IRSCNA condemn the fascist junta

The IRSCNA condemn the repressive actions of the illegitimate fascist junta in Kiev and call for workers’ parties and organizations around the world to support Ukrainian working class resistance.

The heroic people of the Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk are pushing ahead with referenda on independence in the next few days, despite the conditions of civil war there. They deserve the most decisive outpouring of international support.

The Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America especially condemn the despicable massacre of defenseless workers at the Odessa Trade Unions’ House and on the streets of Mariupol and call upon all progressives and socialists to do the same. The IRSCNA extend solidarity and condolences to the working class trade union brothers and sisters during this terrible time.

Within the Ukraine and surrounding nations, there has been an outpouring of grief and an increased desire to resist fascist aggression. The unprovoked slaughter of organized workers in Odessa and Mariupol has yet again demonstrated the vile, reactionary nature of the Kiev junta to the world. The world must intervene to protect the plight of ethnic Russians and other minorities, as well as the workers, progressives and communists in the Ukraine who are being preyed upon by the fascist junta in Kiev.

If the global community doesn’t force the fascists to cease all attacks, it is likely Russia will be drawn into conflict with the Kiev junta. From there, a catastrophic war between Russia and the imperialist nations could easily follow.

Irish Republicans in particular should speak up for the rights of the ethnic Russians and the Crimean people. Republicans must look at the implications of the imperialist position on Crimea: the imperialists are attempting to establish the principle that people in undemocratically partitioned regions do not have the right to reunify their country, even if they faithfully follow the procedures of democratic referenda.

The separation of Crimea from Russia was a bureaucratic decision made over the heads of the inhabitants. They have every right to escape an undemocratic junta installed by a coup with fascist elements at its core, a regime determined to push through ruinous austerity measures that will destroy the lives of the working class population.

Victory to the working class resistance to the fascist junta!

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IRSCNA Easter Commemoration Report

For the fifth consecutive year, the Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America hosted their annual Easter Commemoration at the James Connolly statue in Chicago. This year saw the largest ever crowd gather to mark the 98th anniversary of the 1916 rising and to commemorate all those who gave their lives in the fight for a workers republic.

The event was chaired by the local Joe McCann cumann of Chicago organizer and IRSCNA Coordinating Committee member Colm Mistéil. He welcomed those gathered and spoke of the legacy of James Connolly. He reminded those present of Connolly’s revolutionary Marxist orientation, and how the IRSP is the only party today who caries on his message. Chicago IRSCNA member, Seán Lally read the Proclamation before the reading of the IRSCNA Easter statement.

This years statement acknowledged this year’s 30th anniversary of the IRSCNA founding:

“This year also sees the 30th anniversary of the IRSCNA. Over the last 3 decades, we have organized events, gathered funds, and raised awareness for the movement back home in Ireland. In this our 30th year, the IRSCNA Coordinating Committee is continually working on how to best organize ourselves to serve the IRSM in the 21st century.

It later continued:

We in IRSCNA are confident in the in the direction the IRSP leadership has taken in recent years and in this our 30th year, we will recommit ourselves to supporting the movement here in North America. We will do our best to make sure that the message of the Party of Connolly, Costello, and Gallagher is heard loud and clear here among the Diaspora.

The event ended with the laying of a wreath in memory of all those who gave their lives for an Irish Workers Republic, especially those in the Irish National Liberation Army and Irish Republican Socialist Party.

 

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IRSCNA Easter Statement 2014

1916Comrades, at this Easter time, 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 98th 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.

This year is an important one for Republican Socialism. We celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement. We are very proud that 40 years later, we can say we stand here with our principles intact. Even after attacks by both the British and Free State forces, loyalist paramilitaries, and counter revolutionaries, including the assassinations of our leaders such as Seamus Costello, Miriam Daly, Ta Power, and Gino Gallagher, we have not been defeated. We still carry on the message of Connolly, that the struggles for national liberation and socialism cannot be separated. This year also sees the 30th anniversary of the IRSCNA. Over the last 3 decades, we have organized events, gathered funds, and raised awareness for the movement back home in Ireland. In this our 30th year, the IRSCNA Coordinating Committee is continually working on how to best organize ourselves to serve the IRSM in the 21st century.

While a lot has changed in Ireland since the movement was founded in 1974, much as remained the same. Irishmen and women are still being interned by the British state. While former revolutionaries try to paint the Orange state green, Stormont it is still a bigoted reactionary assembly. It is still based on sectarian divisions. Unionists continue making more demands and the nationalists are expected to forever give ground to maintain the sectarian agreement. This has been made clear by the continued internment by remand of Republicans, discrimination in housing allocation, and the hostility to our Gaelic games and language. We were pleased to see thousands march in Belfast as part of an Lá Dearg, and call upon all Republican Socialists to support civil rights for Irish speakers on both sides of the border.

We in IRSCNA are confident in the in the direction the IRSP leadership has taken in recent years and in this our 30th year, we will recommit ourselves to supporting the movement here in North America. We will do our best to make sure that the message of the Party of Connolly, Costello, and Gallagher is heard loud and clear here among the Diaspora.

Onward to the Workers Republic, Saoirse go Deo!

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2014 Easter Commemoration

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Note new location for IFC Breakfast

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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.

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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

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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

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