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2013 Republican Socialist POW Christmas Appeal

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Comrades,

As I am sure you are aware, there are a number of comrades of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement now imprisoned in Portlaoise Gaol. The upcoming holiday season puts a great deal of strain on the families of these men, and we in the Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America (IRSCNA) are launching our annual Christmas POW appeal through our James Connolly Prisoners’ Welfare Fund.

This year we will be using Ebay to auction two crafts made by Republican Socialist prisoners in Portlaoise, a hanky of the 1981 Hunger Strikers and a leather wallet. Bidding can be done by clicking one of the links below.  Donations can also be sent via PayPal to irscna.treasurer@irsm.org. All proceeds will go to the prisoners’ families.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261348532248
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261348533639

We also encourage our supporters to send Christmas cards to all Republican prisoners, provided is the current list of Republican Socialist prisoners:

Eugene Kelly
Noel Mooney
Paddy Wall

E4 landing
Portlaoise Prison
Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Ireland

Go raibh maith agaibh,

Colm Mistéil
IRSCNA Prison Welfare Officer
colm@irsm.org

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Oppose the imperialist attack on Syria!

Caithfidh forásaithe agus sóisialaithe cur i gcoinne an ionsaí impiriúil ar an tSiria- ar chúiseanna daonnúla agus chun leas an lucht oibre araon. Tá an ráiteas seo á chur amach ag an IRSCNA, ar son an PPSÉ, chun seasamh gualainn ar ghualainn leis na grúpaí sa fhreasúra i gcoinne an chogaidh seo.

Tá comhaontas frithghníomhach armtha, Al Qaeda ina measc, ag troid le fíor-rialtas na tíre agus ag iarraidh cinedhíothú a dhéanamh. D’iompaigh pobal na Siria i gcoinne lucht an éirí amach agus tá lucht oibre na Siria ag tacú le fórsaí an stáit anois. Tá eagla ar na hoibrithe mar gheall ar na coireanna cogaidh atá déanta ag na ceannaircigh. Bíonn na ceannaircigh sheicteacha ag marú páistí, Críostaithe agus Moslamaigh Shiacha- agus dúirt na dúnmharfóirí seicteacha seo go ndéanfaidh siad an rud céanna sa Liobáin.

Níl aon chomhaontú laistigh de rialtas Mheiriceá faoi chás na Siria. Tá roinnt polaiteoirí ann ar mhaith leo tuilleadh cabhrach agus gunnaí a thabhairt do throdairí an éirí amach ach tá polaiteoirí eile ag cur ina choinne seo. Labhraímis amach i gcoinne tuilleadh cabhrach a thabhairt do Al Qaeda!

Cuirimis stad leis an chogadh impiriúil ar cheannasacht náisiúnta na Siria!

IRSCNA: oppose the imperialist attack on Syria!

Progressives and socialists must oppose the imperialist attack on Syria, both for humanitarian reasons and in the interest of the working class.  The IRSCNA, on behalf of the IRSP is putting out this statement to join with the groups in opposition to this war.

An armed reactionary alliance, including Al Qaeda, are fighting the true government of the country and attempting to commit genocide. The people of Syria turned against the insurgents and the working class of Syria are supporting the forces of the state now. The workers are afraid because of the war crimes committed by the insurgents. The sectarian insurgents are killing children, Christians and Shia Muslims- and the sectarian murderers said they will do the same in Lebanon.

The American government doesn’t agree about Syria. Some politicians would like to give the insurgents further aid and guns and other politicians are against this. Speak out against further aid for Al Qaeda!

The IRSM also condemns the recent Washington-inspired decision to list Hezbollah as a terrorist group. This blatant PR move is an attempt to distract from the crimes of imperialism and will not further peace in that region. Condemning Hezbollah at a time when it is the most capable force putting a stop to the genocidal rampage of Al Qaeda is disturbing.

Stop the imperialist war on the national sovereignty of Syria!

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James Connolly Commemoration – Photos and Oration

On May 18th, IRSCNA Coordinating Committee Member, Colm Mistéil, gave the following oration at the 2013 James Connolly Commemoration in Chicago.

A chairde,

Friends and comrades, thank you all for joining us here today to commemorate one of Ireland’s greatest heroes and martyrs: James Connolly

As the statue behind me states, Connolly was an “Irish Patriot and Labor Leader,” but it fails to acknowledge the fact that he was one of the leading socialists of his day. The son of Irish emigrants, Connolly grew up in one of Scotland’s worst slums. He experienced first hand the suffering of working class people. While he had little formal education, he was well versed in Irish history and rightfully identified England’s presence in Ireland as the root cause of all the Irish Nation’s troubles. However, Connolly was no nationalist. He knew that an Irish boss could be worse than an English one. He knew that the struggle for Irish national liberation can not be separated from the class struggle. In 1896 Connolly founded the Irish Socialist Republican Party to work towards achieving an Irish Workers Republic. He worked full time for the party until he was forced to emigrate to America in 1903 to support his family. While in America, Connolly did not stop working for the socialist cause. He founded the Irish Socialist Federation and was active with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). As an organizer for the Wobblies, Connolly organized immigrants and learned to speak 3 languages. In 1910 he returned to Ireland and joined with Big Jim Larkin in the Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU). In the face of repeated attacks on Irish Workers by the forces of the state, Connolly formed what Lenin would call the first Red Army in Europe, the Irish Citizen Army

After seeing the workers fail in the 1913 Lockout, and as the late Frank O’Neill would always point out, seeing England’s difficulty as Ireland’s opportunity, Connolly began planning for a rising. It was not long before those in the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB), such as Tom Clarke and Padraig Pearse, took notice and added Connolly to their inner-circle. Together they planned the 1916 Easter Rising and declared before God and the world, the Irish Republic, a Republic that cherishes all of its children equally. While the Rising was crushed within a week, and it succeeded in awaking the national conscience among the Irish people. Connolly and the leaders of the rising were executed. On May 12th, 1916 Connolly was brought into the yard of Kilmainham Gaol, sat in a chair due to his injuries and shot by firing squad.

Ninety-seven years have passed since Connolly was executed and one might ask why are we still talking about him today. Connolly left us a dream not only of a better Ireland but of a better world. He left us a blueprint of how to get to  the Workers Republic. When Connolly famously said “The cause of Ireland is the cause of Labor. The cause of Labor is the cause of Ireland.” He was telling us how one cannot separate the struggle for national liberation from socialism. Sadly we have seen Republicans completely disregard the class question. “As long as we get the Brits out, I’m happy.” They’d say. But Connolly has an answer for them:

“If you remove the English army to-morrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs.”

The failed national liberation only strategy is evident in the failure of the Good Friday Agreement, which only copper fastened British rule. Luckily for us Republicans, the Irish Republican Socialist Movement which is comprised of the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) and the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) holds onto that vision of Connolly and is working towards his vision of an Irish Workers Republic.

I would like end with a few lines of one of many great songs about James Connolly:

There is a page in history
When the workers first fought back
And the might of exploitation
At last began to crack
In farm and field and factory
In workshop, mine and mill
A flame was lit, a beacon bright
A flame that’s burning still

And Connolly was there
Connolly was there
Bold, brave, undaunted
James Connolly was there

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James Connolly Commemoration, Chicago

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Easter Commemoration Statement 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

31 March 2013
Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America

Easter Commemoration Statement 2013

[Statement read at the Irish Republican Socialist Movement's National
1916 Easter Rising Commemoration in Belfast]

Comrades, at this Eastertime, the Irish Republican Socialist
Committees of North America send solidarity greetings to our comrades
and fellow members of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement in the
Irish Republican Socialist Party, Irish National Liberation Army,
Republican Socialist Youth Movement, and Teach na Failte. We are
particularly mindful of our imprisoned comrades in Portlaoise Prison.

On this day, the 97th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, we
remember with pride all those who have given their lives for an Irish
Workers’ Republic. We pay homage to the brave volunteers and
activists of the INLA and IRSP who made the ultimate sacrifice.

At this time, the IRSCNA would like to highlight the ongoing illegal
interment of Irish Republicans: Marian Price, who has been held for
over 680 days and is in deteriorating health; Martin Corey, who has
been in custody for over 1,000 days without trial and without a
reason given for his arrest; and Stephen Murney, who has been held
since November on trumped up charges. Who knows who could be targeted
next. This is the reality for Republicans 15 years after the signing
of the Good Friday Agreement.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Dublin Lock-out of 1913,
when 20,000 workers were locked out by 300 employers over the issue
of the right of workers to organize in unions. In the century that
has since passed, the Irish working class is no closer to enjoying
true freedom. As long as capitalism and British imperialism exist on
the island of Ireland, the Irish working class shall be in chains. We
in the IRSM, the true inheritors of the ideals of James Connolly,
rightfully recognize that national liberation is not enough. We need
to achieve class emancipation, both in Ireland and internationally.

As Connolly himself said: “If you remove the English army tomorrow
and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the
organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain.
England would still rule you. She would rule you through her
capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through
the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has
planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and
the blood of our martyrs.”

As this Easter dawns, we stand in the proud tradition of generations
of Irish revolutionaries, struggling to liberate the working class
from the shackles of capitalism and imperialism.

Onward to victory, comrades! Our only allegiance is to the working
class!

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Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America
PO Box 5174
Champaign IL 61825
USA
irscna@irsm.org
http://www.irscna.org/
http://www.irsp.ie/irscna.html

Posted in History, Ireland, IRSM, Statements

IRSCNA Condemn Israeli Attacks on Gaza

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

19 November 2012
Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America

IRSCNA Condemn Israeli Attacks on Gaza

On behalf of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement, the Irish
Republican Socialist Committees of North America strongly condemn
Israel’s military attacks on Gaza and the deaths of Palestinians.

The latest attacks on Gaza have left dozens, mostly civilians, dead
from Israeli aerial bombardments, and the possibility of Israel
sending in ground troops remains open. In recent days, the Israeli
government has approved plans to call up 110,000 soldiers, which
suggests a larger Israeli military offensive is coming. The
conditions in Gaza have become even worse for those living there, and
will deteriorate even further should Israel send in ground troops.
More Palestinians will be killed. The infrastructure of Gaza will be
further damaged.

Israel continues to portray itself as an innocent victim and claims
to be acting in self-defense. After six decades of occupation and
ethnic cleansing, and decades of turning two small areas of land into
virtual prison camps for Palestinians in their own land, Israel can’t
play the victim card when they come under fire by rockets launched
from Gaza by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. If anyone can invoke
the right of self-defense, it’s the Palestinian people.

We support the legitimate resistance of the Palestinian people to the
terror and occupation of the Zionist military forces. We condemn
Israel for its occupation and for unleashing new terror on
Palestinians, and we condemn the United States government for
allowing its Middle Eastern attack dog to further shed the blood of
Palestinians.

We reiterate our long-standing support for the Palestinian national
liberation struggle in general, and the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine in particular, as well as for a single non-
sectarian state covering all of historic Palestine. We see a
two-state solution as one that is pro-imperialist in that it allows
an illegal occupation to continue on Palestinian land.

End Zionist violence against the Palestinian people! End Zionist
occupation of Palestine!

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Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America
PO Box 5174
Champaign IL 61825
USA
irscna@irsm.org
http://www.irscna.org/
http://www.irsp.ie/irscna.html

Posted in International, Palestine, Statements

Our Position on the US Presidential Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

24 October 2012
Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America

Our Position on the US Presidential Election

As the 2012 presidential election in the United States approaches, we
in the Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America wish to
state our position for the record.

Simply put, the presidential election, like all bourgeois elections,
is a sham. Workers are asked to vote on which representative of the
ruling class should lead the capitalist state’s government for the
next four years. No matter which major party candidate wins, the
ruling class wins, while the working class, our class, continues to
lose.

It’s certainly true that there are policy differences between Mitt
Romney and incumbent Barack Obama, but both candidates are part of
the capitalist status quo and fully endorse that status quo. Neither
man is a friend to the working class, no matter how much they may
pander to sections of it.

We certainly understand why some workers choose to vote for the least
conservative of the major candidates, if only because they think that
candidate will be slightly less harmful and may enact some reforms,
or even just to keep the most conservative one out of office. We
can’t condemn any member of the working class who votes on that
basis, but we think it would be better to protest the capitalist
status quo by voting for an alternative candidate and then trying to
create real change through class struggle.

If there’s a revolutionary socialist candidate on the ballot in your
state, vote for them instead of the “least conservative” major party
candidate, and if there isn’t, write one in. While socialism won’t be
built through bourgeois elections, we think a vote for a
revolutionary socialist alternative is a worthy one. It demonstrates
that we don’t want the status quo and that we do have an alternative
vision.

In particular, if you live in one of the eleven states where their
campaign is on the ballot, we suggest voting for the Party for
Socialism and Liberation ticket of Peta Lindsay and Yari Osorio for
President and Vice-President of the United States. The revolutionary
politics of working class women and men like Lindsay and Osorio
represent a real alternative to the status quo.

Their campaign website with further information can be found here:
http://www.votepsl.org/

However, ultimately it’s the working class organizing and exercising
our collective will through solidarity and mass struggle that will
transform society.

The fundamental cause of working class misery is the ownership of the
means of production, distribution, and exchange concentrated in the
hands of the capitalist class, a tiny minority. As long as the
working class, including the higher paid members of the class who
falsely see themselves as a middle class, are forced to sell their
labor power to a small, parasitical class, it will continue to
suffer.

As the ongoing financial crisis once again proves, capitalism is an
inherently unstable system that places private profit above the
public good. The stock market is a casino for capitalists and
aspiring capitalists, where an entire economy can be destroyed in the
pursuit of profit. Capitalism cannot be reformed. Reformists have
been trying to do so for over two hundred years without success
because reformism cannot address the root cause of exploitation and
alienation, which is the existence of the capitalist system itself.

Only the working class can put an end to the exploitation and
alienation caused by capitalism by organizing and fighting for the
alternative of socialism, where the working class will own the means
of production, distribution, and exchange, administered
democratically through new institutions created by the working class
for its own purposes.

Socialism cannot be built by a minority, no matter how class
conscious it may be. It can only be built by the masses as they
liberate themselves from capitalist ideology, an ideology that is
promoted on a daily basis through educational institutions and the
mass media. We view Peta Lindsay and Yari Osorio as comrades in the
struggle to build a revolutionary socialist alternative to
capitalism, both in the United States and worldwide.

Since 1984, the Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North
America have existed to support the revolutionary, anti-imperialist
Irish Republican Socialist Party in its struggle to liberate Ireland
from capitalism and imperialist occupation, and as North Americans
we also support socialist revolutions in our own countries.

The power to bring about real change resides in the hearts and minds
of every working class man or woman. We have the power. Don’t give
away your power by voting for a capitalist politician. We can create
real change. In fighting for a better future for our class, we must
take every opportunity to support fellow revolutionaries. It’s long
past time to build a revolutionary workers’ movement right in the
heart of world imperialism.

Onward to victory!

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Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America
PO Box 5174
Champaign IL 61825
USA
irscna@irsm.org
http://www.irscna.org/
http://www.irsp.ie/irscna.html

Posted in Statements, USA

Support Same Sex Marriage Ballot Measures

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23 October 2012
Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America

Support Same Sex Marriage Ballot Measures

The Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America support
ballot measures in the states of Maine, Maryland, and Washington
in the November election which, if passed, would authorize same sex
marriage in those states.

In the state of Minnesota, a measure to amend the state constitution
to ban same sex marriage will be on the ballot. The IRSCNA oppose
this measure.

We call upon our supporters and all who believe in equality to
support same sex marriage, and if they live in those states to vote
in favor of the measures or vote against the constitutional
amendment.

The IRSCNA has a 28-year history of demanding full equality for
lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people in all spheres of
life. Full equality in all spheres of life means we support the right
of LGBT people to join with their partners in civil marriage.

Our parent organization, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, has
supported LGBT equality since its first Ard Fheis (convention) in
1975, and at its 2012 Ard Fheis, delegates unanimously passed a motion
authored by the IRSCNA, which read: “This Ard Fheis reaffirms the
IRSP’s support for full equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and
transgender people, including the right of civil marriage.”

We believe that rights and privileges must ultimately be detached
from marital status, so that family relationships are defined by the
people in them, not the state or the church. But as long as the state
is in the business of recognizing relationships, and granting rights
and privileges to those in them, we demand equal access for LGBT people.

As revolutionary socialists, we recognize that LGBT liberation
requires more than just reform, it also requires a revolutionary
change in society. Full sexual and gender liberation for all people
can only happen if existing social institutions are abolished and the
archaic values they represent are swept aside with them.

Reactionary religious institutions have exerted their influence to
oppose civil laws promoting LGBT equality, including same sex
marriage. We condemn all attempts to use religion to justify
discrimination. The right to civil marriage is the right to be
married by the state, and the state must be free of religious diktat.

There is no legitimate reason to oppose marriage equality. Those who
oppose it wish to impose their personal religious values on society
and/or are prejudiced against LGBT people. Neither are acceptable
reasons to deny equality to any group.

In conclusion, we support a vote in favor of marriage equality in
Maine, Maryland, and Washington State, and a vote against a
constitutional ban on same sex marriage in Minnesota.

Onward to victory!

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Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America
PO Box 5174
Champaign IL 61825
USA
irscna@irsm.org
http://www.irscna.org/
http://www.irsp.ie/irscna.html

Posted in Statements, USA

Solidarity with Grand Jury Resisters

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19 October 2012
Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America

Solidarity with Grand Jury Resisters

The Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America stand in
solidarity with three anarchist activists who have been incarcerated
in a United States federal detention center in SeaTac, Washington for
refusing to provide testimony about fellow activists before a federal
grand jury.

The three activists–Matt Duran, KteeO Olejnik, and Leah-Lynn Plante–
have refused to provide testimony, and for this they have been
incarcerated, and could be held up to eighteen months. They have been
found guilty of no crime, but are being punished only to coerce their
testimony. This is 21st century McCarthyism.

Federal grand juries have a long history of being used to attack and
disrupt political movements and activists. They are secret
proceedings, and those subpoenaed to testify have no right to legal
counsel in the grand jury room with them. The government can thus use
the proceedings to gather intelligence, an abuse of their original
purpose of being a protection against prosecutorial misconduct.

Subpoenas were served to activists in July, when the Federal Bureau
of Investigation and a Joint Terrorist Task Force conducted a series
of raids on activists’ homes in several cities in the Pacific
Northwest. Warrants were issued seeking computers, phones, black
clothing and “anarchist literature.” In essence, political literature
in the homes of political activists is deemed suspicious.

These events were likely triggered by property damage during this
year’s May Day protest in Seattle, Washington, when a door at the
federal courthouse was damaged. Out of this, the federal authorities
spun a web of “terrorism” to justify heavy-handed tactics against
activists in order to gather intelligence.

We believe that it is clear that the government is using the grand
jury process to coerce political activists to give names and provide
intelligence, and punishing them with incarceration when they refuse.
We demand that these grand jury with hunts end, and that the
activists be released immediately.

An injury to one is an injury to all. Today it’s anarchists, but
tomorrow it may be some other radical current victimized by the power
of the capitalist state. Solidarity must be our weapon against the
state.

We stand in solidarity with the imprisoned activists and all others
who refuse to provide information to the grand jury, and we salute
the courage of activists who would rather go to prison than cooperate
with a government witch hunt.

For more information about the activists and their cases, go here:
http://www.supportresist.net/

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Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America
PO Box 5174
Champaign IL 61825
USA
irscna@irsm.org
http://www.irscna.org/
http://www.irsp.ie/irscna.html

Posted in International, Prisoners, Solidarity, Statements, USA