Grassroots Gathering 2015
Joining the dots between grassroots movements, communities, campaigns…
Call for contributions and registration info
St. John Bosco Youth Centre, Drimnagh, Dublin
Friday April 17 (evening) – Sunday April 19th (afternoon)
We are coordinating with local water charges groups so as to fit in with the Burn the Bills demo.
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.
We’re looking for contributions – offers to host workshops or even just to give a short talk, as well as artistic and children’s events. Please let us know by Tuesday April 7th (just after the Easter bank holiday) if you would like to do something so we can finalise a programme. You can email us at email@example.com or find us at https://www.facebook.com/GrassrootsGathering.
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. So please let us know if you’d like to do a short intro or organise a whole workshop!
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.
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