Community struggles - campaign strategies - developing networks
NUI Galway, Friday October 12 - Sunday 14
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.
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.
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.
This 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.
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
This is the original program for the 2nd Grassroots Gathering in Cork with a couple of photos taken during the Gathering.
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.
This is the original invitation to the First Grassroots Gathering.
The 9th Grassroots Gathering was held in Dublin at the weekend, seventeen workshops, three gender groups, two plenary’s, one speech, one video, one great night drinking, four meals later and we all are totally exhausted yet re-energised.