Joining the dots: Grassroots Gathering 2015

Grassroots Gathering 2015
Joining the dots between grassroots movements, communities, campaigns...

Preliminary announcement and call for contributions

St. John Bosco Youth Centre, Drimnagh, Dublin
Friday April 17 (evening) - Sunday April 19th (afternoon)

A grassroots gathering is a one-off event run by a local group bringing together people involved in different community campaigns and social movements to learn from each other's experiences, talk about what works and what doesn't, develop networks and make alliances.

Joining the dots - imagines a raising of awareness, a politicisation leading to radical transformation, it may also envision a strategic connection between diverse campaigns and collective actions in order to advance, strengthen, consolidate and collaborate in struggle with unity and purpose.

There have been over a dozen of these gatherings in different parts of the country over the last eleven years and they have helped support all sorts of different campaigns and movements – campaigning against the water charges, resisting Shell in Erris, campaigning against cuts, supporting women's right to choose, advocating for housing rights and resisting evictions, challenging neo-liberalism in the EU, campaigning against deportation and the direct provision system, creating free space for young people, fighting for environmental justice, highlighting US military use of Shannon, challenging racism and more.

A good workshop for this gathering has any speakers talking for just 5 or max 10 minutes each to get a discussion going - remember most other people there are also activists. A really good workshop has people from different movements giving 5-minute intros about the same kind of practical problem from their own experiences and then a discussion. We aren't looking for events which are mostly made up of one person talking or which are mostly about trying to sell other people on a specific issue.

Typical sessions might include:
- How to organise, strategy and tactics, direct action, dealing with police...
- getting people involved, mobilising communities, media of all kinds, politicisation...
- education, understanding the issues, working together against austerity...
- arts workshops, film showing, children's activities, outdoors activities...

It's not for profit (and we all get to muck in with washing up, passing the hat and generally helping out), it isn't run by any political party and nobody will try to recruit anyone.

Over the last few years more and more people have seen just how corrupt the system is and how little faith we can have in the people who claim to represent us and "see us right". For this reason the Gatherings aren't for people who want to make a name for themselves, make a career out of other people's activism, get a leg up politically, make money out of campaigning, appear on TV etc.

More formally we have the "Grassroots Principles" which say that we want to work together as equals, run things in an open and democratic way and try not to talk down to each other or over each other's heads. Rather than rebuild the old mess we believe in communities being able to decide for themselves, workplaces controlled by the people who actually work in them, a sustainable economy and an end to neoliberal bodies like the IMF and World Bank which have helped to create the crisis. The full principles and more about the Gatherings at http://grassroots.pageabode.com

The venue is 20 minutes from Dublin city centre on the red Luas line, just opposite the Drimnagh Luas stop. We'll be having evening events on Friday, all day and evening events on Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon - more details TBA.

If this sounds interesting, please get involved and help us make it happen! If you’d like to offer a workshop or suggest one which you’d like to see, please email grassrootsgathering2015@gmail.com. We're also going to need practical help on the weekend (food, childcare, beds etc.); one-off things like poster design and fundraising help; and you might just want to be kept up-to-date. For any of these please email us or check our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GrassrootsGathering)

Co-organised by the MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism (Maynooth) (http://ceesa-ma.blogspot.ie)

Supported by Gluaiseacht for Global Justice (www.gluaiseacht.ie) and Workers Solidarity Movement (www.wsm.ie)

Thanks to the St John Bosco Youth Centre, Drimnagh (www.thebosco.ie)

Details of Oct 2012 Galway Grassroots Gathering

 

Grassroots Gathering
Community struggles - campaign strategies - developing networks
NUI Galway, Friday October 12 - Sunday 14

  • Communities against fracking and drilling; movements against austerity; other sessions
  • What it is, practical details, grassroots principles, call for volunteers

Grassroots Gathering Galway Oct 12 - 14 2012 : community struggles - campaign strategies - developing networks

A grassroots gathering is a one-off event run by a local group bringing together people involved in different community campaigns and social movements to learn from each other's experiences, talk about what works and what doesn't, develop networks and make alliances.

Detailed Introduction to the Grassroots Gatherings - Networking a "movement of movements"

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In practice, the Grassroots Gatherings – and groups linked to them – have become the main (and the only continuous) networking of the “movement of movements” in Ireland. To date 10 gatherings have been held between 2001 and 2005. [2 more were held in 2009 & 1 is planned for Autumn 2012] In keeping with the goal of autonomy and decentralisation, there has been no central committee; at the end of each gathering a group of activists has offered to host the next one in their own area and has got on with organising it in their own way, around an agenda set by themselves and with sometimes very different structures and themes.

Mayday 2004 - The criminalisation of protest and the demonisation of dissent

This dossier is a very brief list of events, all of which can be readily documented from obvious sources (media archives, Indymedia).It consists of two parts: firstly a chronicle of recent events giving rise to concern from the moment of the banning of the Farmleigh march; secondly a dossier of "dirty tricks" which we prepared before the banning of the march and released on Friday, April 30th.

Mayday Dublin 2004: For an alternative Europe

Dubln Mayday 2004 leafletThis is the text of the Dublin Grassroots Network leaflet for the Mayday 2004 EU Summit protests.  50,000 copies of this leaflet were distributed door to door in Dubloin in advance of the protests.

What was the Dublin Grassroots Network?

In the run up to the Dublin 2004 Mayday protests, the Dublin Grassroots Network suddenly leapt to prominence and almost became a household name. However, despite all the coverage, there was little examination of the nature of this network that organised most of the Mayday protests. This text briefly describes the network, where it came from, who is involved, how it works and where it is going. This text is taken from the old DGN site, DGN has not existed since 2005

Program for 2nd Grassroots Gathering - Cork March 29th 2002

A session at the second gathering in progress

This is the original program for the 2nd Grassroots Gathering in Cork with a couple of photos taken during the Gathering.

 

Grassroots Network Against War plan for March 1st action at Shannon

This was the plan released by the Grassroots Network Against War for the Direct Action, at Shannon, on March 1st 2003.  GNAW was formed out of the Belfast Grassroots Gathering in 2002.  This plan was posted to indymedia.ie ahead of March 1st.

Invitation to the first Grassroots Gathering (Dublin 2001)

This is the original invitation to the First Grassroots Gathering.

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