadette’s point was: if they get away with this with Marian, it could happen….

EM: Of course, of course, of course, the old mantra: If they come for somebody else in the morning and I don’t object, who’s going to object if they come back for me at night? That’s been true down through the generations all around the world.

In the first instance, when you stand up for justice and human rights you always find yourself standing up for justice and human rights for people of whom The Establishment disapproves and maybe of whom the vast majority of people disapprove.

But you can disapprove of people’s beliefs, you can disapprove of people’s actions and political associations and connections but at the same time, hold hard to the idea that everybody is entitled to due process.

Nobody should be put in prison simply on the say-so of a politician.

Because if we accept that principle then who’s to defend us when we are put in prison?

We can hear some turn around and say: (mocks) “Well, you’re not the first! We do this to those extremists, the Marian Prices of this world. We put them in prison.”

And that’s the precedent. We have to make sure that these things don’t become precedents. That we stand firm on the principles involved.

SB: We’ve been on with Eamonn McCann about the case of Marian Price. Eamonn, just before we let you go, this is really urgent and is something that I think that everybody needs to get involved with.

EM: Oh, absolutely, absolutely. As I say, and we don’t want to be too scary about it or scare-monger about it, but it’s an urgent situation because Marian’s position, her condition is urgent, let’s put it like that. It’s been a couple of weeks now since I was in to visit her, but I know that I came out badly shaken and extremely worried about what the next few weeks were going to bring. And a few weeks have passed since then.

If we’re going to do anything we have to do it now. So I would urge anybody listening, thinking about….”Well, should I become involved?” Yep!

Either phone yourself or get in touch with people in Ireland from wherever you are and join in. Because we’re going to need the coordinated struggle of a determined and urgent nature.

SB: One thing everybody can do right here is send an email to Owen Patterson, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, at: pattersono@parliament@uk.co (repeats address) demand that he release Marian Price immediately. We’re going to go to music and then we have Carrie Twomey in the studio with us to talk about the Boston College case which we’ve been talking about for many years now.

(3:37 Ends)

POSTED ON BEHALF OF :  Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association

Suburbia Roller Derby Season Opener: Brawl vs. Hellions of Troy

Suburbia Roller Derby Season Opener: Brawl vs. Hellions of Troy

 
 
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A.O.H. Division One Annual Communion Breakfast

English: Yonkers Library, Yonkers, NY.

A.O.H. Division One Annual Communion Breakfast

When Sunday, 26 February 2012

    • Time
      10:00 until 13:00
  • Description
    The officers and members of the Myles Scully Division One of Yonkers cordially invites you and your family to join us as we hold our Annual Communion Breakfast on Sunday, February 26th, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, New York.The mass will be celebrated by T…he Most ReverendBishop Gerald T. Walsh, President and Rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary at 10:00am. The mass will be held in the Seminary’s chapel.A full hot breakfast will be served in the Seminary cafeteria immediately following the mass.Our guest speaker will be Father James Martin, S.J. a renowned best selling author and Culture Editor of America Magazine. Father Martin is a humorous and entertaining speaker who has written numerous inspirational books. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and worked 6 years for General Electric Company before becoming a Jesuit Priest. He presents a joyful approach to religion and life.

    On this occasion we will honor Kevin Ellis, our immediate Past Division President who will receive the “Hibernian of the Year” Award. Kevin served as Division President in an extraordinary manner during the past 2 years. Kevin is a talented and courageous leader who reached out to all and enabled us to reach new heights.

    We all look forward to having you join us on this joyous occasion!

    The cost of the breakfast is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 10.

    Please send your reservation and payment to:

    Dan Mulvey
    398 Upland Avenue
    Yonkers, NY 10703

    PLEASE MAKE CHECKS OUT TO “A.O.H. DIVISION ONE”

    Please call Division President Tom Allison (914) 548-5389 with any questions or requests for additional information.See more

 
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RADIO REBEL GAEL Presents : New Years Feile !

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FEAT. Exclusive Interviews w/ Mick O’Brien of THE DRUIDS(Kildare), Ray Kelly of THE MICKEY FINNS (New York), Eoin McCarthy of WHISKEY OF THE DAMNED (Milwaukee), and Dan Larkin of THE LARKIN & MORAN BROTHERS (Chicago) !

As well as lots of classics, and new tunes by Dougie Breslin (formerly w/PANGUR BAN), Damien Dempsey, Derek Warfield, Paddy McHugh & The Goldminers, Neck, Wolfhound, Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers, Claymore, Shebeen, Blood or Whiskey, The Pogues, The Irish Brigade, The Go Set, The Wakes, The Langer’s Ball, The Killigans, The Mickey Finns, The Prodigals, The Rumjacks, Dancin’ Knuckles, Siobhan, Roaring Jack, Bible Code Sundays,

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  RADIO REBEL GAEL Presents : New Years Feile !

http://spinxpress.com/bronxgael/

FEAT. Exclusive Interviews w/ Mick O’Brien of THE DRUIDS(Kildare), Ray Kelly of THE MICKEY FINNS (New York), Eoin McCarthy of WHISKEY OF THE DAMNED (Milwaukee), and Dan Larkin of THE LARKIN & MORAN BROTHERS (Chicago) !

As well as lots of classics, and new tunes by Dougie Breslin (formerly w/PANGUR BAN), Damien Dempsey, Derek Warfield, Paddy McHugh & The Goldminers, Neck, Wolfhound, Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers, Claymore, Shebeen, Blood or Whiskey, The Pogues, The Irish Brigade, The Go Set, The Wakes, The Langer’s Ball, The Killigans, The Mickey Finns, The Prodigals, The Rumjacks, Dancin’ Knuckles, Siobhan, Roaring Jack, Bible Code Sundays,

And tons more !

 FWD: 2nite Tuesday Jan 3rd at 9pm MICK From THE DRUIDS Will have an Exclusive Pre Recorded Interview with Brian Warfield and Tommy Byrne from The Legendary WOLFE TONES on his Radio Show SIN E On www.dublincityfm.ie or 103.2fm in Dublin and surrounding areas. Mick will be live in studio the interview is just over an Hour and a Half, ye can text in on 00353 86 8686693 TAL Paddy THE DRUIDS

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